We are at the end of the longest dry spell this winter without snow for the past week but it looks like it is ending today with snow forecast over the next few days here at Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort. But the lack of snow for the past few days doesn't mean the skiing isn't any good. You just have to look a little harder and for us that means some exploring off piste.
After a busy stretch things are quieting down for a the next week and then ramps up in February. We are still getting a nice number of overseas guests and even have a couple of Aussies who are with us for 3 weeks which is the longest stay in our 18 years here. They will leave better skiers, you can count on that. Video is from earlier in the week with friend Patrick and son Kori and his wife Elaine. We found some nice powder.
We have an amazing backyard at Vagabond Lodge. Kicking Horse Resort is so good on its own. But with a little extra effort, along with an experienced guide the backcountry skiing is virtually unlimited.
The video is just a taste of what we have. You can also do extensive back-country skiing in the Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park which is very popular.
Unless you are knowledgeable about snowpack and snow conditions hire a guide.
We are getting ready for a busy time here at Vagabond Lodge with guests from around the world again making their way here. A number are going heliskiing with CMH or Great Canadian and many are also cat skiing with Chattercreek. Another popular destination are one of the great backcountry lodges we have in our area such as Golden Alpine Holidays or Mistaya Lodge where they cater to ski touring groups.
We have a covid protocol in place at Vagabond and guests must be fully vaccinated in order to stay here.
Book direct for best rate. We do have a number of sold out dates.
Video is from our favourite area not far from Kicking Horse. It is as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.
It has been quite the amazing past few weeks for snow here at Kicking Horse Resort. We certainly had some cold days over Christmas but even on those days, it was snowing. Champagne powder at its finest. There continues to be a lot of challenges everyday due to covid but we have been pleasantly surprised with guests who have been loyal to us. We have some regulars who come throughout the winter which is awesome.
And we even had some overseas visitors and more scheduled throughout the winter.
Food service is probably the biggest challenge for the resort with staffing issues resulting in some eating facilities closing for a few days or shortening their hours of operation. But I think our guests realize this, and have been able to adapt.
The resort has been doing a great job of trying to get the message across to all the skiers to make sure they wear their masks on the gondola and in the lift lines. And because the resort only allows skiers who are fully vaccinated has really been awesome. We have really had no long lift lines at all.
It has been pretty sweet powder skiing and I have managed to get out and about doing some quality control.
The other day I did some off-resort skiing with some friends and we found some great terrain. I had only been down this run once before. I was doing great until I wasn't. Coming over a small knoll I found a small stand of trees in front of me. The result?? See for yourself in the video.
All is well. No after effects.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.