No question we are spoiled. We expect powder skiing every day, but that is not reality. Especially lately. But after a bit of a dry spell, we had a nice snow squall roll through a few days ago and dumped about 15 cm in a matter of an hour or so.
Usually our routine is heading out of bounds off the top of the mountain to find the best skiing but because of severe avalanche hazard we stayed on the lower part of the mountain. Along with friends Patrick and the other Ken(our leader) we did some bushwhacking and some skinning but at the end, we found it. It was a lot of work but worth it.
It's been a long wait for our first hike to T2 Kicking Horse Resort. Usually we would have gone a dozen or so times already.
T2 had been closed until a week ago and then within a few days of opening, a slide was triggered that swept across the top part of the run off the top.
The hike was the best part. The skiing was a challenge as we had to make our way across the slide with a lot of either rocks or hard chunks of snow and the visibility was marginal. But we made it.
The snow conditions are certainly not what we have been used to but we know it will get better. But just getting to do our climb again was a great feeling. More on the way.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.