Sunshine and Fun
Beautiful sunny skies for the past few days. And surprisingly colder temperatures than we normally get for late February. But it has been a lot warmer at the top and with the sunshine it is a fabulous spot to be. I went with a couple friends yesterday, Richard and Bob to the top of Terminator and skied down into "Superbowl." There are a number of runs off the top and I had gone up the day before and found some nice stashes of powder.
We had some fun as you can see from our Video.
I was headed out yesterday for a run and dropped in at Selkirk Sports at the base of Kicking Horse. Patrick , the owners is a great guy and we work very closely with him as he treats our guests and all his clients very special. And one of the perks of our relationship is a chance to try some of his new products. He wanted me to try out a new ski for next year called the Blizzard Bodacious. The best place to try these skis was to climb to the top of Terminator just south of the gondola. It is about a 20 minute climb and I was hoping there was still some powder. And there was. I found a few places where its as knee deep. Pretty sweet actually.
The skis were great in the deeper snow. I liked them for the most part except in the steep bumps which I had to go through further down the mountain. My old knees felt them. On slower speeds they were easy to turn but at higher speeds through the bumps, it took a lot of work.
I was really surprised how nice they were on the groomers too which I skied near the bottom.
A few photos of my trip.
It is the busiest weekend historically of the winter here at Kicking Horse and this weekend looks like the trend will continue. The cars are lined up the road in all directions.
This has a lot to do with the "Alberta Day" Long weekend plus "US Presidents Day" Long weekend in the US plus the great snow conditions we have right now and more snow is expected throughout the next 5 days at least. If you are planning a ski trip and your dates are flexible, mid week is always better no matter when. But certainly this weekend is a good weekend to avoid if you have an option for skiing. But having said that, all our guests were having a blast today and despite the longer lineups, nobody was complaining. Most are here for a week. One day of busy is not a big deal.
We have some great guests staying with us. It is a pretty international group, with a some Brits, Aussies, Germans and even a few Canucks. It doesn't take long for our guests to get to know each other. We only take nice people here at Vagabond Lodge anyways.
Shawn made an awesome lunch today...Moroccan vegetarian Pie with salad. Wow was it good. Shawn is also our masseuse. She does a great massage along with cooking up a feast each day. Lunch is included along with a great breakfast when you stay at Vagabond Lodge.
Powder and More Powder
It has been snowing pretty steady for the past couple days with about 47 cms in the past 48 hours. I went out with friends Don and Peter for a couple runs. The video says it the best...especial
27 cms Snow
Yes the snow kept coming. Woke up to about 17 cms of fresh snow after 10 cms the day before. Needless to say, I had to get out there and check it out.
I made a couple runs about 10.30 and it was boot top powder. I found the runs to the south were a lot better into "Double Header." I then went up Stairway to Heaven chair and into Feuz bowl which is the furthest North bowl. It was pretty sweet but certainly had been tracked out compared to the other side. But who's complaining!! Not me. A great day with all our guests coming back with huge smiles. We have a great bunch staying with us. Four couples from England, a couple from Montana, and a family from New Zealand. Temperature certainly went up dramatically. It remaining about plus 2 C for most of the day. It may be time to check out T1 or T2 soon.
The visibility in the morning with all the snow pounding down was marginal but for my second run the sun came out and it was spectacular. An hour later is started to snow again. The photos before are from when the sun came out obviously.
Best part is more snow is predicted over the next 5 days.
We really do not have much for availability at Vagabond Lodge until early March but that is always a great time for skiing. Give us a call 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 cms Powder
What a treat to ski some fresh snow today. It has only been a couple weeks but it seems forever since we had some new snow. It started yesterday lightly and this morning we awoke to about 10 cms. The weather forecast has a snow off and on all week.
I went up for a couple runs this afternoon. Temperature has warmed up too. It was about -10C which is about perfect keeping the snow nice and light and fluffy. I think it is going to continue to warm up which means more moisture.
When I get the chance, I love showing some of our guests around the Resort. Yolanda and Peter stayed with us last week on their way too CMH for some Heli Skiing. We get a number of CMH guests who come here to get their legs before heading to one of their lodges. Yolanda is a writer with the London Telegraph Newspaper. I had talked earlier in the week about maybe going to the top of T2 for a run and they took me up on the offer a couple days ago. I had some fun putting a video together. It was a spectacular day and a great run to the bottom. I can do the circuit in an hour and a half. I took them to where they had never been before!!
What a View
I know this may begin to be repetitious but today was another trip up to the top of T2. But this trip was a special one. We have some guests, Neil, Bill, Bob and Stuart from Calgary who have been staying with us for the past 7 years. They have booked their stay already for next year. Neil ..who is the youngest of the group at 70, has been talking about going up to T2 and today he decided to join me for the half hour climb to the southern most peak at the Resort. And what a great day it was.
The photos tell the story.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.