We are into our final couple of weeks of winter operation Vagabond Lodge. Hard to believe this is our 19th winter. Time has gone by so quickly. A friend says, as you get older is like a toilet paper roll. It goes quicker as you get to the end. Sure seems that way.
It certainly hasn't been an epic winter for snow conditions but just the same, it's not as if we don't have any snow. We do. It's just not powder everyday. I explained that to a guest the other day, that no ski resort gets powder every day. Luck of the draw or just being at the right place at the right time. We certainly have had longer dryer spells than over the past few years.
I have been trying to get out for a run most days and surprisingly we are still finding some nice untracked stuff to play in.
Final day for the resort is April 16th. We are taking reservations for next season. You can book direct for email firstname.lastname@example.org
Video is of friend Patrick and I March 30th.
It has not been a great winter for exploring off-piste. The avalanche hazard in our area has been very high and very dangerous.
But in the past week things have improved and there is more stability.
One of our go-to spots not far off the resort has been on our radar all winter. At this point last winter we have probably done 40 or trips to this area but not this year.
We always go with someone who knows more than we do and we always recommend a certified guide to anyone who is thinking off exploring off-piste.
Earlier in the week was our first trip and it was well worth the effort. We were really surprised by the number of tracks already through the area. There must be a lot of skiers and boarders in the area who either are very knowledgeable or very reckless.
More snow in the next few days is in the forecast and hope this is the sign of things to come to finish off the season which is slated for April 16th. So still some great runs to be made.
Video is from our trip earlier in the week.
Despite not having any big dumps of snow in the past week, we are still able to find some nice stashs of powder here and there. It takes a bit more effort and are are going "out of bounds" but keeping safe.
Unfortunately there have been some horrible incidents in our area in the past week or so with two people dying in an avalanche just outside the Kicking Horse boundary a couple weeks ago and then 3 people who were on a heli skiing trip with one of the companies south of here were also killed.
We have been avoiding our favourite out of bounds area this winter because of the high avalanche hazard.
The season is winding down with the closing date of the resort scheduled for April 16th which is not far away.
But if history means anything the next month can be some of the best skiing, with warmer weather. You can book on-line or give us a call 250 344 2622.
Despite the smaller snowpack this year there is still some great skiing to be had. Video is from yesterday with family and friends.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.