Wow. What a way to start off the winter. It has been a crazy time in BC. We started off with a huge snow storm a few days ago dumping about 2 feet of snow if not more here at Vagabond Lodge. See video. Up to now, we had a small amount of snow at the base and about 70cms at the top but it was staying pretty warm here. And then it hit big time with over 60cms at the top but it began to rain at the base for most of yesterday which made it a pretty major mess.
We got away lucky in our area. Some parts of the area lost power for over 24 hours. We didn't. And all roads have been shut down throughout the province due to flooding and washed out roads. I am not sure how long it will take to get things repaired. It may be awhile. A lot of people have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding and many will be homeless for a long time. Very sad.
The weather has cooled off and no snow or rain and from the looks of the forecast we will be getting more snow.
I am so proud and relieved of what Kicking Horse Resort has mandated for this coming winter. You must be fully vaccinated for covid in order to ski or board here. Click here for details. Other ski resorts who have followed suit, include Sunshine Village, and Revelstoke along with all the RCR resorts of Fernie, Kimberly, and Nakiska and their Quebec resorts too.
We had decided at Vagabond Lodge to do that over the summer for the health of ourselves, our staff, other guests and our community and take only fully vaccinated guests and of course that is not changing.
Reservations have been solid for the upcoming winter with a lot of return guests who we haven't seen in a couple years, from overseas and the US as well as some new ones. Great to see some Australians on the move again.
Right now the resort and Vagabond is scheduled to open December 10 until April 17. Historically they always open a week earlier for a bonus weekend but is all dependant on the snow. Already they have over 50cms at the top but now it needs to get to the bottom and the weather forecast for the next week sounds promising.
Video is from the end of last season just to get you pumped.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.