It was a Christmas to remember for us. Not only did we have our grandson Waylon stay with us but we had some great new snow and even some sunshine. I managed 1 run on Christmas Day with son Kori and his wife Elaine. I needed some excercise to wear off all the food I had eatan for Christmas eve and make room for another feast on Christmas day.
After a number of days without any sunshine it was a glorious day at the top with blue bird skys and new snow. Wow. We went up to the top of T2 and found a nice stash of untracked powder. The video is of Kori.
After a few days of being closed to hang out with our family Vagabond Lodge is now open for business. Bring it on!
One of my favourite places to ski is T2. It is on the far south of the resort and involves about a 20 minute hike/climb to get to the top. From there it is a fabulous run to the bottom. No grooming here. And the alpine has gotten a lot of snow so far this year. My usual ski buddy Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined me for the first trip of the season to T2 and we were not dissapointed. Boot top powder for the most part. The bottom part of the resort still needs a good dump of snow to get a lot of the runs back in shape. But the top part is as good as you will find it. We had some fun.
The countdown is on for another Christmas at Vagabond Lodge. It is pretty exciting for Lori and I since we are going to hang out with our grandson Waylon for a few days. It is going to be a pretty special Christmas as we are are going to close for December 23/24/25 to spend time with our boys and their family. For Waylon who is just 14 months old, this will be a Christmas we will remember for a long time.
The cold spell we have had for the past 10 days or so(-18C) has broken and so has the dry spell. We got about 10 cms of snow overnight and today the temperature was -10C which is perfect. I went out in the afternoon and it started to clear up. The new snow has really softened things up and the conditions have improved dramatically. You still have to be cautious at the bottom where there are still a number of runs that are not open. The forecast is calling for snow off and on all week which will really help things out.
We are almost there. December 9th Vagabond Lodge and Kicking Horse Resort opens for the season. It was a bit of a surprise they didn't open this weekend as we seem to have enough snow. The alpine is great already with over 300 cms. I have talked to a few people who have either been boot packing or touring and they have given some great reviews of the snow quantity in the higher elevations. The bottom part is still lacking a lot but from the looks of it, it is skiable and the resort has had their snowmaking going daily. We have had some nice light snow coming down off and on for the past week and the weather forecast is calling for quite a bit in the next couple days before some colder weather sets in for a few days. Nothing serious but we don't usually get too much snow when it is colder. We have some great booking for this coming winter with a mixture of overseas visitors and Canadians and Americans. A lot of them are return guests who have been coming year after year. Many use Kicking Horse as a warm-up before heading heli skiing with either Great Canadian Heli skiing, or CMH. You can't find a better hill to get your legs than Kicking Horse Resort. Reminder if you are looking for a heli skiing experience we can hook you up for a day trip with Purcell Heli Skiing here in Golden. Give us a call and booking your stay at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Short video is a taste of heli skiing in our area.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.