Columbia river is rising by the minute. The river flows through Golden and is one of the many hidden gems in our area. Friend Patrick and Lori joined me for what was going to be a float down the river. Perfect day with blue skies and beautiful scenery in every direction. We drove to a little town called Parson which is about 30 minutes south and put the kayaks in the water. It didn't take long to realize we had some work ahead despite the strong current. It was windy and windy to the point of whitecaps. The ending point was Columbia Wetlands Outpost which is about a 10 km trip. What should have been no more than 2 hours, took 3 with no time to take a break. You stopped paddling, you went backwards. Which may have been a better option. Despite the extra work, it was still an amazing day with all sorts of bird life to see and no-one else on the river except us. Outstanding.
It doesn't get much better than being able to ski and kayak in the same day. Patrick from Selkirk Sports here at Kicking Horse joined me for exactly that on April 27th. It was a beautiful day and with the lifts already closed but yet plenty of snow yet, for the season we skinned up to the top of one of the runs above Vagabond. It took us about 2 hours to get to the top and about 10 minutes to get down(a few breaks to enjoy the scenery). And then a couple hours later we headed down to the Columbia River which is a 10 minute drive and went kayaking for an hour or so. Fantastic day. Vagabond is closed for another month and will reopen for the summer season in June. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email info@vagabondlodge to book your stay. The skiing may not be in option but the kayaking certainly is. The sightseeing gondola and grizzly bear refuge opens in June and goes until October. Those are just a couple of the many things you can do in our area.
We really didn't 't get any spring skiing at Kicking Horse this winter. Except for a couple days, it was winter from start to finish. But finally the warmer weather hit a few days ago and with amazing snow coverage Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined me for a skin up the slopes behind Vagabond. We made it about half-way to the top and took about 1 and a half hours mostly skinning but in a couple spots we took our skis off and climbed up which made it a lot easier on the steeper terrain. After a short rest, we skied down which took us about 10 minutes with a number of stops. Awesome day and a great work-out. There may be one more trip up yet before we put away the skis.
Another ski season is in the books here at Vagabond. And wow. What a great ski season we had. Over 1000 cms of snow at the top of Kicking Horse which was a record. And it is still coming down as I type this up. I managed to get up for 100 days of skiing this winter which is the most I have ever done in one year. And most of those are climbs to either T1 or T2. The video is from the second last day on April 14th. I did go skiing on the final day but the visibility was very poor and my body said "enough is enough." One run down on the final day just to say I skied the final day. We had some great guests over the winter with a great many of them returning year after year and a number have already booked their stay for the 2018-2019 ski season Now we get a month and a half break to recharge and then we will reopen Vagabond in early June. It already looks like it could be the busiest summer we have ever had. I am looking forward to some great hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. All we need now is to get rid of all our snow which may be awhile yet.
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We are in the last few days of operation at Kicking Horse. Vagabond has been closed for a couple weeks so it gives us a chance to relax and enjoy the skiing. And boy has it been a treat. I have done some extra exploring near the resort with some friends and have actually tried some new terrain just out of bounds. We always carry avalanche gear.
It has been an awesome winter. We will take a break and get ready for the summer season and from the looks of the early bookings, it will be very busy again.
Vagabond has an early bird discount for the 2018-19 ski season. If you book direct for the next little while you will receive a 10% savings. But this has to be done direct by either phoning us at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
The snow keeps coming. Although we have shut the door for the ski season at Vagabond, the skiing continues. I went with a couple of friends Ken and Spencer the other day just out of bounds off T2 at Kicking Horse. Despite being here for 15 years this was the first time I had skied this run. Since it is out of bounds, I never recommend doing this unless you have all the necessary avalanche gear and go with someone who knows the terrain because it is easy to get into trouble. It was a fabulous run.
We are taking reservations for both summer and next winter at Vagabond. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort closes on April 15th and then reopens in May until October for the summer. Vagabond will also be reopening in June.
We are still finding fresh powder and the season is almost done. We just need to work a little harder to find it. With warmer weather now the condition's vary from top to the bottom here at Kicking Horse. And it will vary depending on what side of the mountain ..north facing or south facing. Patrick from Selkirk Sports and I headed up to the top of Terminator Peak a couple days ago. Although it was sunny it was super windy at the top. Maybe the worst wind I have experienced. We had a tough climb with a cold wind blowing. But it was definitely worth it as we found untracked powder to the bottom. Nobody else wanted to go except for a couple of old farts...us.
Sweet run. Vagabond closes for the winter season on March 29th and will be reopening for summer in June. The resort is remaining open until April 15th so we will still have a few more weeks of playing.
How good is that? Book your stay this summer or next winter and give us a call here at Vagabond. 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
I did a fantastic trip recently near Kicking Horse. Along with some friends including one who is a guide, we went into Rudy's Bowl and Ozone. It involved about a half hour boot hike, then a great run into Ozone and then a couple of trips skinning to the top of Rudy's Bowl and then skiing down to the bottom of Kicking Horse. We left the base of the resort about 10 and returned about 3pm. We had all the avalanche gear including transceivers and everyone knew how to use them properly. I have been in this area a few times and love it. I could see doing this more and more often as the resort gets more popular and that is happening. Not that we have any major lift lines but it will get that way eventually. There is a solitude to skinning up to the top of a mountain which is most cases is probably just as much enjoyment as skiing down. We took along a couple of our guests at Vagabond. It was fun to show them another side of what this area has to offer.
The area we went into is probably going to be part of the actual Kicking Horse Resort soon and will certainly be a lot busier than the day we went with maybe another half dozen people in the area.
It was a very special day.
We know how to have fun atVagabond Lodge. It truly has been a ski season to remember with continuous snow and cool temperatures. It does look like a warming trend is in the forecast but this time of the year is not a surprise as the season starts to wind down.
A group of us had a fabulous run from the top of T2 the other day. We were at the right place at the right time. We basically followed the ski patrol to the top and were the first skiers/boarders down after a nice snowfall.
Big news this week from Kicking Horse. They are part of the EPIC PASS that includes everything from Whistler to Vail and other resorts around the world. It will be interesting to see the effects on skier visits to our area. I am not sure if I am that interested in more skiers coming here but at the same time I realize it is inevitable. We have just too good of terrain to keep it hidden for too much longer. I think they will have a record year this year as it is. Progress??
February is always our busiest time of the ski season and this year is not any different. Great to see a lot of familiar faces from guests who come year after year. Although we haven't had a big dump of snow in a week or so conditions are still great. And if you don't mind doing a little exploring there are still patches of fresh powder. Video is from the top of T2 which is my usual haunt. There are a few chutes that seem to get always have some nice soft snow even when everything else seems to be skied. It looks like more snow coming next week and temperatures are staying below 0C for the most part which means great skiing from the top to the bottom. It has definitely been a winter to remember for not only consistent snow but also cooler temperatures. We still have some rooms available at Vagabond in March. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.