Canoe Trip on the Columbia River
One of the many fabulous things you can do around Golden BC and Vagabond Lodge is to go for a canoe trip on the Columbia River. You can rent a canoe at Columbia Valley Canoes which is located just a new minutes south of Golden. From there you basically float down the river until you come to the airport and pull in. The owner, Heidi comes and picks you up and takes you back to your car. The cost was $60 per 2 person canoe.Our trip was 3 hours. Great deal. We canoed into a lake, the river has created at one point and some of us(not me) jumped into the lake and went for a swim. Water is crystal clear. The tricky part is getting back into the canoe but they managed to do it without dumping anyone. Here is video of our trip.
"T2" at Kicking Horse
A fabulous few days here. Warmer temperatures, sunny sky's and still a lot of great snow to be had. I went up this afternoon for a couple runs and was surprised I could still find some fresh powder here and there and the tracked snow was still nice. Going later in the afternoon was certainly the key. I am sure the morning wasn't as nice. Even the bottom part of the hill was fine. A few patches of hard packed but that was it. Snow is holding up great and more snow is predicted later this week.
A new area that has been added to the resort this year is "T2" or Terminator 2" It involves a hike to the top of a mountain they call Terminator 2 and accesses some amazing runs. It is a challenge to get to the top and certainly is not for everyone which is good. If it is was easy everyone would be doing it. Narrow path and in a couple places very steep and difficult to get any sort of foot-hold. They have a rope at the last little section to pull yourself up which is a must. But the scenery is stunning and the runs are fabulous. I did it for the first time a few days ago and wasn't disappointed. I may not do it for awhile but I am glad I did it.
Earthquake in Japan
Great day at Kicking Horse skiing. But it really doesn't matter. What does matter is what has happened in Japan. Our thoughts are with those people. Everything else is unimportant.
Another Good dump of Snow
Temperatures have warmed up a lot and the snow keeps coming down. Snowed all day yesterday and most of the day today with accumulation of about 20cms or so in some places. I took a run later in the day and off the top it was especially nice with boot-top powder. Bottom part started to get a bit heavier but that is expected this time of the year. Temperature was about plus 2C at Vagabond Lodge.
Great day at Kicking Horse. Sun came out and temperatures were around 0C at the bottom. And with about 40cms of new snow over the past week it was fabulous skiing. I went out with some guests for a few runs after lunch and went into SuperBowl, Feuz Bowl and then Double-header and they were all good. It was also a demo day for Salomon and Blizzard and I tried 3 different skies. Fun doing that. These are all skis for next year. Things are quieting down here at Vagabond Lodge but the conditions are so good.
Jazz at Vagabond
We had our second Jazz Night at Vagabond Lodge this past Sunday. Parson Jazz Cooperative played for happy hour. We are working witha new singer, Terry Pittman and she did a great job. We will getting our "Act" together for a show we are doing next door at Corks Restaurant on March 19th. It will be a fundraiser for the Golden Nordic Club's New Lodge and will be playing for "Happy Hour" from about 4.30-6.30.
Woke up to a nice snowfall this morning. Received about 7cm overnight and about 24cm in the past couple days. Weather is still pretty cool...-15 in the morning and it didn't warm up that much during the day..maybe -8C at the top. So the snow is nice and light. And nobody on the hill so a great chance to take advantage of the snow and no crowds. I went up later in the afternoon with a neighbour for a couple of runs and it was great skiing. Visibility wasn't very good for our first run but it started to clear up as the day ended. More snow is predicted in the next few days.
Woke up to about another 12 cm of fresh snow. And then a blizzard hit for most of the morning. It was a whiteout for a few hours. And then after lunch the sun came out. Wow. I went up about 2pm for a couple runs. Sweet. Went into Feuz Bowl with some of our clients for a nice runs and then was hoping to go to Superbowl but it was closed. So I just dipped down into Bowl-over and then double header. Snow is just fantastic. Biggest weekend of the year coming up. Alberta Family day. If you don't have a reservation, too bad.
It was a nice change today at Kicking Horse. No lift lines and that is time for me to ski. It was quite windy at the top with poor visibility. But once you got off the top it was fine and the snow was very nice. We received well over 40 cms of new snow in the past few days. The best run I had was into SuperBowl. I questioned myself a few times for going there since I couldn't see anything but it kept most people from going there. And I found out it wasn't open on Sunday. That's why I had about a knee high powder. Very nice. Great bunch of guests including a group who have been coming for years to stay with us. We have 1 room left for the weekend coming up. $295 plus tax(double occupancy).
Bizzard at Kicking Horse
It's been quite a couple days here at Kicking Horse. Blizzard hit yesterday and it is still snowing. About 30cms of fresh powder. Certainly a lot heavier than the last dump we had a couple weeks ago with temperature around Vagabond Lodge hovering around 0C. Roads have been closed off and on all day in both directions. Guests having a blast in the snow. Visibility at the top is nil but once you get off the top you head for some trees and away you go. Regular guests brought all the fixing for a raclette last night and it was fabulous. Cheese was some of the best raclette I have had for a long time. Son Kori took the camera out today for a few shots of what the conditions were like. And they were great.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.