It was a great day to be skiing at Kicking Horse. It turned a bit colder for one thing which meant the snow was lighter. The day started out nice and sunny and I headed up to check out Terminator and wasn't disappointed. I was still able to find some knee-deep powder. While at the top I realized the T2 which is the next peak to the south wasn't open yet after our nice snowfalls in the past few days. It looked pretty inviting. I talked to a ski patrol on my way down and he said it was going to be opened up as we spoke. I stopped at Selkirk Sports and the owner Patrick said he was going to go with me to T2. With all the new snow the climb(20 minutes) was a bit of a challenge finding some good steps to climb on the steeper sections. Skiing down was also a challenge as the wind had created some hard crust in a spots including some big drifts. But it was still a great day. Better than a good day of work.
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.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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