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.
A great day today. Temperatures are getting nice and warm and sunny skies. I had a real treat today. I went on a trail ride in the Blaeberry Valley today. It is the valley to the North of Golden and very historical. It was the original fur trading route through the rockies and was discovered in the early 1800's. A friend from Golden owns a trail riding company called Bear Corner Adventures. www.bearcornerb-b.com. BJ is a former warden in Yoho National Park and has been in operation here for about 10 years. He took me a 4 friends on a 3 hour ride along the Blaeberry River. The scenery is fabulous. He can do overnight trips up the Howse Pass. Here is a video I put together of our trip.
High overcast sky's today with a few snow flakes now and then. Visibility wasn't great at the top. I went with a few guests of ours from Australia to show them a few runs they probably wouldn't taken. Always fun to show people the mountain. Main runs were tracked out but Feuz Bowl was still really nice and had a couple runs of fresh untracked snow. Some predictions of a big dump of snow coming Friday. Certainly the temperature is supposed to go up. Today was nice and cool. I love the cold snow. We have a full house with a few Aussies, Germans, Canadians and Suisse. Great group.
Great day at Kicking Horse. It snowed about 9cm overnight with temperature about -9C which meant for really nice fluffy snow. I went with a couple guests, Helena and Eric from England and friend Jeff from Golden for a couple runs down into Bowl-Over and then into double-header. Snow was outstanding with a lot of fresh tracks.
Supposed to be a good dump coming on Sunday too.
Some low cloud cover in the morning here at Kicking Horse. I went up about 1pm with a neighbour Bob for a few runs. It was actually quite cool at the top with a bit of a breeze and temperatures about -15C. I didn't really come prepared for the cold temperatures. As long as you were moving it was okay, but the chair ride was longer than I wanted. Snow conditions at the top is really nice. We had some powder a few days ago and it hasn't been very busy so still some nice soft snow and I was surprised by how quiet it was on the hill. I guess everyone is Christmas shopping. There is supposed to be some snow coming in a couple days. Reminder if you are looking for a New Years trip, we still have a couple rooms left. The resort always has some special events planned with a nice dinner and live music at the top of the mountain and fireworks in the plaza area.
Just found out this morning that Kicking Horse is opening Early. They are going to open on December 3rd, 4th and 5th. Then close for a few days, and reopen for the Season on December 10th. More snow is predicted this week so it should be an awesome start to the Season. Contact us for "First Tracks Special" here at Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse.
Great day yesterday. Taking advantage of quiet-time. Took Helen our wonderdog for a walk in the woods on Snowshoes. I had the Snowshoes on. Helen was on her own. Fabulous time. Just a few minutes away from Vagabond, we bushwhacked our way through the woods.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.