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.
It has been a great start to the month of February here at Kicking Horse. More new snow and the weather is staying nice and crisp. The resort hosted the World Freeride Tour which is a big thing for Golden and area. It is the only stop in North America and in reality there are probably very few resorts in the World which the type of terrain needed for these skiers/boarders. And we have it. They do some pretty crazy stuff. We had one of the mothers of one of the contestants stay with us and she was a basket-case watching her son do his thing. Because the first tour stop was cancelled in Japan they held 2 events here. The first one was in a an area that has never been open to the public and it was pretty wild seeing these kids come down ozone. Rumours have it, it will be open to the public before the season is over.
Son Kori and his wife Elaine spent a couple days here over the weekend and we managed to go for a few runs in the nice powder. One was off the top of T2 and we managed to get a small window of brighter skies late in the day. It made for some really nice colours as you can see in the video.
February is pretty solidly booked here at Vagabond but we have some availability in March which has always been a great month for snow. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
It has been a January to remember here at Vagabond Lodge and Kicking Horse Resort. It seems almost everyday we get more snow. The knees are getting a little worn but loving it. We have had about another 47 cms of snow over the past week and as I am writing this, we have a heavy snowfall warning with another 20 cms predicted. While other areas may be getting a lot more(Whistler) the difference here is our snow is not moist and wet. It is nice and dry and you can still find great stashes of powder days after a snowfall that is as light as the day it fell.
This video is from a couple days ago when we managed to get some visibility coming down from T2. Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined me for a hike up.
If you are looking for a great winter getaway, give us a call atVagabond Lodge 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The video tells the story. After a couple weeks of temperature inversion where the top of the mountain was really warm(above 0C) and the bottom was a lot colder the weather had a dramatic change for the better. It snowed for about 2 days pretty steady with 25 cms of beautiful soft powder. And it came in the middle of the week so we didn't have to contend with the weekend warriors using our snow up. Sorry..I am selfish with my snow.
As you can see we had some fun playing in the snow. The forecast looks great too for the next couple weeks with cooler temperatures of below 0C and a few more dumps of snow.
January is winding down but we still have some room at Vagabond for the end of the month. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
You too, can come and play.
It has been an interesting past couple weeks here at Vagabond Lodge and Kicking Horse Resort. Snow conditions have gone from good to ever better with some nice dumps in the past week and in January the crowds are gone and basically it is the locals. Temperatures have remained nice and crisp which means good light snow. We had one day recently where it was getting a bit warm(plus 2 C). We had a long spell of a temperature inversion where it was above 0C at the top and as cold as -19C at the bottom.
The big excitement was having our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stay at the resort with his family for most of last week which was really great. I am non political for the most part but just having him here is a feather in our cap. We had the pleasure of hosting some of his RCMP security people while he stayed. While they were mostly tightlipped about their role, they were very courteous and respectful.
I have been going up regularly to both T2 and Terminator and finding some fresh snow daily. Video is from January 10th off the top of Terminator.
It has been a great Christmas at Vagabond. Kicking Horse had a few nice dumps of snow just before the holidays which was great. And for the second year in a row we shut Vagabond down for 3 days over Christmas. We had some great visits with friends who we don't get to visit with once the busy part of the season begins. Colder weather has hit for the past few days -18C. But from the forecast it looks like it is going to start to warm up tomorrow and more snow off and on in the next week.
The video is from December 22nd. A great day with Patrick from Selkirk Sports. We did a climb to the top of T2 and enjoyed some great skiing.
We still have some openings for the upcoming season. Give us a call 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A great week on the slopes at Kicking Horse. After about a week of a temperature inversion with warm temperatures and sunny skies at the top and cloudy and cold at the bottom, we got a couple of great dumps of snow with over 40 cms in the last week. And the temperatures have stayed nice and cool(-8C) or so and even cooler so the snow is fabulous. I had a great day with son Kori and his wife Elaine with sunny skies after all the new snow. And then a couple days later I hooked up with one of the locals Ken and we found more fresh snow. It should make for a great Christmas for all the skiers in our area(and snowboarders) . Enjoy the videos. If you are looking for a special winter vacation in the snow, give us a call at Vagabond Lodge at 250 344 2622 or email@example.com
Have a good one.
All sorts of good stuff to talk about. Our first guests of the season have come and gone. We had a group of 8 from one of our wholesalers in Europe called Aeroski. One of their clients was Andreas Wenzel from Leichenstein. Andreas was one of the great alpine skiers in his era and it was a great era. Andreas won an Olympic gold medal and competed in basically all the events. He also was the winner of numerous world cup events. The group headed off after a couple days skiing Kicking Horse to Bobby Burns CMH lodge for a week heli skiing. That's Andreas on the left. Not sure about the guy on the right.
The conditions have been a bit strange for this time of the year. We have been having a temperature inversion with very warm weather at the top(above 0C) and beautiful sunny skies. And as you get closer to the bottom there is a thick fog layer and considerably cooler temperatures. But when you have 4000 ft. vertical it is not uncommon to have such a change but usually we get this later in the winter. Still some nice snow conditions at the top. I have made it up to both Terminator Peak and T2 to start off the year with Patrick from Selkirk Sports.
It was a great way to kick off another ski season. With over 400 cms of snow fallen at the top of the mountain the resort had a preview weekend on December 2 and 3rd. I was somewhat sceptical since we had some rain at the bottom area and was wondering how good it would be. Well it was great. I don't think I have seen the bulk of the mountain in such good a shape as it was. Nice soft powder snow and not a rock to be seen until the last little section below Catamount chair. But the resort did a great job of making sure there was enough snow to get to the base. They have limited snow making but with some great summer grooming it was enough. We are taking bookings at Vagabond Lodge for the upcoming ski season. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.