A bit of a dry spell for the past week here at Vagabond Lodge plus we had the long weekend which is one of the busiest few days of the winter. Needless to say the bulk of the runs get skied out pretty quickly. Great coverage but not as easy to find the soft untracked snow.
But if you are a little more adventuresome and have the necessary avalanche equipment, there is still a lot of great spots to explore just outside the boundary of Kicking Horse Resort. I do not recommend this to the uneducated in terms of avalanche awareness. When I go I make sure it is as safe as possible and have a transceiver with me just in case and follow routes that do not take me under or near possible avalanche areas. And the skiing is fabulous.
We are closing in on the final month of operation of Vagabond for this winter. Don't rule out March. It can be a great month for skiing at Kicking Horse. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the things I have wanted to do for a number of years is to ski into Canyon Creek. It is basically the valley behind Kicking Horse. I see it every time I ski and think how nice it would be to go down. It is certainly getting more and more popular for the back country enthusiasts because of the great terrain as well as the proximity to the resort. There have also been a number of incidents over the past 15 years, where skiers and boarders have gone down into Canyon Creek not realizing they need to have skins on their skis or boards and have to walk back up. They have gone down unprepared and unaware. There was a fatality there a number of years ago as well.
I went with some friends this week. One if very experienced in the backcountry and we took all necessary equipment. It was a great day with untracked powder. The easy part was going down. The hard part was coming back up which took about an hour. They went for a second run. One was enough. Included in my trip was a ski that decided to run away after a spill near the bottom. Luckily it did not go as far as it could and was found and brought back up to me. I hate to think about the consequences of not finding it.
Awesome day and I will be doing that again in the right conditions and with the right people.
It's not always pretty. As you can see from this video. The key for skiing off-piste is being able to adjust to the varying snow conditions. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The other day friend Patrick and I went for a hike to T2. It looked fabulous but was wind-blown. One turn and whoops. One ski goes one way and one goes the other way. I had that happens a couple times on our run and went for a couple spills. It was all good. The snow is amazing for the most part. We did have 1 day of rain last week at the base. It was the pineapple express that rolls through from the west coast every so often. We got away lucky as it snowed heavily after the rain stopped. Other resorts in the area did not come away as fortunate. Since then we had had some nice snow almost daily and colder temperatures. We still have a couple of months of great skiing ahead of us. Give us a call at Vagabond Lodge 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
It doesn't get much better than skiing with family and friends. And with all the snow we have gotten so far this winter, you don't have to look too far for fresh powder. Son Kori joined me and friend Patrick for a great run down from T2 the other day.
More snow is in the forecast for the next few days here at Kicking Horse Resort. If you believe the forecast, they are calling for about 30 cms over the upcoming weekend.
We still have some rooms available at Vagabond for the first week of February. Give us a call here at Vagabond 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
it was a fabulous week for skiing at Kicking Horse Resort. We had some great dumps of snow, then a few days of cold temperatures and then to finish it off, another 20cms of snow to end the cold spell and maybe the best day of skiing this year on Thursday. Kicking Horse is known for Champagne Powder and that is what we had. Knee deep powder that you didn't even know was there under your skis. Along with some friends, I did my best to keep up with them and there is a highlight reel of the week that was. And the good thing about it, more snow is coming this week. Book your stay at Vagabond Lodge. Phone 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
Come and play. You never know, you may make a highlight reel.
It has been a great January for snow. We haven't had too many days without snow and have had some great storms roll through. Nice cooler weather which means champagne powder. A few of us went up to T1 a few days ago for the first time this year. As you can see from the video, I am practicing for the upcoming World Freeride Tour event that is coming soon to Kicking Horse. Pretty good hey?? Just kidding. We had some fun in the snow. Right now we have a cold spell rolling through the area with temperatures about -20C for a few days. A warming trend is starting in a couple days with more snow.
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We are off to a great 2020. Snow and more snow. As of January 4 we have had close to 40cms in the past week and from the looks of the forecast there will be more on the way this week. Friend Patrick and I did a nice run to kick off the new year on T2 and a half. The run is just "out of bounds" and we never recommend doing this unless you have your avalanche gear and knowledge of the dangers and what to look for. We had the run to ourselves.
I love January at Kicking Horse especially after the New Year rush. As of tomorrow things will quieten down considerably for the rest of the month and with all the great snow, it is going to be pretty sweet.
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The doctor said, not to fall down. Otherwise I can get back skiing. I had a broken collarbone repaired in October(I broke it a year ago) and after a couple months recovery that was his prognosis. I will definitely try not to fall down.
With over 25cms of fresh snow over the past couple days, I had my first taste of powder since last year. It couldn't have come at a better time as the snow conditions were a bit sketchy to start the season here at Kicking Horse Resort. And with the Christmas rush looming a great dump of snow was exactly what was needed.
Friend Patrick and I found some great skiing yesterday with a lot of untouched powder.
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Another season has begun here at Kicking Horse Resort. And from all reports, the conditions are pretty good especially at the top. As usual the bottom area is "early season conditions."
My skiing is on hold for a while yet because of some surgery I had to get on my collarbone. I hope to be back on the slopes in a month. Until then I have to keep myself happy with some snowshoeing and winter hiking in the area. Which is still pretty nice.
A number of years ago in my former life, I had a chance to spend some time in TV working with TSN the Sports Network. One of my early projects was a program on the World Powder 8 skiing Championships at Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing in Blue River BC in 1987 . Here is a link to the original video.
With permission of course, a production company from Vancouver put tougher a tribute to Mike Wiegele for the recent Vancouver Film Festival. You will see some of the original footage I shot back in 1987. Nice job on the tribute.
We are starting to count the sleeps until another winter season at Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort. December 6 is the opening day for the 20th anniversary of the resort. Vagabond opened a 4 years later in 2004. Hard to believe we have been here 16 years. Wow. We have had some fun
The snow is looking good at the top of the mountain. We could use a good dump at the bottom but it will come. Photos are from the top of the mountain today November 22nd.
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Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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