We know we are lucky living where we are and we do not take that fact for granted. It continues to be a great ski winter here at Vagabond Lodge and I am still amazed how busy the resort is.
Here at Vagabond, we are basically closed for the season. We do have a few reservations but just a few and are mostly return guests. We have been fortunate in our area and in BC, they have not shut down everything as in other places in the country and in the world. But on the other hand, maybe it would be better to close down the province for a couple weeks and get the case load down. It is a double edged sword, to try and keep the economy going but at the same time telling everyone to not go out or travel. We have had a treat in recent weeks when we have gone to the top of the mountain for dinner at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant. They have done a good job of limiting the numbers of people and making sure everyone is spread out. Instead of 100 people, they are only allowing 49 maximum. The food has been the best it has been for a number of years. It has basically been the first time we have gone out for dinner in months.
I have continued to ski most days with friend Patrick. It usually takes about 25-30 minutes wait at the gondola and generally everyone is doing a good job with social distancing and wearing a mask. A lot of skiers are wearing buffs instead of masks, which I understand are not good for face covering. It may be something the resort should do and clamp down on that.
The big concern we have is if there is a big case number at ski resorts, the government may shut them down as in Ontario. Whistler has some big numbers in recent weeks, as well as in Fernie, and Big White. Once it takes off, it is difficult to get those numbers down. BC Health is not doing a good job in their communication on the number of cases in smaller areas, unless there is a major outbreak. Here in Golden the latest numbers are 8 new cases but that was from over a week ago. They could give live updates but don't for some reason. I think this is not doing justice to the local community.
Besides the skiing we are keeping our heads down and waiting for our turn to get vaccinated which should be in the spring or early summer.
But in the interim we are snowshoeing and skiing. As I said at the start, we know how lucky we are and hopefully we can share with our awesome guests next winter. Video is some off-piste skiing a couple days ago with some friends.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.