Monday, March 17, 2014

Kicking Horse, Part One

It's hard to write these updates five days in the past because so many great things are happening right now! But we'll try. Tuesday was travel day. We had the most gorgeous drive across British Columbia in brilliant sunshine. Seven hours flies by when you're looking at amazing snow capped mountains the whole time. It was just us and a LOT of tractor trailers making our way east across the Trans-Canada Highway. We stopped for late lunch/dinner in Revelstoke, crossed into Mountain Time (it stays light so late!) and headed up Rogers Pass.

Golden, BC is a 4000 person town in the middle of nowhere. Perched above it in the Dogtooth Range, across a one lane bridge, is Kicking Horse Resort, our home for the next 6 days. It's a much smaller resort than Whistler, but has a great feel to it. The lodges seem new but unpretentious. Our room was just a stone's throw from the gondola. It was sweet. And apparently mid-week bluebird days soon after a storm aren't quite enough to attract a crowd - it felt like a ghost town.

Wednesday morning there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The sun was a much welcomed change. We skied some steep chutes and bowls and hiked up to a summit peak, which was scary (not for Mike), in search of some powder stashes three days post-storm. At the end of the day we may have even achieved a minor goggle tan. A massive pile of nachos and a pitcher of beer on an outdoor patio (in t-shirts and shades...ahhhh) wrapped up a fantastic day.

On Thursday I only skied a few runs in an effort to save my knee for the hard charging to come once my dad and brother arrived Friday evening. Mike skied another 7 hour day (I don't know how he does it) while I relaxed (t-shirt weather again!) on our deck overlooking the mountain. We went into town for a 5 pm dinner and were the only patrons. Ski days really throw off your eating schedule!

The stunning drive across British Columbia
Rogers Pass (and basically our view for most of the drive)

The view from our room's deck...wowzers

The summit of T1 after a hike. Don't look down, don't look down! 
The chutes we skied coming down from T1 
"Ahh back on solid ground"

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