Kicking Horse, B.C. Backcountry Report: Two Chutes, Two Hoots, Two Toques

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Kyle Peterson, perfect form, and great snow on the apron below the 2nd chute of the day. Big terrain. Little skier. See him in the notch? This was the 2nd chute we skied today. image: snowbrains

Yesterday, I ran into some buddies from Jackson Hole, WY whilst skiing at Kicking Horse in B.C.

I was successfully able recruit one of them into trying out a short tour in the backcountry adjacent to Kicking Horse today.

We did a run off CPR ridge all together in the 7cms of new snow that fell last night before jumping on the Stairway to Heaven chairlift.

Big terrain. Little skier. See him in the notch? This was the 2nd chute we skied today. image: snowbrains

Kyle Peterson and I hiked up the staircase, walked along the ridge and found a chute I’d scouted from below the previous day.  The chute had been well skied but the little bit of new snow on top made it fun.

Below the chute, the apron was powdery and pretty darned dreamy.

video of hacking down the 2nd chute

From the boulders at the bottom, we skinned up the adjacent ridge and had a look into a couple of chutes I’d peeked into the day before. 

One of them called to us. 

Kyle coming out of the 1st chute. photo: snowbrains

We tiptoe-bootpacked down into the top of the chute, checked the snow, and decided it was a go.

This 2nd chute was sluffy, long, somewhat tight, and damn fun.  Once we got low enough to comfortably outrun our sluff, the ski out and apron below were absolutely splendiferous.

Miles in the goods below Birthday Chute today. photo: kyle peterson

This 2nd chute was the neatest thing I’ve skied this season so far.  

At the bottom we laughed, smiled, high-fived, hooted a bit and headed back to the base of the resort.

Definitely one of the most satisfying ski days of the season for me.

Thanks, Kicking Horse. 

Kyle below Birthday Chute. photo: snowbrains

***note:  the word toque found in the title is Canukistanian for beanie and is pronounced “toʊk”

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Kicking Horse snow forecast. image: snow-forecast.com, today

PHOTOS:

First gondy light today. image: Kyle Peterson
Miles about to drop chute #2. photo: kyle peterson
Kyle boot packing down into chute #2. photo: snowbrains
Kyle Peterson making snow fly in the 2nd chute of the day. Big terrain. Little skier. See him in the notch? This was the 2nd chute we skied today. image: snowbrains
Good snow today below Birthday Chute. photo: kyle peterson
Trees + snow today. Big terrain. Little skier. See him in the notch? This was the 2nd chute we skied today. image: snowbrains
Terrain that reminded me of the southside backcountry at Jackson Hole, WY (4 pine?). Big terrain. Little skier. See him in the notch? This was the 2nd chute we skied today. image: snowbrains
Elizabeth on CPR ridge today. image: snowbrains
Gorgeous first gondy views today. image: Kyle Peterson
Vistas de la gondola today. image: snowbrains
E-Liz on CPR ridge today. image: snowbrains
Terminator views today. image: snowbrains
Katey tearing up some new snow on CPR ridge today. image: snowbrains

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