I arrived back in Golden, B.C. on Monday night.
This place is magically mellow, easy going, and even has damn good Indian food.
Kicking Horse is the ski resort here in town and this place is built to make you a strong snow slider.
4,133-vertical-feet of skiing from top to bottom along with killer views and impressive terrain make this place world class.
There’s a reason why the Freeride World Tour is coming here for its only North American stop next month and that reason is that the terrain here is insane.
The chutes that litter the ski resort (there are 85 of them inbounds…) were especially fun as the chalk made every turn similar and very consistent and once you got about half way down the chutes there was often soft, long piles of shaved snow from previous skiers to slash in.
The inbounds skiing at Kicking Horse yesterday was chalky and fun.
I spent the majority of my day cruising up the gondola, then skiing CPR ridge chutes down to the Stairway to Heaven chairlift, then skiing off the north side chutes there back to the base of the gondola again then repeating. A very fun lap.
The weather started off cold and clear with a stiff breeze up top before clouds moved in and the wind slacked off. It stayed cold and the skiing was good bell to bell.
We did one mellow backcountry lap to have a look around and I had my mind blown. The backcountry off Kicking Horse is impressive, easy to access, and inspiring.
The backcountry possibilities here and limitless and of very high quality.
Avalanche conditions remain CONSIDERABLE with 3 different persistent weak layers lurking in the local snowpack.
The best news is that Kicking Horse is forecast to see snow all week!