Kicking Horse, BC Report: 4,000-Vertical-Feet of Awesome

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Fox slipping through the goodness. image: snowbrains

Report from December 5, 2021

Awake at 6am in a dingy hotel in Calgary after 5-hours of sleep.

On the road before 7am in starlight.

Sunrise after 9am at the boundary of Banff National Park (how weird is the work Banff – it’s Scottish Gaelic meaning “piglet”).

McDonald’s breakfast in Golden.

On the hill in brilliant sunshine at Kicking Horse, BC by 11am.

Kicking Horse is stacked with 323cm (127″) of snowfall this season already.

Kicking Horse and the Dog Teeth. image: snowbrains

Kicking Horse hasn’t fully opened for the season, but they opened last weekend for a “preview weekend.”

Saturday was the opening day and it must have been insanely fun since the entire mountain was nothing but fresh powder.

The inbounds were still skiing well yesterday.

Kicking Horse terrain. image: snowbrains

Chopped up, dense powder, and railing groomers.

After a few fun inbounds laps, we dipped into the golden light of the side-country.

The snow out there was immaculate.

Fox in a BC area. image: snowbrains

We’d read the avalanche report and were wary of the two persistent weak layers in the snowpack and the “Considerable” avalanche danger rating.

We dug a pit, did some testing (I have my AIARE Avalanche 1, 2, & 3 certificates) and decided to ski some happy, low-angle terrain. 

The skiing was silky, dreamy, and wildly fun.

Fox & Miles fired up on the chair. image: snowbrains

This was only my 2nd true powder day of the season and it felt so good to ride on quiet snow…

After one big, long run we climbed back up to Kicking Horse and rallied one 3,600-vertical-foot run home.

Snow Numbers

image: kicking horse, 12/6/21

Weather Forecast

image: theweathernetwork.com, 12/6/21

Photos

Stairway to Heaven Chair. image: snowbrains
Vistas. image: snowbrains
Fox and BC. image: snowbrains

Kicking Horse views. image: snowbrains

Fox climbing back up in paradise. image: snowbrains
BC is stunningly beautiful. image: snowbrains
Kicking Horse. image: snowbrains
This symbol means BC to me… image: snowbrains
Kicking Horse is gorgeous. image: snowbrains
Fox stoked. image: snowbrains
Looking like Christmas at the gate of Banff National Park. image: snowbrains
Après ski! image: snowbrains

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