Today was my first day ever skiing Kicking Horse ski resort in Golden, B.C.
I was blown away.
Kicking Horse is the home to 6th longest vertical drop in North America at 4,133-vertical-feet.
Top-to-bottom gondola laps will give you the burn you’ve been looking for.
Kicking Horse is steep, continuous, long.
It doesn’t hurt that this place just happens to be absolutely stunning.
The views today were sublime.
The Canadian Rockies are jagged reminders of the mountains you drew on construction paper with broken crayons when you were 7 years old.
At the bottom of the mountain today, ice sun halos dominated the sky and gave exhibit to one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.
Today was saw a circumzenithal arc, a supralateral arc, a Parry arc, a upper tangent arc, and a 22° halo.
Halo (from Greekἅλως, halōs) is the name for a family of optical phenomena produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos can have many forms, ranging from colored or white rings to arcs and spots in the sky. Many of these are near the Sun or Moon, but others occur elsewhere or even in the opposite part of the sky. Among the best known halo types are the circular halo (properly called the 22° halo), light pillars and sun dogs, but there are many more; some of them fairly common, others (extremely) rare. – Wikipedia
The skiing was damn fun today. Crunchy, chalky, old snow with a few centimeters of new snow on top that fell yesterday. It was ‘good for you’ skiing. You had to be on it, but if you were, the runs were long, scratchy, and fun.
The runs here are loooonnnngggg….
My favorite run of the day was one of those chutes on the west side of CPR ridge off the Gondola. Chalky and smoothish.
Overall, I absolutely loved Kicking Horse. The place is big, bad, steep, and long. Chutes galore. Plenty of great terrain and it appears that there will be some gnarly pillow lines once things fill in a bit more. The lift accessed backcountry here appears to be endless and intimidating.
I liked Golden so much I’m thinking about moving up here this season… The place is quaint, quite, cool, and cute with a lumberjack edge to keep it real.
With this being a la nina winter season, it would make a lot of sense to do a season in interior B.C.
Know of any rooms for rent in Golden?