By Jessie Foster
Skied so hard at Kicking Horse the first run, literally had to stop to puke at the bottom. Second run down made us feel like it was Christmas Eve. Nothing beats a massive dumping of snow for an early present.
We hiked up along the ridge to get to the Glory Bowl and had a gorgeous 360 degree view of the area. The further the walk, the stashes just got fluffier, deeper and more pristine. We couldn’t pull ourselves to stop throughout the day for a break – the skiing was just too kushy.
Every chairlift we made a new friend with a completely common joy and passion. The local vibes being everything but cold. The most friendly and excited lifties to talk with, barely seemed like they were working they were having such a good time. Was rare to ever run into the problem of having too many people on a run.
Very personal feels and an inclusive environment for beginners, but more seriously for backcountry skiers and boarders. While they don’t have a terrain park, they make up for it with multitudes of hikes wherever the eye can reach. Chair one, we met a six-year-old boy who was dropping cliffs twice his age in feet. Chair two, completely alone. Chair three, a heliskiing guide who was training up his legs for 60 consecutive days of slaying powder in the Purcell’s next week. The gondola was usually completely clear to walk straight on and not much of a wait anywhere else either.
With more than 70 fresh centimeters in the past week, the patches of untouched snow were still common ground throughout the mountain. All five lifts were open, which is pretty incredible for this early in the season. Pretty sure Kicking Horse lives up to its name as it most certainly booted our rear-ends into a pulp trying to explore all the various shoots and stairways all in only one day.
Swing by Kicking Horse and check out their Whitetooth Grill après concert series happening January 5. For more information visit https://kickinghorseresort.com/