Friday we headed to Kicking Horse Ski Field, as I was feeling well enough, and there had been a bit of fresh snow the day before. We had been holding off going to Kicking Horse, as we were being fussy, and wanted fresh powder. The weather is being fickle with us though, and providing us only with foggy days, or clear sky days, and pretty much no fresh snow. The first world problems!
Kicking Horse is mostly intermediate and advanced terrain, and it was a bit of a challenge for us, with very little new snow, and lots of large moguls. It was also very cold – hard to feel how to steer, when the front half of each foot is numb! We both had sore feet problems, on top of the cold. They have a gondola that goes all the way to the top of the field, which is pretty cool, but it is a long ride, I think it was just under 15 minutes.
We overall had a good day, but occasionally wished we had certain crazy skiiers with us to take us crazy places! As we would often take the easier path, as it was.. easier! Sore feet makes you pick the easier path too >< We did do some challenging terrain, found some freshies, and zoomed through some more trees.
The ski area is home to a rescued bear, who in Summer, roams over much of the mountain, and in Winter, sleeps in an enclosure in the middle of the field. The bear area is fenced off, but you can zoom past the Winter enclosure, even if you can’t see the little bear. Unfortunately I was going too fast to stop and take pics of his house. From the gondola you can see down into his territory. They can’t release him back into the wild, so they keep him as an ambassador for his species.
We stopped in Golden on the way home, and bought some new headlights, which we shall try out next time we go out at night, and perhaps we will be able to see the road without having to put high beams on! We can dream.