The Pacific Northwest has been lacking with early season snowfall this season and when you need to get some ski legs on you before the busy season, finding snow is a priority. According to various ski reports and satellite weather systems, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC had been consistently getting accumulation through the week. Naturally, the Freeride Chronicles team packed their bags and high tailed it up to Kicking Horse with hopes of fresh snow and wide open tracks.
The Freeride Team arrived on Saturday morning and was greeted with a couple inches of fresh snow. After taking the Golden Eagle Express Gondola, the team lapped the basin off the Stairway to Heaven chairlift and worked the Redemption Ridge for a few satisfying runs. The team then made their way a little further on Redemption Ridge where the snow had been loading up on the backside, providing nice fresh chutes.
After getting the legs warmed up, the crew dropped into the Feuz Bowl where there was plenty of untracked snow. From the top of the bowl it’s 4,100 feet of vert back to the gondy, providing a great way to get those early season legs burning!
After a few hours of riding, everyone enjoyed a few drinks including local Steve Fisk, an ex ski racer who made the move out to the Horse 12 years ago. Steve offered to show the group around his playground in the morning.
Sunday morning brought semi clear skies and 10cm of fresh goodness. Steve took the crew back to the Feuz Bowl and into a few well protected spots. Between the 10cm’s and the chutes collecting any wind carried snow, the team was skiing boot top pow all morning long. What a honey hole!
Time flew by and it was 12:00, which meant time to make the drive back to reality. Nevertheless, the Freeride team left Kicking Horse with tired legs and huge smiles. The Horse is legit!