Freeride Chronoicles – Kicking Horse Always Delivers

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on March 24, 2016 4:52 pm

Stop #2 had us heading east over Rogers Pass to the town of Golden, BC home to Kicking Horse Resort. Here Tommy Frey, Desiree Leipham and myself met up with our good friend and longtime KHMR local Steve Fisk who visited Kicking Horse over 13 years ago and he never left.

The view through Rogers pass

The view through Rogers pass

We didn’t even have to drink it blue on this trip as it seemed the weather gods were looking out for us as we were greeted with another day of Blue skies. According to Steve KHMR received some snow a few days earlier in the mid week. A quick ride up the Golden Eagle Gondola and a traverse out CPR Ridge to maximize the Blue bird and soft snow.

Desi bringing on the show

Desi bringing on the show

Getting after it on the steeps of KHMR Skier: Steve Fisk

Getting after it on the steeps of KHMR
Skier: Steve Fisk

Desiree Leipham dropping in off the CPR Ridge

Desiree Leipham dropping in off the CPR Ridge

Some impressive scenery skiing down these steep faces over looking the valley and the town of Golden. Pretty sweet warm up where we grabbed some good shots before we slid down to the Sluiceway runout. Here we made the decision to make the move over to the Terminator run to check out T1, a large face that requires a hike which always seems to be holding the goods.

Dropping in to Terminator overlooking the Columbia Valley

Dropping in to Terminator overlooking the Columbia Valley

As Steve suspected there were still lots of pow stashes up T1, We worked lower T1 for a few shots and made the plan to spin a quick lap back to the bottom for a gondy ride back up so we could do the T1 hike.

Fisk getting deep at the bottom of T1

Fisk getting deep at the bottom of T1

Tommy having one hell of a run on T1

Tommy having one hell of a run on T1

Great call as the hike is fairly short and well worth the effort. The temps were still cold and the snow was light as we worked some nice pitches. It’s amazing everywhere you look theres a cool feature and plenty of sweet backdrops for images.

T1 well worth the hike.

T1 well worth the hike.

Steve Fisk Nailing the Money Shot

Steve Fisk Nailing the Money Shot

We took our time getting down T1 as we could see a wave of broken clouds coming our way.

Once the clouds moved in we put away the camera and Steve took us on a little tour of some high speed groomers for a little carving action. This boy nows how to lay em over!

Fisk laying the wood to the groomers

Fisk laying the wood to the groomers

With over 4100 feet of vert and lot’s of steep groomers, it’s pretty easy to get some serious leg burn! Just as quick as the sun went away it came back out and we were back at it.

All smiles for Desiree in the morning

All smiles for Desiree in the morning

What a day of shredding and by 3:30 pm our legs were cooked and we ready for a couple of cold ones. Ok, we were ready but Tommy was JONSING! We made our way down to the Double Black Cafe for a little Apres and quaffing of some local drafts as we reflected on some of the better runs of our day. Not a bad way to wrap up a fun day at the Horse! You can be assured the Freeride Media Crew will be back.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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