The last 10 days of February 2013 saw a Pure Powder Adventure (9 day ski trip) run with great snow conditions, and a crew of happy customers. After a dry period during Jan and into Feb, we've finally seen some bountiful snowfall again. This tour visits Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Fernie, and Castle Mountain. The first few days were sunny and warm. In Fernie our timing was just right, with 16 cm's of fresh snow the first day, and a stormy powder day covering our tracks on the second. After the steep and deep of Fernie, we lucked out at Castle Mtn as well, with winds overnight blowing the powder around into a fresh blanket of velvety snow, boot-top deep. Sunny skies with very few people on the mountain made a great way to end the tour.
March 4. Ian, Chris, and Scott contacted Canadian Powder Adventures a couple of months before arriving to Kicking Horse for their annual ski vacation. This group of 3 had booked a day of guided skiing at the resort, and two days of ski touring adjacent to the boundary. One of the crew had never ski toured before, and enjoyed his first backcountry adventure of untracked powder skiing with a manageable climbing pace. In his words, ski touring is now checked off his bucket list. From here, they're off to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for one day, followed by a day of cat skiing with K3 Cat Skiing in the Revelstoke area. There are tentative plans to return next year for more ski touring combined with an avalanche safety course. We'll be glad to oblige! Canadian Powder Adventures is a provider of the AST 1 avalanche course both for skiers/boarders and snowmobilers.
Christof and Alex, two ski buddies from Hamburg, Germany, contacted us this week to see if they could join a group for a day of ski touring. We were glad to accommodate, and showed them some of what the Kicking Horse backcountry has to offer.