“Great things come from out of being hungry and cold. Once you’re pampered, you get lazy.”
Well, we had an amazing trip to British Columbia last week! We were a group of six from North Tahoe and ventured up to Golden, BC. We awoke each morning to some truly bone chilling temps with low’s in the range of -20 Fahrenheit!
We hired a local ski mountaineering guide who did an amazing job of showing us around and finding the goods. He happened to have been a Kicking Horse ski patroller for 12 years prior to ski guiding; so needless to say, he knew where to find the best conditions just outside the ski area.
Kicking Horse boasts a number of East to West running ridge lines featuring tons of steep couloir skiing in an area called “The Molars”. This offered up some cold North facing skiing alternating with slightly warmer sunny slopes.
Our group made our home base in a rented home in the town of Golden, BC. Golden lies on the East end of Roger’s Pass which allowed us a number of options to ensure we found the best snow everyday. We could choose between skiing out of Kicking Horse ski area, skiing the endless terrain off of Roger’s Pass, or heading further East into the Canadian Rockies. We were able to keep cost low by cooking at the rental, we hit the hot tub up every night, and most importantly, we hired a guide to ensure we never missed a beat and found the best conditions throughout the whole trip. Our guide on this trip, Aaron Enns did a wonderful job. He is very qualified having earned the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) ski mountaineering guide certification. He also has a partner, Kerri who is a local massage therapist. We spent a night out to dinner with Aaron and Kerri and they are great people. Here’s a copy of Aaron’s Ski Guiding Bio.
Additionally, we connected with Aaron via Backcountry Solutions. My ski partners have come to BC in the past and utilized the skills of Rich and Julie (owners) for guiding and catering trips and can’t say enough about how impressed they were with their skill sets.
And more from our “Gray Bird” Day #2 exploring the Kicking Horse slack country. On Day #2 we hiked out of Kicking Horse with the objective of skiing a beautiful peak coined the Wisdom Tooth.
Standing atop the Wisdom Tooth, Aaron set an anchor and triggered a big cornice drop which helped instill further confidence in the slope’s stability.
We couldn’t help but shout out our favorite GNAR quotes and have a group pole-whacking session standing atop the Wisdom Tooth. “I’m the best skier on the mountain!”
Stay tuned for more to come!