Trail Update and Avalanche

Hans retracted the trails at Emerald Lake yesterday and it was wonderful to ski them again. He tried to do the Connector but could not get the machine across the bridge at the 2 km. point—due to the snow melt. That is the end of that bit of trail grooming for this year on the Connector. We hope to trailer the machine and track Kicking Horse again soon but….???? The slide path got dropped on Sunday! We have up to 30’ of snow & debris blocking the summer walking trail. It did reach out onto the lake ice some 30’ as well. Very impressive to actually watch this avalanche happen and now to observe the debris running down the river of snow!

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     A sincere “THANK YOU”  to the Management & Staff of Emerald Lake Lodge for the fantastic evening on February 16th 2017,—the 30th Anniversary of
Our Kicking Horse Ski Club!

Such a great success with 130 some skiers attending! Chefs Valerie Morrison & Alistair Barnes and their kitchen staff with all the servers were OUTSTANDING at putting on such a feast! The food, presentation and atmosphere were beyond our expectations and we got so many raving reviews from all the guests.
We also need to acknowledge ALL the staff who helped make this happen—from
administration, front desk, bell staff, housekeeping & maintenance—it is one BIG task to pull this off —especially on the second floor of the lodge!!!
We truly enjoyed the whole 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Everyone
loved staying overnight at your grand lodge with affordable room and dinner rates you graciously provided to Our Club! You sure made it happen in style for us all.   An opportunity we seldom get to experience and truly appreciate!
30 years is an amazing length of time to work alongside each other !!!
THANK YOU for being our partners—and for helping us along. THANK YOU all the skiers who came out to enjoy it.

Mike & Denise Marilyn & Bruce

Heaps of snow fell !!!

Hans is on the tracks at Emerald now–and will be there most of Friday(snorkelling with all our snow).
Joe is due to track on Saturday–for all trails in the Field Valley and Connector. Gotta love it!
Read Jessica’s post just prior to mine ! Come out tonight!

The “Connector” is tracked!!!!

Wow—was it nice to ski it today!! Finally the snow has allowed us to track the Connector from the Natural Bridge to Emerald Lake. So wonderful! Not affected by wind as in the Valley here in Field! Joe also refreshed the Tally Ho trail and trails at Emerald, and yesterday he tracked the Kicking Horse Fire road.
Plans to to Tak. road tomorrow—hopefully the wind is down and he can also do the Monarch but—we’ll see.
We have a night time ski due this Friday with Jessica–location to be announced–and the weather is due to warm up.
Anyone wishing to join us for our 30th anniversary stay at Emerald Lake Lodge or come only for the dinner—MUST RESERVE WITH THE LODGE BY THIS COMING SUNDAY–FEB 12TH.
FEB. 16–THURSDAY is the celebration date!!

Nice to have a bit of snow!

We got about 2″ at Emerald and it is lovely and soft…more to come we hope.
The Connector is still not ready! But all trails got better! Though we did get wind in the Field Valley–so expect the trails along the highway to be blown in. Yoho Blow Daze are in in Field–lots of fun games and such. Join in. X-C Downhill from the cemetery is late afternoon on Sunday. Have fun.

New Trail Open!!!

The MONARCH TRAIL is reopened over the last 2 days–thanks to track setter Joe and volunteers Pierre and Bruce.
This is our DOG FRIENDLY corner of Yoho– from Field(Yoho Trading Gas station) to Takkakaw Falls trailhead–carry your pruners and help out—there are lots of willows and such to navigate. DOGS & owners can carry on all the way to the switchbacks also. Joe re-track set Tak. Road yesterday. Come on out –you dog owners!
The Tally Ho was also done recently as well as the Kicking Horse fire road. Bruce and I skied it 3 days ago in blue skies, -3 temps and glideee as can be! Saw so many tracks….from moose(calf & cow) to mouse, lynx, num-ti-jah, squirrel, snowshoe rabbits, plus a drop in by a few grouse.
We got daylight till 6 pm now! And it’s getting better every day!!
Book your 30th Anniversary Deal at Emerald. Feb 16th !!! You need a reservation with the Lodge–even if you just come for the dinner only!! 250-343-6321
Ski your heart out.
OH–The Connector is still not ready—sorry. It is machine packed but we need more snow yet! Kind of like the ice trail leading away from the Avalanche area–HARD AND ICY….OUT OF OUR CONTROL!