I'm leaving tomorrow for a couple of days at Kicking Horse and a week at Panorama. How are conditions?
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2/28/05 at 7:55am
Originally Posted by scmdtmws
Kicking Horse had far better conditions than Panorama, with all runs open,
Originally Posted by hobojo
Did you follow the advice that you gave-did you drive over to LL and ski there? I am interested in your frank opinion since I will be at the lake in two weeks.
Originally Posted by spindrift
We were weirder than that... we just totally skipped town and headed for Colorado.
We did peek in at Lake Louise on the way through to Calgary and the snow looked a bunch better than KH. And the scenery is tough to beat. Bottom line: we might have done well to stay at Lake Louise, but we had already put "plan B" in motion.
Based on what we saw at Lake Louise, we agreed that sometime in the next few years we'd return to ski Lake Louise, and would consider a day trip to KH if only if conditions seemed really great.
NOTE: as for reliable info regarding conditions at Lake Louise - at this point I'd take whatever L7 says about Lake Louise as the bottom line. One of those "wish I knew then what I know now" things...
To address scmdtmws' comments - I agree it is probably a matter of perspective and expectation. KH failed to meet my expectations. . I actually agree with you that Golden seems to be a friendly place. It is, however, amazingly retro-industrial with train tracks, rail yards, sawmills, etc scattered about. The pollution was truly amazing - or at least it was when I was there. And if what we were told is true, the resort folks know it. Supposedly the resort has negotiated an agreement under which at least one of the big lumber operations will move out of town - precisely because it is an esthetic (and probably health) affront to visitors. (if anyone can confirm or deny this, please chime in...). I don't need a fancy resort town to be happy. For example, I think Driggs, ID is a great place to hang out. Golden was an experience all its own though...
Originally Posted by Leeroy
I heard the "moving the mill" story before , it's an interesting one considering that the owners of the hill are not the most popular folk in the valley and that the revenue from logging in that area goes into every household . As it stands they have had issues with keeping the mills in the past and moving a mill would almost give reason to close it with some people in this country ( the mill closes the town dies) , it's a tense subject . If anything the ski area should be treading lightly on those issues due to the fact that any future developement has to be logged by the permit holders in the area and those are the people that depend on that mill for their livelyhood . At the present time there are 3 main contractors in Golden and it's questionable if any of them would consider working for the ski area . The interesting part is who will the Gov. back , the tourism thing is getting big and being promoted in B.C. but the wood industry is the bread and butter.
As for the pollution , you must have got a good wiff of the train or a passing truck because all I ever smell in Golden is the pine and spruce pitch .
Originally Posted by L7
I tended to have similar thoughts about that comment. They take their employment pretty seriously in Golden and KH having it's name attached to a bunch of jobs walking would be a PR fiasco in that town. I think they are a ways a way from having enought clout to weather that sort of resentment.
I did see a valley cloud the other day (definitely a cloud). I really never have seen a lot of pollution through the area other than when major forest fires are burning. But if the air is still enough or cold air trapped low enough idling trains and sawmill operations could certainly do it. I don't think it's that common but field can sure get it and that's just from trains idling and their deisel generator.
It certainly isn't a resort town though and isn't likely to have that feel for a while.
One of the best freeride skiers in the world hails from there and his mother owned (one of) the strip bars in town. You just can't buy that kind of character. Leeroy might have to help me with the guy's name but he was tooling around that weekend in his hummer all decked out with Atomic and a trailer hauling 4-6 sleds. Makes for an interesting mix in a lumber/rail/trucking town.