Seth Morrison Reports In From Kicking Horse
I just returned from a 10 day trip with TGR based out of Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC Canada. A few days before it was going to happen I got a call from Steve Jones at TGR. He said they had a spot and I had the time, so we pulled the trigger and got a flight. Just what was needed because CO is not having a very good season. The crew consisted of Jeremy Jones and Erik Roner, 2 guys I have never skied with. Most of what we did revolved around the heli and we ended up flying in 3 different zones. One which had never been helied before due to light snow pack in the past years. This season was one of the highest snow falls for the area in 25 years.
The resort set us up with a house close to the slopes. Pimp pad for sure, a recently built home in the new village area. I had been to Kicking Horse five years ago and at that time there was only a base lodge. Today there is a village similar to that of Copper Mountain. So it was nice to stay up there and enjoy the low numbers of skiers and stay close to our temporary home. The skiing was sub-par for powder due to the fact that it had not snowed since the Oakley trip in early January. Conditions were challenging and the snow changed 3 times on our heli runs (Surface Hoar, like the photo, wind pack, and sun crusts). We had 4 sunny days in a row. For me, I was a bit behind the ball since I came into this trip a few days late due to attending and receiving awards in Aspen for the Powder Awards, Best Natural Air as well as The Readers Poll. The rest of the crew had been there to see the area and when I got there pretty much jumped right in like I had been there like the rest on my first day.
Our sunny days were very productive, except one had to somewhat keep the feet on the ground. Oh well, you can’t have powder everyday. It was amazing to watch Jeremy, he is a master at reading snow. Watched him in his slough more than out of it. Erik had a keen sense for exposure style runs. This comfort must come from his ski basing experience of no fear. The last few days were clouded in so we took advantage of being close to the resort. Had a great time with a marketing department since they were out skiing and dining with us every minute we were there. I want to thank TGR for giving me this opportunity. I had a blast, the group was very experienced and fun to be around. Look out for their new film, name is still being discussed. Hope it snows soon up there, cause I’m on my way back to BC for more great skiing.