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Adventures at Lake Louise and Kicking Horse!

Last week the BF and I headed out west. The plan was to go to Denver, visit friends and hit up Vail, Copper Mountain and Winter Park alas when we got to the airport we realized that the dumbass BF's passport had expired a week earlier. I almost decided to leave him behind and head out alone but things are cheaper when split in two and we were visiting his friends that I had only met once before. Instead, I gave him a very evil look and the silent treatment for a few minutes. Once I calmed down I rebooked us to Calgary instead. We were at the airport with time off from work all packed and ready to go boarding. There was no way I was heading home!

After a few little hurdles we finally arrived in Calgary at -28c. The first thing I thought was "what did I get myself into?! -28c!!!" I quickly calmed down when I realized that once in the mountains the tempature was actually -9c. Much better! We ended up boarding 2 days at Lake Louise, spent one day relaxing and xcountry skiing and then 2 days at Kicking Horse. The riding at both mountains was incredible! Fresh snow everywhere, no lines, and perfect conditions.

Here are a few pictures from our adventure. There arn't many because we were having too much fun riding to stop and pull out the camera.

Lake Louise:

Going down Larch




Having fun at the Lake






xcountry skiing - Lake Louise Mountain in the back


Kicking Horse:



Going Down Show Off


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I just wanted to add that this turned out the be the Best boarding trip I've had so far!!! People who get to ride Kiching Horse regularly are very lucky people.
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I just wanted to add that this turned out the be the Best boarding trip I've had so far!!! People who get to ride Kiching Horse regularly are very lucky people.
Yes we are!

I love the horse!!! The more I ride it the more spots I find and the funner it becomes. Also a big fan of the lake. You picked a great time to come out! I have been here 3 seasons and I have never seen that much snow in Jan.

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So many runs so little time.
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Yes we are!

I love the horse!!! The more I ride it the more spots I find and the funner it becomes. Also a big fan of the lake. You picked a great time to come out! I have been here 3 seasons and I have never seen that much snow in Jan.

Great TR.
You're right the snow was pretty amazing but the best part was the lack of people! We arrived around 9:30am and there were about 10 cars in the lot. I couldn't believe it! I understand its crazy busy on weekends but that day was the first day the 93 had opened...the 1 was still closed till 5PM. We had the mountain to ourselves.
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I find even when its busy its not bad. It gets a bit busy at the base but once you are on the hill everyone spreads out. Have you been out to Revi yet? If you like the Horse and the Lake you would love Revi!

So many runs so little time.
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My wife and I had our honeymoon in Banff last april. Snowboarding there was awesome. Banff/Lake Louise is such a beautiful place.
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My wife and I had our honeymoon in Banff last april. Snowboarding there was awesome. Banff/Lake Louise is such a beautiful place.
For you're anivesary you should check out Kicking Horse! It's frigin awsome.
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If your BF doesn't get his act together you let me know and i'll fill his spot lol. My passports good for a couple more years and i'm only a 2hr drive from Kicking horse. Glad to hear you made out ok and turned a potentially shitty situation into a memorable one. I used to complain about the drive to these hills but I started riding last year with some friends in edmonton(aboput a 6hr drive to KH) and i quickly realized how lucky I was.
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If your BF doesn't get his act together you let me know and i'll fill his spot lol. My passports good for a couple more years and i'm only a 2hr drive from Kicking horse. Glad to hear you made out ok and turned a potentially shitty situation into a memorable one. I used to complain about the drive to these hills but I started riding last year with some friends in edmonton(aboput a 6hr drive to KH) and i quickly realized how lucky I was.
Haha! Thanks. The passport was renewed the second we got home. As for the complaining... try a 5 hour flight followed by a 3 to 4 hour drive. I have a 2 hour drive to get to Tremblant which is always very busy and mostly hard pack conditions with spots of ice. The places close to the city are pretty small with the same conditions as Tremblant.

I really want to move out west!
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