Sunday, August 29, 2004


For those of you that have not noticed, this trip has become a tour of amazing ski towns throughout the West. Sandpoint. Whitefish. Fernie. Calgary. Banff. Lake Louise. Today the tour continued with Golden, Rogers Pass, and Revelstoke. All sit in the famous B.C. Interior, and are blessed with bountiful snow, amazing mountains, and quaint historic streets.

Golden has historically been a sleepy logging town that happened to have a ski area nearby. Everything changed when investors bought the small ski area, and flooded its expansion with capital. Now known as Kicking Horse, the ski area boasts over 4,000 vertical feet of terrain, making it among the biggest ski areas in North America.

Revelstoke is legendary for its powder skiing, and is home to several of the famous heli-ski operations for which Canada is known. In between sits Rogers Pass, arguably home to the best backcountry skiing on the continent. It is only August, but visiting these places leads to thoughts of winter glory.

We landed in Revelstoke, a wonderful town on the Columbia River. Unfortunately, the rain has continued in spades today, so little exploration has been done. The plus side of all this rain is the benefit for the forest fires in British Columbia. As of August 24th, there were over 2,300 forest fires in the Province; however, three constant days of hard rain have done wonders for the blazes.

In addition, there is a fresh coat of snow on the high peaks. For a tour of western ski towns, that seems appropriate….even in August.

Day 9 Road Trip Factoids:
Miles Driven Today: 170
Miles Driven Total: 1,437
Ski Shops on Main Street in Golden: 5
Restaurants on Main Street in Golden: 4
Sets of Spiral Tunnels Observed: 1

Enjoy the still unfortunately rainy photos.

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