I think it is fair to say that Kicking Horse by now has a reputation for constant change. 2016 should reinforce that. The trail crew has put in another aggressive season of improvement all over the mountain. Understandably, one person's better is another person's worse, but everything we do is part of a well-thought out plan (though one we constantly change). I'll discuss the alterations below, but first, let's just have a quick look at the last couple of years of evolution:
The big story for us here at Kicking Horse Bike Park is that we finally managed to open the new Superberm reroute. This summer's onslaught of storms kept working conditions sloppy and frustrating (someone tossing the closed sign in the bushes one Saturday didn't help either). But hey, it hasn't been dusty! The section that is now cut out may be missed by some, but it wasn't drained well in the original construction and all those wood bridges and features were getting creaky and costing us hours of maintenance time. Think of it as 'Woodberm'; the reroute re-emphasizes the actual trail name. As with all new trails, you don't build them just once; we'll be evaluating problems and addressing them when possible. Let us know what you think.
Showdown had a well-deserved facelift on the top and bottom. Actually, less of a facelift and more of a double amputation and artificial limb replacements. We cleaved the trail's worst suck right off and attached brand new stoke. Dirt Devil received a new exit, mostly to avoid the merge with Training Wheels. So did Time Travel to get rid of the t-bone intersection with Magic Carpet Ride. And Blaster has a new entrance from the top of the Pioneer chairlift. Some people are less than thrilled that the old top of Blaster is now history, but let me explain: 1. it was a maintenance nightmare, 2. the ski run expansion obliterated it, and 3. we have much bigger plans to get you to the new entrance that don't involve riding all the way down the 10 Road. Patience is required.
Thanks for being a part of another fun season at Kicking Horse. We are still open until the end of September, Friday to Sunday after Labour Day, so there is plenty of time to be part of the experience. See you up here!