Well,, we also managed to get to Kicking Horse almost 2 weeks ago.
It was dang smoky when we got there, but there were decent views from the alpine.
Great trails, but they were a lot bouncier that we expected (think Top-of-the-World). We rented the Scott Gamblers [HTML_REMOVED] at first we chuckled at the strap-on fork stanchion protector thingies, and wondered if they'd be a pain in the rear. Turns out we didn't notice them at all while riding.
What we did notice was how sharp [HTML_REMOVED] rocky the trails are. 3 flats in 2 runs! And that was at a high PSI!
We settled into the groove [HTML_REMOVED] thoroughly enjoyed the runs….almost nobody was up there (the lifty figured that there was less than 20 people that day). So we made up for the repairs (long story, but the rental shop had given us a cone wrench to remove the rear wheel!) [HTML_REMOVED] we rode our arms and asses off.
Highlights were Blaster, Super Berm, [HTML_REMOVED] Slick Rock (?), and following the Enduro cup race course…as well as that toilet bowl wood feature under the chair.
One word of caution….beware the wind when traversing the ridge!
One thing you should be aware of if riding here, is that the ammenities are decent, but limited….[HTML_REMOVED] they close promptly at 6:00…so if you want to avoid the 26km round trip to pick up beer in Golden, make sure you get the cold ones before closing time or make sure your cooler is stocked.
We'll be back!