January 2022: Christmas in Kaslo

Jan 17, 2022

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After breaking my back for four months at school, the winter break was much needed and well deserved. I spent Christmas with my dad and his partner Osa at his new place in Kaslo, a small town in interior BC.

Given the less-than-stunning reliability of my Mazda, I opted to take the bus. Luckily, a Kaslo local runs a bus service from Vancouver every few days. It should take about 9 hours. It took us 17. Bad weather, icy roads, and seats that didn’t recline made for once of the least comfortable experiences of my life, but I made it.

Kaslo
Kaslo
Bob and Osa
Bob and Osa

Luckily, the rest of the trip was lovely. It snowed like never before. We shovelled the driveway three times a day. We skied around town. Christmas felt right.

The highlight of the trip was two nights at a ski cabin hidden away in the local mountains. With almost limitless terrain, it’s likely the best backcountry playground I know of.

Alex Koen: sled god
Alex Koen: sled god
Lost Ledge
Lost Ledge
Tearing up the mountains. No chairs, no lift tickets, just skiing.
Tearing up the mountains. No chairs, no lift tickets, just skiing.

Overall, it was a delightful trip. Kaslo is a beautiful town and I look forward to visiting again soon. While I’m now back on the 9–5 grind, my weekends are looking suspiciously empty…

The local cross-country
The local cross-country

Updated January 17th, 2022 from Vancouver, British Columbia


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