Stories

Take a minute to scroll through our stories researched by some of Canada’s best writers, bloggers and influencers. They have experienced every B.C. and Alberta mountain resort to bring you the latest news on your favourite snow destinations. They explored the runs, glades and backcountry but also dug deep to bring you the details about other activities to round out your day or ski vacation. In B.C., learn about the snowshoe trails in Golden, the ice climbing wall at Big White, the cross-country trails at Sun Peaks or the fat-tire biking at Kimberley. In Alberta tempt yourself with the stories about cat-skiing at Castle Mountain, après ski fun in Banff National Park and fine dining at the top of Norquay. Don’t forget the hidden gems in Northern BC and yes, the prairies of Alberta - we’ve decided they shouldn’t be secrets anymore. Click and #daretoexplore.

  • Set within a broad valley in the rainshadow of the Kootenay Rockies, at the halfway point between Spokane and Calgary, Cranbrook long served as a transportation hub for trains, planes, fur traders and fruit growers.

  • For many stateside skiers, Whitewater Resort is the first attraction on the Powder Highway, southeast of British Columbia’s celebrated collection of eight ski resorts and dozens of heli and cat-skiing operations and luxury lodges.

  • Hikes at Pinnacles Provincial Park, a stroll on the Riverwalk, a concert at the Occidental, a cup of coffee at Granville’s or a pint of craft beer at Barkerville Brewing. I recently found out that while I enjoyed these activities in Quesnel last summer, you can do all of this and even more during the winter.

  • You never forget your best-ever ski day. For me, it was on a frigid cold January day, in Fernie, B.C.

  • You’ve hit the skiing sweepstakes when you touch down in B.C., one of Canada’s most massive ski playgrounds. You’ll be gobsmacked at all of the choices – everything from cruisin’ style groomers to go-for-miles steeps.

  • High-speed detachable chairlifts holding six riders, domes and heated seats are an absolute luxury compared to the first lifts offered at many ski resorts way back when. Many slopes were only accessed by the mountaineers who trudged through the snow on foot to come home boasting about making two runs for the day. When the first surface lift was invented it was a game changer. Let’s take a look at where it all started in North America. And it’s a tip of the hat to Quebec. 

  • You can either count lights all night or take our word for it; the Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival in Lethbridge, Alberta, has over 114,000 lights shimmering in the annual display. Bring the family or make it a date night to slowly stroll through the bright displays.

  • Every time a season changes, the meteorologists, the farmers almanac and people with arthritic knees forecast what the weather will be. One thing we know in the ski industry is – numbers don’t lie. Let’s take a fast look at what bragging rights our top five resorts in Western Canada have for preseason snowfall.

  • The sun still had another 90 minutes before it would light up the base area and the first ride on the gondola was still two hours away – but that didn’t deter the crowds from gathering. As old and new friends gathered in the dark at 7 a.m., the music and single light from the lift shack created a party mood. After all, there was reason to celebrate, it was the count down to the first run of the bonus weekend at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

  • Just the name of this place alone – The Powder Highway – conjures up images of you and your friends skiing or riding long lines, leaving a wake of fluffy powder in your happy trails. Then ending the day, kicking back at one of the slope-side restaurants or bars.

  • Skiing and snowboarding on the West Coast isn’t all about steep and deep. Along with all of the double blacks, chutes, gnarly bumps and other expert terrain available, B.C.’s resorts offer some of the smoothest blue and green run groomers in the world. Which makes B.C. the perfect choice for an all-ages, all-ability levels winter snow sports vacation. For those who’d rather cruise than bruise, here are some of our all-time favourite coastal groomers.

  • Every winter the Kootenays call, its pull all the stronger farther north as the distances between hamlets get longer and the mountains get taller. It’s the landscape ski trip dreams are made of.

  • A region carved by the immense power of the ocean, awe-inspiring glaciers and a hidden fault line, the landscape surrounding Terrace, B.C. is distinct. A mixture of coastal and interior rainforest coats the valley, breaking only for the nearby Skeena and Kitsumkalum waterways.

  • We snow sport fanatics are really a weird lot. Maybe it’'s the cold. Maybe it’'s the altitude. Maybe it’'s our appreciation for living in the moment. Here’s a short roundup of odd, interesting and really strange facts and stories about winter.

  • Smithers is known for its epic amounts of snow, but what some people might not know is just how darn nice the people are that live here in the town close to Hudson Bay Mountain ski area.