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.

  • Shredding big mountain slopes all day, playing indoors all night. Along the Sea-to-Sky corridor that connects Vancouver to Whistler and some incredible backcountry, that’s the name of the game.

  • 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.

  • The idea of Canada as a place to escape is nothing new; in fact, the Kootenays’ status as an enclave for draft-dodging Americans and pacifists Doukhobor Russians explains as much of the region’s adrenaline-hippie status as its big mountains. But 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 odd 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.

  • The Christmas season is a time to relax, eat good food, and, of course, take part in the many holiday activities that BC and Alberta have to offer. Not just for kids, Christmas events are the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to reminisce about fond childhood holiday memories and get into the Christmas spirit.

  • Here are four resorts along the Powder Highway that will make you forget the damp and rainy winter back home in Washington. You’ll discover the joy of a true Canadian winter that brings piles of snow to the slopes and quickly learn why they call this the Powder Highway.

  • When it comes to planning your ski vacation to British Columbia's interior, rule No. 1 is the earlier you book the better.

  • “I’m out of shape, my legs are burning," yells Chris Wheeler, aka @ApresWheeler, as he rips down Whistler opening day, Nov. 17.

  • If you’re grew up skiing the icy slopes of Ontario, your first ski trip to western Canada will be a wondrous voyage of discovery. At the top of the list of delights is a sweeter and softer kind of snow.

  • Comfy and convenient – Stay slope-side, commonly known as ski-in, ski-out accommodations. This is the No. 1 tip that will make your ski holiday so easy. It means you don’t have drive each day to and from the ski area.

  • The world is a messy place these days. Everyone is looking for an escape to happiness and search for meaning. I thought I’d found it on the slopes, but last year I learned it was only a shadow of what could be.

  • There a many good reasons to catch the early bird specials at Whistler Blackcomb. Here are some screen grabs to tempt you to Whistler and the rest of the province this winter.

  • Meet Blair Craig, a true mountain man, who left the big city more than 30 years ago, escaping to the slower paced, mountain-rimmed community of Fernie, B.C. with its historic brick and stone clad main street and the meandering Elk River. But most importantly, for someone like Blair, Fernie’s big draw is its famous powder snow.