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.

  • The story of skiing at Red Mountain Resort in the Kootenays of southeast British Columbia, is written in stone.

  • KANANASKIS, AB - This year marks 30 years since the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, held in Calgary. Nakiska, a Cree word, aptly meaning “to meet”, was built for the XV Olympic Games and is still a place for world-class competitors, families and friends to meet today.

  • British Columbia, home to the most ski resorts anywhere in Canada, transforms into a winter playground not just for skiers and riders, but outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. And that includes those who like to party like its 1979 or ’89. The Fernie Retro Weekend is just one of dozens of events happening slope-side this winter, right around the time of the much-needed Spring Break season. There are also film festivals, thrilling ski races of the traditional and non-traditional kind, plus craft beer and wine tastings.

  • British Columbia’s second-largest ski resort, Sun Peaks Resort, demands days of exploration to appreciate it fully. Or you can explore it for one long day, thanks to a pair of unique offerings at the resort, skiers can schuss from sunup to sundown — and beyond.

  • ROSSLAND, BC — Like many ski town residents, I continuously offer reasons why mine is the best. In Rossland, the snow is sublime (at Red Mountain Resort). The terrain defies classification. The town is only minutes from the lift (with my personal record being seven minutes from pulling out of my driveway to sitting on Red chair). But the crown jewel of the Rossland experience has to be the Winter Carnival.

  • After yet another great day on the slopes at any of the resorts on the Powder Highway in southeast British Columbia, the last thing you want to do is make boring evening choices. Do we eat fast-food, do we order in, do we just starve until breakfast? None of the above!

  • 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.

  • Puking...when it’s a person – it’s not so good. When it’s the sky hurling snow – it’s a damn good thing. A pacific low-pressure system is working its way across the BC south coast dumping snow mostly on the southern resorts in BC and Alberta! Its going to be followed by a high-pressure system that will bring in some chilly weather so bundle up next week! Take a look at today’s round up of mountain web cams and start planning your ski-cation….or heck…call in sick today!

  • Giant, fluffy flakes twirl down from a darkening sky as we glide toward Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a warming cup of hot chocolate, much to my kids’ delight.

  • 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.