I was skiing with a friend who is has confidence to jump off any precipice. Me? My skis have always been snow magnets and rarely left the surface - until that day. Ian was determined to jump into this bowl and the rest of us would have to follow because as he said, “So what if you fall?”
It takes about an hour, I'd say, before the charms of Castle Mountain sink in. After checking into the no-frills hostel and claiming a ramshackle locker, I slap on the boards and embark on the two-chair ride to the rocky, snow-smeared summit.
When I heard I was going to ski a mountain resort mysteriously named “‘Troll,” I knew this place was somehow different from the other ski hills. It became my mission to find out what made it so unique.
I’d heard that Big White Mountain was known for having the 'Best Snow in North America", well at least according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. That’s a pretty big statement, so I set out to see for myself what makes this place a powder heaven.
“It’s so soft,” says a newly arrived Australian couple in unison as they touch snow for the first time in their lives at Big White Ski Resort. Magical snow – the dry, fluffy, soft-as-marshmallows variety is part of the thrill of a visit to this mountain.
When you walk through the day lodge at Powder King Mountain Resort, you’ll find something that might seem rather foreign to you. No one has their cellphones out checking their news and social media feeds.