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 walls in the day lodge at Castle Mountain Ski Resort are lined with bold photos of skiers and riders pushing through copious amounts of powder on epic terrain. But, those photos need to change with the times. No longer is it just for folks with planks strapped to the feet, yee-hawing through the glades. It’s for snowshoes, fat tire bikes, snow cat tours and yes, some serious fine dining. It’s the full mountain experience.

  • On April 29, 1903 at 4:10 a.m., 82 million tons of rock broke off Turtle Mountain’s summit and came hurtling down on the sleeping town of Frank. While the slide avoided the main part of town, at least 90 people were killed. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre describes what life was like before, during, and after the disaster, and shares amazing tales of heroism and survival through modern, hands-on exhibits.

  • Sun sparkles on snow at the top of the quad chair at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. At 1,400 metres (4,593 feet) elevation, we can see clear across the park. It’s hard to fathom a ski hill in southeast Alberta, but it’s here, and it’s great. Bernard Blackburn chuckles at my astonished expression and whoops, “We’re skiing in the Prairies!” before taking off down McGee for a warm-up run with his daughter, Gabrielle (Gabby), 10.

  • Can you imagine laying in the grass under a skin of a wolf while the searing sun beat down, waiting and waiting for the herd of buffalo to move in the direction you want them to? Not just minutes but hours and maybe days. It was a tremendously tough task but you as a Buffalo Runner had to do it. At Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site near Fort McLeod, find out just how much that buffalo meant for survival for the Blackfoot Nation.

  • Tucked into the Crowsnest Pass and backing onto backyards in the town of Blairmore, Pass Powderkeg (PPK) quietly goes about its business. The micro-resort has been the same since 1938; untouched, unspoiled and underestimated by so many skiers. This is the time to slow down, pull off the highway and find out why it should be on your #BucketlistAB.

  • Waterton Lakes National Park and I have been best friends for half a century. It was our go-to for camping as kids, our place for summer hikes, epic cross-country ski treks and a pitch or two of ice climbing. But now, it’s my private escape from the hubbub of life. It’s silent. 

  • The giant Saamis Tepee fades from view as I exit the highway and head into Medicine Hat’s historic downtown. On past visits, I’d whizzed through “The Hat” unaware the river valley hub is buzzing with an energetic culinary, cultural and recreational scene. 

  • It's otherworldly here at the top of the Eagle Chairlift. The sun is seeping through the broken cloud above, yet there's also a layer of cumulus below shrouding the Okanagan Valley.

  • Nice work. You’re booked for spring break at Whistler Blackcomb. The kids are hyped and already packing, albeit a bit early, and Mom and Dad are stoked, too. If you want to know how to get the most out of your trip to beautiful B.C., here’s your how-to guide for an awesome holiday.

  • Burrr. January can be so cold. It’s impossible to just chill (yes, pun intended) and listen to some sweet tunes when it’s so dang cold. Tongue on the Post Music Festival feels your pain and has come to the rescue.

  • Her name is Gibson. And when her tan nose burst through the snow to grab the frozen wool sweater clutched in the arms of the buried avalanche “victim,” it was a very welcomed sight.

  • 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’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.