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 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 are 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 it's famous powder snow.

  • If you've ever gazed out at traffic gridlock from the 504 TTC streetcar in Toronto, watching the snow fall endlessly, you've likely wondered how great it would be to put all that snow to better use. Well you can by heading west, strapping on your skis or a board and escaping the big city winter blues.

  • Last season I played disc golf on snowshoes and spent hours carving terrain flanked by snow ghosts, with panoramic views of Okanagan wine country below. That was the year for the epic reopening of Baldy Mountain Resort, and this year myself and many others can't wait to see what the second season holds.

  • The chairlifts at Marmot Basin started turning in earnest today. The entire upper mountain was open along with seven run on the lower end. With a solid 51cm base, Marmot welcomed those lucky enough to not work today with a beautiful day on the slopes and a 20% discount on lift tickets - not all the chairlifts are running yet, after all.

  • This time of year, there are a lot of us who are getting giddy, feeling those butterflies when we see snow reports and scenes of snow hitting the mountains. We know what's coming and it makes us grin with glee.

  • Imagine this. Champagne powder snow that piles up more than 20 feet deep. Never-too-cold average daytime temperatures of 23F. Endless acres of skiable terrain.

  • Don't you just tingle when you hear about a snowstorm blasting through the mountains? The webcam pages at the ski resorts must go crazy with us all looking to see how deep the measuring stick is buried. Take a look at these results from the webcam's this morning. It's shaping up to be the “La Nina” winter we all are waiting for!

  • Two words are music to my ears. Powder. Day. Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff Sunshine Village, Castle Mountain, Marmot Basin and Norquay are all blessed with runs where the snow settles in big drifts between perfectly placed trees.

  • Temperatures have dropped, snow has tipped the mountains, and just like that, ski season is upon us. Check out the photos from opening day at Nakiska on Saturday, November 4th.

  • While the kids play pond hockey in the mid-mountain village, powder hounds seek freshies among the snow ghosts in the glades. In the backcountry, cross-country skiers wind along endless trails from the ski-in, ski-out at area resorts.

  • It's official - you'll have somewhere to ski or snowboard this weekend. After receiving 30cm of snow overnight, and another 30cm expected over the next couple of days, Nakiska will have runs and chairlifts open on the weekends as of Saturday morning! 

  • Ski history and heritage is alive and well in B.C. because the resorts are home to a thriving culture that encompasses the idea of going downhill at thrilling speeds.

  • More lifts, more runs and more fun with anniversary giveaways. Check out what's new at a few of Western Canada's favourite winter resorts.