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.

  • 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 strange 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.

  • 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 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, and can enjoy post ski adventures at the bar and simply walk back to your space.

  • 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.