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.

  • As we drove into the region of Quesnel I had no idea what to expect. It was my first time here, but I had I heard that it was rich in both winter outdoor activities and history.

  • As Canada's 2nd Largest Ski Area, Sun Peaks Resort has loads to offer the winter visitor from the obvious skiing and snowboarding to Nordic skiing, dog sledding, tubing - and even ice fishing.

  • "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. 

  • Barkerville along British Columbia's Highway 26 is lined with gold, literally.

  • Here in Northern British Columbia there's a craft ski maker and one of the world’s top musicians who have binding ties to their community and no reason to leave.

  • If you've ever been to an end-of-the-road town, you know they're always a bit different.

  • 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.

  • With a perfect position, The King reigns supreme when it comes to the POW. This is the story of why the King will always be Powder King Mountain Resort.

  • “Quirky and in need of some lipstick” is how Jason Crawford, of Castle Mountain describes Castle to me.

  • I’ve become a skiing wimp in my middle-age. Black diamond runs that I would have once skied with abandon have little appeal. Fortunately cruisers, especially the groomers with untracked corduroy and mogul runs, providing the moguls come in nice shapes remain perennial favourites.

  • CRAI BOWER

    The debate rages on in my head about whether it’s easier to schedule a family or friends winter ski trip. On the one hand, telling our kids what to do is something only the bossiest among us would try to pull off with friends. On the other hand, our friends tend not to melt down, resist new things or get “h’angry.” (Okay, scratch the friends don’t get h’angry bit.) What remains true about the family-friends dichotomy is the belief that winter resorts are better suited for one or the other.

  • The fright on my partner Jamie’s face captures it after we’d bundled up and got all our gear on. ‘It’ being my own inner skepticism and fear I’d break bones while attempting to learn to ski again. I’d nearly injured myself a few years back and was admittedly skittish, though excited to try again.

  • REBECCA BOLLWITT

    OSOYOOS, B.C. - Zipping around in a cart, looking at prime real estate lots for sale, followed by 18 holes and a delicious lunch. No, I wasn’t at a South Okanagan golf resort, I was bundled up for the powder and sunshine at Baldy Mountain Resort checking out their latest offerings.

  • Ski and boarding season is full-on. Jump in the car, sprint to the resorts, crash through some moguls and search for pockets of powder. Then sprint back to the city or…..not. Our favourite resorts are doing all sorts of clever things to keep us entertained well after the lifts have closed and January has some of the best events going. Check these out and start planning.

  • JEREMY DERKSEN

    Red Deer, AB. - We’d jumped right on the big chairlift, confident that the kids were ready to ski Red Deer’s Canyon Ski Resort top to bottom after a banner year of growth the previous season. Then, at the top of Powder Horn, my youngest son and my daughter — ages four and seven, respectively — got nervous. The run has a steep first pitch and even though both had skied blues at Marmot last season, their legs (and brains) were still regaining confidence and muscle memory.