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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.

  • It?s biting cold with a stiff wind as we don our skis and packs at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site on the outskirts of Banff. But it?s a blue sky day and there?s plenty of sunshine so we?re optimistic that we?ll stay warm on the way into Sundance Lodge.

  • Over the past couple of years, there's plenty new at Lake Louise - the kinds of offerings you might expect from some big American ski resorts. But it's not over-the-top Disney-fied fun at the Lake, but rather more natural pursuits.

  • ?Going all the way to the straw? at Canyon?s Friday night Tube and Dine is a wintry twist on date night

  • It?s one of those crisp, calm nights on the cusp of the winter solstice, when most folks are hibernating in front of the TV. The moon and a smattering of stars peep out between a wedge in the clouds and light up the velvet-like night sky, but where is Jody Robbins?

  • Snowshoe and spa. It doesn't get much better than that in Banff! Read as Jody Robbins explains the relaxing weekend retreat that awaits in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Banff is undisputedly one of the prettiest places to visit in Canada in winter. What makes it so special is its prime location in the Rocky Mountains and easy accessibility to all sorts of winter adventures ? from dogsledding to fat-tire biking to skiing, and even caving and icy walks into beautiful canyons.

  • The FIS Freesyle Ski World Cup presented by the Waterloo Innovations Network will make its way to Winsport Canada Olympic Park (COP) Jan. 28 to 29 for training runs, culminating in the race on Jan. 30.

  • The vacation was planned purposely on specific dates. The kids were home only one day from university before we tossed them and their ski gear in the car and drove off to Kimberley Alpine Resort for a pre-Christmas family get-away. I wanted to visit with them and have some ?just-us-time.? At first the complaints about missing friends and parties were boisterous, but as their skis touched the fresh powder the complaints subsided. It?s true - there are no friends on powder days.

  • Wells, BC, is like that special place you may have never heard of - but don?t let that deter you from going. It?s often true that the real adventures begin where the road ends. Here are some don?t-miss tips for enjoying a blend of serene and wild times in this small British Columbia town.

  • Originally posted in 2015

    By Doc Pow and Sterling Keys

    For skiers and snowboarders out there, all we really want for Christmas is snow and a lot more of it.

    Seems Santa has been playing nice with Ullr these past few weeks bringing joy to all SnowSeekers. Take a look at our recent coverage that proves how epic this snowy collaboration has been.

    Meanwhile, we were out at Mount Washington on Dec. 20 where the snowy goodness was piled high. Senior patroller Sterling Keys and Doc Pow went on a mission to show you what this winter wonderland is looking like right now. With a few local’s tips sprinkled in, you'll be asking yourself, 'what am I waiting for?'

    The views of the Georgia Straight are pretty stellar on days like this, especially amid a backdrop of snow-draped trees and powder-filled slopes.

    Just a hop behind the First Aid Shack off the Eagle Chair, Harry’s Glades offer a quick and powdery ski down to Linton’s Loop. Thanks to the aspect of this particular part of the mountain, the standard southeast winds refresh these glades with snow anytime there's more than a calm breeze.

    Part of Mount Washington's cachet is its spectacular views that can be seen from all parts of the mountain: a 360-panorama of the Pacific Ocean, Strathcona Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, and mainland British Columbia. It’s a sight you won't see from any other ski hill.

    Schum’s, just off of the Sunrise Chair, makes for some spectacular fall lines, not to mention the fantastic views. With its proximity to the Sunrise Chair, be prepared to hear the hoops and hollers of people riding the chair as you ski past.

    When there's a bunch of snow, the distinction between groomed run and off-piste are somewhat muddled. Linton’s Loop, particularly the top portion near the Eagle chair, can get inundated with snow despite the groomers’ best efforts and makes for amazing skiing. You'll have the pleasure of fresh firm tracks with fresh snow just sitting on top.

    You won't go hungry or be short on apres opportunities at Fat Teddy’s, which offers a full lineup of entertainment and good times right through the season.

    Mount Washington puts a unique spin on Christmas festivities. Sure, there other ski locations across Canada which offer “dress up and ski as Santa - get a free lift ticket day." But you likely won't find one that offers a “dress up and ski as an elf - ski for free day." Here is the full lineup of events

    As darkness fall on Mount Washington, the winter resort comes alive with snow tubing, night skiing, snowshoe and Nordic ski opportunities. Inside tip: for a unique Vancouver Island experience head out for a night snowshoe fondue adventure offered out of Mount Washington’s Nordic base, The Raven Lodge. Book your experience here.

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    Ready to hit the powder with your crew? Share this story and get them pumped about the powder at Mount Washington.

     

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    Yes, you do. Yes...you do love winter! That's what we live for - isn't it? The crunch of the snow under you boot, the fresh air deep in your lungs. The chance to shovel the driveway twice in one day, the frost on the windshields. The….oh come on! It's fun!

    Forget the hard stuff. Let's embrace the season and celebrate the snow. Slip into your long johns, put on the fleece, toss on a toque, tuck into some boots and head out the door. We've found plenty of places to ski, eat and just be gosh darn merry with the season. And best of all, you can win two days of skiing at Big White to do it all too.

     

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    Start Your Winter at Winterstart

    The snow is blanketing Banff so it's time to kick into Winterstart mode. Each week from Nov. 12, to Dec. 12, there are special events to be part of. Check out Jody Robbins collection of favourite functions from World Cup ski races to Santa Claus parades to Craft Beer Festivals at the Cave and Basin. The family will love Banff during Winterstart

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    Let this man's epic adventure inspire!

    A World First!!! It took six years, read how Ted Shred skied and became the first person in history to ski all 78 of Alberta and BC’s ski spots. Get inspired and start building your own epic bucket list! Learn more here.

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    Comfort and Joy in Canmore

    Canmore dazzles during the pre-Christmas season. Four weeks of special activities include Christmas block parties, outdoor movies, festive shopping evenings and opportunities to learn to paint your own masterpiece. Maybe you'd like to participate in a progressive dinner party with a twist - the designated driver is your bicycle. Find more details about Christmas in Canmore here.

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    Use Cranbrook as your powder highway hub

    Our fearless powder hound “Doc Pow,” has been up and down all 677 kilometres of the Powder Highway of southeastern B.C. many times. He has come to the conclusion that Cranbrook is the epicentre of all good things covered in perfect pow. Find out why Doc Pow says your next adventure starts in Cranbrook.

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    It takes lots of this and that to operate Whistler Blackcomb

    Whoa, the numbers are staggering. Whistler Blackcomb is celebrating their 50th year of operations - and that's a good reason to celebrate. But try keeping track of 78 groomers, 37 lifts, 60,000 litres of water per minute and 69,939 skiers per hour. Find out what other numbers keep Whistler Blackcomb the number one resort in North America.

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    Win Your Way to Big White!

    Found in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan, not far from Kelowna, Big White Ski Resort is the place to go for mounds of snow. Enter to win an amazing trip to experience its famed Champagne Powder for yourself! Prize package includes a two-night stay on mountain for two, two days of skiing and more. Valued at over $950. Enter here.

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  • Families have been making memories at Manning Park for generations so it was fitting that Miss 604 brought her sister along for the first ski weekend of the season.

  • It was a day for the ages! Whistler Blackcomb saw one of it's best powder days in the last 7 years. See the photos here.

  • Mount Washington had a most epic opening day. Check out SnowSeekers' photos here.