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.

  • Having conducted my own family circus for a few years now on skis, I like to pride myself on having a bit of skill as a ringmaster, even if it is a bit dramatic at times.

  • Named after the Kmberley Gold Mine in South Africa, learn how the small town of Kimberley came to be!

  • The mountains are in Chef Wolfgang Sterr?s blood. Born in the Bavarian Alps, his two passions were snowboarding and food. By the age of 18, he had graduated with his chef?s papers, and was also riding 100 days a year.

  • Imagine getting kicked by your horse so hard that your travel companions assumed you were dead? Only when they were about to toss the dirt on your grave did you come to your senses. That's what the legends say happened to James Hector in 1858 as the Scottish doctor/geologist travelled the uncharted waterways of western Canada in search of a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

  • In the 1890s, people arrived on horseback and train to mine the coal seams discovered rippling under the mountains that dipped towards the Elk River is southeast B.C. The town of Fernie and the mountain owe their name to the coal prospector, William Fernie who established the coal industry mining that vast Crowsnest Coal Field.

  • Canada's second largest resort, Sun Peaks, located just outside of Kamloops, has a big heart. Each year in addition to welcoming people from around the world, they host folks from the Blue Bird Foundation, building new friendships through the sport of skiing and snowboarding. 

  • The mountains are calling and you need to answer the call because the start to the 2015/16 season has been a blockbuster. You've heard the reports of epic snowfalls across many of Alberta and B.C?.s mountain destinations - and its no different at Marmot Basin. That's where I was this week, out inspecting the snowy goodness and reporting back so you know what you can look forward to. 

  • When the very first lift on a ski hill was a tow rope driven by a vehicle engine you know there?s some history. It puts a resort in a certain vintage, like well-aged Scotch.

  • Forget the last 16,000 years, our story starts back in early 1960s when local residents saw a nearby slope as the perfect place to throw down a toboggan.

  • What if your new husband said, "Let's go to the middle of snow-covered Nowhere, B.C. for a honeymoon." Then stay two years before going back home to Norway, but only long enough to pack up the house to move back?

  • A few things have changed in the four decades it?s been operational but one thing has stayed the same. Murray Ridge started out operated by the non-profit Fort St. James Ski Club and it still is today with the mandate to offer affordable skiing to the local population - and anyone else who happens to stop by.

  • On Monday, November 16, Calgary?s Village Brewery played host to the city?s second-ever Mappy Hour, this time featuring Tom Babin, author of ?Frost Bike? and avid cyclist.

  • You're Canadian. You have rear-wheel drive or all-season tires and you know how to handle a vehicle on snow and ice, thank you very much. These are just some of the common reasons drivers don't put winter tires on their vehicles.

  • Edmonton is a winter city, and if you embrace winter and get outside, you may discover something special, unique and yes ? even fun ? about our winter season.