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 sun still had another 90 minutes before it would light up the base area and the first ride on the gondola was still two hours away – but that didn’t deter the crowds from gathering. As old and new friends gathered in the dark at 7 a.m., the music and single light from the lift shack created a party mood. After all, there was reason to celebrate, it was the count down to the first run of the bonus weekend at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

  • Just the name of this place alone – The Powder Highway – conjures up images of you and your friends skiing or riding long lines, leaving a wake of fluffy powder in your happy trails. Then ending the day, kicking back at one of the slope-side restaurants or bars.

  • Skiing and snowboarding on the West Coast isn’t all about steep and deep. Along with all of the double blacks, chutes, gnarly bumps and other expert terrain available, B.C.’s resorts offer some of the smoothest blue and green run groomers in the world. Which makes B.C. the perfect choice for an all-ages, all-ability levels winter snow sports vacation. For those who’d rather cruise than bruise, here are some of our all-time favourite coastal groomers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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've never been to Alberta or British Columbia, 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.

  • With resorts starting to open, we are getting stoked for winter! One of the best ways to improve opening day is to break out the wax and get your skis and snowboard gliding like new again.