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.

  • Quesnel is a town of about 10,000 people and 13,000 more in the surrounding area - a lot larger than we expected, and there’s a reason for that. 

  • Surrounded by 360 degrees of mountains, the locals in Smithers have nothing but smiles, stoke and love for the community. We spoke with four residents, business owners and managers who have carved out lives for themselves from the valley floor to the mountain tops. 

  • The longest T-Bar in North America. Check. A volunteer-run snowboard and ski school. Check. And one of the coziest lodges anywhere. Check. Welcome to the best-kept secret in B.C.’s north – Murray Ridge Ski Resort & Terrain Park – that easily ticks off all the boxes for your next skiing or riding adventure. 

  • There are many reasons someone might want to switch from snowboarding to skiing. Take Amber Grant for instance. She was getting fed up with the hassle of cat tracks and the hard falls that come with snowboarding. So ger husband, Ben, convinced her to try a lesson in the Next Step program for skiing at Marmot Basin.

  • Aren’t we lucky to live in a city with so many activities to choose from? Each season offers tons of reasons to get outside and enjoy the environment. Yes, winter in Calgary can be brutally cold. But those nasty days are actually very few. With some good clothing choices, you can leave the house and have a heap of winter fun. There are lots of outdoor options that can be done on a skinny budget right here in Calgary. Here are our top six ideas to help you enjoy the beauty of winter.

  • Skiing at three different slopes on a two-day weekend sounds impossible but it’s easy from Calgary. Include WinSport in your 72 hours of vertical and you’ve got it all in before work starts Monday morning. 

  • And the Powder Alerts keep coming.

  • Immigrating to Canada isn’t easy, especially if you’re making the move from a completely different climate. Discovering that winter may mean a foot of snow and -30 C weather is jarring at best. And learning to ski or snowboard probably isn’t on the top of the list of “things to learn about Alberta” when people first immigrate – but perhaps it should be.

  • They say that what we do in the first 21 days of a new decade will help set the course for what your next 10 years will be like. So I hit up Sun Peaks, Revelstoke and SilverStar Mountain Resort all in 72 hours, saying Happy 2020 to myself, my way of setting my intentions for a decade of adventure. Here's how you can do it too. 

  • Wow! Have you seen the forecast lately? It’s crazy! #WinterisHere is a collection of the most up-to-date reports on conditions at resorts across Alberta and B.C.

  • The Bhagchandani family had driven to Banff before, but as they were about to have their first day on the slopes at Lake Louise, they took advantage of the free shuttle service from Calgary, thinking wouldn't it be nice just to sit back and enjoy the views and let someone else do the driving.

  • As the chairlift swung around the top of the hill at Snow Valley Ski Club in Edmonton, Amber Grant was nervous. She had snowboarded before but this was only her second time on skis in recent memory, and chairlifts intimidated her.

  • Yahoo! It's time to get out and have some fun. Get your skis and boards tuned up, because the ski resorts in Alberta and British Columbia are open for the 2019/2020 season.

  • I could ruin the lyrics to classic tunes all day. But you’d rather find out where to find the Santa this holiday season. Here’s 10 Western Canadian ski resorts where you can spot (and hangout) with Santa Claus during the next few weeks. If you see him, wish him a Merry Christmas for us!

  • Kinosoo Ridge is a ski and snowboard destination that makes magic happen almost hourly, every single day. For Kinosoo camp goer, Cohen Petranic, the magic-making efforts helped make his "best day ever."