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.

  • Last run of the day and you’re at the peak with your pals. It’s going to be a race to the base to see who pays for the après ski grub. Will it be wholesome or smothered in cheese? Let the winner decide. Here’s a few of our favourites to race to, let's see if you agree.

  • Most people’s intuition kicks in the first time they meet someone and as we all know, first impressions are key. If the Northern B.C. community of Smithers were a person, I know it would be one of my best friends. Why? For one thing it has one of the highest concentrations of outdoor adventure stores – per capita – in the country and for another, as our new #SkiNorthBC friends describe it, it’s a place that is wrapped in "alpine everything."

  • Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, perched over the town of Smithers, home to Canada’s youngest mayor. It's a bustling winter adventure scene with the ski resort, its epicentre.

  • The soul of skiing is more than alive and well in pretty much the geographical centre of British Columbia, at a destination you need to put on your radar – Murray Ridge Ski Hill and Terrain Park.

  • SilverStar Mountain Resort's "Experience the Okanagan" contest is serving up a three-part, three-season grand prize worth over $7,500. And I've enjoyed it all and can vouch for its fabulousness.

  • Calgary, AB – Alpine Canada, Canada Snowboard, Freestyle Canada and The Canadian Ski Council are pleased to announce the fifth-annual National Ski & Snowboard Day will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27. 

  • You’re on vacation, so every minute on the mountain counts. You caught the first chair, you pounded those moguls and the steeps are ticked off the list. Need some time to relax at a ski resort spa? Here are six great picks for you.

  • Here are six easy tips to entice the children in your life into loving the mountains like you do. Fun, treats and good gear all make for good times for years to come.

  • 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!

  • Golden, BC – It was a chilly start to the 2018 opening day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, but the flow of hot chocolate and the adrenaline had the crowd, who were gathering in the pre-dawn light, stoked.

  • When it comes to crossing the outdoor winter enthusiast off your gift list, there’s no shortage of options to chose from, be it for one person or the whole family. From ski passes to holiday getaways, lesson packages and camps, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ideas to help you make your holiday shopping and planning easier.

  • Golden, B.C. – As the rest of the patrons at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort drove the dark road back to Golden or tucked into their slope-side accommodations, I waited at the base of the gondola for my ride. I could hear it and see the beaming headlights long before I saw it crawl like a bug over the lip of the last pitch and slowly grind down the slope.

  • Temperatures have dropped, snow has topped the mountains and just like that, ski season is upon us. Check out the photos from opening weekend at Big White Ski Resort.

  • Historically Black Friday was a shopping day, or should we say shopping frenzy held the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It’s been called the “kickoff to Christmas shopping day” since 1952.

  • Grande Prairie, AB – Closing in on 60 years of serving the communities which surround it, Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park was happy to say that with the hard work of its snow making crews, the resort was able to have a soft opening on Nov. 17.