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.

  • Cold Lake, AB – You have to love alpine fans. Nothing will deter them, not even living on the Prairies. Prairie topography may be devoid of mountains, but it’s not devoid of big hills and alpine fans definitely make use of them.

  • It's another fantastic weekend for slope fans as Marmot Basin opened today and tomorrow, we can say hello to Pass Powderkeg and the first hill in British Columbia – Sun Peaks.

  • It’s official! Winter is here and ski season has started in Western Canada and everyone is smiling ear-to-ear. In the last 48 hours, five ski resorts have turned on their chairlifts in Alberta.

  • When Eddie the Eagle (Michael Edwards) finished last in both his ski jumping events in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, he landed first in the hearts of Calgarians and the world. Did he care that he was last? No. Did Calgary care? No.

  • You know this topic is trending around the world eh? The world is watching, so why don’t we harness it with something more positive, than negative!

  • Ever since that little bundle of joy came into your life, you’ve been dreaming of the day you can drift through the powder or shred through the trees together, teaching that little tike all your tricks and skills. Ah yeah, what a dream. But aaaah, what a headache when the bills start to fly. Winter sports are not cheap. Here are some ways to keep the dream alive without spending their college fund.

  • Does the latest round of snow fall have you fired up? Last week’s legendary snow falls across the Rockies (see this Powder Magazine story) – and our webcam round up from last week – in some cases 50cms in 24 hours! Maybe it's time to start thinking about a job in the mountains...

  • This year, my pre-spring break shopping did not include buying a new bikini for a beach holiday, but rather a much-needed new pair of ski boots for a few days on the slopes.

  • A generation after the 1988 Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Games. Calgary council votes Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in hosting the Games? What might they do for the region? Can we recapture the magic of ’88? 

  • A generation after the 1988 Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Games. What are the risks and rewards in hosting the Games? What might they do for the region? Can we recapture the magic of ’88? The DECISION 2026 series, in partnership with Calgary’s Business, explores these and other questions. 

  • The 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary created a legacy that would span decades and shape the spirit of the city. As a kid, I remember feeling the immense pride knowing that my hometown would be the final stop on the flame torch relay and be hosting the games.

  • Arg! It’s mid-June! Will this summer ever end?

    Maybe I want to be like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Wilson moved his grand piano into a sandbox built in his house so that he could keep his toes in the sand while he wrote the band's iconic beach-themed music. Problem with a box of snow under the desk is – it melts into the renter’s place below me. So instead of sloshing around on a wet carpet and getting the neighbour upset, I’m on a quest for summer skiing.

  • What’s flying faster than the Winnipeg Jets? Jet’s-themed merchandise off the shelves of every shelf, hat rack and hanger in Winnipeg. As the NHL team from the smallest market heads to game two of the Round 3 match-up with the Vegas Golden Knights, the city planted around Portage and Main prepares for enormous crowds.

  • Going into game seven is nerve-wracking. There is soooo much on the line. Arenas, bars, basements and outdoor parks in Canada were a flurry of white jersey-clad fans anxiously cheering on the Winnipeg Jets. Within 11 minutes of the first puck-drop, the fans were whipped into a blizzard.

  • Ya gotta totally love this time of year. More daylight, extended hours for the lifts and its warmer – and I mean waay warmer. Best part is, every resort is cranking up the activities to keep you playing in the snow. Some resorts are banking on record breaking snow conditions to take us well into May but here is a round up of activities to plan for right away. Don’t forget the sun screen and the eye protection!!!