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.

  • Sometimes we forget that resort skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to embrace winter in B.C.’s Coastal Mountains. There are so many equally enjoyable outdoor activities – from the adventurous to decadent. Here are a just a few of the many ways you can learn to love winter on the Left Coast.

  • Every winter the Kootenays call, its pull all the stronger farther north as the distances between hamlets get longer and the mountains get taller. It’s the landscape ski trip dreams are made of.

  • As a skier raising three little skiers in Alberta, it always feels a little strange going east instead of west in winter, until I’m there and then it all makes sense.

  • A city shaped by the Skeena River, Terrace is a wildly raw and beautiful place. Freshwater rivers bound for the ocean and the mountains reach for the sky. This dramatic landscape entertains outdoor lovers with endless opportunities for adventure. Naturally, we have a few ideas about where to start for your next Terrace visit.

  • Stewart, B.C., the single name and two letters following make me giddy just thinking about finally seeing what I’ve heard and dreamed about so much. The drive up was filled with slices of Indigenous culture, glimpses at the rich Gold Rush history and a tease of the mountains waiting for us to explore them.

  • Snow banks taller than myself line the streets of Smithers, a sure sign that this incredible snow haven is in good winter form. Whether arriving by plane, car or Via Rail, your first glimpse of town will without doubt steal your heart and whisk you into the mountainous magic that surrounds you. 

  • A timeless log lodge and matching nearby cabins adorn the base of Troll Resort. The authenticity of a uncommercialized ski resort and its romantic vibe is what drew us in.

  • The winding mountainous road comes to an end at Barkerville, but this is not where the adventure ends, it only means you simply no longer require a vehicle. With countless ways to explore Barkerville it’s important to introduce this town with a bit of history to begin to grasp the scope of this place.

  • British Columbia, home to the most ski resorts anywhere in Canada, transforms into a winter playground not just for skiers and riders, but outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. And that includes those who like to party like its 1979 or ’89. The Fernie Retro Weekend is just one of dozens of events happening slope-side this winter, right around the time of the much-needed Spring Break season. There are also film festivals, thrilling ski races of the traditional and non-traditional kind, plus craft beer and wine tastings.

  • Another winter week has come and gone and it was jam-packed with skiing, snowboarding and everything winter that all of us SnowSeekers admire. Take a moment and walk down memory lane with us, having a look at the cool things that happened in our collective winter wonderlands. Here are some of our favourite photos and videos from resorts across Western Canada.

  • Snow sloughs over the hump of the large cliff I’m standing above, trickling down over the rocks below. I wait poised on the shoulder of a spiny chute dropping into the new Tres Hombres area, via the second gate off Marmot Basin’s Paradise area.

  • Incredible powder and bluebird skies, what else could you want on an epic weekend at Mount Washington Alpine Resort?!

  • Now that you’ve checked out How to Do Spring Break at Whistler Blackcomb, take a look at some of these other amazing options for adventure with your family. Because you can’t ski your entire trip (actually, that’s debatable, especially with the snow we’re getting)!

  • At the top of the bunny hill, my daughter Avery cajoles her reluctant little brother Bennett into sitting on a Snow Boogie sled. A minute later the kids are flying down the hill, laughing and screaming and leaving a trail of frosty crystals behind them like the contrail from a jet engine. After the icy rush, we all warm up with cups of hot chocolate sipped around an open fire at the base of Baldy Mountain Resort.

  • “Every time I drive into the park it's so breathtaking,” Pat Morris tells me on a sunny afternoon in Waterton Lakes National Park. Morris, has lived here for 18 months and is still in awe of the awesome landscape. I couldn’t agree more. In Alberta’s southernmost mountain park, jagged peaks rise dramatically from the prairies, wildlife wanders the streets, and recreational opportunities abound.