Canadian Rockies

I have had the good fortune as a photographer and videographer based in Fernie, B.C. to capture the beauty of a number of cat skiing destinations over the years, and to work in the industry as a photographer for the past eight years. Last winter was my first taste of cat skiing in Alberta, where there a couple of hidden gems and one of them is at Castle Mountain Resort in southern Alberta.

Some legends speak for themselves. In the alpine world, it comes down to champagne powder, steeps and deeps, yet still family-friendly. We know of two in southern B.C. that come with pedigrees steeped in history and once you've experienced them, you'll keep going back for more.

Legends speak for themselves and B.C.’s Powder Highway is just such a one. The highway seams together the world’s most concentrated collection of snow destinations, making it every skier’s and rider’s favourite road trip.

#DYK Jasper, Alberta Canada is one of the only five places on the planet earth that McDonald’s went bankrupt and had to close its doors because the locals didn’t support it? This is my kind of place, this is #MyJasper.

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.

“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.

Waterton Lakes National Park and I have been best friends for half a century. It was our go-to for camping as kids, our place for summer hikes, epic cross-country ski treks and a pitch or two of ice climbing. But now, it’s my private escape from the hubbub of life. It’s silent. 

Nestled in the far southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton is one of the most distinctive mountain parks on the planet. Shaped over centuries by wind, fire, glacial ice and floods, the park’s ecosystem is so distinctive that it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.

The chairlifts at Marmot Basin started turning in earnest today. The entire upper mountain was open along with seven run on the lower end. With a solid 51cm base, Marmot welcomed those lucky enough to not work today with a beautiful day on the slopes and a 20% discount on lift tickets - not all the chairlifts are running yet, after all.

Temperatures have dropped, snow has tipped the mountains, and just like that, ski season is upon us. Check out the photos from opening day at Nakiska on Saturday, November 4th.