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Nelson’s Baby

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The annual Coldsmoke Powder Fest at Whitewater is an enviable community celebration that goes well beyond the Kootenays. In 1867, gold and silver were discovered near the shores of Kootenay Lake in the southern Selkirk Mountains of B.C. At the time, the waterways that followed the valleys below were considered virtually inaccessible, but the resolve … More »

The new technology of layering

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One day last winter it was -19 C at the bottom of Lake Louise and -1 C at the top. Known as an inversion, because the typical temperature gradient of getting colder as elevation rises is turned upside down, it’s a nice mountain phenomenon for skiers, but also a conundrum. Skiing is already tricky for … More »

After the Avalanche

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My emotional rebuild was more difficult than the physical part, but a return to the alpine was necessary therapy. By Greg Hill   Photos Bruno Long   in Fall 2015 issue A year and a half ago I made a serious judgment error and my confidence, something I used to have a lot of, is now … More »

Time Warp

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A day on the slopes of Quebec’s Mont Chilly will take you back in time. BY Alexander Hessel  *  PHOTOS John Rathwell  While driving along a windblown and ungroomed Hwy 148, about an hour northwest of Ottawa in the Pontiac region of western Quebec, it soon becomes apparent that deep snow and steep terrain might … More »

Doing it Right

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WHY STAYING IN THE ALPINE AT SUNSHINE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. by Ryan Stuart in Fall 2015 issue Lunch finds me in my hotel room, ski boots off, sun warming my face through the six-metre window. A snow-cold beer sits in front of me, while a hand-rolled wrap falls apart in my lap. … More »