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Skiing Uphill Gains Traction

At 7:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016 three skiers started skinning up Mt. Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. They wanted to start the year off right: watching the sun rise over the peak before skiing powder down a backcountry run. They never made it. A ski patroller on early morning sweep sent them home … More »

The Start of Something Big

Hut-to-hut touring in Whistler’s Spearhead Range just got a lot closer to reality. Six years after a group of backcountry skiers and mountain climbers from Whistler and Vancouver first approached B.C. Parks with its vision of a high-alpine hut system, Parks has finally given its blessing to the Spearhead Huts Committee that will allow the … More »

Backcountry 2017

The grams keep falling. The quest for efficiency beyond the ski area boundaries continues to push innovation for lighter weights in ski gear without sacrificing performance. Today, a lot of the new technology we’re seeing in all-mountain and big-mountain categories is coming from here. And we like where we’re headed. by RYAN STUART in Buyer’s Guide … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. by RYAN STUART in December 2015 issue   The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to … More »

Nelson’s Baby

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 »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. 1.  The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to stay on the surface of an avalanche … More »

Taking it Sitting Down

TWO DISABLED SKIERS TACKLE THE B.C. BACKCOUNTRY AT SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING BY Mikey Nixon PHOTOS Steve Shannon What do you get when you send a paraplegic and a lady with MS on a two-day cat-skiing trip together? You get a lot of jokes—terrible ones—told between some of the best ski runs that either of them … More »

Dig Deeper

How to dig out an avalanche victim The transceiver may get all the glam when it comes to rescuing someone from an avalanche burial, but it’s the shovel that does all the heavy lifting. Digging is typically the slowest part of the rescue and, with the chances of survival sinking fast after 15 minutes, it’s … More »

Connect the huts

Selkirk Mountain Experience’s playground now includes three chalets and unlimited turns to be earned. _By Matt Coté   Photos Bruno Long Our helicopter pilot navigates the low cloud relaxed and confident. We hug interweaving ridgelines while skeptically absorbing the view of the damp valley below. It’s been an unseasonably warm February in B.C., but as we … More »

Healing App

One of the hardest parts about recovering from a ski injury is making that long journey back into an active lifestyle. Regaining strength, flexibility, balance and confidence—the backbones of skiing—requires dedication and time. So, of course, there’s an app for that. The North Face and its Mountain Athletics app helps to focus on rehab and … More »

Skiing Uphill Gains Traction

At 7:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016 three skiers started skinning up Mt. Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. They wanted to start the year off right: watching the sun rise over the peak before skiing powder down a backcountry run. They never made it. A ski patroller on early morning sweep sent them home … More »

The Start of Something Big

Hut-to-hut touring in Whistler’s Spearhead Range just got a lot closer to reality. Six years after a group of backcountry skiers and mountain climbers from Whistler and Vancouver first approached B.C. Parks with its vision of a high-alpine hut system, Parks has finally given its blessing to the Spearhead Huts Committee that will allow the … More »

Backcountry 2017

The grams keep falling. The quest for efficiency beyond the ski area boundaries continues to push innovation for lighter weights in ski gear without sacrificing performance. Today, a lot of the new technology we’re seeing in all-mountain and big-mountain categories is coming from here. And we like where we’re headed. by RYAN STUART in Buyer’s Guide … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. by RYAN STUART in December 2015 issue   The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to … More »

Nelson’s Baby

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 »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. 1.  The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to stay on the surface of an avalanche … More »

Taking it Sitting Down

TWO DISABLED SKIERS TACKLE THE B.C. BACKCOUNTRY AT SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING BY Mikey Nixon PHOTOS Steve Shannon What do you get when you send a paraplegic and a lady with MS on a two-day cat-skiing trip together? You get a lot of jokes—terrible ones—told between some of the best ski runs that either of them … More »

Dig Deeper

How to dig out an avalanche victim The transceiver may get all the glam when it comes to rescuing someone from an avalanche burial, but it’s the shovel that does all the heavy lifting. Digging is typically the slowest part of the rescue and, with the chances of survival sinking fast after 15 minutes, it’s … More »

Connect the huts

Selkirk Mountain Experience’s playground now includes three chalets and unlimited turns to be earned. _By Matt Coté   Photos Bruno Long Our helicopter pilot navigates the low cloud relaxed and confident. We hug interweaving ridgelines while skeptically absorbing the view of the damp valley below. It’s been an unseasonably warm February in B.C., but as we … More »

Healing App

One of the hardest parts about recovering from a ski injury is making that long journey back into an active lifestyle. Regaining strength, flexibility, balance and confidence—the backbones of skiing—requires dedication and time. So, of course, there’s an app for that. The North Face and its Mountain Athletics app helps to focus on rehab and … More »

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