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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 »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Up There

ANDREW FINDLAY headed to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing in his search for pristine powder in a pineapple express season. The word pineapple, with its breezy Caribbean connotations, is welcome in any discussion—except skiing in B.C. I’m sitting in on the early evening guides’ meeting at Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEH,) sipping craft-brewed IPA and staring at a … 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 »

After the Avalanche

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 »

If the Name Fits

Skiing on Vancouver Island will be done under new ownership after the November sale of Mount Washington to Pacific Group Resorts closed. The Utah-based company also owns three smaller ski areas on the U.S. East Coast. Washington was put up for sale in 2013, even before suffering through the last two warmer, snow-starved winters. Campbell … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … 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 »

5-0 and Go

For a place known for throwing mega parties, Whistler is all of a sudden acting its age.   The mega-resort plans to celebrate its 50th birthday in December with a party, the movie 50 Years of Going Beyond and a coffee-table book—a mature approach to a golden anniversary for one of the world’s great ski … More »

Big Sparkling Stars

Two great ski resorts and one rub-down: Big White, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill offer more than family playtime in the heart of the Okanagan. “Whatever you do, don’t lick anything.” Words to live by, particularly in view of what comes next. Sparkling Hill Resort is a glitter box of a spa hotel, set high … 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 »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Up There

ANDREW FINDLAY headed to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing in his search for pristine powder in a pineapple express season. The word pineapple, with its breezy Caribbean connotations, is welcome in any discussion—except skiing in B.C. I’m sitting in on the early evening guides’ meeting at Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEH,) sipping craft-brewed IPA and staring at a … 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 »

After the Avalanche

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 »

If the Name Fits

Skiing on Vancouver Island will be done under new ownership after the November sale of Mount Washington to Pacific Group Resorts closed. The Utah-based company also owns three smaller ski areas on the U.S. East Coast. Washington was put up for sale in 2013, even before suffering through the last two warmer, snow-starved winters. Campbell … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … 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 »

5-0 and Go

For a place known for throwing mega parties, Whistler is all of a sudden acting its age.   The mega-resort plans to celebrate its 50th birthday in December with a party, the movie 50 Years of Going Beyond and a coffee-table book—a mature approach to a golden anniversary for one of the world’s great ski … More »

Big Sparkling Stars

Two great ski resorts and one rub-down: Big White, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill offer more than family playtime in the heart of the Okanagan. “Whatever you do, don’t lick anything.” Words to live by, particularly in view of what comes next. Sparkling Hill Resort is a glitter box of a spa hotel, set high … More »

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