Staying or Daying

Your cat-ski choice: a week up in the alpine or just pick a day…or two. t’s an age-old question. Some believe the Mayans were the first to ask it. Herodotus, the ancient Greek record-keeper, may have even alluded to it in his epic text, The Histories. More recently, prime ministers, presidents and dictators alike have scratched their heads … More »

More Fortress

You might remember seeing Alberta’s presently closed Fortress Mountain as an alpine backdrop in the 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster Inception. Or maybe you just dreamt that you did. If you didn’t see the film, you won’t remember the scene (or get the joke), but buck up, because there might be a sequel in the works. … More »

Away From It All

The backcountry is a lot more comfortable when you stay at one of many alpine touring lodges in B.C. by STEVEN THRENDYLE in Fall 2016 issue If you’ve ever yearned to relax and enjoy the big-mountain experience, you owe it to yourself to book a week of touring. More and more resort skiers are discovering … More »

Warm Up to Powder

If you’re a strong intermediate who already skis in the trees after a storm, you’re likely good enough to heli- or cat-ski. But if you want to make sure you’re ready before you head into untracked powder, check out Sun Peaks’s HeliCat Warm-Up Camps offered throughout the season. The two-day program, offered by off-piste camp co-ordinator, … More »

The Making of a Mountain

It’s not your average night at an average Royal Canadian Legion. And definitely not a typical public meeting to tell the locals about a gigantic ski resort development proposed for nearly undeveloped wilderness in their backyard. Instead of the usual few vets and their pals quietly visiting over rye or rum and Cokes, Branch No. … More »

Fernie and Beyond

After a group of ski media tracked up Fernie Alpine Resort last March for a Helly Hansen gear test, the quest for more first tracks led to the new Fernie Wilderness Adventures. The intimate cat-skiing operation utilizes a 12-sq-km tenure full of open glades and secret stashes starting at about 2,200m and dropping more than … More »

Bruno Long – Chatter Creek, BC

photo: BRUNO LONG * skier: Colston VB * snow: Chatter Creek, BC Crosshairs Buyer’s Guide 2017 photo: BRUNO LONG * skier: Colston VB * snow: Chatter Creek, BC  

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 »

Hit the Road

Wolf Creek, Durango, Silverton & Telluride Connect the Dots on a southern Colorado Road Trip BY GEORGE KOCH    PHOTOS SCOTT D.W. SMITH “Step on it, we’re running late! Slow down, you’re tailgating! Watch out, it’s slippery. Oh, see that art gallery, can we stop?” Pre-skiing excitement manifests itself in varying ways, especially when one … More »

Helicopter Parenting

I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week with the guys,” admitted my new American friend Ted to me sheepishly while slurping down a steaming bowl of hearty beef-barley soup. “She was never … More »