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8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

SWEET DREAMS Eight Canadian alpine lodges BY STEVEN THRENDYLE  PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN CREARY Backcountry skiing has been part of the B.C. landscape since the mid-1980s, but thanks to huge advances in off-grid energy conservation technology and environmentally sensitive construction techniques, today’s private lodges are a far cry from the drafty, rodent-infested hovels of yesteryear. Most … More »

Knucklehead Lodge

Folks in small-town B.C. just love to build stuff. In Powell River, a former forestry boomtown located on the aptly named Sunshine Coast, the Knuckleheads Winter Recreation Association (KWRA) consists of hardy, gregarious and highly industrious outdoor enthusiasts of both the motorized and non-motorized persuasion. The KWRA has been building attractive, low-impact cabins for overnight … More »

Garibaldi Turns 100

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Turns 100 Garibaldi Provincial Park   Italian army general Giuseppe Garibaldi may be famous for being “the father of modern Italy,” but he never travelled anywhere near the B.C. provincial park that bears his name. While exploring the head of Howe Sound in 1860, British Navy captain George Henry Richards anointed the stunning “diamond … More »

Big Dreams for Zincton

David Harley believes the mountain resort business model is broken. The sport’s future does not lie in bringing planeloads of skiers into Denver International Airport and shuttling them off to cookie-cutter areas along an interstate. Rather, Harley thinks adventurous skiers will come to Zincton, his proposed new four-season resort near New Denver, a remote mountain … More »

Tough Choice – Multi-resort passes

Have multi-resort passes changed the way you ski? by STEVEN THRENDYLE in Buyer’s Guide 2021 issue Few innovations have disrupted—and reconfigured—the cost of ski holidays, and indeed how we choose where to ski, quite like Vail’s Epic Pass, Alterra’s Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective membership. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more … More »

K2: The Impossible Descent

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mountain-culture junkies have turned to the internet to get their adrenaline fix. In mid-July, Red Bull Media House dropped K2: The Impossible Descent, the story of Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel’s successful linkage of a non-stop ski route down the world’s second-highest peak. Perhaps Bargiel thought skiing might prove somewhat safer? … More »

Vancouver Int’l Mt. Film Festival

VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival The 23rd annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presents nine days of films, book signings, oral presentations and seminars from February 9-17. Events take place at five venues throughout Metro Vancouver, including Richmond and craft-beer-friendly Port Moody. Ski Nights skew heavily to the backcountry/powder genre; e.g., self-propelled journeys by … More »

How To Get The Blues

Iceland and Thailand might boast their Blue Lagoons, but on the Pemberton Icefield west of Whistler, ice cave expert Doug Washer will show you more mesmerizing shades of blue than Benjamin Moore. Washer, CEO of Whistler-based Head-Line Mountain Holidays, is Canada’s foremost ice cave hunter. How did you find these caves in the first place? … More »

Lost & Found Dept.

LOST & FOUND DEPT.   Traditionally, Recco technology has been used by ski patrollers searching for buried avalanche victims. Following the death of his skiing partner in Åre, Sweden, in 1972, Recco founder Markus Granhed developed what he felt was a faster way to search for buried skiers than using rescue dogs. Truth be told, … More »

Canadian Tire Has Skis?

If there’s one tale I’m happy to tell the young ’uns when I git to reminiscing about skiing “back in the day,” it’s the fact that I learned the sport wearing leather boots firmly bound to two-metre-long wooden skis by a cable “safety binding.” To say it was a crude, unsafe set-up is an understatement. … More »

8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

SWEET DREAMS Eight Canadian alpine lodges BY STEVEN THRENDYLE  PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN CREARY Backcountry skiing has been part of the B.C. landscape since the mid-1980s, but thanks to huge advances in off-grid energy conservation technology and environmentally sensitive construction techniques, today’s private lodges are a far cry from the drafty, rodent-infested hovels of yesteryear. Most … More »

Knucklehead Lodge

Folks in small-town B.C. just love to build stuff. In Powell River, a former forestry boomtown located on the aptly named Sunshine Coast, the Knuckleheads Winter Recreation Association (KWRA) consists of hardy, gregarious and highly industrious outdoor enthusiasts of both the motorized and non-motorized persuasion. The KWRA has been building attractive, low-impact cabins for overnight … More »

Garibaldi Turns 100

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Turns 100 Garibaldi Provincial Park   Italian army general Giuseppe Garibaldi may be famous for being “the father of modern Italy,” but he never travelled anywhere near the B.C. provincial park that bears his name. While exploring the head of Howe Sound in 1860, British Navy captain George Henry Richards anointed the stunning “diamond … More »

Big Dreams for Zincton

David Harley believes the mountain resort business model is broken. The sport’s future does not lie in bringing planeloads of skiers into Denver International Airport and shuttling them off to cookie-cutter areas along an interstate. Rather, Harley thinks adventurous skiers will come to Zincton, his proposed new four-season resort near New Denver, a remote mountain … More »

Tough Choice – Multi-resort passes

Have multi-resort passes changed the way you ski? by STEVEN THRENDYLE in Buyer’s Guide 2021 issue Few innovations have disrupted—and reconfigured—the cost of ski holidays, and indeed how we choose where to ski, quite like Vail’s Epic Pass, Alterra’s Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective membership. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more … More »

K2: The Impossible Descent

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mountain-culture junkies have turned to the internet to get their adrenaline fix. In mid-July, Red Bull Media House dropped K2: The Impossible Descent, the story of Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel’s successful linkage of a non-stop ski route down the world’s second-highest peak. Perhaps Bargiel thought skiing might prove somewhat safer? … More »

Vancouver Int’l Mt. Film Festival

VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival The 23rd annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presents nine days of films, book signings, oral presentations and seminars from February 9-17. Events take place at five venues throughout Metro Vancouver, including Richmond and craft-beer-friendly Port Moody. Ski Nights skew heavily to the backcountry/powder genre; e.g., self-propelled journeys by … More »

How To Get The Blues

Iceland and Thailand might boast their Blue Lagoons, but on the Pemberton Icefield west of Whistler, ice cave expert Doug Washer will show you more mesmerizing shades of blue than Benjamin Moore. Washer, CEO of Whistler-based Head-Line Mountain Holidays, is Canada’s foremost ice cave hunter. How did you find these caves in the first place? … More »

Lost & Found Dept.

LOST & FOUND DEPT.   Traditionally, Recco technology has been used by ski patrollers searching for buried avalanche victims. Following the death of his skiing partner in Åre, Sweden, in 1972, Recco founder Markus Granhed developed what he felt was a faster way to search for buried skiers than using rescue dogs. Truth be told, … More »

Canadian Tire Has Skis?

If there’s one tale I’m happy to tell the young ’uns when I git to reminiscing about skiing “back in the day,” it’s the fact that I learned the sport wearing leather boots firmly bound to two-metre-long wooden skis by a cable “safety binding.” To say it was a crude, unsafe set-up is an understatement. … More »

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