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In Guide We Trust

In Guide We Trust

The best part of autumn is researching, planning and dreaming where the family might go skiing in the winter. Coming from a part of the country where winter didn’t much happen for us last year, we’re part of the sizable pent-up demand of all travellers, including skiers, who are now booking winter escapes. from Fall … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

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 backcountry ski … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as well as two online guides, Citadel … More »

FOMO on Faux-Mo? Québec

Head to Quebec’s Iron Road, Via Ferraski, at Palissades de Charlevoix. I’ve earned my fair share of turns over the years, but never quite like this. The first half of the new Via Ferraski unfolds much like any other guided backcountry tour. Up and up our group of five climbs as fat flakes blanket the … More »

Why Shames?

The incentive to move from Sweden to Canada goes beyond the legendary powder and vast backcountry of this Northern B.C. community. story and photos by MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON After the driest February in many years, it’s finally starting to snow again. Today’s forecast is looking good: 15 cm, 30-40 more in the next few days before … More »

Chatter Creek – Give Ski Touring A Try

BACKCOUNTRY SKI GUIDE BRODIE ST. JULIAN shares his enthusiasm about Chatter Creek’s new ski-touring program. As a ski guide—and amateur psychologist/sociologist—I’ve encountered a lot of different types of skiers at Chatter Creek who are into or are curious about alpine touring, and I’ve come to realize that I like them all. There’s the veteran skier … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket ($600) and Bib Pant ($475) offer minimum build and maximum features from a helmet-, backpack- and harness-compatible design to ergonomically correct pockets, all in Helly Tech Professional 3-layer, water/windproof breathable fabric. The durable pant’s three thigh-high pockets put everything in its … More »

backcountry

In Guide We Trust

In Guide We Trust

The best part of autumn is researching, planning and dreaming where the family might go skiing in the winter. Coming from a part of the country where winter didn’t much happen for us last year, we’re part of the sizable pent-up demand of all travellers, including skiers, who are now booking winter escapes. from Fall … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

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 backcountry ski … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as well as two online guides, Citadel … More »

FOMO on Faux-Mo? Québec

Head to Quebec’s Iron Road, Via Ferraski, at Palissades de Charlevoix. I’ve earned my fair share of turns over the years, but never quite like this. The first half of the new Via Ferraski unfolds much like any other guided backcountry tour. Up and up our group of five climbs as fat flakes blanket the … More »

Why Shames?

The incentive to move from Sweden to Canada goes beyond the legendary powder and vast backcountry of this Northern B.C. community. story and photos by MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON After the driest February in many years, it’s finally starting to snow again. Today’s forecast is looking good: 15 cm, 30-40 more in the next few days before … More »

Chatter Creek – Give Ski Touring A Try

BACKCOUNTRY SKI GUIDE BRODIE ST. JULIAN shares his enthusiasm about Chatter Creek’s new ski-touring program. As a ski guide—and amateur psychologist/sociologist—I’ve encountered a lot of different types of skiers at Chatter Creek who are into or are curious about alpine touring, and I’ve come to realize that I like them all. There’s the veteran skier … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket ($600) and Bib Pant ($475) offer minimum build and maximum features from a helmet-, backpack- and harness-compatible design to ergonomically correct pockets, all in Helly Tech Professional 3-layer, water/windproof breathable fabric. The durable pant’s three thigh-high pockets put everything in its … More »

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