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Reintroducing Bison to Banff: A Timeline

It has been 140 years since bison roamed free in Banff National Park. But, this month, all that has changed as a small herd of Plains bison was translocated from Elk Island National Park to Banff. With the help of Bison Belong, an organization dedicated to the animal’s reintroduction, we put together a timeline to put this recent success into context. [...]

Free Camping Resources for Alberta and B.C.

For avid campers and newbies alike, the costs of pitching a tent can add up. Thankfully, there are nearly 1,300 free recreation sites across B.C. and several in Alberta’s Rockies waiting for you to set up camp. Here are the best resources we could find – in print and on the web. [...]

Revive Rogers: Finding Solutions for Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass is a mecca for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, hikers and mountaineers. Yet with the closure of Glacier Park Lodge, the future of lodging development in that area is uncertain. Enter: Revive Rogers, a community-based initiative working to ensure the restoration of lodging at Rogers Pass. [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Winter at Emerald Lake Lodge

Luxury in wilderness comes a bit off the beaten track for many getaway lodges in the Canadian Rockies. But, Emerald Lake Lodge maintains a semblance of isolation and the elegance of simplicity, despite being just a short drive away from the nearest village. The historic Swiss-inspired lodge is just as inviting as the peaks seen from its windows, beckoning visitors to explore and enjoy the splendour of Yoho National Park. [...]

Review – Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey Into Deep Wild

In Crocodiles and Ice, acclaimed adventure writer Jon Turk ventures deep into the wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recounts memories of journeys past. Far beyond the adventure tales, however, the author endeavours to speak to the reader's heart and mind. One reviewer grapples with her own connection to Nature, to the author himself, and his quest for a more peaceful, sustainable planet. [...]

Andrew Hardingham Has an Important Announcement

After two sold-out Winterstoke events, something is about to change about our third annual pre-season stoke fest. Andrew Hardingham brings you the details on what's going down. Watch the video and comment for your chance to win two passes to next year's event and a $100 gift card to Unlimited Skate & Snow! [...]

From the Archives: Inspiring Mountain Women

Need a bit of a push to keep you moving during the winter season? We’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational stories our site has seen, and they happen to have one thing in common: they feature strong female protagonists who embody mountain culture all year round. [...]

Top 10 of 2016: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

At Crowfoot Media we’re all about getting mountain culture elevated and sharing that passion with other mountain lovers. From wilderness stories to people profiles, the latest in science and stunning photography, we pump out fresh, web-exclusive content on a monthly basis that you won't find anywhere else. Thanks to a wide range of talented and inspiring contributors, here are the articles that elevated people the most this year. [...]

Wild Life Distillery: Q + A with Matt Widmer

Good things come out of the Bow Valley, and this new craft distillery is just the latest. Bringing together local grain, local water, and local people, Wild Life Distillery offers authentic Rockies spirits made in small batches 100% on-site. We talked to co-owner Matt Widmer about the ins and outs of the distillery industry, and what to expect when they open their doors. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Ski Touring (Eric Hjorleifson)

As backcountry touring rises in popularity, the sport's gear is proliferating left, right and centre. So, how do you choose the best gear? What's been tried, tested and true? We turn to pro freeskier, Eric Hjorleifson, for his rundown on what he puts into his pack for a day out ski touring. Here are his favs (and some sweet hacks, too!). [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Mount Engadine Lodge

Mount Engadine Lodge is all about its prime location, nestled at the base of Mt. Engadine, on the edges of a meadow that stretches towards the striking peaks of Mts. Birdwood and Commonwealth. Located just 1 hour from Canmore down Smith Dorrien Trail, this mountain getaway offers seclusion amidst beautiful scenery, with all the modern amenities that make a stay comfortable. [...]

Review: Siren Call

It takes someone with personal experience – or excellent research skills – to write a book about a field so intricate and exciting as emergency response. Even better is someone who has both, and that's Graeme Pole. A Primary Care Paramedic for 27 years, Pole explores the lives of emergency responders in Banff National Park in his latest work of fiction, Siren Call. [...]

Mountain Film Release: The Winter of our Content

Shot entirely at Island Lake Lodge Catskiing in Fernie B.C., Winter of our Content is a story of weather, powder skiing, terrain, inspiration and pushing your personal limits. Watch some of the top skiers, snowboarders and wing-suit athletes in the world explore the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains. Athletes include: Nick McNutt, Lucas Debari, Rob Heule, Dash Longe, Tim Durtschi, Dane Tudor, Ben Ogilvie and Trace Cooke. Narrated by Chuck Ragan. [...]

12 Gift Ideas for the Mountain Enthusiast

Mountain people can be surprisingly easy to shop for. Give them a new piece of gear to unwrap and they'll usually be over the moon. But, if you want to be a bit more unique or deliberate in your gift-giving this holiday season, check out this list of gifts curated specifically for the mountain enthusiast! [...]

Hobnails and Hemp Rope: On Recreating a Historic 1916 Ascent

In 1916, Conrad Kain led the first ascent of Bugaboo Spire – the hardest technical route in the world at that time. This past summer, a team of climbers set out to recreate that experience using period gear – hobnailed boots, a hemp rope and a 100-year-old camp stove. [...]

SheJumps and the Power of the Girafficorn

We're seeing more and more women amping up their outdoor game – skiing backcountry lines, ripping down mountain bike trails, and getting pumped at local crags – and it takes the right environment to foster this development. SheJumps is an all-women, non-profit organization whose focus is to create just this: the perfect vibe to move past the uncomfortable stages in learning, and help take new steps in outdoor pursuits. Whether tuning up a mountain bike for the first time, or dipping a boot in the crystallized waters of ski mountaineering, SheJumps has got your back. [...]

Truth and Reconciliation: What Does It Mean for the Bow Valley?

On October 29, 2016, 250 Bow Valley residents joined thought leaders from across the nation, Indigenous leaders, and those involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada to explore our roles in repairing Canada’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples. And while many of us were left with more questions than answers, the event sparked an important dialogue and one that deserves to continue here in our mountain communities. [...]

A Shot in the Dark: Interview with SHIFT’s Kelly Milner

SHIFT tells the story of a group of aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon, who have spent the past 10 years converting historical trails in the mountains around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination. Writer and director Kelly Milner shares her creative process, and the importance of telling positive stories about Indigenous people and the North. [...]

Winterstoke 2016 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

A sold-out event two years straight, Winterstoke is an annual pre-season gathering in Banff, Alberta, hosted by Crowfoot Media. Emceed by pro snowboarder/local funnyman Andrew Hardingham, Winterstoke attracts snow sport enthusiasts for a night of beer, the ‘best of’ local ski and snowboard footage, Q&A session with Capow Guiding, prizes and giveaways, and a winter industry trade show. Here’s what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Why You Should Upgrade Your Avalanche Skills: Q+A with Marty Schaffer

It's hard to come by a better spokesperson for avalanche safety than Marty Schaffer. This ACMG Ski Guide has grown up in the ski industry his whole life, works closely with Avalanche Canada, and now runs his own ski guiding operation, CAPOW - Canadian Powder Guiding. He gives us the low-down on why backcountry ski and snowboard enthusiasts should upgrade their Avalanche Skills Training, what an AST 2 course has to offer, and what the biggest mistakes are that he's seen in avalanche terrain assessment. [...]

A Purpose Ridden: Q+A with Ryan Correy

From cycling across Canada at the age of thirteen to starting up his own bikepacking business and writing a book, adventure cyclist Ryan Correy has done it all. In this interview, Billie Norman gets behind-the-scenes of Ryan’s book, A Purpose Ridden, to uncover how he got into bikepacking, when his passion turned into purpose, and the troubles he had along the way. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Chic Scott

Few people have spent as much time in the mountains, and know them as intimately as Chic Scott. As a historian, writer, and ski pioneer in the Rockies, Chic has gained extensive knowledge and wisdom about the mountains he calls home. In the latest installment of "Three Things I've Learned," Joanna Croston profiles Chic's contributions and taps into the wisdom of this Rockies legend. [...]