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Women Riding Together

The women's snowboarding scene is taking centre-stage in the Bow Valley, and it’s all thanks to Abby Furrer. The manager and buyer at Banff's Rude Girls has built – and is still building – an all-female, intimidation-free snowboarding community that is starting to turn heads. Here's why... [...]

The Powwow Trail: Web Listings and Resources

In Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, Colette Derworiz profiles the Powwow Trail, the series of powwows that occur across Alberta, British Columbia and parts of the United States. As she describes in the article, “They are open to everyone, including non-Aboriginal people from any culture.” As powwows aren’t widely advertised, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you connect with a powwow happening near you. [...]

Wilderness First Aid Courses in the Canadian Rockies

In Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, we featured Wilderness First Aid courses as part of The Kit: Resources for Mountain Living. Here is a round-up of courses on offer throughout the Canadian Rockies, and where to find them. [...]

Your Guide to the Cowboy Trail

In Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, we featured the Cowboy Trail as a Side Trip in The Kit: Resources for Mountain Living. Here are stops you won’t want to miss, from towns to ranches to horseback tours. [...]

From Mining to Skiing: The Mountain Industry Journey

Many ski towns once started with an entirely different industry in mind: mining. Abby Cooper clips in to explore the relics of the mines in Fernie and Kimberley, B.C., linking turns as much as linking together the stories of a bygone era. [...]

Cabin Jams: Q+A with Leah Evans and Jamie Tanner

Four musicians, four athletes, one remote backcountry location in the Selkirk Mountains. Away from the distractions of everyday life, each brings their diverse crafts to the cabin and a serendipitous story emerges. Guided by co-producers Leah Evans and Jamie Tanner, ‘Cabin Jams’ is a unique adventure film blending various streams of mountain inspiration. [...]

Facets and Faceshots: Backcountry Learning at Purcell Mountain Lodge

It’s an intensive course that doesn’t feel intense. Like the layers of an unpredictable snowpack, the lessons of an immersive AST 2 course in the backcountry settle gradually. Here at Purcell Mountain Lodge, you don't learn behind a desk. The lessons seep into the stories you swap around the dining table and in the pause for thought on the uptrack, where a few feet to the left makes all the difference... [...]

Family Life in the Backcountry at Boulder Hut

This isn’t just a backcountry ski lodge – it’s a glimpse of life lived off-the-grid with simple necessities, extraordinary hosts, and some sweet skiing. Abby Cooper dives into the daily life of the Yancey clan at Boulder Hut, where "school" means everything from homework to hospitality to life skills learned only in the alpine. [...]

When Creativity Soars – The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered

Banff-based photographer Paul Zizka isn't shy about speaking out about his struggle to pursue the creative process in the age of social media, where it's easy to follow a recipe and create popular images. His latest book, The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered, is a testament to that journey and the quest for creativity. [...]

Banff’s Great Getaway: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

In our latest Mountain Lodge Spotlight, our Editor-in-Chief spends a weekend with her family at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and discovers that a great vacation can happen just five minutes from home. Whether you're a visitor or seasoned local, this mountain getaway offers the perfect mix of accessibility and tranquility, even if you've got a four-year-old in tow... [...]

What You Missed at Life @ Altitude 2.0

To celebrate International Mountain Day in the Bow Valley, Life@Altitude was born. Back in December, mountain enthusiasts gathered at artsPlace Canmore for a night of presentations, movies from the Banff Mountain Book + Film Festival, a mountain tradeshow and prize giveaways. [...]

Review: Our Vanishing Glaciers

In Our Vanishing Glaciers, Bob Sandford takes on this formidable spectrum of objectives and succeeds, providing a wealth of information about ice in this warming world. In doing so Sandford frames an uncomfortable reality: Vanishing ice is not a future consideration. It is here, now. [...]

Mountain Film Release: To the Top

What makes for an epic day outside? Through the eyes of a child, the equation is simple: toboggans, friends, and snow. Take Me Outside, a non-profit organization based in Banff, takes us back to that simple mindset with ‘To The Top’. [...]

UNLTD: 5 Life Lessons from a Small Town Store

Ask Dave Carlson where the name 'Unlimited' comes from and he'll tell you it's all about optimism, opportunism and having a "no boundaries" attitude. We caught up with the Banff/Canmore storeowner to get behind the scenes at one of the Bow Valley's favourite independent retailers. We came away with a whole lot more. [...]

Underbelly of Creativity: On the Fringe of the Bow

Swapping traditional mountain art for unconventional creativity, the Whyte Museum has brought the fringe to the forefront in one of their latest exhibits. On display until Jan. 28, 2018, On the Fringe of the Bow unearths a new layer of imagination found in the mountains. [...]

Staff Picks: 8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Mountain People

Snow in the forecast means more than backcountry turns and opening days at the ski hills – it's also the signal to start thinking about gifts you'd like to purchase for friends and family this holiday season! In this year's annual gift idea round-up, our staff members handpick their favourite items that'll take you from your campsite to the trail to those (odd) days spent indoors. [...]

Rockies Shred Fest 2017 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

One of Banff's most anticipated events – and sold out for a third straight year – Rockies Shred Fest is an annual pre-season gathering hosted by Crowfoot Media. Emceed by Andrew Hardingham, the event attracted 450 snow sport enthusiasts for a night of local ski and snowboard films, a mountain tradeshow, door prizes and giveaways, and more! Here's what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned, with Joe Lammers

Mountains make the greatest teachers and provide us with countless opportunities to contemplate, question and learn. Many decades of experiences in the mountains have left Joe Lammers with some well-tuned advice for mountain enthusiasts. In this installment of “Three Things I’ve Learned”, Abby Cooper taps into the wisdom of this public avalanche forecaster whose ski career has taken him from the world of TV to ski patrol and everything in between.  [...]

ARMY: Alex Armstrong’s Perpetual Powder Chase

In the life of an aspiring freeskier, there are as many stress-filled nights as there are powder-filled days. It’s an endless tug-of-war between following your passion and finding security; a game that’s rarely won. Filmmaker Daniel Thomson and skier Alex Armstrong chat with us about Daniel’s new film ARMY, what it takes to make skiing happen as a lifestyle, and why it’s worth it. [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Shadow Lake Lodge

This is the benefit of the backcountry lodge experience. It is a chance to disconnect and unwind, to venture out on the trail without getting in a vehicle, to be fed and nurtured without lifting a finger, and to relax and read without the distraction of electronics, television or the web. And if one lodge delivers this, and more, it is Shadow Lake Lodge. [...]