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What You Missed at Life @ Altitude 3.0

Each year on December 11th, mountain enthusiasts gather at artsPlace for Life@Altitude. Hosted in celebration of International Mountain Day, the evening program features presentations by prominent locals, as well as short films from Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival. Here's a little recap of what you missed! [...]

Rockies Shred Fest 2018 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

Sold out for a fourth straight year, Rockies Shred Fest is an annual pre-season gathering hosted by Crowfoot Media, in collaboration with Capow Guiding. Emceed by Capow's Marty Schaffer, the event attracted 500 snow 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! [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Mistaya Lodge

Flying into a catered and guided backcountry lodge, I expected to feel like a queen. What I didn’t expect was the depth of the connection I would establish with my surroundings. [...]

Review – As Above, So Below: A Climbing Story

As Above, So Below is the short, fictional story of a father and son expedition to Patagonia's Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. What begins as an attempt to reconcile the gap between teenage rebellion and old-school grit quickly turns into a tragic fight for survival and exploration of the self. [...]

Featured Photographer: Q+A with Wayne Simpson

Only a few photographers have been published in all three volumes of the Canadian Rockies Annual published to date. Wayne Simpson is one of them. A master of light, drama and unique perspectives, his images are often described as surreal or otherworldly. [...]

Excerpt: The Language of Fire

Wildfires play an important role in the landscape. But when they burn out of control, professionals dive in to manage them. Fire expert Gregg Walker explains what is really going on amidst the flames. [...]

Overlanding Like a Local with Moose Trail

Wondering how to escape the crowds, do something different and get off the beaten track next time you’re in the Rockies? Moose Trail Overland Tours is a 4x4 adventure company that has carefully sourced a variety of activities for visitors to experience the mountains like a local, and have a lot of fun while doing it. Here’s the story... [...]

Bernie Schiesser: Master of the Hills

Bernie Schiesser calls it fate, but the cast of characters in his bio reads like a who's who of Rockies history. Over the course of his long life, Schiesser's positive energy and remarkable contributions to many aspects of mountain life have firmly established him on that same roster. Here's the story behind the man – the pioneer, guide, and backcountry host, who will forever have a legacy in the Canadian Rockies.  [...]

Excerpt: Go Big and Go Home

Six experts give their best advice on taking mountain sports to the next level. Here’s how to up the ante – and stay safe doing it. [...]

Review: Searching for Mary Schäffer

Colleen Skidmore's latest book, Searching for Mary Schäffer, explores the life and works of one of the Rockies' most famous mountain women, and in the process sheds new light on Schäffer's persona, the stories that comprised her exciting life, and the people who crossed her path along the way. [...]

Excerpt: Into the Depths

The terror, luck and tragedy of crevasse falls. "I was then lowered into the gaping hole. On one side the ice fell sheer, on the other it was rather undercut, but again bulged outwards about eighteen feet below the surface, making the crevasse at that point not much more than two feet wide...." [...]

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... [...]

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. [...]