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2019 Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest

Running this year June 21-23, 2019, Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a three-day festival with a buffet of ‘for fun’ activities. Celebrate mountain bike culture, Canadian Rockies style! In support of MTB associations across the region. [...]

10 Keys to a Perfect Spring in Jasper National Park

Spring is here, and it's glorious. Now is the perfect time to plan your springtime adventure in Jasper, whether it's sneaking in some last turns on the slopes, riding the waves with river rafting or basking in the sunshine and mountain views from a patio. [...]

8 Reasons Not to Miss the 30th Jasper in January Festival

This annual celebration takes the best things about the season — skiing, fat biking, dog sledding, skating, comfort food, etc. — and mixes in a healthy dose of community cheer to create one of the most highly anticipated parties of the year. [...]

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. [...]

5 Old-School Camping Recipes (With an Upgrade)

Food brings people together, and so do campfires. Aren't some of your fondest memories made around a crackling fire with the enticement of a warm meal making your mouth water? On your next adventure, give these classic meals a try with our step-by-step recipes and ideas for upgrading them with a modern twist.  [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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’. [...]

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! [...]