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All That Glitters: Interview with Margo Talbot

Margo Talbot’s All That Glitters tells the story of her journey through addiction and depression and the healing she found in nature. In this interview, she tells us what that journey signifies for the greater mountain community and how we might empower ourselves in the context of COVID-19. [...]

Excerpt: Up, at Work

Chris Perry doesn’t mind that you’ve never heard of him, but you should. Geoff Powter profiles one of the Rockies’ most prolific routebuilders and discovers what motivates him to set the path for others to follow. [...]

The Expat Advantage

Long before Ja-Pow was an annual pilgrimage for Canadians, Japanese skiers and riders were moving to the Bow Valley. They've stayed, raised families and thrived in business, including guiding clients throughout the Rockies. Meet two such ACMG-accredited ski guides: Yuji Akiyama and Katsu Goto. [...]

UNLTD: Celebrating a Quarter Century of Shred and Skate

In an industry that can sometimes have a reputation for serving sass and crass, UNLTD is dedicated to sprinkling positivity everywhere, from the ski hills to the skateboard parks. It’s this different attitude that has helped to outfit skateboarders and snowboarders in carefully-selected, top brands for the past 25 years. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Lloyd “Kiwi” Gallagher

As a climber, member of Canada's 1982 expedition to Mt. Everest, ACMG guide, Summit of Excellence Award winner, and beloved member of the Banff community, Lloyd "Kiwi" Gallagher has had many such moments. Turning 80 this year, Kiwi shares what he's learned throughout his many decades spent in the mountains.  [...]

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.  [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Dorothy Carleton

Mountains make the greatest teachers and provide us with countless opportunities to contemplate, question and learn. At the ripe age of 97, Dorothy Carleton recounts some of her life’s greatest lessons. [...]

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... [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: 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.  [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Charlie Russell

Nature is our greatest teacher. Charlie Russell learned this over a lifetime, as a child on his father’s ranch just outside of Waterton Lakes National Park, as a rancher himself, an eco-tourism leader in British Columbia and, most famously, living among grizzly bears in Russia. Sky England interviews Russell, now 74, about his life’s work and what the natural world has taught him. [...]

Life Lessons in Ski Touring: A Day with “Bucky”

When you have an opportunity to join mountain man Jim Buckingham in the outdoors (or anywhere), you take it. Writer Nathan Jones spends a day on skis with the Banff legend, and comes away with some great turns – and wisdom to go with them. Turns out, the only way to have the good days is to get out every day... [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Eddie Hunter

At 90 years old, Eddie Hunter is still skiing harder than most people half his age. People can't seem to get enough of this "Wise Man," so prominently featured in the Sherpas Cinema Sculpted in Time series back in 2015. The spotlight keeps shining and Eddie can't seem to figure out why. Kevin Hjertaas sat down with Eddie to find out what he thinks of his own 'celebrity' status, and what a lifetime in the mountains has taught him. [...]

Alberta Apparel: Q and A with Founder, Thomas Mo

Make local. Buy local. Source local. Thomas Mo knows it's easier said than done. As the founder of Alberta Apparel, he's working to highlight the unique culture of Alberta and tap into the talent and resources that exist in our province. Writer Tera Swanson interviews him about his new clothing company and how he's growing it from the grassroots. [...]

Higher Love and The Quest to Ski Everest

Only one woman can become the first woman to ski down Mt. Everest. It was a lofty goal for Canmore’s Maegan Carney, and one that slipped through her fingertips in 2003. Lynn Martel reports on how Carney’s journey intersects with Kit Deslauriers’ successful descent of the world’s highest mountain in October 2006. [Photo: Jimmy Chin] [...]

Banff in Black and White: Q&A with Photographer Jamieson Caskenette

Like many people, photographer Jamieson Caskenette spent a season in the Rockies and was eventually lured back to put down his roots in the mountains. In this Q&A, we find out how he got started in photography, where he likes to get off the beaten path, and what he thinks black and white images convey about such a dramatic landscape. [...]

Pierre Lemire Receives 2015 Summit of Excellence Award

Presented at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival each year since 1987, the annual Summit of Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to mountain life in the Canadian Rockies. Mountain guide and photographer, Pierre Lemire, is this year's deserving winner. [...]