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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... [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

What Do Avalanche Professionals Do in the Summer?

When wildflowers take over the once snow-covered mountain slopes, avalanche specialists in the Canadian Rockies are far from done their job of keeping us safe. Come summer, many professionals from Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are still busy with avalanche work. What are they up to when the snow stops flying? [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

One Run, One Chance: Q+A with Freeride Snowboarder, Audrey Hebert

The Swatch Freeride World Tour sees the best of the best battle it out all over the world deep in the backcountry, and Banff's Audrey Hebert is taking it on. In this interview, Hebert gives us the lowdown on how she got into snowboarding, her picks for local powder day runs, and an insight into the unique challenges of competing at big mountain events. [...]

3 Reasons to Shake the Lake

Spring may be well underway, but it's not time to bust out the storage wax just yet! Lake Louise Ski Resort celebrates this bittersweet time of year with their end-of-season party on April 30 - Shake the Lake! And here are three reasons you should show up. [...]

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... [...]

3 Ways to “Do” Winter at Skoki Lodge

Drop "Skoki" into a conversation around these parts, and you'll be met with some predictable reactions, usually a reminiscent sigh or a sense of deep longing for this near mythical mountain experience. Everybody wants to go to Skoki Lodge and anyone who has been wants to go back. [...]

Don’t Miss Avalanche Awareness Night at The Banff Centre

Touring gear: check. Ski buds: check. Thirst for powder: check. Avy awareness? Here's a chance to learn about avalanche risks associated with backcountry and out-of-bounds travel - featuring presentations by snow safety experts, films from the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, door prizes and a trade show! Presented in partnership with Avalanche Canada Foundation and Canadian Pacific. [...]

Top 10 of 2015: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

Call it our 'best of' if you like, but what this list really represents is the collection of stories that resonated the most with our community this past year. They are the most-read on the website and the most-shared on social media, but more importantly, in these articles we are proud to have featured the people, places and projects that are truly elevating mountain culture here in the Canadian Rockies. Read them now or bookmark them for later when you need a good dose of mountain inspiration. [...]

The Ultimate Timeline of Ski History in Banff National Park

From its first introduction to the Banff area by Scandinavian Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) workers and Swiss mountaineering guides, skiing has grown to be the very heartbeat and pulse of Canadian Rockies culture. Skiers may have traded in their pea coats and wooden skis for Gore Tex shells and the perfect camber, but the spirit of the sport remains in Canada’s first national park. [...]

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] [...]