Just In

Ski | Snow

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] [...]

Understanding, Underneath: An Avalanche Survival Story

We all hope we’ll adventure furiously in the mountains for years and years without incident. But each and every time we step out into the great outdoors - each time we seek that joy-filled rush only the mountains can bring - we tap into the potential that something will go wrong. For Abby Cooper, getting caught in an avalanche was a wake-up call to trust her gut feelings. Here is her story. [...]

Winterstoke 2015 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

Our first-ever Winterstoke event descended on The North Face Banff on Thursday, October 22, complete with local ski 'n snowboard films, a winter trade show, cash bar, popcorn, swag bags and plenty of giveaways. The weather might be fooling us these days, but our crowd sure left pretty stoked for the snowy season to come. Here's what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Perfecting The Art of Bailing

Calling off a mission is not easy. Mountain folk tend to suffer from serious FOMO and have a hard time saying “no” to the peaks, their friends, and the potential for a great time. But, sometimes bailing on an adventure is the right thing to do. Abby Cooper outlines the factors that influence these decisions and provides a mental checklist to help you make the right call. [...]

Christine Feleki and the Path to Splitboard Mountain Guiding

Christine Feleki is a Canmore native who is about to push some serious boundaries. Contributor Abby Cooper caught up with Christine to hear about her current venture to become one of the first female splitboarding guides to take the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) test. Turns out, she is one of those incredibly humble and driven human beings that make you want to live a better life, love more, and be a better person. She must be from Canmore… [...]

Summer Shred Missions in the Canadian Rockies

Without a winter to brag about, many of us have this lingering feeling that winter is still just around the corner. Hate to break it to you friends, but she’s gone. At least until next season, which, fingers crossed, will be a doozy. Until then, contributor Abby Cooper brings us her best suggestions for summer stashes in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

The Baffin Miracle: Interview with Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier

In Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir, we featured the adventurous exploits of Banff-based skiers, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, and their 17-day expedition to Baffin Island this past spring. New to the expedition scene, the team overcame enough challenges in the first three days to call the trip "The Baffin Miracle". Ultimately, they came out of the experience having skied couloirs that were above and beyond their goals for the trip. [...]

Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir

Every adventure starts with the seed of an idea. Whether that seed sprouts into a full-fledged expedition depends on the willingness of a team to accept the unknowns and dream big. For 17 days this past spring, Banff locals, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, did just that - skiing into the white, wide-open wilderness of Sam Ford Fjord in northeast Baffin Island. Happy to go home having explored the region and ticking off a few couloirs, halfway through their trip Evans and Brazier set their sights on a prized couloir. [...]

Through the Lens: Yoho Rollers

In sticky spring conditions our crew was on our way home from a three-day portering mission into the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Yoho National Park. While travelling out on the Iceline we came across these unique rolls above the Little Yoho Valley. The night before this photo was taken, Ruari Macfarlane had been up all night violently ill with a tummy bug. He thought it was only appropriate to pull this 'stalefish' grab as he sent the last roll. [...]