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The Aftermath of Mountain Tragedy

We all know things can go wrong in the mountains. We prepare ourselves by taking courses, gearing up, and carrying our emergency beacons. But are we prepared for what comes after a trauma? [...]

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. [...]

The Mountain Surf Scene

A man striding across the sands of Waikiki wearing wool plaid and carrying an ice axe is about as natural as surf culture in the Rocky Mountains. Mountain folk are meant to float down or paddle up rivers in the Canadian way: seated in a canoe. But a few forms of surfing have taken hold in these mountains and brought surf culture with them. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Grounded, Humble, Badass Skiers: The Capel Family

Banff attracts flocks of tourists and the local ski scene is bright and robust. It is thanks, in part, to the families that form the backbone of the ski culture, who work at the resorts, and lend a hand to ski clubs and programs. Writer Kevin Hjertaas profiles one such family, whose modesty is as impressive as their accomplishments on the slopes. [...]

Review: Tech Crampon 250

After test-driving the Tech Crampon 250 ($115 USD) in a variety of situations this winter, including powder snow, short rock steps, firm crusts and glacial ice, these crampons have easily become a new favourite piece of gear for me. A fresh take on ski mountaineering crampons, these ‘half crampons’ screw into the tech toe fittings of your ski boots, allowing you to scamper up icy slopes or steep couloirs. [...]