Archive for February, 2012

Winter Returns to BC, with Considerable Avalance Danger

February 22, 2012

Black Thunder at Big White Ski Resort

After a two-week hiatus, winter has returned with a vengeance to British Columbia, with all three North Shore mountains getting hammered over the weekend (almost a metre in 36 hours at Mount Seymour on Saturday and early Sunday). Reports have been excellent at Whitewater, Big White, and Silver Star as well, with all three resorts reporting over 60 centimetres in the past three days.

Backcountry Warning from Canadian Avalanche Association

Backcountry skiers should note that the danger scale for the South Coast has tipped into the ‘Considerable’ range which in many ways is the most dangerous, since some slopes can be 100 percent safe, while lingering instability in the snowpack on other aspects can lead to disaster. After doing a brief tour in Mount Seymour Provincial Park on Sunday, I came back home to find out that three experienced skiers had perished in an avalanche outside of Stevens Pass, WA. Among the deceased was Jim Jack, whom I met a couple of years ago when he organized the only Canadian stop in the Freeride World Tour at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In this particular accident, 12 skiers were buried and one of the women, Elyse Saugstad, was saved when she inflated her ABS avalanche safety airbag and stayed on the debris bed, despite sliding for over 600 metres down-slope.

For the most complete avalanche data, consult Karl Klassen’s blog at www.avalanche.ca

Y2Play, Buy/Ski Today

With snow bases totalling well over two metres in southwestern BC, there’s plenty of time to enjoy your Grouse Mountain Y2Play Pass, which went on sale last weekend. A financial saviour to mortgage strapped parents throughout the Lower Mainland, Y2Play is one of the most successful season pass promotions in western Canada and is valid for skiing and riding from the day of purchase through the end of the 2011/12 winter season. It then becomes valid again October 1, 2012 through the 2012/13 winter season. You can even get 50% off brand new 2012 Giro snowsports helmets, plus discounts on many other Grouse services and attractions. Note that there are a limited number of Y2Play snowpasses, and this promotion sells out every season.

Mount Washington Awash in Snow

Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island will extend their winter season by a full week in April. Skiers and snowboarders can now carve the slopes until April 22, 2012. With a 334 centimetre base as of February 21st , they could ski well into June, I’m sure.

Hollyburn History Lesson Happening in March

Do you dig North Shore ski history? Well, Mount Seymour’s Alex Douglas informs us that Hollyburn Lodge Through the Seasons & Generations premieres at the West Vancouver Historical Society’s General Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm., West Vancouver Seniors Centre (21st St & Marine Dr., NW corner).

The 60-minute film was produced by Don Grant, Hollyburn Heritage Society, and includes many historic and contemporary photos, home movies and HD video. The film reviews the history of this historic building in its setting beside First Lake and the decades-long effort of the Society to gain community-wide support for the restoration and continued maintenance of the lodge.

Celebrity Sighting at Mount Seymour

Was that really Red Bull athlete Sean Pettit up at Mount Seymour last weekend, giving ski tips to members of the Mount Seymour Progression Freeride team? Seems that’s the case, as this short video proves. Pettit, who has had huge feature segments in the last three Matchstick Productions (MSP) videos, is finally getting his own K2 signature model ski next season, called the Pettitor.

Stoked on the Film Fest

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival ended on Saturday night with a raunchy chat from those Patagonian bad-boys, Jason Kruk and Hayden Kennedy. Their feature presentation on climbing and then removing bolts from Cerro Torre showed a lighter side of what truly has become one of the more fascinating mountaineering controversies of the past couple of decades, at least ever since the Into Thin Air debacle on Mount Everest. It was pretyy obvioThe 2012 Juried awards were also handed out, including Freedom Chair (Best Short), Solitaire (Best Ski Movie), Conflict Tiger (Environment), Moonflower (Climbing) and On the Trail of Genghis Khan (Grand Prize Winner).

Londoner“Stoked” on Tourism Whistler’s Sabbatical Project

“Stoke” is to the 2000s what ‘extreme’ was to the 1990s, but whatever, the English language is getting pounded from all sides these days. Luke Dillon from London, England’s life is about to change, for the next month or two, at least, as he gets to not only ski but experience just about every possible Whistler experience (midnight ziplining – who knew? Dancing with go-go girls?) including a photo session with the famous Paul Morrison. Dillon’s entry in the Whistler Sabbatical Project was selected by a trio of judges that included Whistler mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden and Tourism Whistler CEO Barrett Fisher. You can get a full idea of what Luke’s going to be taking part in, here. The real question is, is his team Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, or Fulham?

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Kruk, Kennedy Close Out VIMFF, Revelstoke’s On Sale Next Month, Oldies But Goodies from Mount Seymour

February 18, 2012

Starting to sound like a broken record, here, but the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival truly is killing it when it comes to high quality visual and oral presentations. Last night’s Ski Night featured three filmmakers who were all in attendance. In Solitaire, Nick Waggoner of Sweetgrass Productions took us to a vast array of South American time/landscapes. Set to a terrific soundtrack that includes performance by Fleet Foxes and excerpts from Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. (It actually works beautifully – trust me on this one!) Definitely a movie you want to see more than once, to catch all of its nuances. Next up, Mike Douglas’s Freedom Chair (see last item, below) about sit-skier Josh Dueck, and Dendrite Studios Parallels (a winning entry in the 2011 Innervisions video festival) presented strong story-telling and visuals, respectively. The night ended up with a ‘short cut’ version of Sherpas Cinemas All.I.Can., including JP Auclair’s jib-tastic tour of Trail, BC.

The same show repeats tonight at the Denman Theatre at 7:30.

Tomorrow night’s grand finale features the first North American appearance of Jason Kruk and Hayden Kennedy, who ascended Cerro Torre in Patagonia and then – controversially – removed over 125 iron bolts that had been drilled into the rock (via a compressor, hence the name ‘Compressor Route’). Go to Outside Online, SquamishClimbing.com, and even Guardian UK for a variety of viewpoints on this event!

The Whistler Virus:

Whistler Blackcomb keeps periodically releasing these viral videos. Not sure what the tech specs are, here, but Timebender, courtesy of Switchback Entertainment, looks like it was filmed on one of those fancy Phantom still cameras which snaps images at a mind boggling 1,000 frames per second, which allows a ‘super slow-motion’ effect to many of the action shots. Powder seekers with ADD will be rewarded at about the 2:30 mark with deep snow footage that likely wasn’t shot in the past week. More snow’s on the way for this weekend, though. The time-lapse images are cool, indeed.

North Shore History Lesson:

Here’s an internet sensation, which I found out about through Sandbox Helmets founder Kevin Sansalone. Eminent snowboard photographer Scott Serfas has just released a series of photos from early snowboarding days on Vancouver’s North Shore. Serfas, who shares studio space with Endeavor snowboards and Airhole bandanas down by the old BC Sugar refinery, boasts hundreds of cover photos from the early 90s, in magazines well known (Transworld, SBC Snowboard Canada), and obscure. There’s little doubt that he’s milked those big Mount Seymour views for all he can in the past two decades of shooting up there.

Secret Stash:

Did you know that Whistler-Blackcomb offers free avalanche awareness tours? Did you know there’s even an Avalanche Awareness Centre, at the top of Solar Coaster? Well, now you do. These free half-day tours are run by the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol and cover safe travel, terrain evaluation, avalanche phenomena, control measures within the ski area, avalanche safety equipment (participants can use shovels, avalanche transceiver, probes etc.) and even rescue techniques.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Deal of the Week

Vancouver hotelier Tom Gagliardi’s purchase of the Sutton Place flag has resulted in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Nelsen Lodge being re-branded as a Sutton Place Hotel. Offering the ultimate in slopeside comfort and convenience, the Sutton Place is putting on a March White Sale.  Ski and Stay Packages start at just $165.00 per person per night based on double occupancy, two night minimum. Each paying adult will receive a lift ticket to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (1 Day for each night booked), a ticket to the Turtle Creek Tube Park, and a $15.00 gift card to the Rockford wok|bar|grill. An even cheaper deal is being offered at the Sandman Revelstoke Inn, located right in the funkiest, rockin’ little town in BC!

Sit Down and Watch This One:

If you haven’t viewed Josh Dueck’s sit-ski back flip on YouTube, yet (apparently, 645,000 people have), you might have caught him being interviewed on either Canada AM or the Ellen DeGeneres show earlier this week. Salomon Freeski producer and Freedom Chair filmmaker Mike Douglas told me that “agents have been knocking, this could help set Josh up for life.” Dueck, who works as a motivational speaker, has been overwhelmed by the response to an event that only took place a couple of weeks ago. Every week, a new internet hero!

BC Ski Blog – Notes from All Over: Coldsmoke’s A’Coming, VIMFF, Zero Ceiling, etc

February 14, 2012

 

We’re well into the impressive program of films and guest speakers at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and have been some amazing presentations. On Monday night, legendary sea kayak adventurer Jon Turk enthralled the audience at Centennial Theatre with stories and images from his ski/hike/kayak circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island. Lest you believe that all adventurers are young bucks sponsored by rampaging energy drinks, Turk is in his 60s, the author of a half-dozen books, and as he said, this trip had him looking death square in the eye (Turk had to be medivac’d one day after he completed his trip). His stirring narrative was reported earlier this year in the New York Times, and he recently wrote a solemn, yet inspirational, meditation on avalanches and death after the holiday tragedy on the Duffey Lake Road that took the life of pro patroller Duncan MacDonald. You can find out more about Turk’s adventures (and buy his books) on his website. National Geographic has nominated Erik Boomer and Turk as one of their Adventurers of the Year 2012 for their Ellesmere circumnavigation.

Quick Competition Notes:

Another awesome weekend for Canadian skiers/snowboarders, led by Invermere’s prodigious Ben Thomsen, who finished second on the 2014 Winter Games course in Sochi. Canadians took home five medals in the Dew Tour action sports stop in Utah over the weekend, while closer to home, Olympic snowboard queen Maelle Ricker from Squamish abbed first place at the Mount Baker Banked Slalom competition.

VIMFF Continues – Two Ski Show Nights

“Ski Night” has proven to be so successful that this year, VIMFF will have two nights devoted to sliding (and some suffering) on snow. Nick Waggoner from Sweetgrass Productions (Signatures, Hand Cut, and VIMFF 2011 Best Ski Film: Desert River) is coming up from the USA to present their latest film, Solitaire, along with stories about making award-winning ski films utilizing simple self propulsion.

Help Whistler’s Zero Ceiling Raise $20,000 ($4500 in one week… a great start!)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Whistler ski pro/mountain biker Chris Winter started Zero Ceiling, an innovative programme that introduces at-risk street kids to finding a positive life working and playing in the Coast Range Mountains. Zero Ceiling has a fund-raiser happening from now until May 31st to select ten underprivileged youth to relocate to Whistler and participate in their Work 2 Live program.  Find out more about the great work that Zero Ceiling has done on their webpage and Facebook page.

Grinding at Grouse… on Snowshoes

Hikers throughout the Lower Mainland have tackled the infamous Grouse Grind – “Mother Nature’s StairMaster” as it’s been described. But did you know there is a winter equivalent that’s not quite as physically demanding? It’s called the Snowshoe Grind, and covers a 4.2 kilometre course from the Peak Chalet to the summit of Dam Mountain and back again. You can do the Snowshoe Grind at pretty much anytime, but the Snowshoe Grind Run coming up on February 25th offers plenty of prizes and is a great way to meet other snowshoers.

BC Nordic Photo Contest Offers Great Prizes, Courtesy Tourism Whistler and Yeti Snowshoe

The BC Nordic Marketing Society is running its annual Nuts for Nordic photo contest (no, you don’t have to be crazy to enter…). Upload your favourite (original!) photo of you, your family, or your friends enjoying Nordic activities, like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic ski touring and backcountry skiing in British Columbia. It can be a fun, goofy photo, a loppet pic, a family snapshot, or a contemplative scenic landscape. Just show them what inspires you out there as you enjoy BC’s beautiful Nordic trails and you’re in the running for a prize!

Hit the Road to Whitewater’s Cold Smoke Festival

For six years now, the Cold Smoke Festival has been British Columbia’s premiere backcountry skiing skills festival. With competition and courses from skiers like Eric Pehota and Allison Gannett, this three day gathering of the AT and telemark tribe is definitely worth the drive over to Whitewater to partake in. Meet and ski with Kootenay ski legends like Peter Velisek, Wren McIlroy, and Ramin Sherkat. Oh, and as always, there are awesome prizes by Arc’teryx, Genuine Guide Gear, and Backcountry Access. Make sure you check out the Backcountry Olympics page…

Eye Candy of the Week: Norrona Magazine

Norrona is a premium outerwear clothing company based out of Norway, and their on-line magazine is a visual delight. My favourite story and photo essay from this month’s edition was written by Kari Medig, an award-winning photographer out of Nelson, BC. He completed the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse last spring and brought back some visually dazzling images.

 

Dueck Flips on Sit-Ski, NGA Loves Fernie, Grouse Goes Romantic, and Whistler Sabbatical News

February 10, 2012

Hey, I was flipping back and forth between the Republican presidential primary coverage on CNN and a Canucks game on Sportsnet Pacific last week and came across Juicy Fruit’s hilarious spoof with the 3 guys in the life raft singing the infamous “Get your skis shined up/Grab a pack of Juicy Fruit/The taste is gonna move ya” jingle from the 80s. The ski insiders at Unofficial Networks have collected all of the Juicy Fruit ads for your viewing pleasure. The photo (above) is my pal Poacher Bob in his glory days at Grouse Mountain.

Speaking of fruit, sorta seems like a Pineapple Express is hit Vancouver last night; but according to Environment Canada, the mercury will drop over the weekend and we should definitely see snow at higher elevations.

Snowboarders – Are You The Chosen One? Hit Mount Seymour Tonight and Find Out!

This just in from Sandbox Helmets founder Kevin Sansalone—the Nike Chosen Snowboard event goes off TONIGHT at Mount Seymour. The prize money is nothing to sneeze at – $1,500 for the Men’s Winner, and $500 for best trick! Register at 4:00 pm, the first heats get under way at the Young Guns snowboard park at 7:50, and the winner will be crowned by 10:45.

Josh Dueck Inspires Yet Again!

Josh Dueck, the former freestyle ski coach and star who became a paraplegic after a terrible accident several years ago, has lit up the internet again. First, it was the award-winning Freedom Chair, a documentary produced by Mike Douglas’s Switchback Entertainment. (Note to all film buffs: Freedom Chair will be showing on Thursday’s Ski Night at the Vancouver International Film Festival). Then, last week, there was unbelievable footage – it was even picked up by ABC’s Good Morning America – of Dueck performing a back flip on his sit ski.

Fernie Named #2 Top Ski Town in the World by Nat Geo Adventure

It’s obviously a bit of a haul for those of us in the Lower Mainland, but the town of Fernie and Fernie Alpine Resort are well worth the day-long drive to get there (do yourself a favour and stay for a week!). National Geographic recently recognized the totally cool core vibe that this East Kootenay town emanates, and named it Number Two on its list of Top Ski Towns in the World. Here’s a direct quote: Best For: Adventurous skiers with a hunger for the steep and deep. If you think that’s hype, check out this snorkel deep video from last month.

Click On the Daily Deals and Save at Cypress Mountain

Lots happening at Cypress Mountain this weekend with the City and Slope Festival (music, contests) and the Canadian Ski and Snowboard Festival. The best reason to check their website is Cypress’s Daily Deals which offers some sweet discounts on rentals, food, and even lift tickets from time to time.

Grouse Gets Romantic

Here’s a Valentine’s Day promotion for all the lovers out there – send Grouse your picture or Instagram of an “alpine kiss,” and they’ll send out an award-winning chef to cook dinner in your very own home. They’ll even do the dishes. Grouse Mountain has been witness to some very romantic wedding proposals, wonderful anniversary celebrations, and of course spectacular weddings. Email your phone, name and contact number to alpinekiss@grousemountain.com by February 14, 2012 to enter.

Whistler Sabbatical—The Ultimate Whistler Vacation

Speaking of contests, February 20 is the day that Tourism Whistler announces the winner of its rather mind-boggling Whistler Sabbatical Project contest. The Whistler Sabbatical Grand Prize consists of round-trip air transportation, private limo airport transfer, one month accommodation in a fully furnished home, two adult one month Whistler Wave Bus passes, two adult one-month Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Mountain passes, two pairs of K2 skis, poles, bindings, boots and travel case or K2 snowboard, bindings, boots and travel case, one months’ salary for the Grand Prize winner only and up to fifteen ‘Would You Do It?’ Whistler experiences. The finalists entries are pretty entertaining, whoever wins will have a life and career-altering time, that’s for sure.

What A Great Day for A Great Ski!

February 7, 2012

 

POWDER magazine has a column called The Jaded Local. It’s really funny, and offers a satiric take on how goofy skiers, especially ski tourists, can behave. Sort of like that Sh#t Skiers Say video by Voleurz that went viral last month.

Well, there was a moment on Sunday at Whistler where the three guys I was skiing with did something so utterly touristy that I’m embarrassed to bring it up. Cresting that last rock buttress on the Peak Chair, shafts of sunlight through the clouds illuminated some peaks and glaciers, while enshrouding others in darkness; just like one of those Toni Onley watercolours. One of our crew was out from Toronto and I said, “C’mon, Speros, stand over there and I’ll snap your picture,” I said. Soon, there were three of us in the pic, mugging and laughing like schoolgirls posting party pics to Facebook. “I’ve skied here for fifteen years and I’ve never done that,” said Darren.

As the Sh*t narrator says, “what a great day for a great ski!”

The lesson here is simple – we can all get jaded from time to time (matter of fact, Darren’s daughter is named “Jayda”). Take a cheesy photo with your friends this weekend and share a few laughs.

Here’s a round-up of newsy winter items from the past week and a look at a couple of events coming up.

Canadian Downhillers Go 1-3-5 in France

Though you don’t ever want to see me running gates (“your skiing hurts my eyes!”), I do love watching ski racing on TV, as imperfect as the broadcast and commentary sometimes is. Last weekend, race junkies revelled in a rare Canadian treat when Jan Hudec, Erik Guay, and Ben Thomsen went 1-3-5 in a World Cup race in Chamonix, France. (Maybe it had something to do with the powdery conditions?) Can’t wait for BC racers Manny Osborn-Paradis and Robbie Dixon to return to form next season – can you imagine what a top five sweep would look like?

Red Bull Travis Rice Supernatural at Baldface Catskiing

No matter what you might think of the taste of Red Bull, their contest and marketing ideas are breathtaking. The Red Bull Travis Rice Supernatural brought an invite-only A-List of the top slopestyle snowboarders to Baldface Lodge catskiing north of Nelson, BC, for a one-day shoot-out contest. During the off-season, the Baldface crew built enormous man-made kickers and ramps, augmented with snow-cat sculpted features and snow-covered natural obstacles to create a free-form terrain park that certainly upped the ante when it comes to action sports winter competition. The Red Bull Supernatural will be fully broadcast in HD on NBC on Saturday, March 31.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – Weekend Number One!

There are so many amazing presenters at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival that it’s hard to know where to begin. Now in its 15th year, the sheer diversity of speakers and films truly boggles the mind – everything from chasing tigers with John Vaillant, BASE jumping with Steph Davis, chasing freedom with climbers in Communist Poland, paddling the Great Bear Rainforest, and skiing throughout South America will be highlighted. The Festival kicks off on Friday night at Centennial Theatre with a special presentation on walking around Switzerland with John Harlin III, son of the legendary Harlin who climbed the north face of the Eiger in the 1960s.

City and Slope  – The Best of Both Worlds

From Yaletown clubs to Mount Seymour’s snowy slopes, the Olympic legacy lives on this weekend with a series of parties and special events happening at the City and Slope festival.  There are just a ton of concerts, activities, events, and promotions happening  from Thursday through Sunday, including Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter (yep, just like during the Games, the mountain will be open over the midnight shift), the Karv ice sculpture making event that’s part of Illuminate Yaletown, the Canadian Ski & Snowboard Festival at Cypress Mountain (whew, too many events to list – but dig out your Team Canada sweaters to save on lift tickets!) and Mount Seymour 86s – where 80s ski and snowboard fashion will rule for one day only on Sunday, February 12.

Ski-Mo in Golden at Kicking Horse!

Most skiers know about ‘backcountry skiing’ – where skiers apply adhesive mohair skins to the base of their skis in search of distant powder bowls and craggy peaks. And, well, since humans are naturally competitive, there are even ‘ski mountaineering races’ (ski-mo). These events aere very popular in Europe, where many of the top skiers have fitness levels which rival that of top Nordic racers, and must be outstanding downhill skiers to make up time through a pre-determined course set up in advance.. Ski-mo is a decidedly more low-key affair in North America, but one of the top races in the calendar occurs this weekend at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC. It’s called the Dogtooth Dash, and it serves as the Canadian Ski Mountaineering Championships. North Vancouver’s Traslin Brothers (sponsored by local ski company G3 – Genuine Guide Gear) – have done very well in the past, and Whistler’s Alex Wigley is on the national team. (Alex pens the very cool Ski Theory blog about ski-mo racing and touring in and around the Coast Range.

Viral Video of the Week: “Saved by the Bag! – The BCA Float 30, to be exact…

Finally, here’s one for the backcountry skiers. My pal Bruce Edgerly with Backcountry Access (BCA) was at the Outdoor Retailer trade show two weeks ago in Salt Lake City when a woman came up to their booth and told him their Float 30 Airbag backpack had likely saved her life.  It was even caught on film, and while we certainly would never recommend wearing an airbag as an excuse for skiing or snowboarding a sketchy slope, this gives a pretty good idea of how they work. Stay safe out there!

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From FIS races to telemarking, plenty happening this week at BC Ski Areas…

February 3, 2012

(Photo courtesy of Silver Star Mountain Resort)

How about that sunshine? As the calendar turns from one of the snowiest Januarys in recent memory, I think we can agree that skiers and snowboarders are welcoming the warming rays and longer days as BC resorts get into mid-winter mode. There are tons of great events and adventures scheduled for this weekend. Get out there and enjoy some of that sweet, perfectly groomed corduroy and ‘let ‘em run!’

Mount Seymour

If you think a cab is something you take home from the bar or that the Indy is a car race, then you should brush up on your snowboard tricks. On Saturday, the Vans Hi-Standard Big Air Series takes place at the Northlands terrain park. The more style (that’s called ‘steeze’) and trick variety a rider shows the judges, the more they get paid. Each stylish maneuver will get cash on the spot. Over $12,000 available in cash and prizes!

Find out more.

Grouse Mountain

Roxy – that super-cool all-girlz ski and snowboard clothing brand – is bringing its Roxy Ride Days snowboard coaching tour to The Peak of Vancouver – Grouse Mountain – this weekend. Hit your first jump, or work on your all mountain skillz from the WSF Roxy coaching team. The day will be broken up between all mountain and park coaching sessions in the morning and mini jam comps in the afternoon. All skill levels welcome.

Find out more.

Cypress Mountain

Wow, can it really be Super Bowl 46? Your blogger recalls the very first Super Bowl between the Packers and Chiefs. Time flies, eh? Up at Cypress Mountain, the Crazy Raven pub will have plenty of f&b specials, including jugs of Kokanee and Pale Ale for $17, and there will be prize giveaways at halftime and after the game. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm.

Find out more.

Whistler/Blackcomb

Telemarkers – wow, are they still out there? If you drop the knee and genefluct at the holy shrine of Sondre Nordheim, , then don’t miss the Whistler Telemark Festival on Saturday. This is a great opportunity for to get together and enjoy a day of skiing with instruction.  There will be fun competitions, prizes and après-tele, too! Participants are entitled to 50% off lift tickets and 20% off rentals. Email bctelemark@gmail.com for more info and to sign up.

Find out more.

Mount Baker Ski Area

Don’t know a slough (pronounced “sluff”) from a slough (pronounced “slew”) – well, then backcountry education day at Mount Baker is for you. If you spend time skiing out of bounds, touring, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or any backcountry travel in the winter, then make sure to hit  Backcountry Education Day at Bsker this weekend.  Learn about basic search technique including beacon, shovel and probe use. 3 hours of education followed by over $2000 (US!) in gear give-aways!

Find out more.

Hemlock Valley

Doubtless there will be all kinds of slopeside madness up at Hemlock this weekend, but did you know that ladies ski FREE every Thursday at Hemlock? How can beat ‘free’? Well, how about with free appies at Molly’s pub afterwards, and free entry into Hemlock’s great weekly draw prizes?

Find out more.

Sun Peaks

Now, here’s an event worth supporting. The Adaptive Snow Sports Festival will be a celebration of Sun Peaks’ local adaptive skiing programs with the theme, “we can do this”. The festival highlights the work of students, volunteers, and instructors involved with Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks, including the culmination of its first-ever five week lesson program.

Find out more.

Silver Star

It’s Vernon Winter Carnival weekend up in the Okanagan this weekend and this year marks the return of snow sculpture building to nearby Silver Star Mountain Resort. Watch some of BC’s best ice carvers as they battle it out for the right to represent the province at the Quebec Winter Carnival later this month. “It’s always amazing to watch the sculptors working around the clock turning the snow here at the resort into a beautiful work of art. It’s just too bad they don’t last all winter long!” says Robin Baycroft, Silver Star Mountain Resort Services Manager.

Find out more.

Big White

Champagne powder and world-class wines are just two things that Big White Ski Resort is known for, and with some money-saving accommodation deals on right now, you’ll have more dough in your pocket to treat yourself with. Executive Chef Bryce Broadhurst of the Kettle Valley Steakhouse will host the BC Legends Wine Dinner on Thursday, February 9th. This deluxe four-course Prix Fixe menu highlights some of the best local ingredients the Okanagan has to offer.  For bookings, please contact the Kettle Valley Steakhouse at 250.491.0131

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Apex Resort

Nervous parents and patient race coaches from around Western Canada will be at Apex Resort this weekend for the FIS Miele Cup, a stepping stone on each young racer’s path to NorAm and even World Cup glory. Maybe the next Erik Guay is in the starting gate right now!

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With a settled base of over 225 centimetres, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been enjoying yet another epic winter. Their First Tracks program lets skiers and boarders enjoy coffee and a muffin and then load the Gondola for First Tracks on the Stoke Chair.

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