Month: January 2020

A group cross country skiing.

Coldsmoke Powder Festival 2020

Head north to snowy British Columbia for the three-day Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival at Whitewater Ski Area and in Nelson, BC, February 21-23, 2020! This annual event is a weekend celebration of everything backcountry for everyone from beginner to expert skiers or splitboarders. Take clinics in the epic Whitewater backcountry and experience in-bounds clinics all …

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Closeup of ski gear in the snow.

Slopestyles: The Art of Skis

Skis assist people who want to move efficiently, and often rapidly, in alpine terrain. And just as humans have injected charisma and flare into their technique, they have infused personality and self-expression into their equipment. Here are three companies that work with local artists who elevate the alpine experience with inspiring visual designs. Personalized Art …

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Get Schooled Outdoors: Programs Offer Hands-On Learning for Careers Outside

Rock climbing, mountaineering, and ski touring for college credit? Yup! There are classes for these and more in the Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST) program at College of the Rockies, in Fernie, British Columbia. This nine-month program teaches students how to become an adventure tourism professional and offers certification in swiftwater rescue, wilderness first responder, …

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6 Reasons to Stay in Wallace, Idaho, for Your Next Ski Trip

By Dave Copelan Wallace, Idaho, has been in the charm business for most of its 135-year history.  During the boom days, a drink and a wink led many a lonely miner, businessman, or traveler to discover the charms of its storied red-light district. Today visitors are wooed in a different manner. There are literally dozens of …

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On the Board Again: When Tragedy Strikes, Keep Riding

By Dig Chrismer There’s a good chance if you spend any time in the village at Schweitzer you’ll run into Mark and Colleen White. These two unofficial Schweitzer greeters are hard to miss with their welcoming smiles, infectious laughter, and endearing Texas drawls. Spending time with them on the mountain is delightful in any season. …

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