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The Canadian Curve

Everything is bigger north of the border. I call it the “Canadian curve.” It generally works like this: a ski run that is rated a blue in B.C. would be a black stateside. A black diamond would likely be a double black, and so on. Think of it as the inverse to the exchange rate, although I suppose in both cases your money is going a bit further—and faster, and steeper.

Photo of skiers on chairlift at Kimberly Resort.


One of the things that sets the greater Spokane area apart from other outdoor cities and towns around the western U.S. is our proximity to British Columbia’s relatively unspoiled natural wonders and friendly mountain towns. Use this selection of some of the top winter recreation destinations in B.C. to plan your next trip. Again this …


Photo of OTO publishers, Shallan & Derrick Knowles with family posing in front of Big White sign.

Out There Ski/Snowboard Trip to Big White Ski Resort, BC

Out There Outdoors is hosting an early-season ski and snowboard trip to Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia, (4.5 hours north of Spokane) December 14-16. Slopeside lodging and lift tickets for two people start at $135 USD per night and you can extend your stay for several days on either end of those …

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Photo: Aaron Theisen

Canada Road Trip: Kimberley Alpine Resort

  Amongst serious skiers, hearing a ski resort described as “family friendly” is, if not the kiss of death, the kiss of disinterest. The skinny on Kimberley Alpine Resort, in British Columbia’s East Kootenays, is that it’s family-friendly. But watching skier Steve Blake, who grew up skiing this mountain, launch a 60-foot high-speed spread-eagle jump …

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Cranbrook is close to two ski famed ski resorts, the Canadian Rockies Airport and as pictured here, Fort Steele Heritage Town. (Photo: Janice Strong)

Cranbrook: Best Kept Secret

Put this ski base camp on your radar this winter By Aaron Theisen for On the Powder Highway of southeast British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies, the ski towns—Fernie, Revelstoke, Nelson, Rossland—have as big a reputation as the peaks above them. But there’s only one community within an hour of two world-class Powder Highway resorts, serviced …

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