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Hokkaido Skiing: The Fabulous Kiroro Resort Experience

Did you know that skiing in Japan is some of the best on the planet, especially on the island of Hokkaido? Try to picture what 21 metres or 69 feet of snow looks like. That's the yearly average Kiroro Ski Resort receives! While I didn't catch a powder day, I did get the next best thing - spring skiing weather in early March on great snow with hardly a soul in sight. On a Sunday.…

Top Things to do in Fernie, BC in Winter

Fernie, BC is a true mountain town with a laid-back vibe and great community spirit. Most of the 5,000 plus residents live here because they want to. They like what the town has to offer, not just in winter but on a year-round basis; things like great recreation out the back door, excellent dining, loads of locally owned shops to visit and most of the services of a far larger town. If you're a visitor…

7 Amazing Alberta Ski Resorts

Perfect Powder Makes Alberta Ski Resorts Incredible The Canadian Rockies have legendary light airy snow and there’s no shortage of places to enjoy it. You’re actually spoiled for choice when it comes to Alberta ski resorts. Whether you’re a novice skier, a mogul maven or a backcountry buff, you’ll find plenty to love – both on the slopes and off. Here are seven amazing Alberta ski resorts to put on your hit list this season.…

What You Can Do on a 3 Day Winter Getaway to the Kootenay Rockies

What can you do and where can you go if you have three delicious days to spend on a winter getaway? If you've never been to the Kootenay Rockies, put this area on your must-visit list. In particular plan stops in Kimberley, Invermere and Panorama along British Columbia's famous Powder Highway. Here's how a 3 day winter getaway can unfold, assuming a Calgary start. The drive from Calgary through both Banff and Kootenay National Parks…

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Big White in Winter

Not only is Big White Ski Resort one of Canada's top family friendly ski destinations, it's been recognized by Vogue as being "Whistler's smaller and less popular but (just as pretty) sister." Big White is located in the Okanagan and easily reached from the Kelowna Airport via a 45 minute shuttle. This winter if you fly in on West Jet in the morning you can get your first afternoon of skiing free by showing your boarding pass…

The Castle Mountain – Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Castle Mountain Resort and Pass PowderKeg are the only two ski hills in Alberta's southwest. Both can easily be skied on a weekend trip from Calgary and in theory they could be skied in a day, at least if you like night skiing. Castle Mountain has a reputation for being a little quirky - but at the same time extremely friendly. As they say in their manifesto, if you're looking for a ski hill where you'll…

Where to go Cross-Country Skiing if You Live in Calgary

Cross-country skiing makes long, cold winters in Calgary bearable. I love the fact that there are so many choices within a couple of hours of the city. If there's fresh snow in the city some of the golf courses (Shaganappi, Maple Ridge and Confederation) and parks (Weaselhead, Edworthy, Fish Creek Provincial and North and South Glenmore Park) are also excellent destinations. This post will focus on the best places in the mountains to cross-country ski…

Le Massif Delivers Views & Vertical on the Edge of the St. Lawrence River

Have you heard of Le Massif de Charlevoix? Virtually unknown outside of Quebec and southern Ontario, this mountain delivers long ski runs with phenomenal in your face St. Lawrence River views. Boasting the biggest vertical drop (770 m) east of the Rockies, this is a ski hill you'll want to try. John and I had the opportunity to ski here last week while on a short visit to the spectacular Baie St. Paul area - just 20 minutes away. (And you'll want a few days here…

What Makes a Night at Sundance Lodge so Magical

Most people do not book a night in a backcountry lodge that requires an 11-13 kilometre trek in on skis or snowshoes. Why would you when it's so much easier to drive to the front door of a hotel, slip someone a tip to carry your luggage to your room, lounge in a hot tub and order room service from the comfort of a king sized bed? One word - magic. That's what you'll find…

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