Category archives for Canada

See our favorite classic, emerging, and secret ski towns. On March 1, the very first day of 38-year-old ski mountaineer Greg Hill’s own version March Madness—to climb and ski 100,000 vertical meters (300,000+ feet) in just 31 days—he took his two kids, ages 7 and 8, to their first summit on British Columbia’s 8,086-foot Mount Mackenzie.…

The 2013 adventure film festival season came to a grand finale the Banff Mountain Book & Film Festival in Alberta, Canada. The producers of the many great works of literature and cinema created took center stage to receive awards for their tremendous accomplishments. There in the spotlight before the thunderous applause of a grateful audience the…

In graduate school I took half a dozen “creative writing” classes without learning much at all about how to write. And during nine years of teaching at Hampshire College, in ten or twelve different seminars, I force-fed students recipes culled from my own experience as a scrivener. I don’t think I passed on to those…

Only at the San Sebastián film festival can the director of a ski film sit down for an interview in a hotel lobby directly in between Oliver Stone and Diego Luna. That was where Dave Mossop found himself ahead of the world premiere of his latest visual feast, Into the Mind. Coming hot off the…

About a year ago, I made the wild and—now that I look back at it—very wise decision to pack up my belongings and point my Subaru north. A few weeks earlier, my friends at Sweetgrass Productions had invited me to spend the winter in a place called “Valhalla,” otherwise known to mere mortals as Nelson, British Columbia.…

Yesterday the trailer for VALHALLA (watch it on iTunes georiot.co/1ZKv), Sweetgrass Productions’ upcoming film, hit the Internet stiring much excitement and speculation from the ski/snowboard community. For the past two years, the Sweetgrass boys—Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown, and Nick Waggoner—have been stationed in Nelson, British Columbia, exploring what it means to find freedom in a place…

Ben Woods and five friends are embarking on a 70-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean through Canada’s Barren Lands. With the aim of connecting three rivers—the Dubawnt, the Morse and the Armark—via a never-before-attempted upstream haul into the Morse, the team will travel more than 900 miles from Black Lake, Saskatchewan, to the Queen Maude…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery >> Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Carter McMillan: At that particular moment I was focused on setting the rotation for my backflip correctly, while craning my neck to catch a quick glimpse of the landing coming up below me.…

See previous dispatches from the Powder Highway Road Trip >> A remote lodge trip may be the signature experience of the Powder Highway. Enough of my friends have returned home, minds blown, from a weeklong trip to interior B.C. Few regions in the world are blessed with so much cold, dry snow; and when you’re…

If you’re reading this blog, this new film will resonate. In Silence, the filmmakers at Duct Tape Then Beer explore why it’s important to escape the chains of urban life to find your own peace in the outdoors, whatever that means to you. And they paint an exceptionally beautiful image of life beyond the boundaries…

Most powder junkies know there are a few regions around the globe that seem to get more than their fair share of cold smoke. For North American shredders, one of those legendary deep-snow destinations is the Powder Highway, a 680-mile stretch of road that winds through the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse…

“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise, but if I could go to paradise without dying and see all that is there, sign me up.”  –Shelton Johnson, Yosemite park ranger, in The Way Home Sign me up, too! It sounds like an adventure. Paradise waits for us when we explore the unknown,…

The Powder Highway provides over 50 different mountain operators (including eight alpine resorts, nine heli-ski tenures, 16 snowcat zones, and 21 back country outfitters) making it difficult to choose from the menu. As a professional photographer, I try and let the conditions dictate, but I’ve always been curious to discover why so many film crews…

See Dispatch #1: Sun Valley, Idaho The snowy roads twist and wind as we travel through the southeastern corner of British Columbia in our Outside Van, a mini motor home equipped with all the amenities to chase powder for months. Our next stop is Nakusp, a small mining and logging community (pop. 1,569) located on…

Sweetgrass Productions director Nick Waggoner was named one of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year for Solitaire, a film that artfully depicts a two-year, human-powered ski odyssey around South America. Since getting to know the Sweetgrass team—which also includes Ben Sturgulewski, Michael Brown, and Zak Ramras—we are confident these guys will continue to capture and redefine…

I have to confess that I’ve been smitten with this place for nearly 12 years.  It was love at first sight for me back in January of 2001, and it’s only grown more serious during the 14 trips since. British Columbia’s Retallack Lodge is known for as having perhaps the best steep tree and deep…

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery From remote skiing to extreme climbing, photographer Jordan Manley is always up for a challenge. To shoot kayaker John Irvine paddling Seymour Canyon in British Columbia, Canada, Manley knew he wanted to photograph the action from above the river. It took two…

OF SOULS + WATER: THE SHAPESHIFTER from NRS Films on Vimeo. Meet legendary whitewater kayaker Ben Marr as he paddles the upper reaches of Quebec, pushing to new levels. And just wait until you seem him do it river surfing with a flare in the dark. Filmed in exquisite high definition by FORGE Motion Pictures, Of…

Earlier this year, we asked 20 of the world’s best athletes and explorers to advise us on the top adventure trips within their sports for our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List. Each gave us two recommendations—one “dream trip” they hoped to do someday and one “must-do trip,” a true classic, that the rest of us should…

OIA: Why We Need Adventure

Editor’s Note: Today we are launching a new blog column with Outdoor Industry Association. Avery Stonich will be weighing in on industry trends, places to play outside and the federal policies that affect them, with a few tales from OIA staffers’ adventures thrown in for good measure. As I ponder this assignment—a new outdoor adventure…

In our ongoing effort to jam as much skiing as humanly possible into our Canadian skiing odyssey, we jumped in the car and started driving as soon as we finished skiing at Sunshine Village. Across the Continental Divide and south for four hours, we streaked to the skiing hamlet of Fernie, British Columbia, for our…

The Japanese women appeared suddenly, smiling with their cameras and saying “excooz me” while I buckled my ski boots at the base of the Lake Louise ski area. Assuming they wanted me to take their picture, I smiled and said, “Sure,” only to have a woman lean into me with a huge smile and grab…

Writer Aaron Teasdale also wrote our World’s Best Ski Towns 2012 story. When winter fails to deliver the goods in the American Rockies, there’s always one thing powder-starved skiers can do: head north. From the reliably thick snowpack of interior British Columbia to the pristine slopes just over the Continental Divide in Alberta, the mountain…

“Jussi is a pure freestyler, a fantastic jumper, and a really good and stylish jibber,” says photographer Jeff Curtes of shooting with Burton rider Jussi Oksanen at Ice Station Zebra glacier in Methven, New Zealand. A low-precipitation snow season created stunning glacial terrain in Methven. “The snow bridges were minimal, so we moved confidently with…

Starting today, 18 of the world’s top snowboarders will face off in the inaugural Red Bull Supernatural Contest, a competition unlike any before. Snowboarder Travis Rice, one of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year, has created his dream playground designed to determine the best snowboarder on the planet. Located in the backcountry of Canada’s Baldface…