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Two plankers unite! With one of the richest ski cultures outside of Europe, and snow on mountains that stretches for lifetimes, you’ll find great goodness here.

These pants were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do… I’ve had a frustratingly hard time over the years finding a technical shell pant that’s not geekily tight but still walks well. A lot of manufacturers have moved over to a freeride or baggy fit with their apparel that, while it looks cool,…

Chamonix s’il vous plais. For free y’all. Julbo Eyewear wants to send you on an epic freeski adventure. Say, if the great winter throughout the Canadian West and US Pacific Northwest hasn’t been enough to satiate your pow-charging needs, check this out. Our friends at Julbo want you to show them why you’re such a sick…

A feature-laden, three-layer technical shell to match the best of them, at an affordable price, the Mountain Hardwear Hellgate jacket pretty much does it all. From the ski hill to the skin track it delivers great venting, water resistance and toughness. It’s got pockets galore that fit most everything, including gloves or goggles inside the…

The Quran, Torah, Bhagavad Gita and the Bible: they’re all scripture that continues to shape and give meaning to Earth’s civilizations. But to some, “holy” is simply defined as what makes us complete. Each of the following six books details the experiences of those who discover a kind of spiritual wholeness in the wild. Whether…

Whitewater Winter Resort Releases Beautiful Tribute on its 40th Anniversary This film, produced by the talented team at Nelson, BC-based Freeride Entertainment, unveils the untold story of the dream called Whitewater. A true celebration of the community spirit that not only built the walls that stand there today, but that lives strong in the vibe…

For the unchurched among us, finding sacredness in the everyday means not caring about tomorrow. FOR A CERTAIN BREED of self-absorbed thinker, the latest news from Banff’s Sunshine Village resort is mixed, at best. For the 2015–16 season, its vintage 1978 TeePee Town chair is being replaced. Gone is that fixed-double from hell, notorious for cresting…

December having arrived with a thud, and winter seemingly underway throughout the Cascadian and Kootenay high country, we wanted to reach on out to everyone in KMC/CMC-land and share a little sumthin’ courtesy the good folks at Blizzard and Marker. Last season, they were kind enough to send out a test pair of their new Zero…

Pack your blister gear and your favourite deck of cards — the next two weeks will be one of the biggest physical, social and spiritual experiences of your life. For those devotees of winter and wild places, there’s no pilgrimage deeper than the ski traverse. Join KMC’s pious scribe as he slides to the edges…

Because weather does her own thang, and really, why should we even care? Words: Mitchell Scott   Photo: Bruno Long

We here at the Mountain Culture Group are proud to launch our new Winter 2015/16 issues of Kootenay Mountain Culture and Coast Mountain Culture Magazines. In this issue we ask the question, “What is holy in mountain culture?” From sacred mountains to metaphorical demons, the pursuit of steelhead to backcountry nuns, transcendent surf stashes to uncommon prayers….

For over 25 years, a fight has been raging in the heart of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. The proposed construction of Jumbo Glacier Resort in the high-mountain wilderness west of Invermere, British Columbia, has galvanized preachers against naysayers. Though some think the developers were recently dealt a death blow by the provincial government, the proponents aren’t…

Coming to theatres Oct 2015 – Patagonia presents Jumbo Wild – a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions that tells the true story of the decades-long battle over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley and highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and the backcountry experience and ever-increasing development interests in…