Browsing popular stories this year

Slocan Valley paraglider Benjamin Jordan describes his record-breaking journey from Mexico to Canada and the resultant butterfly effect.

Kootenay photographer Conrad Swetland was at the DH Mountain Bike World Cup in Andorra this July. Here’s his slideshow.

An East Kootenay man will hunt for a fabled gold boulder in the deep waters of British Columbia’s Kootenay Lake — using a submarine he built himself.

Our Art director left his crayons long enough to take the Hoji Free 110 ski touring boots for some backcountry wanders. This is his review.

Giro creates gear for snowy endeavours and cycling adventures. In this case, Photo Editor Peter Moynes takes the company’s new Deed mountain bike shoe for a ride.

A new book launches this month called “Expedition to Mystery Mountain: Adventures of a Bushwhacking, Knickerbocker-wearing Woman.”

Editor Vince Hempsall gets under the skin of the Voormi Treeline Hoodie to see what the bigfootin’ deal is.

On the heels of the announcement that Ladybird Creek Bouldering area in the Slocan Valley is now a BC Recreation Site, we take a look at the local scene and why the West Kootenay region is becoming a popular bouldering destination.

We remember Rossland legend Gary Camozzi and revisit our article about him that ran in the Winter 07/08 issue of Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine. You were one of a kind, Gary. We’ll miss you.

The recently released Lost Kootenays book provides a glimpse back at a simpler time in the region, when things were more black and white.

Spring is an excellent time to visit Whitefish, Montana, because the trails are loamy, the wildlife is roaming, and the visitors are few and far between.

Touchstone Museum in Nelson, BC has opened its latest exhibit called “The Grow Show” about cannabis culture in the Kootenays. It’s lit.

The Board Ukulele Company in Blewett, British Columbia, is making electric instruments from old skateboard decks.

THE YEAR WAS 1990. Backcountry skiing was, at least for the average recreational skier, the stuff of dreams. If you were a young person in…

Of all the world’s backwoods creatures, nothing is as unrelentingly vigilant—and consequently irritating—as the pack rat.

We received a letter to the editor from J.B. in Nelson, British Columbia who was concerned about the “Amber Got Her Gun” story.

The inaugural Dark Horse Invitational Slopestyle Mountain-Bike Event in Revelstoke crowned a 12-year-old as its reigning champ. And that’s not all that makes it special. Words and photos by Lindsay Donovan.

Canada’s first craft outdoor gear alliance is rolling out a #ShopLocalBC campaign in which Kootenay makers step into the spotlight.

British Columbia electronic music and art festival Bass Coast has donated over $20,000 to flood relief efforts in the community of Merritt.

A new film called “Desire Lines” follows world-record highliner Mia Noblet as she returns to her hometown of Nelson, British Columbia to pioneer new highlines at her local ski resort.

We received a letter to the editor from G.B. in Invermere, British Columbia who was concerned about the Kootenay Invasives story.

Teton Gravity Research has dropped the trailer for its 2022 offering “Magic Hour” and it’s … magic.

On a recent assignment for ZenSeekers, editor Vince Hempsall and photographer Dave Heath captured the beauty that is Castlegar and the Lower Arrow Lakes. 

For Alberta athlete Lorenza Sommaruga Malaguti, freediving beneath ice truly takes her breath away.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival has announced its winners for the 2021 season and a Kootenay-based scientist and author has won the grand prize for literature. 

This week, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine and Columbia Basin Trust launch a new podcast called The Headwaters.

The Crescent is a new 102-unit housing complex at Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia. It’s being promoted as the future of alpine flats, but its history harkens back to an all-female team that forever changed the sport of hockey in Canada.

A look inside 10 years of discovery and determination in Bisaro Anima, the 683-metre-deep cave near Fernie, British Columbia. 

Editor Vince Hempsall recently discovered some delectable surprises in the Arrow Lakes region while on assignment for ZenSeekers. 

When professional Kootenay skiers seek to break world records or shred new lines, they want this man at their side.

Shayna Jones’s multimedia project explores narratives of race in the face of rural living. By Louis Bockner

In 1956, the Sinixt people were declared extinct by the Canadian government. After an 11-year legal battle, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the Sinixt should now have access to their traditional hunting territory, which encompasses a large swath of the West Kootenay region. What does this mean for their “extinct” status and their future?

Small inflatable boats are changing how backcountry explorers navigate the mountain range between British Columbia and Alberta.

Mountain Muskox is a new group-therapy program offering hope for survivors of alpine trauma.

Markus Eder’s “The Ultimate Run – The Most Insane Ski Run Ever Imagined” levels up the genre that started with JP Auclair skiing the streets of Trail, British Columbia.

In his latest Backside column, Editor-in-Chief Mitchell Scott waxes on mugs and other wholly unalive things. Or are they?

Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC, is one of our favourite places to shred. And it’s that much better when you win a season’s pass to ski it for free.

The New Yorker has published a short documentary about Joe Buffalo, a Canadian Cree and professional skateboarder who survived residential schooling. It’s the most important thing you need to watch this year.