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It defines us through understanding and expression. Culture represents the boundaries of what we stand for, the direction in which we’re going, the beautiful pieces that make humanity both beautiful and interesting. It’s the music and the art, the movements and the ideas. And it explodes in the mountains.

We’ve all seen the bad news. But what good news stories are happening out there during the Covid-19 global pandemic? We’re collecting them all here.

Coast Mountain Culture writer Clare Menzel follows the history of outdoor fashion’s most polarizing pantone, peeking into the science and psychology of colour, in five acts.

The latest offering from West Kootenay-based duo Moontricks is called “Backwoods Bass” and as writer Louis Bockner learns, it’s anything but bush league.

Newt Fest is a new outdoor music and arts festival happening in Spillimacheen, British Columbia, June 12-13. Here are the artists who’ll be playing.

Ayahuasca, peyote, Psilocybe semilanceata, and Turbina corymbose are not household names or readily available at your local pharmacy. But Western culture is beginning to embrace…

Once a seemingly distant siren threatening tomorrow’s generations, the age of extinction is upon us, with worldwide evidence of wildlife gone forever. KMC’s Emily Nilsen reflects upon the fate of North America’s South Selkirk caribou herd and the meaning of their disappearance.

Erin Hogue recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Uprising photo competition in Whistler with an incredible slideshow featuring shredding moms and their kids. Here’s our Q&A with her.

The Seismic Spring Mountain Festival returns to SilverStar Resort March 13 to 22. This is what you can expect. 

The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival saw a lot of format changes this year, including the addition of one seriously good party. Here are the deets as well as a slideshow from our buddy and pro photog Steve Ogle.

Ruling against the questionable aims of an American billionaire, BC’s Supreme Court has granted the public access to parts of Canada’s largest privately owned cattle ranch. Despite the high court’s decision, some of the province’s outdoor recreation stakeholders wonder if too many cows have already left the barn.

Kootenay Mountain Culture senior writer and Nelson, BC, local Jayme Moye talks about her role as the Whitewater Ski Resort “Writer-in-Residence.”

Whistler, British Columbia, is about to get a dose of awesome eye-candy at the new Uprising photo competition Saturday, February 22. Here are all the deets.

The 14th Annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival is landing February 21-23. New for this year is a big mountain freestyle competition called the Powder Crown and the KMC Coldsmokin’ Bush Party.

A team of self-professed high-tech Kootenay hippies is helping build a tower of timber within Vancouver’s glass and concrete skyline.

The BASE jumping short film “The Flip” won the 2019 National Geographic Wild To Inspire Short Film Competition. It toured the world before its online release today.

From the Backside column of the latest KMC magazine, Mitchell Scott offers a treatise on lost sunglasses. Because they sun is always shining somewhere.

Cowichan Valley local Randy Weflen has returned to his business Wefi Surf to craft some of the most beautiful, and expensive, surfboards in the Pacific Northwest.

An open-pit mine threatens 151 kilometres of salmon-bearing streams in Alaska. The film Fish First documents what’s at stake.

Laura Adams has had some incredible adventures during her lifetime: from solo climbing in the Himalayas to ski guiding on Baffin Island. Her latest experiences involve more two-dimensional fare that are equally as thrilling.

Rossland, British Columbia, will once again host the Blizzard Music Festival January 23-26 with acts that include Skratch Bastid and Mat the Alien.