Browsing by Tag: backcountry

From record-breaking sprints to month-long slogs, we explore the evolution of Kootenay ski traversing.

Dano Slater: Skier, freeride coach, legend. 1974-2022. We’ll miss you. Photo by Dave Heath. Words by Mitchell Scott.

The pioneers of a famed ski zone lock their heels and spin their wheels in a new film.

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…

In the West Kootenay region, the sheer number of adventure-tourism tenures is causing conflict among users and instigating impassioned pleas from the public for the government to press pause on the process.

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.

With his Braille Mountain Initiative, Tyson Rettie is introducing visually impaired skiers to the backcountry. 

This year has been an interesting one for many, including skier Cam Mclellan of Invermere, British Columbia, who writes about how he’s been adhering to a 100-mile diet of adventure.

The third and final film by Ryan Flett Media showcasing Kootenay free skier Trace Cooke has dropped amid challenges posed by Covid.

A new film by Ryan Flett Media showcases Kootenay free skier Trace Cooke the physical challenges he endures as a pro skier.

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.

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.

When skins and sweat are not enough to outrun the crowd, some ski tourers are heading for the sled. Are snowmobiles an inevitable mode of adventure for those yearning to go deeper and farther faster?

Parts of Rogers Pass are now closed because of poaching by backcountry skiers. Here’s how Parks Canada is trying to manage the winter masses at this popular area.

The avalanche report said they were god to go. The terrifying outcome of the day should make us stop and think – more than twice.

Death-defying venues. Physical and financial toll. Stacked odds and international big-mountain skiing’s uncertain future. This is life on the Freeride World Tour. Just ask Trace Cooke.

The 13th Annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival is landing February 22-24 at Whitewater Ski Resort. Here’s what you can expect from the event.

How does a small team of snow pros generate comprehensive avalanche forecasts about Canada’s mightiest mountains, every single day, all winter long? Like this.

Returning to the scene of a crash that cost him dearly, a former snowboarder-turned-sit skier is nevertheless living it, loving it, and launching it.

Three sleds. A couple of bad ideas. One plane. Our coastal cowboy goes to great heights to save his snowmo. By Rory Bushfield.