Leah Fielding

Do you know the story of the Banff Crasher Squirrel? 

Banff squirrel

Before selfies and photo bombs were all the rage there was the Banff Crasher Squirrel. It all started on a beautiful day in Banff National Park in May 2009. A husband-wife couple, Jackson and Melissa Brandts were posing on some rocks in front of Lake Minnewaka using a camera with a remote shutter release to […]

How to ski Banff & Lake Louise’s extreme terrain 

Larch Lookout Chutes

When most people think of expert skiing in the Banff & Lake Louise area, an image of the World Cup downhill runs at Lake Louise Ski Resort probably pop into their head. While certainly pucker worthy, the downhill trails pale in comparison to the off-piste, technical steeps at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Some terrain […]

What’s new at ski resorts in 2016-17? 

In the mornings and evenings, a chill lingers in the air and the aspen leaves are starting to trade in their green duds for a more mature golden color. In other words, fall is upon us in the High Country, which means ski season is just around the corner. Each ski season brings its own […]

Concierge Conversations: Steamboat Grand – Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

Steamboat Winter Carnival

Insider, local knowledge is key if you’re looking to tick off all the must-do activities, see all the highlights and have an authentic experience on your next ski trip. Locals are chock full of ideas and inspiration to make your ski trip unforgettable, so who better to tap for insider guidance, than the local lodging […]

How to experience Banff National Park in the winter 

Established in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most treasured national park. Home to soaring, rugged peaks, crystal-clear mountain lakes, pristine forests and a populous array of wildlife, Banff National Park is a top destination for the ski vacationer craving a scenic, outdoor-oriented getaway. Conveniently, the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake […]

Concierge Conversations: The Gant – Aspen, Colorado 

The Gant Aspen

Insider, local knowledge is key if you’re looking to tick off all the must-do activities, see all the highlights and have an authentic experience on your next ski trip. Locals are chock full of ideas and inspiration to make your ski trip unforgettable, so who better to tap for insider guidance, than the local lodging […]

5 Days in Banff Lake Louise: A first-timer’s guide 

Sunshine Village

Banff, Alberta is a soul-stirring place to visit. Here, the Canadian Rockies rise sharply to soaring heights and form a dramatic landscape as far as the eye can see. If that wasn’t enough, the many high-alpine lakes, including Lake Louise, feature breathtakingly vivid turquoise and blue waters. We can keep going. Banff is also home […]

How to ski powder 

how to learn to ski powder

Gliding through knee—or waist-deep—powder, whether it be in a blue-bird powder field or among trees while the snow gently falls, is easily the most glorious type of skiing. Many say it’s like experiencing heaven on earth; everything is white and you feel like you’re floating. It’s what keeps the initiated coming back for more every […]

Hokkaido’s snowsurf revolution 

Japan5

Snowboarding, like all the other board sports, sprang from surfing and the pure, simple goal of sliding on earth’s many landscapes. Surfing has long been popular among Hokkaido, Japan natives, who have carved out a unique subculture among global surfers. A determined bunch, Hokkaido surfers chase seasonal swells around the island and are only rewarded […]

Red Mountain makes history with crowd-funded, ownership campaign 

RED

In a ski-resort industry filled with record-breaking corporate mergers and acquisitions, Red Mountain, an independent, under-the-radar powder haven in Rossland, B.C., has become what they’re calling an “endangered species.” To preserve their spirit and individuality and keep focus on mountain lifestyle rather than base-area development and designer shopping, Red is tapping the skiing and snowboarding […]

An overview of popular Hokkaido ski resorts 

Hokkaido skiing, Hokkaido resorts, Niseko, Mt Yotei

If the lauded, bottomless powder that Japan is known for is your No. 1 reason for making the journey to the Far East, then you’re going to want to make the northern island of Hokkaido your final destination. Sure, Honshu (the main island) certainly receives its fair share of powder, but Hokkaido sits in the […]

Farmers’ Almanac forecasts cold, snowy winter for East Coast 

2017 Farmer's Almanac Winter Forecast

The New Farmers’ Almanac 2017 winter weather forecast was just released, and there’s some good news for snow-starved East Coast skiers. The booklet, which has been published since 1818, is forecasting a frigid, snowy winter for much of the U.S., but conditions are expected to be above average for the Northeast and New England, as […]