Leah Boucher

Best of: Whistler après-ski 

Merlin's Whistler

Off-mountain culture is a critical piece of the whole ski-vacation experience and at its center is après-ski (noun: the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing). The beauty of après-ski is that it loosely encapsulates a variety of activities and experiences, which typically range from cold beers, wings and billiards to champagne, fondue and high-end spa treatments. […]

11/28/16: Where is it snowing? 

Jackson Hole snowfall

Lately, it seems like it’s been snowing just about everywhere in the North American High Country, but over the weekend, the biggest storm to date of the 2016-17 ski season swept across British Columbia and the Western U.S. and is still lingering in much of Utah and Colorado. Plus, forecasters have another storm in their […]

Whistler Blackcomb relationship goals 

Julia Murray and James McSkimming overlook Burnt Stew Basin and the Symphony Chair on Whistler Mountain

Featuring scenic skylines and world-class restaurants perfect for canoodling, a Whistler Blackcomb ski trip is one of the most romantic you can take. But, a couple’s ski vacation is obviously much more than snowy evening walks and blissful hot tub sessions—they’re all about skiing! Many of us have learned over the years that the actual […]

New snow all over U.S. Ski Country 

Squaw snowfall, Lake Tahoe snowfall

Today, it seems that just about all of U.S. Ski Country woke up to a blanket of white! And, it’s just in time, as opening weekend for most resorts is just days (or hours) away. More snow is also in the immediate and long-range forecasts for many regions, too. Learn more about the snow totals […]

Winter is coming to Colorado + Tetons 

Colorado snow, Vail snow, Aspen snow, OpenSnow forecast

While British Columbia and the Alps have enjoyed record-breaking, early-season snow, the Western U.S. has been a little, well, quiet. But no longer. A snow storm has the Colorado Rockies and Wyoming Tetons in its sights, starting tonight. Looking ahead, there’s more good snow news for the end of the month and into early December, […]

A guide to Whistler Heli-Skiing: intermediates to experts 

advancedWHS

Now in their 36th year of operations, Whistler Heli-Skiing’s massive tenure is 50 times the size of the resort, consisting of 432,000 acres of classic, high-alpine powder fields, 173 glaciers and 475 runs. For intermediate skiers or riders and above, there’s a gamut of advantages when it comes to heli skiing vs. resort skiing, especially […]

Concierge Conversations: Montage Deer Valley – Park City, UT 

bernese mountain dogs montage deer valley, monty and parker montage deer valley

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 […]

More early-season snow for Alps, British Columbia, Alaska + now Japan 

europe snow, snow in the alps, early snow in the alps

We’re happy to report more big, early-season snowfall in Ski Country. Over the weekend, snow fell in the Alps and more is expected this week, up to 6.5 feet in fact! In British Columbia and Alaska, the 10-day forecast is looking uber deep (8-feet-deep) and Japan has received some pre-season snow, too! New snowfall in […]

Top skis (and lessons) for tackling Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain 

The Camp Whistler Blackcomb, Advanced skiing Whistler Blackcomb

When skiing an unfamiliar resort, advanced knowledge of the terrain and conditions will enhance your ski vacation and give you the intel needed to select proper equipment. To help you determine which schuss sticks are best for tackling Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,000-plus acres of varied, world-class terrain, we tapped our friends at Rossignol to help us […]

Feet of snow forecasted for British Columbia this week 

bcradar

Today, what Accuweather.com is calling a “vigorous frontal system” made landfall over British Columbia. The flakes are already flying at Whistler Blackcomb, providing even more base-making material for the resort, which is just 21 spins around the sun from opening day. Plus, all this new, early-season snow is setting up the lucky winner of our Whistler Blackcomb […]

Concierge Conversations: Mountain Lodge at Telluride 

Telluride Colorado

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 locals who […]

Concierge Conversations: Westin Resort & Spa Whistler 

Westin Whistler

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 […]