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Featured videos: don’t miss these 2016-17 ski and snowboard films 

FourthPhase

It’s that time of year again. It’s premiere season. Every fall, the new flicks send skiers and riders into a flurry of excitement—pun intended—for the upcoming season. After scouring the Internet and spending one blissful hour watching trailers, we’ve distilled a list of the best ski and snowboard films of 2016-17. Many of these films […]

Snowstorm arrives on the second day of fall 

Telluride showing off its autumn drama on Sept. 23| Photo: Telluride Ski Resort

Summer officially ended on Sept. 22, 2016, and—right on cue—a slow-moving storm dropped measurable snowfall on ski resorts across the Western US and Canada! We’ve compiled some of the best photos to show you how ski resorts are beginning to transform for winter. What does this September snow mean for your ski vacation? The New […]

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 […]

September snow at ski resorts across the West 

Copper Mountain woke up to a beautiful dusting on Sept. 15. | Photo: Mike Looney, Copper Mountain taken on Sept. 15, 2016.

Sept. 1 was the first day of meteorological autumn, and we are already feeling the weather cool down and seeing a delicate dusting of our beloved mountain peaks. A series of autumn storms swept across the Western U.S. earlier this week. According to Meteorologist Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, snow levels dropped to 10,000-11,000 feet because the showers fell […]

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 […]

August snow falls on Colorado ski resorts 

Copper Mountain August Snow

It’s still August but several Colorado ski resorts have already received their first snow dusting of the season, creating a backdrop of dreamy summer-meets-winter scenery. Check out these season-melding photos and video from Aspen Snowmass, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Telluride and Winter Park. First snow of the season Winter is on its way! Get expert ski-vacation advice […]