Matt Mosteller Blog https://powdermatt.com Natural Adventures Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:31:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 FIVE REASONS TO ADVENTURE ALONG THE POWDER HIGHWAY IN SUMMER https://powdermatt.com/blog/five-reasons-to-adventure-along-the-powder-highway-in-summer/amp/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:31:25 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1763  

 

 

 

 

Words + Photos by Abby Cooper

 

Have you ever wondered what your favourite winter paradise looks like in the summer? While the name “The Powder Highway” holds true during the colder months, it’s just as enticing come summer. The stunning roadway, now vibrant in color links summer destinations together with ease, each holding it’s own unique treasure, yours for the taking.

 

Whether you seek a summer filled with adventure, action sports, relaxation or artisan appreciation you’ll find a plethora of whatever it is you’re looking for on The Powder Highway. It would take multiple summers to see it all, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few musts for an exceptionally well-rounded journey this summer.

 

VIA FERRATA, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – Golden BC

Undoubtedly the most memorable Via Ferrata in Canada, your experience at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is guaranteed to be surreally wild. Your harness and guide will keep your mind and ease but the thrill of the terrain will surely make your toes curl with excitement. No climbing experience is required for this adventure, but you’ll leave feeling ready to conquer Everest. Celebrate your summit of Terminator Ridge with a well-earned après on highest patio in Canada at KHMR’s Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. Bonus, as you take the gondola to and from the Via Ferrata you’ll pass over Boo the Grizzle Bears habitat and hopefully get a glimpse of him on the move.

HIKING – Kimberley BC

Where the trails are quite and plentiful – now that’s a good place to be! Kimberley BC is the perfect hub for all of your summer hiking adventures. In town you’ll find great half and full day hikes in the Kimberley Nature Park. An extensive trail network links the town to its neighbouring towns of Cranbrook and Marysville BC. For the alpine lovers Top of the World Provincial Park cannot be missed. This trail system offers glimmering alpine lakes, scrambles, campsites and breath taking views. Heli hiking starts right from the Kimberley Alpine Resort parking lot, plan your heli-hiking excursion with Boulder Hut Adventures!

 

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING, Fernie Alpine Resort – Fernie BC

First timers or seasoned bikers alike will find happiness on the trails at Fernie Alpine Resort. An impressive rental fleet of bikes will cater to all ages and abilities prior to your trails. As if it isn’t an experience enough on it’s own to explore a resort you normally ski in the summer, but now you have the opportunity to bike down it! Have no fear, if down hill isn’t calling your name there are plenty of options for cross-country biking and even town cruising in Fernie BC.

 

HOT SPRINGS – Radium, Fairmont and Whiteswan Provincial Park BC

Seeking a summer of restoration and relaxation in the mountains? Or have tired legs seeking refuge after a big outing? The hot springs along the powder highway will impress all intentions. Radium Hot Springs just south of Golden BC are the furthest north and have a unique mountainside location with freshly renovated hot pools. Fairmont Hot Springs infrastructure not only has well maintained hot springs, but a swimming pool with a diving board to boot that kids and inner-kids alike will love on a hot summers day. If you prefer to keep it on the wilder side, camp at Whiteswan Provincial Park and stroll to the nearby natural hot springs by the name of Lussier. Please remember this is a sacred place and park so please be respectful to all including Mother Nature by packing out what you pack in.

 

 

CRAFT BEER – Golden, Kimberley and Fernie BC

The Powder Highway could be called the Craft Brewery Highway – there are so many note worthy stops on this route. We can’t possibly list them all, but we can name drop our favourites! Overtime in Kimberley BC is a unique tasting room with tasty beverages. The new kid on the block, Whitetooth Brewing in Golden BC is already making a name across the province and for a good reason! Keep it classic with the well-known Fernie Brewing Co and you simply cannot go wrong. Enhance your visit with a pre arranged brewery tour.

 

Adventure rich the Powder Highway is a destination that craves to be explored in all seasons. We’ll never tire of this place and it’s offers – there’s still so much to explore!

 

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Powder Highway North – let your inner explorer play here https://powdermatt.com/blog/powder-highway-north-let-your-inner-explorer-play-here/amp/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 20:29:19 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1756  

Take a ski journey of a lifetime. Slashing the powder in this region is the stuff of dreams. British Columbia’s Powder Highway, has two of the biggest resorts in North America. Caution as real vertical envy can happen here. People are drawn to the Powder Highway North for big mountain skiing and riding experience and deep snow, but it is the adventurous spirit of these two authentic mountain towns that will keep you coming back.

Two cool ski towns, steeped in history, snug against big rivers, and surrounded by massive snowy spires.

 

Before we dive into fresh powder. It is much easier to get here than you think thanks to our friends at Air Canada offering easy access into a variety of airports- Calgary, Canadian Rockies International and Kelowna. Air Canada Vacations takes the hassle out of booking your ski vacation, offering complete packages, great value and convenient airport access to get you skiing quicker.

 

 

Golden Rules

Early day pioneers climbed mountains, tamed trees and worked the rail lines. Today ski bums, mountain guides, adventurous souls and adrenaline junkies walk mainstreet. Between old buildings, one takes in corridor views of the famed Dogtooth Range, part of the Purcell Mountains, famous for snow. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, looms large above the community, beckoning you up, rolling out a massive display of runs across her canvas.

Ready to drop in. Many don’t realize that they are about to embark on the 4th largest vertical in North America, first a rush of joy will overtake and then next will be a reminder that you should have taken the stairs more often. Lifted to the summit by the Golden Eagle Express Gondola, where the highest restaurant in Canada is perched, you’ll take pause for the view of peaks in six National Parks. Drop into Crystal Bowl, to the Stairway to Heaven Chair, on top climb some quick stairs to the ridge top and drop in, Whitewall welcomes with powder puffs, steep goodness delivered, you’ll crank it on down to the base for another lap. Way on down- from freshies, to perfectly groomed goodness, there are runs for all appetites. Hit downtown Golden up for a variety of dining options and don’t miss frothy goodness with a sampler of craft beer at the new Whitetooth Brewery.

Canada’s highest restaurant beckons you to sit back and take it in

Stoke is always high here

Many North American mountain towns have an early history that gets white-washed, but Revelstoke’s pioneer days are practically celebrated everywhere. First the paddle-wheelers plied the waters of the Columbia River bringing supplies for a variety of gold rushes and later replaced by the clickety clack and whistle of the train, ushering in a dream to tie one end of the country to the other side. Fuel up with craft coffee and be early as you don’t want to miss first tracks.

 

Make tracks at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With stunning mountain views in every direction, your neck will be sore from all the rubbernecking as you ride up the gondola. It’s easy to allow your mind to wander and dream here (ski lines that is….). Revelstoke, is big too, you’re starting to get the picture, as you drop in, enjoying the biggest vertical in North America. Head to the top of the Stoke Chair, you’ll dig right into a buffet of trees and powder, and if that does not fire your quads up, take a lap into North Bowl. After ski, plenty of apres, dining and craft shops to ramble the evening away downtown.

 

Be a winter explorer

More than anything, skiing Powder Highway North, is about  exploration and connecting. Sure the big fall-line vertical rippers, groomers that go on for miles, deep fresh tracks and massive variety of terrain matter, but what really makes this trip different is the down to earth people, spirited, each with a story, all having this glow for life, many with humble beginnings, who simply share their love for being outside. Now this is a flu worth catching.

 

How to make your Powder Dreams come true

 

 

Take flight with Air Canada Vacations, offering you incredible service, complete packages including air, lift tickets, ground transportation and lodging at great value to get you skiing now and enjoying coveted slope time that matters with your friends and family.

 

 

Fly in and out of Calgary International Airport, take the scenic route through Canada’ first National Park, Banff, and everyone in your pack will enjoy the rocky and snowy spires that dot the under three hour drive to Golden, BC.

 

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC

Stay on mountain, ski to your door ease, as both the Palliser Lodge and Glacier Mountaineer Lodge are right next to the lift.

 

From Golden, BC, it is two hours, with a stop-over to view glaciers and big mountains, Rogers Pass, one of Canada’s most scenic high routes, descend down into the forested river valley before arriving in Revelstoke. Optional is to fly in and out of Kelowna Airport, with approximately a two hour drive time.

 

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Revelstoke, BC

Stay in town and enjoy easy access to the shops and dining at the Sandman Hotel or enjoy first class ski in and ski out lodging at the Sutton Place Hotel

 

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Fernie opening early due to deep November snowfall totals https://powdermatt.com/blog/1751/amp/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:49:39 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1751  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get this party started! Skiers and riders get ready for higher times. Some days stick in your mind. This is always one of those days. A flurry of snowy images smashing through your social feeds like skis cutting new lines in fresh December powder. But hey wait. This is still November.

When one of the snowiest Novembers on records hit your region—-what do you do.

Early turns with Fernie Ski Patrol

Snow testing with Fernie Ski Patrol on November 11th – heads only visible in the cold smoke. It was that good. More snow has fallen with over 7 feet of it to date.

Fernie Alpine Resort opens in November due to deep early snow

Season Snow Forecast for Powder Highway region of British Columbia

Don’t miss out on the La Nina update – showing that the Powder Highway region of British Columbia, where Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort are located, to be right in the sweet spot of a deep and snowy winter!

Open Snow forecast   

We added a bit – wanted to Canadian-ize the report….

Typical La Niña patterns during the winter include above-average precipitation and colder-than-average temperatures along the northern tier of the U.S.  and the Powder Highway region of British Columbia and below-normal precipitation and drier conditions across the Southern USA.

Details on Fernie Alpine Resort – preview weekend November 25 and 26th 2017

Lifts 9am – 4pm

Deer

Elk

Bear

Boom

Haulback

 

Rentals 8:30am – 4:30pm

Sports Alpine Retail Shop – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Ticket Office – 8am – 5pm

Guest Services – 8am – 5pm

Daylodge – 8am -4pm

Griz Bar – 11am-6pm

Cirque (for Fri & Sat) – 5-9pm (bar opens at 4pm)

Mountain Pantry – 8am-6pm

Winter Sports School will be offering Early Season Private Lessons and Group Lessons.  Please contact us to book in advance:
Phone:  250-423-2406
Email:  snowschool@skifernie.com

Resort Childcare Centre
9am – 4pm
Please contact us to book in advance:
Phone:  250-423-2430
Email:  childcare@skifernie.com

Legendary cat driver Blair Craig getting Fernie Alpine Resort ready for early opening

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Quick and easy Ski Vacation and Holiday Gift tips https://powdermatt.com/blog/quick-and-easy-ski-vacation-and-holiday-gift-tips/amp/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:23:30 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1745  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picking not only the right ski resort for your upcoming vacation but also Holiday gifts for the skiers and snowboarders on your Christmas list can be stressful. Rather than spending all your time worrying about it, check out these tips on where to go for that snow-filled ski vacation and some cool gift ideas for those shredders on your list.

Getting properly outfitted makes a difference. So you can enjoy your turns

First: Ski Vacation tips

  1. Go where there is snow- might seem obvious but there is an art to picking places for powder. Visit OpenSnow for up-to date powder forecasts if you can be flexible in your travel. Also look at recent history- for example Fernie Alpine Resort has had consistent snow for the last 5 winters and last year had average of every third day had new snow. Look at ski resorts with great Spring snow coverage if booking in April – a good example would be Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with higher elevation and more Northerly location.
  2. Go during less busy times to really get the most from your skiing and riding experience.
  3. Destination ski vacation in the planning – usually requires a bit more of booking window- so check the most accurate ‘long-range’ weather forecast sites- like NOAA, Weather Network and Environment Canada who make longer range winter predictions and review the maps to see if the region you are looking at has ‘higher moisture’ and ‘cooler than normal temps’ – which combined make epic conditions for skiers and riders.
  4. Book early and as well directly with the ski resort- as usually early specials will be their best value but as well if you book direct you are typically getting best rate and can usually combine with lodging and lift ticket to get best pricing.

 

Ok now that you got some ideas on where you are going for your ski vacation let’s look at cool gear for your Holiday gift guide.

picking the right footwear can assist you in having better traction this winter

  1. Ski Helmets and Goggles – proper fit matters here. You don’t want that ice cream headache so try them both on together before your purchase so there is not a gap between the top of the goggles and your helmet. That gap will expose skin and your forehead will thank you. Check out the latest Helmet and Goggle combo from Smith Sports Optics.
  2. Boot dryer- everyone will be happier with this gift. It not only makes your boots feel sweet on cool mornings but helps to keep the smells down. Check out the new Dry Guy
  3. Warm gloves can make all the difference- especially vital for those new to the sport as you will be spending some time ‘playing in the snow’, while you are learning. So make sure to keep the hands dry and warm- mitts best for colder climates but gloves give you a better handle on your poles. 
  4. Another must have before hitting the snowy trails on a cold winter day is something hot to drink from the way cool Yeti insulated coffee cups. Don’t forget the Yeti Cooler for apres ski time. 
  5. Stocking stuffer- Energy bars- so important to fuel the body when you play outside.
  6. Ski socks- try the non-cotton variety – especially for really snowy spots like the Powder Highway region of British Columbia
  7. You may want to carry of few of the items above- get a Day-pack from North Face or Herschel and fill it with water bottle, energy bars and extra warm mitts. 
  8. GoPro- new Hero 5 perfect for capturing your special moments and sharing the outdoors with friends and family.

Everything mentioned above can be found at either of the expansive Sporting Life locations at Southcentre Mall or Market Mall.

 

Don’t worry – let the ski pros assist you in picking the perfect ski

 

Don’t worry about it- need more ideas or have more questions – It’s easy- you can visit your local Sporting Life retail location (new Sporting Life Market Mall location now open) and consult their professional team in-store to get even more input and tips on gear and clothing to fit your needs.

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5 tips on preparing for ski season https://powdermatt.com/blog/5-tips-on-preparing-for-ski-season/amp/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:56:17 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1739  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Ski Film launch parties and first snowfall in the mountains signals ski and snowboard season is coming soon! I’m very excited. Winter is here. Soon we will all be making laps. These 5 tips will help you get the most out of every turn this season.

Fit to ski. Take time now to prepare your legs for the thigh burning fun. If just starting out, best to check in with a fitness professional and get a program tailored for you. Start out with biking and or running for at least 30 minutes a day for a minimum 4 days a week. In addition to general cardio, leg strength program and most importantly a core workout will be key. Core strength is a great way to prevent injury and added stretching is always a must.

Get gear. Don’t forget to check your gear and make sure it is all in working order. Key is not only to get your skis tuned up but have your bindings checked and make sure your ski boots still have a proper binding interface. A good place to have your gear checked out is Sporting Life with two location – Southcentre Mall and opening October 5th, 2017, Market Mall (now that is super exciting! #UnlikeAnyStoreInTheWorld ). Want to win $2500 worth of gear- yeah! We’ll don’t miss this contest- you have up until October 4th to sign up  

For more specific information on how to take care of your gear- both Fall and Spring check out my previous post on Spring Gear prep

eye candy rack of skis to check out at Sporting Life

Stoke. Don’t miss every Ski Film debut. Check out the latest from Warren Miller Entertainment as this years film features Fernie Alpine Resort ski patrol and another one of our favorites is Full Part by The BurrrLapz crew led by the very talented skier and videographer, Dylan Siggers.

Get the Buyers Guides. It’s a ritual and support your favorite Ski and Snowboard Magazines. Check out SKI Magazine, Ski Canada Magazine, SBC Skier, King Snow, Forecast, Freeskier and Mountain Magazine to name a few. Now your pumped up and ready to ski! Don’t forget to get dressed up and book your deals now to save dough. More on that.

ready to take off for winter! don’t forget that cool hat & warm jacket!

Get your mountain look on. Time to grow that beard, wear your plaid and get that puffy out. Fall is sure a sweet time but Winter is the best!

More on Gear Up for Ski Season here

Toque & cooler love. This is perfect way to share your taste for adventure. New hat and one of tricked out coolers from Yeti.

Say no to cheap coolers here and check out my favorite – The Tundra

 

 

 

 

Get your cabin in the woods. Lastly this is also a very good time to book your ski vacation as many ski resorts have their early booking offers and usually that is the best price on the prime time of the season. Check out some of the really cool private homes that are available at Kicking Horse and Fernie as these places go very quickly – they are perfect for that special family getaway or for your group of ski buddies!

Some more info in this Summer Hiking story that showcases great lodging options for your ski vacation

 

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Late Summer hikes await in the Canadian Rockies https://powdermatt.com/blog/late-summer-hikes-await-in-the-canadian-rockies/amp/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:24:12 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1728 Soon we will be hitting the slopes but while the kids head back to school, late summer is the best time to hit the trail in the Canadian Rockies. Experience the Canadian Rockies the way they’re meant to be- on foot.

Don’t forget that hat- sun protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Fall don’t miss hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park

Get up close and personal with numerous glaciers, expand your view of one of Canada’s highest waterfalls, Takakkaw Falls, and if that was not enough fill your eyes with spectacular peaks in every direction for your viewing pleasure.

 

Banff National Park

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass

Larch trees become the star of the show here as they turn a vivid yellow and gold and it is a must see sight. You will not be alone for this matinee so get their early and check Parks Canada trail updates for mandatory hiking party size restrictions due to bear activity in the area.

Fernie, British Columbia

New this summer is extended September weekend operations at Fernie Alpine Resort so take the Timber Express Quad up to hike various trail options but best for the more the more adventurous and experienced hikers is the hike to Polar Peak starting from the trail to Lost Boys Lookout.

be prepared for weather changes – make sure you pack a jacket

360 degree panorama views of peaks, into Montana and across to Alberta, greet you as you take off to the right at the pass, following a faint trail and color marks across the Lizard Range Headwall to Polar Peak. Please check into Guest Services for trail updates and information. Start early with first chair up to give yourself enough time to return to lift for downloading. Note their is a short section of this route where there is a feeling of exposure so make sure you are an experienced hiker/scrambler before taking on this trail.

Ever dream of staying in your own log cabin? Dreams do come true here with Snow Creek Cabin by Fernie Lodging Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden, British Columbia

Gorman Lake is a beautiful alpine gem nestled by knife edge peaks on both sides. It is a short 3.5 km hike that is perfect for families but make sure and check into the condition of the forestry road before you embark on your adventure here.

Take in additional hikes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and stay on-mountain with Lush Mountain Accommodations in a variety of private mountain homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day hiking essentials – visit Sporting Life Southcentre Mall location or the new Market Mall store in October to get expert help and essentials for your day on the trail

Yeti, not only makes rad coolers for that after hike cold one but new trail mugs that are perfect for your enjoying a mid-day coffee!

Bear Spray, a must and know how to use it.

Hiking boots, make sure they properly fit, by not just trying them on but walking around the store. Get higher cut version for rougher trails ans scrambling and low cut trail running style will work just fine for more manicured trails.

nothing beats trail coffee – so gooood! 

Don’t miss out on chance to win a $2500 gift card as Sporting Life can outfit you for your Sporting Life – visit for more info and contest details Sporting Life  

#UnlikeanyStoreInTheWorld

 

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6 spectacular hikes in the Canadian Rockies https://powdermatt.com/blog/6-spectacular-hikes-in-the-canadian-rockies/amp/ https://powdermatt.com/blog/6-spectacular-hikes-in-the-canadian-rockies/amp/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:37 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1551 Mountain Lakes Trail, Fernie, BC

Make it a long day and enjoy jaw-dropping views all along the way—21 km one way—that ends with a cold beer (if you like) . This epic—one of my favourites—is full of surprises at every switchback. Expect hidden rock trolls, waterfalls, limestone caves and high alpine meadows.

Be Free. Visit Sporting Life to the right jacket to protect you from potential summer storms

Polar Peak, Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie, BC

Let the chairlift at Fernie Alpine Resort take you to a high alpine meadow to access a spectacular ridge-walk that starts from Lost Boys Pass and follows the spine of the Lizard Range, with views a-plenty in all directions. End with short climb from the saddle to Polar Peak before descending to the unload station for the White Pass chairlift, and return to the top of the Timber Chairlift for your ride down. In total it’s only about five km’s, but give yourself three to eight hours to enjoy the eye candy.

Visit Kimberley, British Columbia

Tanglefoot Lake, alpine gem

A local secret! A perfect place to see the brilliant orange of larch trees in late summer; take the plunge into a crystal clear lake and chill out. Access is via Mause Creek Road, off Highway 95 north of Cranbrook.

Elk Lakes Provincial Park

This is a little-visited spot that is big on views, alpine rambling and cool mountain lakes. Once you clear the dust from the long forestry road access, you’re a short jaunt from Elk Lake, but head higher for pure wilderness at its best—exploring Upper Elk Lake, waterfalls and glacier basins.

Crypt Lake

A show stopper. Nature entertains you every step of the way. The only hike on this list that starts with a boat-ride to the trailhead! Begin the upward 8.7 km trek through a forested drainage, opening up with punch-bowl style waterfalls, peak views and a cool (but a bit scary) tunnel you have to crawl through on your way to a rock-walled lake.

Wall Lake

Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, BC (access from Waterton Lakes National Park, AB)

Located in Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, this is a relatively easy 5.2 km hike that is perfect for families and first-timers; your reward is a beautiful lake with giant Akamina Ridge providing the backdrop.

Ready to hike. Take the time to get proper fitting trail run or hiking shoes at Sporting Life

Tip of the week- test out your hiking boots or trail running shoes in-store. Visit the professional team Sporting Life to try on the latest in trail running and hiking boots and make sure you have them on longer than the usual 2 minutes. Try them on, walk around the store, go up the stairs and make sure they feel comfortable but also snug for on trail performance.

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready to go. Don’t forget the 10 essentials

  1. Compass or GPS
  2. Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  3. Extra clothing
  4. Petzl Headlamp
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Extra clothing
  7. Matches
  8. Knife
  9. Extra food
  10. Map
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Off season Ski Training – Take a Hike https://powdermatt.com/blog/off-season-ski-training-take-a-hike/amp/ https://powdermatt.com/blog/off-season-ski-training-take-a-hike/amp/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:42:22 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1546 The famed American poet, Walt Whitman, once said, “Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

Why go Hiking?
For me it’s one of the few activities where you can totally unplug, a cherished bit of time away from all electronics. Beyond the obvious perk of cutting the cord, there are a few more benefits to consider. This summer give hiking a try, the coastline and mountains of British Columbia beckon you to immerse yourself in its natural, wild and raw state. You will be better from it.

Hiking takes you to another place.
Your senses will thank you! As the gridlock of traffic grinds your patience away each day it is also dulling your senses. A full-scale onslaught of dampening your abilities to smell and hear is going on each and every day. The City is winning. Nature can revive your senses. You’ll become more aware of your surroundings from the peace and quiet that wildness provides.

windy ridge-lines no problem for this Patagonia jacket from Sporting Life

Nature bats last.
You’re not in control. Wind storms can roll in suddenly across the lake, river levels can rise, and waves can amaze. There is a real feeling of awe being away from the organized ‘7-11’ convenience of life we regularly live. You have to be aware and be in nature to feel the awe – you’ll be inspired by the greater power.

 

 

 

Be Humbled.

Being small is really powerful. There can be creatures more powerful and stronger than humans out there. That’s a good thing. It’s magical to experience whales up close, or view a bear wading a swollen creek to swat at salmon from a distance.

Go at your own pace.

Try a simple walk in a local park first if you’re totally new to the outdoors. Every step will provide goodness and motive you to experience more. British Columbia has so much natural beauty to explore.

Take a wild hike.
Burns Lake, British Columbia is a jumping off point for a wild adventure.  Check out Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, by taking flight with Lakes District Air for a day of alpine hiking and rambling, taking footsteps where no one else probably has ever before.

For easy day hikes in spectacular nature try hikes near these Kootenay Rockies towns.

Fernie, British Columbia;
There’s a variety of trails here, try some family friendly options, ride the Timber Express Quad Chairlift, at Fernie Alpine Resort then at the top walk to Lost Boys Pass, a short 45 minute roundtrip or check out the variety of trails at Island Lake, exploring big cedar forests and spectacular mountain views.

comfortable trail clothes are key- check out Sporting Life for variety of cool Plaids!

Golden, British Columbia;
Step into wilderness with the Gorman Lake trail, a beautiful cirque surrounded by jagged peaks greet you on this 3.3 km hike. It’s perfect picnic spot (but don’t forget your bear spray).

 

 

 

 

Kimberley, British Columbia; 

Check out Hourglass Lake, squeezed into a tight valley of big peaks, the 7 km hike will make you earn the beauty and goodness from waterfalls to alpine meadows, taking approximately 4 hours.

Get outfitted at Sporting Life to enjoy your day in the mountains.

Proper footwear.
If easy day hikes are your jam then get low cut trail runners from brands like Merrell or North Face, if you’re thinking more advanced hikes are in the cards, then get boots with more ankle support. It’s so important to try them on for awhile just to make sure good support and comfortable. Don’t leave without sunscreen, bear spray and a Kleen Kanteen for both hot and cold beverages to keep you hydrated on the trail.

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How to take care of your ski and snowboard gear for the ‘off – season’ https://powdermatt.com/blog/how-to-take-care-of-your-ski-and-snowboard-gear-for-the-off-season/amp/ https://powdermatt.com/blog/how-to-take-care-of-your-ski-and-snowboard-gear-for-the-off-season/amp/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:07:06 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1541 Be adventure ready anytime! Here are some tips for storing your ski and snowboard equipment, to ensure you’ll have peace of mind knowing your gear is good to go next winter.

 

Fernie, BC, renowned for its epic powder, celebrates the 80’s & 90’s like no other mountain town as the tunes belt out from the quaint village at the base of the lifts. Ski bums share tales on the deck of the infamous Griz Bar, as closing time is a bittersweet mix of emotions and wacky coloured outfits.

 

Kicking back, nestled into a classic style log cabin, you can easily ski to your door through a tall cedar forest to Snow Creek Cabin 506 – the perfect place to celebrate last turns, admire goggle tans and dream up summer adventures. What about your sliding buddies? Like most of us, you probably throw your skis and or snowboard in a locker or on a rack, encrusted with a bit of mud and rust, not touching them until your first turns next winter. Hey, that’s no way to treat your powder partners! Follow these 5 tips to make sure your gear stays in great shape and is ready to make those first deep pow turns with you when the snow racks up next winter.

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Soak those boards for more fun in the future

Storing dirty anything is never good. A real simple fix is to take a bucket of water or standard garden hose to wash away the salt, mud and grime on your skis or snowboard. Same goes for your outerwear, it’s time to get that hot dog mustard and après beers washed out. Make sure to pay attention to the tag directions before throwing these in your washing machine, as it’s ok to wash waterproof jackets and pants. Don’t forget to add some specialty fabric or down treatments in the process, as you’ll want to re-waterproof your outerwear and protect those little fluffy down feathers.

 

We all need a tune-up now and then

Visit Sporting Life to get that end-of-season tune and wax for your skis and snowboard. This is the perfect time to do so, as the snowy season will hit hard next winter and you’ll thank yourself for being prepared. Plus, giving your boards some love now will add years to their life… and your buddies won’t make fun of all the rust on your skis anymore.

powder skiing, Fernie, BC

powder daze, Fernie, BC

Don’t feel the tension

Have questions? Don’t worry. When you are in for the tune-up, ask the Sporting Life team to dial down the release tension of the DIN scale on your bindings. No one likes being tight all the time. This will lessen the load and enhance the life of springs in the bindings. Put a note on the bindings with your correct DIN settings to remind you to reset them before next ski season begins, though.

 

Wet feet

Moisture degrades boot liners. So make sure to remove your boot liners so they will dry out completely. While you’re at it, buckle or lace the boots up lightly so they will retain their solid skiing and riding shape.

 

Touring gear

There is good reason why ski touring and splitboarding is on the rise – freedom and fitness! Don’t forget to take the batteries out of your avalanche transceiver and also make sure your skins are completely dried out and folded properly.

 

Go here

Lastly don’t wait for the snow to fly to visit the outdoors or your local Sporting Life. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to get you out enjoying summer time in the mountains, hitting the trails on the latest Cannondale mountain bikes or stomping through trails in your favourite runners.
Embrace the wild side of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, in Golden, BC, by testing yourself on the new Via Ferrata, noted by Men’s Journal as the toughest in North America.

off season ski gear care

take steps to keep your gear ready in the off season for next winter

You can also ride the Timber Chairlift high up the Canadian Rockies and hike a long ridge at Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, BC. Stay the night in the only lift-accessed camping in Canada and wake up early to traverse the Lizard Range to the summit of Polar Peak. Epic days begin here. Nestle into your own private cabin in the woods with Snow Creek Lodge 506 or stay in and enjoy poolside afternoons at Lizard Creek Lodge.

 

Discover Kimberley, BC, a hidden gem, tucked away in the Purcell Mountains. Find yourself loving this place. Here, you can make impulse decisions on what you’d like to do that day, with activities such as hiking, mountain biking and trail running all accessible from your front door.

 

 

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How to get started Mountain Biking this summer https://powdermatt.com/blog/how-to-get-started-mountain-biking-this-summer/amp/ https://powdermatt.com/blog/how-to-get-started-mountain-biking-this-summer/amp/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:53:29 +0000 https://powdermatt.com/?p=1539 Take time this summer to roll slowly along a valley trail in the mountains. Why?

Goodness. Hey just 20 minutes each day outdoors provides incredible health and wellness benefits.

You can’t. Don’t listen to those who tell you can’t do something. Don’t let barriers stop you from learning a new sport.

Balance is good. Challenge your balance weekly for goodness.

flowy & fast downhill mountain biking fun at Fernie Alpine Resort

flowy & fast downhill mountain biking fun at Fernie Alpine Resort

You got this.

Sure there are lots of crazy videos out there showcasing another aspect of mountain biking. But the sport is so much more than that. It truly is a sport that all can do. Start out slowly and ride trails that fit your abilities and you will have tons of fun. Simply riding a bike is fun, and good for your health.

Get Good Gear

Check out the new Cannondale line available at Sporting Life as this is a great example of how amazing the bikes are today. They are so sweet for sure! First the suspension- it’s called a Lefty and it is inverted.  Now that is a work of art- so that when you come across rugged and bumpy terrain- the bike will absorb this and make the ride smooth and sweet for you. 

  • Try Bike before you Buy- see what fits best – arm reach, body position, how flexible you are matters here

That Old Helmet….chuck it!

They say to get a new helmet every couple of years or after one crash. So do this. Don’t skimp here. Make sure it fits properly. 

mountain bikers seek out thrills at Fernie ALpine Resort

mountain biking at Fernie Alpine Resort

Get a Grip

You don’t need to buy special shoes to do this. If you have some running, mountain trail running or trail shoes they will do the trick for sure. Just check them out on the pedal first to make sure they feel comfy and provide you with good grip.

 

Energy-

Bring water and energy bars (try Pro Bars…so tasty!)  with you. You will want them and your body will need it!

Let’s hit the trail 

 

Respect

 

Stay alert for other trail users. Give way to hikers, horses and riders who are much faster than you. Focus on enjoying your ride at your pace and with respect for nature and other trail users.

 

Bring a friend

Always good to do new sports with those who have experience. As well this sport is Social and so much positive happens from sharing trail time. Safety is also better with others.

 

Choose wisely

Review your ride in advance. Check out apps like TrailForks so that you pick one that fits your riding ability. It is no fun getting over your head. But if you do just get off your bike and walk around the difficult area. It is best to get lots of riding at each level before you move up in trail difficulty to avoid injury.

Stay fit

Riding in the mountains is awesome but it takes way more out of you. The challenge of the hill climb, or twisty and turning downhill section is much more phsyically demanding than your normal bike ride in the city. Start out with 30 minutes to 1 hour rides to get your body and mind used to the experience and make sure to go slow at first.

Again mountain biking is for everyone! Explore the mountains and enjoy good times outside.

Where to Ride:

 

Calgary to get started-

 

Nosehill Park

Fish Creek Park

Mountain Time is where it is at:

 

Easy cruiser time-

 

K-country-

Ribbon Creek Trail

 

Canmore-

Canmore Nordic Centre

 

Next steps:

 

Kimberley-

has a bunch of easy to intermediate riding- great place to ride right from the door of where you stay

 

Kimberley Nature Park

Loise Creek Trail network

 

Fernie-

100’s of miles of trails here- Mountain bike capital of the Canadian Rockies

 

  • Easy starter- Town Loop – perfect for all
  • From there you can go to Ridgemont/Fernie Ridge
  • Mount Fernie Provincial Park

 

 

Golden-

A step up from easy – try the Moonrakers Trail network

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