Let Spring Fever Take Over!

Assiniboine Lodge

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

You can go to Google maps and know geographically where you’re going but you have to physically be there to let the journey shape your outlook and your feelings.

We can’t hold back our excitement when Spring rolls around – sunny days, longer nights and a change in the weather are enough big-time reasons to get us in the mood for a getaway.

Let Spring Fever Take Over.

Take a ski tour, snowshoe or cross country ski to let the fresh air of Spring fill your lungs and carry away the daily grind.

This is one fever you’ll want to catch – so book your trip now, have something to look forward to and feel the goodness when you try a new experience.

Fernie Alpine Resort

Places to take that first step. Book your Canadian Rockies region ski vacation with a twist.

Spring time is the perfect time to take a ski vacation into the Canadian Rockies region. Whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned shredder, pick a ski resort like Fernie Alpine Resort, in Fernie, British Columbia, or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, located in Golden, British Columbia, where you can easily ski to your door with on-mountain stays, along with a variety of other activities nearby to try.

  • Snow running, leisurely walks or snowshoeing make a great way to catch fresh air in your face and keep up on your cardio program, with the added benefit of nature time. Enjoy time in a log cabin, stay in Snow Creek Cabin, nestled in a cedar forest and snowshoe right out the front door. Or take the Mountain Heritage Snowshoe Tours offered by Fernie Alpine Resort’s Telus Winter Sports School, a guided tour that ends nicely with pasta and wine.
  • Nothing beats evening cross country skiing on the trails, after a day of fresh pow at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, return to your private ski cabin in the woods and check out the line up at Lush Mountain Accommodations. Kick and glide out the back door to the Golden Nordic Centre, offering a variety of trails to match your ability level.
Snowshoe Fernie, BC

Place to go wild.
Stay unplugged in a fly-in or ski-in only lodge in the wilderness.

Stride along.
Go old school with a classic cross-country ski vacation into a cluster of cabins that provide lodging, warm up next to the fire in the historic CPR cabin and enjoy homestyle meals at the Brewster’s Shadow Lake Lodge in Banff National Park. A bonus is that newly announced lodge managers, Katie and Leo Mitzel, are famous for service and incredible foodie experiences.

Assiniboine Lodge
Take beautiful steps deep into history.
Snowshoe trails abound here and the views can’t be beat with Mount Assiniboine looming above you – known as North America’s Matterhorn. After your tromp through the snowy meadows, kick back in the historic main lodge of Assiniboine Lodge, for the best social ever (unplugged, of course). After amazing food, grab hands and take a star-filled-sky walk back to your own private log cabin for your own version of story time. Your guides Claude and Andre are here to assist in providing memorable mountain time adventures, ready to break trail and share the joy.

First ski touring here.
Purcell Mountain Lodge, located high in the powder rich Purcell Mountains, a short heli flight from the alpine town of Golden, British Columbia, sets the bar high for luxury in the backcountry, with all the comforts of home. It is best to go with a guide when you are beginning the sport of ski touring. Ask for Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), like Ken and Stef, who will provide you with not only knowledgeable instruction, but to also include picking safe routes and discovering how to use the specific gear. They will make you feel like a champion on and off the slopes.

Fernie Alpine Resort
Adventure Gear Essentials

Wear a sweet helmet
The best helmet is the one you wear and the one by Sweet is a good way to go. Get the latest Sweet helmet with game-changer use of technologies combining lightweight, comfortable fit with the impact shield liner for safety.

Winter traction in the backcountry
Snowshoe easy, with the Tubbs new line up, allowing you to explore, providing a balanced and natural stance, making deep snow walks look and feel much easier.

Stay warm
Never forget the basics. Winter feels better when you wear base layers next to your skin. Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Pants and tops are perfect for all cold weather activities.

Poles matter
You can’t have any issues when you are out in the wilderness so get poles like G3 Via Carbon that are easy to adjust and most importanly durable.

Sticks that rip powder and the mountain
Rossignol Soul 7HD is hands down the best powder and all mountain play sticks you can put on your feet.

Build Forests
After ski or in the lodge, you’ll love the comfort and fit of a Tentree tee or sweatshirt and your doing good- as they plant trees for every item sold.

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day! www.powdermatt.com

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Escape the City and Embrace BC’s Winter Mountain Culture

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

Something special happens in the mountains as we optimistically look forward to spring: the mountain air and sunshine are a bit warmer and the days are longer. That means it’s time to ski, ride or try some new winter activities in the fresh snow of a beautiful day.

I recently skied with Mountain Man Cole, athlete and social media influencer. He reminded me with his sunny outlook that just getting outside and trying a new sport or activity can nudge your busy self into a stress-free, happy place.

“Optimism is very important for success both in sport and life,” says Cole, as we skied at Fernie Alpine Resort. While stopping abruptly and spraying powder in my face, he added: “It’s important make time to get outside, meet winter head on and challenge yourself to a new mountain activity.”

Sure, Cole is an accomplished athlete, but with a little effort and a can-do attitude, you can get more out of your winter. Try one –  or all – of these winter activities.

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain
Nightlife, Nature, Luxury

Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort and village in North America, packs not only a peak skiing and riding experience, but a full lineup of activities and experiences, from pumping nightlife to serene snowshoes trails.

If you need anymore reason  to get here, Whistler Blackcomb has had its snowiest season of the past 10 years. Check out these statistics, which includes the fact that March and April are when the resort gets the most snow.

Powder Highway Magic

Kimberley Alpine Resort, Kimberley, BC: The laid-back vibe, mix of winter-loving folks and cool craft shops dotting a pedestrian-friendly downtown, make this place special. It’s a fantastic mashup for a stellar winter. It also includes a super-sized Nordic centre, fat bike trail network in one of Canada’s largest municipal parks, and a ski resort dotted with ski-in and ski-out lodging options. Kimberley Alpine Resort also offers a heart-pumping fall-line and powder-filled trees that will make you want to ski until the lifts stop every day. Families with small children will also find a private learning area, no through traffic, making first turns fun, safe and easy.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller

Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie, BC: Feel the power of being surrounded by tall rocky crags, walk a historic main-street filled with local shops and dining, and stand mountain top on the biggest vertical ski area in the Canadian Rockies. This is the real deal; it’s hard to top this mountain town with tons of trails for your winter exploring. Pick your pleasure: snowshoe, fat biking and even mountain-side yoga to start your mornings at Fernie Alpine Resort. Stay slopeside in your own private place, with a hot-tub, then hit Cirque Restaurant and/or the Canadian Rockies only Stoli Ice Bar at Lizard Creek Lodge. If you’re looking for the ultimate in seclusion, where you can ski to your door of your own private enclave nestled in tall cedars, check out Snow Creek Cabin.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Taylor Michael Birk
Add one of these activities to your ski vacation

Thinking of trying something new? Take that first step with a lesson. You’ll be sliding, stepping or pedaling in no time.

Take a guided snowshoe tour to get up to speed quickly, learning simple steps that will have you feeling like a pro in no time. Many sessions also offer lunch or a hot beverage along the trail.

Cross Country
Take a lesson from professionals who will will show your classic strides or skate-style. Pick your own pace as you can head out for peace on the trails.

Fat Biking
Try the fast-growing sport of fat biking with a guided tour or with friends. Similar to mountain bikes, they have beefier tires to give you the ability to ride anywhere – and not just in snow but also in sand and mud.

Get More Adventurous
Check out the Backcountry Basics workshop at Fernie Alpine Resort. The two-day course provides coaching on how to use ski touring gear, uphill travel techniques, mountain environment awareness and snow safety.

Try Some Top Gear

Snowshoes: Check out Atlas Snowshoes, perfect for your city and mountain snow walks to pump up your fitness program. Don’t forget to bring your G3 poles; they’ll provide the added balance assistance.

Backcountry: If you’re getting started with backcountry ski touring this winter, try the new G3 climbing skins to make humping up that slope so much easier.

Stay warm: Enjoy you piping, hot coffee longer with a Yeti Rambler cup. It fits nicely in the drink holder of a or in the side pocket of your backpack.

Stay cozy: Nights out on the town feel comfortable along the Powder Highway or browsing the Whistler Village, in your free and easy Tentree Hoodie.

Pack it: Load up your gear in style with the Herschel Supply Parcel Luggage Bag, perfect for a multi-day sporty holiday.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller.
Start planning your BC winter getaway here.
Learn more about what to expect along the Powder Highway and at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day! www.powdermatt.com

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Skiing Coast to Coast

Austin Ross, Retallack, BC, Canada. Photo: Adam Clark

Snow sports are an inherent part of what it means to be Canadian – living the Sporting Life is what we do! Depending on where you choose to ski, it is important to choose the right equipment and apparel to ensure the best possible day on the slopes. Learn more about what makes Eastern, Western & Backcountry skiing different and what you need to conquer any weather conditions.


We may not have the Rockies, but skiing in Eastern Canada is a completely different ballgame than it is out west. Most ski resorts are ski lift assisted with shorter runs and fewer protected lifts. There’s no warming up in a gondola here! Winter means something different in Ontario than it does in Alberta – for one thing, cold means cold! Chances are the weather won’t change so drastically in one day that an entirely different outfit is needed.

Staying warm and dry is what it’s all about for Eastern skiing. In your suitcase, you will want to pack your tried and true ski necessities: moisture wicking base layers and breathable, waterproof outer layers. What makes dressing for Eastern skiing different is that it requires less versatility. As the weather is much less variable on this side of the country, your best bet is to dress in fixed insulation product – something that will provide maximum warmth for those frigid days on the mountain.

The perfect ski for Eastern skiing is the Salomon XDR 84 Ti Ski. Perfect for everything from high speed groomers to fresh powder, this ski will help you squeeze every ounce of fun from the resort. C/FX keeps the ride damp and stable, but is very light to save energy for the last chair of the day.

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Le Massif, Quebec


The home of some of the best skiing in North America! The Rockies are what Canadian skiing is all about. Unlike the lift system in Eastern Canada, expect to hop on a protected lift or gondola to get to the peak. Runs here are longer – you could spend the majority of your day navigating the mountain at Whistler! On these longer, tougher runs, your body will generate more heat. Paired with the high altitude and variations in climate conditions, you are much more likely to run into rain, snow, and wind.

You don’t want to freeze or overheat from exertion during your ski – layering is your friend! Our tried and true baselayers are always needed, but what goes on top is much more intricate than what Eastern skiing requires. Stock up on lightweight layers, an insulated jacket as well as a waterproof shell. The ability to shed layers as it gets warm and bundle up as temperatures drop is absolutely crucial. The higher up the mountain you go, the trickier the weather can get. Be prepared!

One key way to be prepared is with the right ski. The Salomon QST 99 Ski offers soft and hard snow performance and great terrain adaptation – ideal for those changing conditions we mentioned!

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Fernie, British Columbia
Kicking Horse, British Columbia

Learn more about the best skiing on the Western Canadian Powder Highway from our friend Powder Matt!


Much like other Western skiing, backcountry weather is as unpredictable as can be. Both backcountry and alpine ski touring are done off piste either within a resort or off the beaten trail. Backcountry skiing is done in the most remote areas of Canada – much of which is only accessible by climbing, snowcat and/or a helicopter!

If you are a backcountry skiier, chances are you know exactly what you need to stay safe on your trip. The need for layering is much greater than the resort skiing we mentioned before. With higher levels of exertion and likelihood of more extreme conditions, the phrase “Be Prepared” is even more crucial! Layers, breathability, waterproofing, hydration, and accessories are all of the utmost importance.

On top of appropriate apparel, be sure to have the best equipment for your backcountry adventure. The Volkl 100Eight Ski is the perfect ski to make the most of your alpine adventure. Powerful and predictable, this ski will help you take advantage of all aspects of the mountain – no matter the conditions.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Red Mountain, British Columbia
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Chic Chocs, Quebec
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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All About the Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index (TEI)

Canada Goose is known for making some of the warmest jackets on the market – the selection is so expansive, how is one supposed to choose? That’s where the Thermal Experience Index (TEI) comes in. Learn more about what TEI means and how it can help you find the warmth you want for the experience you seek.

“Lightweight for active pursuits.”
Not ideal for the kind of weather we’ve been having lately, but a TEI 1 coat has its time and place. A lightweight Hybridge Lite jacket is the perfect layering piece for spring, fall, chilly summer nights and mild winter days. Winter jogging, cross country skiing
“Ultimate in core warmth, comfort and versatility.”
All you need for a typical Canadian winter day, TEI 2 styles will keep you warm during almost any winter activity. Put a shell on top and you have the perfect storm of waterproof insulation!
“Fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use.”
TEI 3 is evidently the most popular warmth for a Canada Goose coat. Heavier fabrics and increased down allow these coats to handle colder, harsher climates. Bonus points for coats like the Kensington, which feature interior shoulder straps to make for easy carrying when temperatures change quickly.
“Inspired by the Arctic and made for enduring daily warmth.”
For long hours spent outside in less than ideal temperatures. TEI 4 coats are perfect for both harsh winter winds and city elements, but still feature sleek silhouettes to maintain a cool (more like warm) look.
“Field-tested for the coldest places on earth.”
We’re looking at you, Winnipeg. Don’t let the coldest days of winter keep you indoors! Get outside and live your Sporting Life, but stay safe with a TEI 5 coat.


It’s important to remember that everybody experiences temperature differently and the designations above are guidelines only. They’re intended to help you select the right Canada Goose jacket for your particular need.
When applying our TEI rating, please consider if you are a person who is typically cold, or warm, or very warm normally, and combine that with how you layer your clothing, your level of hydration, amount of sleep and level of activity to determine if this temperature rating would apply to you.

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The Warmest Coats For the Coldest Weather

Canadians may be used to freezing cold winters, but sometimes it takes a -20° day to remind you of the importance of a good winter coat. For days like these, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite warm winter coats. These pieces are sure to keep your core toasty warm without overheating (for when you have no choice but to leave the comfort of your home).

Canada Goose Langford Parka
The Langford is slightly longer than some of its similar Canada Goose counterparts; this allows for greater warmth with more leg protection. With a storm flap over the centre front zipper and two interior pockets, the Langford offers clean lines and a modern look – all in an uncompromisingly protective parka. This parka is water repellent and is rated TEI 4 (-15 to -25 degrees).

Fjallraven Singi Down Jacket
The Women’s Singi Down Jacket from Fjallraven is a warm and durable down jacket with a traditional, long cut. This jacket features a technical tunnel hood with faux fur and a drawcord adjustment at the waist and hem. Paired with a feminine cut and slim fit, there’s no need to sacrifice your silhouette for absolute warmth!

Arc’teryx Therme Coat
The Arc’teryx Therme Coat uses a combination of synthetic and down insulation in partnership with a waterproof/windproof GORE-TEX® outer. The result is a stylish waterproof/windproof outer parka shell perfect for cold winter days. Fully taped seams allow for extreme waterproof protection, while an insulated hood and chin guard will keep your face safe from the cold.

Canada Goose Mystique Parka
What could be warmer than a full-length down parka? Popular on chilly film sets and city streets alike, the Canada Goose Mystique Parka offers maximum protection in harsh environments. This TEI 5 rated (-30 degrees and below) coat offers even heat distribution without adding excessive bulk, while interior backpack straps allow you to carry your parka around once you’ve made it safely indoors.

Columbia Sundial Peak Jacket
Described as a “military-inspired suit of armor for battling frigid temps”, the Sundial Peak Jacket is made of a heat-packing combination of down insulation and Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining. This jacket is fully seam sealed and waterproof, so feel free to safely play all day in the snow. Don’t forget about the detachable faux fur trim, adjustable drawcord hem, and removable hood – this coat is fully customizable to suit any range of cold winter days!



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A Week With The NCOST

This month, Eric Bernard from Sporting Life Ottawa had the opportunity to spend a week with the National Capital Outaouais Ski Team (NCOST). He represented the Sporting Life Race Department as an assistant for on-hill training and learned from the best of the best. Below is his daily log from his experience working with NCOST elite athletes!

Day 1

This is an excellent opportunity for me to assist the team in their journey through the season as well as further my understandings of the ski racing world. The athletes had grins ear to ear seeing me show up at the airport this morning. The weather on the other hand wasn’t too pleased to see me go. From the moment I rolled out of bed to takeoff at YOW; big, fat, white gold making its way down. Luckily we were able to takeoff on time. The flight went well, got a chance to finally watch the sequel to one of my favourite movies (Bon Cop Bad Cop 2). Definitely worth the watch. Skis, tools and equipment made it through the unforgiving hands of the baggage handlers OK. We got settled in to our rooms at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge. Skis were unloaded and prepped for training tomorrow. We’re starting things off nice and easy tomorrow with some GS freeskiing. Getting down to business with some lane space and gates in the ground in the afternoon. I can’t wait to see these kids shred some gates and slay some arcs. After slaving over their equipment since July I’m curious to see it perform on the snow.

Day 2

First day of training was off to a good start. Woke up to the most extravagant of sunrises I’ve ever laid my eyes upon. Mountain peaks, sunshine, snow.. What more can a skier as for? With vans packed and athletes still half asleep, we left for Nakiska. We arrive to the pleasant sight of 30 fresh centimeters of white gold.

Err.. Well.. Pleasant for me!.. Not so much for the 80 odd some racers occupying the mountain alongside me. These guys need hardpacked and groomed conditions to truly perform. Luckily we had a dedicated training lane on the upper mountain in the afternoon and not the morning. Leaving all the snow clearing and hard work to the Italian team in the AM. We had a couple laps on the lower mountain. Athletes attempting to carve through the crud on their race skis whilst I was cruising and shredding with ease on a demo pair of Rossi EXP 88’s. After having lunch with few of our friends over on the Ontario FIS team, we head out to set for the afternoon. Boy oh boy do I not miss schlepping bundles of gates. As we set our way down the mountain Joey (coach of the team) was getting increasingly worried about the ruts left by the Italian Super-G course. Finally with gates in the ground and sore legs from slipping, the course was ready for racing. One by one athletes made their way down the mountain. The first few runs were rough. Athletes looking flustered trying to work the new GS skis around the gates. Fog settled in, as did frustration with a few athletes. Most disappointed in their skiing performance. Luckily a few breakthroughs were made towards the end of the training session to raise morale. Tear down was clockwork, working with experienced athletes makes a world of difference. Kids knowing to roll up gate panels, or bungeeing bundles made Joey’s work easy.

Back to the base of the mountain we went. Gear off, vans packed we head home for the evening. Back at the lodge a few bindings needed inspections. Exhausted I wrote this email, now it’s time for bed.

Day 3

Day two of training was off to a later start today. We had our training lane in the afternoon again so we figured we would let the athletes sleep in a little longer.

Faire la grasse matinée as we say in French. Yesterday was a long one. Vans again loaded with racing equipment and groggy racers, we made our way to the hill.

Morning free skiing was a hit, snow was stellar and the kids were skiing well. Over lunch, Joey worked some of his socializing magic and scored us the course the Albertan team had set in the AM. No need to set gates for us! A bit of slipping and adjusting gates and the course was ready to race. The athletes were tearing up the course run after run. I spent most of my afternoon slipping and standing on the sideline listening to Joey’s critiquing of the young racers. Mostly repeating the same thing. These athletes all seem to suffer from the same technique failures. Incomplete turn shapes forcing them to step to the next turn. Video footage was taken by Joey’s assistant in order to help the athletes understand the crucial changes they need to make to their skiing. Once we were back at the lodge, Joey proceeded to take the athletes aside, one by one to go over the footage. During this time I had the chance to spend some time in the tuning room with the athletes as they prepared skis for the next training day. This granted me the opportunity to correct a few tuning misconceptions, adjust some bindings and make sure the skis I worked so hard to make fast stay that way! With skis ready to race and athletes eager to work on their skiing, I now make my way to bed.

I’m curious to see how the athletes will ski tomorrow after the video feedback.

Day 4

Day three of training was an interesting one. The weather seemed promising on the way to the hill. The sunshine was peeking its way through the Rockies. The morning’s freeskiing session went smooth as athletes were adjusting to the soft and warm snow. Once we got up to the summit for the afternoon was when the tables turned. A cold front had made its way to the hill and flipped the conditions for the worse. Rain was starting to come down on the mountain making the soft snow even softer. This had far worse repercussions than anticipated. Due to the extra-soft snow, ruts starting forming at speeds faster than we could work them out. As a result, one of the athletes skied off the race line and into a rut, only to get bucked and bent the tip of his ski. After that, we called it a day and pulled the course. Things were getting too hairy to keep racing. Once back at the lodge Joey  attempted to bend the ski back into shape with no success. I fortunately was able to get a hold of our Volkl rep and got him to send out a replacement pair for the athlete. The athletes and I spent the evening in the tuning room going over tool maintenance and equipment maintenance as well. Cleaning files, keeping base brushes clean, regularly checking bindings, tightening boot buckles. The forecast for tomorrow isn’t very inspiring either. Rain day in and out.

Keeping my fingers crossed the rain turns to snow in the altitude of the mountain.

Day 5 & 6

Day four of training was not much to write home about. The non-stop rain had Nakiska underwater and closed for the day. So the athletes and I took advantage of the opportunity to go over the skis, make sure all edges were sharp and bindings well adjusted. Day five on the other hand, was an awesome day of training.

We showed up to the hill with a few cm of new snow on the ground. Freeskiing in the morning was great. The athletes were skiing well and the sun poked out of the clouds to soften the hard choppy snow under the powder at the base of the mountain. After lunch we took the training to the reserved lane at the summit. The conditions there were spectacular. The new snow had been blown clean off the mountain by heavy gusts. Leaving only the rock solid man made tarmac to race on. Ideal conditions for peak performance. Now that the athletes were on familiar snow, they really started to shine. Some talent that had been held back since the beginning of the camp was starting to become apparent. With gates in the ground and timing set up the competitive atmosphere was booming. Athletes were huddled up at the finish of the course waiting as their teammates made their way down. Comparing times, discussing different skiing tactics, approach lines and such. It was fascinating to see how skiing performance drastically changed when timed runs were thrown into the mix. At the end of the day, high-fives were exchanged by all followed by laughs and a lot of “I’ll get you next time!”‘s.

The ski racing happening up the road from us has the kids stoked and really in a racing mood. Can’t wait to see our Canadian Cowboys race Lake Louise tomorrow! Go team Canada!!

Day 7

Day six of training was like none other we’ve had all week. No skiing was to be done. Dreams and goal setting on the other hand was the theme of the day. We got to Lake Louise just as the racers of the day were warming up for the race. Until today, I’d never had the pleasure of attending a World Cup ski race. This is no U14 local race. The men out here are charging for the podium. As start time approached, the NCO athletes and I strategically posted ourselves in the finish corral with good view of the race track. Chris Powers’s and Fuzzy’s athletes got the chance to run the track as forerunners. An excellent opportunity for them to get some World Cup grade speed skiing under their belts. After the they made their way down the crowd was humming in anticipation for the first racers. The atmosphere was electric. I can’t imagine what it was like at the other end of the track. One by one, the racers hauled their way down the race track. Steep right out of the gate. Two pushes from the gate and these guys were cooking. Crouching the tucks as aerodynamic as possible through the Sunset Flats, anything to hold on to that precious speed. Flying around Coaches, hanging on with every inch of ski edge they had. Only to get thrown from one side of the hill to the other on the Fallaway. You could hear the crowd hold their breath every time someone came buzzing around that corner. Banging out of the Gun Barrel with ludicrous speeds.

Finally the racers would come into view at Claire’s Corner. Flat out tuck to the finish to a roaring crowd. Every time one of these guys crossed the line, the only thought that crossed my mind was such. This is racing. The podium was as follows, Beat Feuz 1st, Mathias Meyer 2nd and Aksel Lund Svindal 3rd. There was one performance that stood out from all the others. Broderick Thompson climbed his way into the scoring field of the race from starting bib 38 finishing 23rd.

An impressive result given the quickly deteriorating track conditions. After the award ceremony everyone made their way to the Chateau Fairmont for the bib draw for the SG tomorrow. Food, cocktails and ski racing. Now that’s a party. I got the chance to catch up with my Race Dpt teammates, coworkers and mentors, Chris and Fuzzy. I ran into a lot more Ottawa folks than I expected. As the night went on, the racers were called up to the stage one by one to pick their starting position for the next race. Chris and I were trying to guess who would pick what number, what strategy they would go with. We were surprised to see bib 1 left to the last racer. With the start list ready for tomorrow, we called it a night and head back to Canmore.

I can’t wait to go see another one of these races. Never have I felt so much thrill watching these people stare danger right in the face and conquer.

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Comparing Canada Goose: Langford vs. Emory

  • Fit: Slim
  • Retail: $925
  • Length: Mid thigh, 35″ centre back
  • Fill: 625 fill power white duck down
  • TEI 4
  • Removable coyote fur ruff
  • Non removable adjustable hood
  • Adjust fit with interior waist drawcord
  • Maximum storage with big front pockets, and extra storage space with interior security pocket
  • Available in Fusion Fit & Black Label
  • Available colours: Black, Navy, Graphite, Military Green, Admiral Blue, Charred Wood (coming soon), Limestone (coming soon)
  • Fit: Slim
  • Retail: $950
  • Length: Hip, 35.5″ centre back
  • Fill: 625 fill power white duck down
  • TEI 4
  • Introduced to Canada Goose line in 2016
  • Removable coyote fur ruff
  • Non removable adjustable hood
  • Maximum storage with big front pockets with top & side access; extra storage space with interior security pocket
  • Available in Black Label
  • Hideaway snow skirt
  • Available colours: Black, Graphite, Admiral Blue, Navy (coming soon)


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Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

Not sure how you’re spending your holiday weekend this year?  We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Canada Day in each of our home cities – Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Where will you be when Canada turns 150?

  • Fort Calgary will host a celebration that is bigger and better than ever! Take part in a free pancake breakfast, live music and entertainment, children’s crafts and petting zoo, food trucks, and a chance to dress-up like a Mountie!
  • Visit the new Canada 150 sign in Prince’s Island Park! Appreciate it as a symbol of how we’ve come together as a nation, and snap a photo to remember this milestone for our country. While you’re at the park, stick around for an Aboriginal Showcase and Powwow, and learn more about Canada’s military history.
  • The site of our finish line party for the Sporting Life 10k, Olympic Plaza is the perfect place to spend your Canada Day! There will be entertainment galore of all sorts – song, dance, art, and more. Afterwards, take a short walk over to Riverside Avenue, where you can watch fireworks against the incredible backdrop of the Rockies.
  • It may be tough to get tickets if you haven’t already, but the Blue Jays are playing a home game on Canada Day…what could be more patriotic than cheering on our country’s lone MLB team? If you can’t get a seat at the Rogers Centre, you can always set up at a local patio or at home to watch the game. Come together with family & friends and support Canada’s team!
  • Toronto Ribfest happens to fall on Canada Day weekend…can you say perfect? Spend the day outside, grab some delicious food & drinks and enjoy the entertainment available at Etobicoke Centennial Park.
  • Fireworks are a given for the big 1-5-0. Whether you set up on your street (safely!) or visit a local park, there are countless locations to get cozy under a blanket and watch a fireworks show. May we suggest visiting Nathan Phillips Square? Fireworks kick off at 10:55pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday night, and you can get an Instagram opp with the infamous 3D Toronto sign!

Last but not least, the Nation’s Capital! Ottawa is the hub of all things Canada 150. Stop by one of three designated celebration zones in the city and take part in some of the exciting activities!

  • Parliament Hill – Experience the “Inspection of the Guard”, a 21-gun salute, an Air Show with the Snowbirds and CF-18 and more! You might even catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister or some of the incredible Canadian talent performing at the evening show.
  • Major’s Hill Park – Enjoy a huge variety of family-friendly programming including buskers, trivia games, face painting, fun photo opportunities, swing dancing performances, rides for kids on the VIA Rail miniature train, the 25th annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ, and much more!
  • Canadian Museum of History – Take part in indoor and outdoor programming including inflatable games, wall climbing, live wild animals, puppet theatre, a Syrian house, plus the official opening of the museums’ new Canadian History Hall! Live entertainment will also be present.


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On Trend: Bomber Jackets for Spring

One of our favourite trends for spring is equally stylish for both men and women. A modernized variation of the World War II classic, the bomber jacket is back and bigger than ever! Combining new shades and embroidered fabrics, the bomber jacket makes the ideal spring staple piece. Brands for men and women alike are raising the bar for this seemingly simple style. Bombers are now available in varied lengths, colours, and weights, and range from fashion to athletic and everywhere in between. Whether styled with comfy joggers, your favourite denim, or dressed up after 5 o’clock, this staple will complement nearly every aspect of your spring wardrobe.

How do you style your bomber?

Keep your jacket undone to accessorize an already chic outfit! We love the effortless look of a jacket draped over shoulders. The Soia & Kyo Blayke Bomber features beautiful floral lining, making it a showstopper from the inside out. Styled in silky modal, this fibre-filled jacket features a rib knit collar, cuffs and waistband for a great fit and look. Wear with motorcycle boots and your favourite denim jeans for an easy, stylish look. 


Stay warm during transitional seasons without losing your cool. No need to sacrifice fashion or function when it comes to bombers! Zip details and pockets will add a touch of flair to your spring style. Cut from water resistant satin fabric, the Mackage Ragnar Bomber is the perfect piece to get you through until summer. 



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Powder Time in the Rockies

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

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Treat Yourself

Not surprising is the fact that more than 70% of what we do is motivated by rewards. But it is not just that bonanza goal of getting a bigger home or new car, as these benefits are less regular. What really provides your inner fire the fuel it needs to charge is positive weekly or monthly treats. Not only do you reap the goodness of having something to look forward to, but the benefit of the recharge or adventure is super awesome for you.

Make Powder your pleasure this month! Forge new friendships, play in a big-mountain playground, fly into Calgary International, or head out on a road-trip to British Columbia that will provide that beneficial disconnect you need and flavor your face with powder, at one of these famed pleasers. Now let’s get on with our Sporting Life.

British Columbia is Calling!
Golden Plate.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, only 6 feet shorter than Jackson Hole, a rugged place, earn your badge of courage here, challenge yourself to champagne powder in one of the over 80 chutes, enjoying North America’s fourth biggest vertical.

Chatter Creek, one of North America’s largest cat skiing operations, a vast area, imagine you and only 36 friends on close to 60,000 acres of your own private powder playground.

Purcell Heli Skiing, offers you the triple threat, enjoy deep and dry Purcell powder, with some of the most experienced guides in the heli skiing industry and a vast terrain spread across a region famous for snow. There is a reason this is where heli skiing was started.

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Fernie Flavour.

Get to know Fernie Alpine Resort, the leader in the Canadian Rockies. Bigger than its Banff cousins, Fernie offers more runs to enjoy, deeper snow to play in and more vertical for thigh burning fun. Plus enjoy that ski in and ski out lodging which makes any ski vacation sweeter.

Fernie Wilderness Adventures, cool vibes, and down right deep snow, make this the best value in cat skiing in Canada. Professional guides will get you some deep fun and you’ll make friends for life inside the cab sharing tales of deep turns. Stay in four star Lizard Creek Lodge, enjoy some days skiing Fernie Alpine Resort in preparation for your deep turns with Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

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Powder tips for making the most of your week in the Rockies.

You Eastern skiers have got this one.

Just like skiing hard-pack or running a GS course, you have to have a balanced stance on your skis. Feel the front of your boot, specifically pressure on your shins vs your calf. Don’t get in the back seat, sitting back, you’ll spend more time digging out than enjoying the bliss of floating run after run.

Yoga and Powder Have Flow
Movement or flow is vital to keeping the skis moving in deep snow. Get some speed and keep the momentum moving forward and you are good to go.

Ski Size Matters
The ski pros at Sporting Life can assist here. Fat or wide skis, will not only make it easier to enjoy your powder turns but they also conserve energy, so you can enjoy more vertical.

Don’t Fight
Let the gear work for you. You got this, let the skis move, remember that flow is key and a bit of speed, you’ll be making famous powder eights in the snow in no time!

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day! www.powdermatt.com

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