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Can BC’s Powder Highway take on Vail?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Powder Highway

Capturing some late season pow this week with Big Red Cats in Rossland. Pic: Jess Bonde.

To me it seems logical.

A pass that encapsulates the best of British Columbia’s interior, all on the one ticket.

The Powder Highway: the sweep of terrain that loops around the Kootenay Rockies like a roughly-hewn lasso and includes eight ski resorts, 14 snowcat operations and another 11 heli-ski outfits in British Columbia.

But can they take on the Vail behemoth with an all-areas pass?

It’s a question that’s on my mind as I make why through the heartland of BC and I’ve already got an interesting answer or two …

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The five best mountain towns in Canada (it’s time to move)

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fernie and president elect Donald Trump. Hmmm, what was that Meatloaf song again?

Hate your future president? Too hot where you live? Not enough mountains? There’s a one word solution for you: Canada.

The Snow Gauge has handpicked the five best ski towns in the land for you to relocate. I’ve even managed to check out the real estate and have marked them on the infalible ‘Trudeau Rating Scale’.

So just as soon as the Canadian Immigration website gets back online you can put your application in …

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Aussies in Whistler: Arse-hats or getting a bum wrap?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

Aussies in Whistler

With the news that Vail Resorts has confirmed the purchase of Whistler you can rest assured that means one thing: more Australians in the BC behemoth this season.

If you weren’t aware the Epic Pass has been available for a few years in Australia because of the Vail Group’s ownership of Perisher in NSW and now Whistler is part of their cache or resorts, pass holders are entitled to five days there in 2016/17.

Great say the many Aussies who have enjoyed an excellent product. But if some recent stories about what Aussies are like Whistler hold true will as many Canadians be as pleased?

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Whistler: Am I the only one who is a bit meh about it?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

I probably should love Whistler. But, like musical reality shows, eggplant and Brisbane – it just doesn’t rock my world. 

Ok, I get the concept. Frequently top-rated ski resort on the planet. A 1.6km vertical drop over two monstrous mountains. Twelve metres of snow in an average season (and talk of 1.2 metres in the next week would you believe). Massive village with every shop and dining option imaginable. Glaciers. Summer riding. Extensive mountain bike terrain. Easy access from a cool city like Vancouver. I’ve probably actually sold you …

Yet I’ve found the place hard to become infatuated with let alone form a meaningful relationship with. Here’s why.

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