On the edge at otherworldly Mount Assiniboine

The wonder of Assiniboine’s infinite blanket of brilliant white snow is like a dream you can’t wait to return to

On the edge at otherworldly Mount AssiniboineMT. ASSINIBOINE, B.C. – We have always been told that silence is golden. It turns out, it is not. Silence is pure, blinding white. It surrounds you with countless tiny crystals of powder-dry snow, trillions and trillions of little sound baffles that snuff out any sound other than the crunch of your own footsteps, the…

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?

Plus, warm up for less on the Tahitian islands, Alt Hotel opens in Calgary and the best ski months are still to come

Who’s most likely to check their inbox while on holiday?Anyone who’s said millennials are slackers at work have it wrong. Studies reveal that members of that generation, born between 1981 and 1996, have a strong work ethic that extends to when they’re on vacation. A new study by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a travel insurance company, recently asked more than 2,000 Canadians about their…

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitude

Jasper's spectacular ski resort may offer slopes less travelled but it certainly deserves wider attention

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitudeCue the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Duct tape a sombrero onto your helmet. Find a half-burned cigarillo (good luck!) to chomp on. The bad boys have arrived at Marmot Basin, Alberta’s quieter, family-friendly Rocky Mountain ski resort in Jasper National Park. These new rascals are Tres Hombres – a series…

Pleasure and pain: tree skiing at Whistler

The 2010 Olympics ended nearly eight years ago but the party carries on. The hills and streets echo with languages and accents from around the globe

Pleasure and pain: tree skiing at WhistlerI was navigating a black-diamond run at the end of our last day in Whistler. The path dropped through a steep mogul field, then narrowed to a single track in thick forest. I veered hard right through a tiny opening between two Douglas fir trees. I emerged blindly from the dark boughs. Terra firma vanished.…

Get your vitamin D and do good in the Caribbean

Travel tips: Nordic baths in the Alberta Rockies, music and craft beer festivals for ski enthusiasts, and portable speakers for your next getaway

Get your vitamin D and do good in the CaribbeanBeginning with this column, noted travel writer Lisa Monforton will provide insider tips on new and popular travel destinations, hotel deals, gadget reviews, and unique and affordable experiences for Canadian travellers. If you're wondering how you might afford that surf-and-sand holiday in the sunny Caribbean, here's an idea to consider. In the wake of the…

At Boulder Hut, every ski turn comes after a lot of (uphill) effort

Boulder Hut in the Purcell Range of southeastern British Columbia offers a rustic – and fabulous – backcountry skiing experience

At Boulder Hut, every ski turn comes after a lot of (uphill) effortThere are no baths or showers at Boulder Hut. Cleanup after a day of strenuous backcountry skiing involves soaping up in a wood-fired sauna, then dumping a bucket of water over your head. To my surprise, a fellow guest – fit, naked and female – offered to do the pouring. I reluctantly acquiesced. Thereafter, the absence…

From a bohemian past, Taos, N.M. crafts a family-friendly future

The area is full of surprises, from the Earthship environmental community, to the dazzling galleries, to the jaw-dropping Rio Grande Gorge, to Taos Ski Valley

From a bohemian past, Taos, N.M. crafts a family-friendly future[slideshow_deploy id='113751'] TAOS, N.M. Mar. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Carpio Bernal Watercrow carries his age with dignity and a certain style. With his tied-back salt-and-pepper hair, his tanned brown skin and leathery hands, he has the stereotypical look of the wise tribal elder from a Hollywood western. Bernal is from one of a handful…

Exploring the wonder of Assiniboine’s ski mecca

The wonder of Assiniboine’s infinite blanket of brilliant white snow is like a dream you can’t wait to return to

Exploring the wonder of Assiniboine’s ski mecca[slideshow_deploy id='107397'] MOUNT ASSINIBOINE, B.C. Nov. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – There’s something about grinding your way up a mountain on a pair of skinned skis that makes you truly appreciate the trip down. You’ve literally worked your tail off for this moment, and you’re going to enjoy it. As our group of skiers floated with…

Heli-skiing a hell of a ride

"I spend money on really dumb things. And I don't think this is one of them"

Heli-skiing a hell of a rideINVERMERE, B.C. The fully loaded Bell 212 helicopter lumbers its way through snow-capped peaks and plunging valleys, cruises over a 100-metre tall cliff and settles on a narrow rock ridge that reveals a sprawling bowl full of untouched snow before us. We 11 adventures slip out of the chopper, and huddle just a couple of…