Snow Zone

Fall Lines

Golden Powder Pass

This winter, Alberta and B.C. residents are eligible for a sweet deal at
Kicking Horse Resort near Golden, B.C. A Powder Pass is available for
purchase until December 24 for only $20, unless you attended Warren Miller
back in October, where free passes were included in the admission goodie bag.
Once activated online, passholders receive 40 per cent off every time they
buy a lift ticket at the resort.

Surviving avalanches

Backcountry skiing and boarding can be hazardous and should not be attempted
without proper training. If you do go and the unfortunate happens, here are
some tips for survival as recommended by the RECCO avalanche system. Please
keep in mind that statistically only one in three buried victims
survive.

Try to escape to the side and/or grab a tree or rock.

If you are knocked down, get rid of your skis and poles.

Get your hands in front of your face to create an air pocket.

Fight the avalanche by rolling to the side.

If buried, try thrusting up a hand or foot.

Don’t forget that you should always carry at least a shovel and an
avalanche transceiver when heading into the backcountry.

A snowy fort

Significant and regular snowfalls have got staff at Castle Mountain Resort
scrambling to prepare the hill for an early opening. That’s right: this
isn’t a typo. After struggling to open by Christmas for the past two
seasons, this year all those snow dances appear to be paying off. Originally
scheduled to open on December 17, it looks like they’ll be able to
start the lifts up on December 10 for a couple of days before they open for
good on the following weekend. By Monday morning the mid-mountain base was 90
centimetres, and that’s a good start to the season.

Snow jobs at Rabbit Hill

If you love boarding or skiing and you want to make a little extra cash, try
working for Rabbit Hill. Not only do you get to ski and board there for free,
but you get great reciprocal rates as well, including freebies at the
mountain resorts.

Lake Louise alliance

On January 14-15, Lake Louise will be hosting the Celebrity Sport
Invitational. Hollywood celebs, socialites, and high-profile athletes will
join Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his family at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Celebrity Sport Invitational to raise money for environmental protection
group the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Bow Riverkeeper is Alberta’s
Waterkeeper program. Promoting clean water and healthy, sustainable river
systems is their goal. V

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