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Alberta’s Top 10 Restaurants: Hotspots & Hidden Gems

Rebekah May 15th, 2019

Alberta is full of hotspots and hidden gems that offer good food and have that all important welcoming & warm atmosphere. The Ski Independence team have spent many hours in the Canadian Rockies, and between us we’ve compiled a guide to our favourite restaurants. Perfect after a day in the mountains working up an appetite.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria – Jasper

Famoso imports its ovens and key ingredients from Naples, & Campania in a bid to serve the best Pizza outside of Italy. The restaurant has a fun & lively atmosphere – perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes. From Pizzas to Pasta, there’s something for all at this restaurant. This family friendly restaurant has a great reputation with locals and regular visitors alike, and we can see why.

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Monster Terrain Expansion at Panorama, BC

Nick October 4th, 2017

During a road-trip across British Columbia in Canada last winter, I had the opportunity to test myself in Taynton Bowl, Panorama’s signature high alpine terrain offering some of Canada’s most legendary inbounds adventure skiing. On the same trip I learnt a little about the terrain expansion Panorama has recently announced for winter 2017/18.

Terrain Expansion Panorama

The obligatory photo at the Summit

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Big White Masters Ski Weeks 2017

Vicky July 27th, 2017

Masters Big White

The fantastic Big White Masters Ski Weeks are tailored specifically towards skiers and boarders aged 50+, looking to meet like-minded snowsports fans. These week-long programmes include top ski coaching over 5 half days, a bit of après-ski, good conversation and plenty of social events and entertainment – surely a winning formula!
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Fly like an Eagle – Zip Trek Eco Tour

Nick July 29th, 2016
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Ziplining in the snow. Credit to: Tourism Whistler

Zip Trek Eco Tours are a hair raising pursuit come snow or sun, operating throughout the winter and summer seasons they provide the perfect après-ski activity for kids (6 and over) and grown-ups alike. My family, particularly my two teenage sons, were determined to try out this high flying adventure on our recent Summer holiday to Whistler – we weren’t disappointed!  Read the rest of this entry »

Winter 2013/2014 in Silver Star

Vicky November 20th, 2013

Tim Fitzgerald from Silver Star Mountain Resort has written an update on winter 2013/2014 in Silver Star and has put together his list of recommendations on how to get the most of our your trip.

From its humble beginnings as a local ski hill in the late ’50s, Silver Star Mountain Resort has evolved into a world-class winter holiday destination. Renowned for its amazing light, dry snow and crowned as one of Canada’s favourite family resorts, guests visiting from around the world continue to experience the charm of our quaint resort village. The vibrant architecture helps distinguish Silver Star as one of the most colourful and welcoming resorts in Western Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Powder Playground

The Team March 14th, 2012

Dry, light, Canadian Rockies powder and lots and lots of it!  Ski resorts all over Alberta and British Columbia are currently experiencing some of the best conditions this season.  In the past 72 hours Whistler has welcomed 85cm of fresh powder bringing their cumulative snowfall this season to a massive 1015cm.  Close behind them are the resorts of Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, which make up the Banff-Lake Louise ski area, who have also seen upwards of 1 metre in recent weeks.  One person lucky enough to have experienced this is Catriona, our Banff Lake Louise rep who has sent us this update on conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Snowing!

The Team October 12th, 2011

As resorts across the southern hemisphere close their doors to skiers and boarders it’s now the turn of Europe, the USA and Canada to get in on the action.  After a week of newsletters bombarding my inbox with “It’s Snowing” in the subject line I’m in no doubt we’ve now seen the first significant snowfall of the 2011/12 season on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Europe, the Swiss Alps were the winners with up to 80cm of fresh snow falling.  In France, Les Menuires in the Three Valleys also fared well with up to 40cm and Chamonix, Courchevel and Meribel awoke to a moderate covering of snow on Sunday morning.  After a month of no resorts being open in France, Tignes re-opened the Grande Motte Glacier which will now remain open all the way through until May 2012.

Monday morning in Chamonix under the Autannes chairlift. Photo: Compagnie du Mont-Blanc

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler – It’ll be hard to leave…

The Team August 1st, 2011

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler in April and needless to say when my time was up, I didn’t want to leave…

Without a shadow of a doubt, this hotel deserves it reputation, it’s Whistler’s flagship property but it’s more than just another luxury hotel. It really does have a great slope side location – I don’t think I’ve ever actually stayed somewhere and been able to ski right back to the door, but you can here. I stayed in a Mountain View Suite which was huge and had great view of the mountains and Blackcomb slopes. I had a sitting room, 2 bathrooms and an amazing bed, it’s well worth the upgrade! Read the rest of this entry »

Kate & William’s Banff Getaway

The Team July 8th, 2011

Everybody needs a break these days. After weeks of speculation on where the Royal couple would find quiet personal time during their whirlwind tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally chose Skoki Lodge in Banff National Parkfor a very special overnight getaway. Read the rest of this entry »

Big White – Big Deal!

The Team June 10th, 2011

If you’re looking for ski holidays with lots of snow, ski in/ ski out accommodation, a whole heap of terrain and a great family resort, then how about Big White in British Columbia? Here’s why we love skiing in Big White…

It’s The Snow!

Big White’s motto “It’s the Snow” exists for a reason! Over 750 cm of light, dry, fluffy Okanagan Champagne powder falls annually in Big White – you can have fresh tracks for days as the slopes are so quiet!

Ski-In Ski-Out Convenience

No matter if you’re looking for a luxury condo or a budget studio, you can spoil yourself with the massive convenience of ski in/ ski out accommodation in Big White – there is so much choice for all budgets and tastes.

Ski in/ ski out accommodation in Big White

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