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Banff, Banff National Park, mountains, ski, skiing -

As the sun starts to sink out of sight earlier in the evening, the air turns crisp and cold, and the snow line creeps further and further down the mountainsides, it’s no secret that winter is just around the corner. Anticipation has been building since the haze of summer smoke appeared in the valley, and for some, since the call of “last chair” in May. While it’s easy to froth over the latest films being premiered at iF3 or Banff Film Fest, or to pour over the latest gear drops and tech updates, don’t forget a few key steps in...

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Banff, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, mountains, ski, skiing -

At 4,200 acres, Lake Louise is one the largest and most versatile ski resorts in Canada – if not the world. Wrangling that terrain is a small but dedicated team: the Lake Louise Trail Crew, or more candidly known: the “Organic Snow Farmers Association of Lake Louise”. With a crew of only nine, OSFALL is a small, but incredibly pertinent piece of the puzzle when it comes to turning Lake Louise into an operational ski resort each winter. With five years at the Lake, three of which with OSFALL, Shelby Charkowy is the sole female on the crew this year...

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