Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in LINKing Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week.
This week we meet Pemberton, B.C. in a spectacular feature, find affordable accommodations in mountain towns (*gasp*) and count down 10 stoke-worthy ski films.
TURN 1: How Pemberton Became a Ski Town Without a Ski Area (Leslie Anthony/Powder Magazine)
This Leslie Anthony story is a piece of Powder Magazine perfection. This is why it’s still the best ski rag running.
The piece is a love letter to Pemberton, B.C., which is about 30 miles north of Whistler and has no resort, but is very much a ski town.
It’s not a regular profile of the place, instead looking at it through the eyes of its locals and through Leslie’s own adventures.
Pemberton, British Columbia, doesn’t look like much of a ski destination. In fact, on a blustery March day, it doesn’t look like much of anything. Mount Currie, whose heavily serrated north face lords over the valley, has its head in the clouds. The enormous talus cones spilling from its 7,550-vertical- foot system of dendritic chutes streaked by avy debris is the only sign of alpine action. There’s no hint of ski heritage, no cars with ski racks, no ski shop, no quaint Swiss cabins.Leslie Anthony/Powder Magazine
This is a LONG read, but well worth it. You might be surprised to see the names that call Pemberton home, but I most enjoyed seeing the town through the eyes of the people I didn’t already know.
Worth your time if you have a few minutes in front of the fire.
TURN 2: 8 Crazy Affordable Ski Hostels in the U.S. and Canada (Kassondra Cloos/Outside Magazine)
Skiing in North America almost always breaks the bank, but Kassondra Cloos’ compilation of some of the continent’s best mountain hostels could save you this season.
From Taos to Whistler and everything in between, Cloos takes a look at the charm of the mountain hostel.
The SnowMansion, in the artsy village of Arroyo Seco, has rooms varying from bunks for single travelers to private rooms for up to ten people (from $38). It’s about 20 minutes from both Taos Ski Village and the town of Taos—well worth an afternoon of exploration for its art galleries, incredible food, and historic homes.Kassondra Cloos/Outside Magazine
Especially if you’re traveling alone, these could all be great options for your next trip.
TURN 3: 10 Ski Films to Start the Winter (Freeride World Tour)
The Freeride World Tour produces better content than you’d think.
While it’s not really the beginning of ski season, I wanted to give you this compilation of 10 great ski films from the last year.
Some of the videos are embedded in the story, giving you quick access, while others are available on-demand, on Amazon Prime and elsewhere.
If you need to scratch your ski itch today, keep this list of films in mind.