Experience The Mountain Parks Blog
...all about the Alberta-to-British Columbia mountain parks, including life in and around the parks. Not all our news and stories are here, though, so you might want to check our news section and Bob's "tweets" —conveniently placed in the upper right of each page.
We are sure by now you've seen the advertisements running on the right side of this website.
We carefully hand-picked through reputable affiliation agencies some relevant companies and not-for-profit organizations we felt would suit this website and our vision.
However we're looking for your feedback as we'll expand this website and its content through your vision too. So don't hesitate to drop us a few lines through our contact form.
As well we firmly want to open doors to local businesses and local non-profit organizations as we feel it's important to you and to the local communities we strongly support. We're actually in discussion with some "Friends of..." organizations to better serve their pursuits through partnership. Our goal is to shape this website as your one-stop before, during and after your outing.
So if you're interested in our support -as an individual, business, organization, etc.- we strongly recommend you to get in touch with us as we have the technical abilities to shape something for you, to help you out.
This website is yours, we're giving you here some empowerment to make it work for you.
Pretty soon and by popular demand we'll be launching our own full shopping experience. So stay tuned as we're going through the final technicalities.
Only 5 days left to submit your best photo or video and enter our 2009 Experience The Mountain Parks Contest!
Did you check the wonderful prizes you could win?
Leonardo DiCaprio has been spotted shopping at Cascade Plaza in Banff yesterday.
Some scenes of a new movie called "Inception" were shot in Kananaskis Country, during the past two weeks at the former ski resort called Fortress Mountain. According to some sources the shots were done as of yesterday. So we guess he and the crew are taking some time off now. The plot of the movie is not known yet and the movie will be out by the summer of 2010.
Yahoo! Another movie shot in the Canadian Rockies!
Some other big stars are part of the distribution though like Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine. Did you see one of them in town? Let us know.
Watch this video -below- put together by the Alberta Film Commission and you'll be surprised by the number of movies shot in Alberta and by the incredibly wonderful landscapes -and people- one can find. So let the stars talk about filming in Alberta!
Following on my previous post about avalanche awareness, there are some avalanche courses you might want to check.
Each year an increasing number of skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and climbers venture in the backcountry. Each year we regrettably count new people dying in avalanches.
Avalanche skills training courses exist and are essential first steps to safe winter backcountry outings. Those courses are provided by qualified Canadian Avalanche Association professionals.
There is even a snowmobile-specific course. The College of the Rockies Invermere Campus is proposing courses including avalanche terrain recognition, avalanche climatology, snow stability evaluation, alpine touring practices, avalanche accidents along with search and rescue techniques. These courses are not only geared towards professionals but also to outdoor enthusiasts looking at safety first.
Two courses - Avalanche Skills Training Level I - are already lined up and available:
So far this program was offered by Fernie Campus only but not Invermere Campus.
We checked their website but no information was given regarding this particular training course at the Invermere Campus.
So you're among the first ones to know, we hope you'll be the first ones to register to help you go through a safe winter.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, December 18, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and
Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, February 19, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and
Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost is $185 and includes reference book. Students will require their own beacon, probe and shovel. Class size is limited to 16.
To register or for more information, contact the College of the Rockies at 250-342-3210.
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