Best for Last at Island Lake Lodge

No matter where you are on the planet, it’s a wonderful thing to wake up to the delicate sound of snowflakes falling. Some places are better than others.  Shaking sleep from my eyes at Island Lake Lodge near Fernie, BC, the hum of the snowcat greets us as rosy clouds peeled back their curtains to […]


My name is Nazima Khairzad. I am 19 years old, and I am a skier. I was born in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province, a year after the fall of the Taliban. Up until a few months ago, it was the only home I ever knew. That’s when they returned. That’s when everything changed. Nazira Khairzad (far left), […]

The Definition of Happiness at Island Lake Lodge

“Would your ten years ago self be happy with where you’re at in life, right now?”  Conor Pelton took me by surprise with the question. It may have been New Year’s Eve, but it hadn’t really dawned on me yet that we were about to end the decade. I took my time to answer. Had […]

Hitting The Curve at Island Lake Lodge

Life throws curveballs, and they don’t always have to suck. How we handle them determines the outcome. In fact, curveballs can be opportunistic gifts, delivered without warning to test our grit, our footing, and what we’re made of. I’ve been thrown a few pivotal curveballs that form the connect-the-dots story of my life. And I’d be lying […]

The Fourth Dimension

Physicists have proven our universe exists in four dimensions, but there are certain places where you can glimpse—just for a moment—one dimension beyond that realm. For some, it’s the depths of a painting, for others a guitar solo. For decades, legends from Scot Schmidt to Craig Kelly have found this transcendence at Island Lake Lodge, […]


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