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Yukon Winters

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Ice Cave

    On a spring hike to the ice cave near Haines Junction, we found that the ice cave looks more like a bridge. Neither did we cross that bridge nor did we go under it. After reading a CBC news story called “Once a local secret, visitors flock to... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: John Lenart

    Ode to Winter

    The warm winds of spring have brought with them the promise of little green shoots popping out of their seeds to generate the stuff of salads. There is a brief moment in our northern spring between the holding cold of winter and the heady 24-hour... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Gabriela Sgaga

    An Ice Road Adventure

    When I saw the post on Facebook from local Dawsonite Sarah Lenart, asking for two people to join her and friend Jeremy Herndl on a trip to Tuktoyaktuk from Inuvik via the winter ice road, I was elated. The ice road follows the Mackenzie River... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Fata Morgana and other Atmospheric Optics

    From "Don’s Descent," the small hill behind our house, one can look as far as Haines Junction. Mount Decoeli and Mount Archibald loom on the western horizon when skies are clear. In front of Decoeli, I can clearly make out Paint Mountain... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Jeff Brady and the Log Cabin Ski Society

    The Last Ski Race of the Year

    Volunteers are gearing up for the Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross country ski race is on March 25, but starting in early March volunteers were driving up to Log Cabin, B.C. from Skagway, Alaska two times a week to set tracks for the course... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, Photo: Courtesy of Claude Vallier

    Adventure and Great Powder

    Interest in backcountry skiing in the Yukon has taken off, especially among tourists, says backcountry ski expert and guide Claude Vallier. Vallier recently published a backcountry guide book to the Haines Pass, to accompany the guide book he... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Courtesy of EDI Environmental Dynamics Ltd.

    May the Force Be With You at This Year’s Hut to Hut Ski Event on Saturday

    The EDI Hut to Hut, taking place this Saturday, is a family, social event that aims to encourage skiers of all ages and ability to participate while discovering new trails and three trail huts. Those huts will be heated and stocked with... more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: courtesy of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club

    A Long Race for a Big Finish

    Registration is now open for the premiere Yukon Ski Marathon, hosted by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. The 50 km race is being held on Sunday, March 5 and begins at Mount Lorne, runs from there to Cowley Lake, then to Wolf Creek... more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    High on Life

    Between the years of 1991 and 2011 my husband and I used to pack up our son and drive to a mountain summit a few times every winter. They were once our favourite places to be: those white wide-open expanses. An active community of winter lovers... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Quest

    Brave and Bold

    “In the 2015 Yukon Quest, we were going up over Eagle Summit… it can be a real challenge, an extremely steep summit, and we'd heard terrible things about it. My dogs were amazing, barking, screaming with happiness, getting a high off of having to... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Julien Schroder

    Mush Rush

    Dog lovers and mushing aficionados alike will gather on Feb. 4 at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse to watch the start of the 2017 Yukon Quest. The day begins at 8 a.m., when the dog yard is open to the public and spectators can watch as the mushers... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

    Volunteering with the Yukon Quest

    We’ve followed the Yukon Quest over the internet for several years. When we came to Whitehorse a year ago, it was clear that we wanted to be part of this great race. We signed up as volunteers to experience this unique event up close, and we got... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    Skiing With Our Dog

    Whitehorse is not only lucky enough to be situated on Canada’s crowning jewel of cross country ski trails, but to have approximately ⅓ of that jewel welcome dogs! My dog happily wags her tail at the signs of going for a walk: puffy coats, warm... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Ben Horowitz

    Heading Out? Check it Out!

    For many Yukoners, enjoying the backcountry is an integral part of their lifestyle whether they love to ski, snow machine, snowshoe or run sled dogs. They rely on their own experiences and common sense to keep themselves safe. Some have tuned into... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    The Most Yukonic Night Ever

    The Yukon boasts of many iconic landscapes/experiences/situations and on one glorious night I experienced a few of them. The beginning was simple enough. Our church was putting on a bonfire retreat at a farm owned by a youth leader’s family... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Yukon Trees in Winter

    Trees that naturally grow in and around Whitehorse There are only three families of trees represented in the southwest Yukon. Sounds easy enough? It isn't, so don’t feel bad if you can’t see the trees for the forest. more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Glenda Koh

    Winter Sports Smackdown

    So much winter, so little time. With Yukon’s abundance of winter recreation options, how do you choose your sport? Here’s some analysis to help you get the best personal rate of return on your athletic investment. more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    The Lake Below

    If you have hiked up Kusawa Ridge, you may have spotted a rectangular lake below. This small lake is tucked away alongside the Kusawa Road, right beside the Takhini River and isn't visible from the road, from the river, nor from Kusawa Lake. This... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Nancy Ohm

    Waterbugs in Winter

    In the beginning of October, before it started snowing, there was a brief period when the thermometer dropped below zero Celsius long enough so that small lakes and ponds were able to freeze without the ice being mixed or covered with snow. A few... more

    Nov 30, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Yukon Biathlon Club

    It Takes Two

    Biathlon is an Olympic Sport that combines two incredibly different competitive activities. Which two incredibly different activities you ask? Biathlon is a combination of a cross country ski race and small-bore rifle marksmanship. In Europe, ... more

    Apr 21, 2016

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