Hola Snows Besties (see what I did there) Snow banter may be our business but it’s also our life love. I remember falling in love, the first time skiing north of the equator. You never forget it really, all that deep winter powder, different accents, après rituals and the people, oh the people. My first time was in Colorado, a dream trip from Denver to Vail to Beaver Creek, Aspen and Telluride. I was hooked. I’ve lost count of how many northern resorts and adventure heli, cat and backcountry experiences I’ve had in the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe since. The friends I’ve made, memories created, good times and eyes wide opened have already lasted a lifetime. Skiing and snowboarding is a bonding experience, it brings strangers together across shores and creates a high vibrational energy few leisure sports can come close to. The combination of mountain landscapes, physical challenge and chairlift chats remind us all we’re alive and living, not just surviving. After the last two years of mental and pandemic stress, we’re all itching to click into our skis and snowboards again and feel the freedom of floating on deep powder, cutting through buttery groomers and dining on s’mores, katsu don, fondue, poutine and the like. This is our first SnowsBest e-mag and we’ve gone overboard with 70 of pages dedicated to northern hemisphere skiing and snowboarding. From the highest peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the backcountry gems of Europe, the steeps and deeps of the USA and the wonder of Japan, we’ve curated the best snow loving writers to inspire your northern dreaming. Go north and prosper. Rach aka Miss Snow It All Rachael Oakes-Ash IG/FB @misssnowitall

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