Bamboo ski pole comeback


Everything old turns new again, and ski poles are no exception. First manufactured out of bamboo in the early days of skiing, ski pole construction switched to steel, and then aluminum in the late 1950s. Today poles can be made from any of these materials, or from more costly composites like carbon fibre or graphite. Or, they can be made from bamboo. Blake Andreassen is a lifelong skier, coach and FIS Technical … [Read more...]

Tod Mountain Coffee House Doi Chaang Tasting

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The team at SPIN Newsmagazine were fortunate enough to be invited to sample one of the world's most expensive coffees. Tod Mountain Coffee House and Crêperie located at Sun Peaks Resort, hosted an afternoon tasting session to sample Doi Chaang Coffee's "Wild Thai Civet Coffee." So just how expensive is this coffee? While not currently available for sale at  Tod Mountain Coffee a small 50 gram tin of coffee … [Read more...]

From Russia with love… and wine… and vodka


The Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival's event "From Russia with love... and wine... and vodka" at the Globe Cafe featured the delightful Cipes Ice sparkling wine from Summerhill Pyramid Winery of Kelowna, B.C., and extraordinary Kelowna-distilled Spirit Bear Vodka and spirits of Urban Distilleries. The Cipes Ice was paired with oysters on the half shell from Cortes Island, B.C., and P.E.I, as well as oysters … [Read more...]