The thump of helicopter rotors retreated into the basin leaving Coldsmoke founder Randy Breitenbach and his guide atop a mountain in the British Columbian backcountry. A heavy overnight snow dump blanketed the slopes in feet of fresh powder, and as the first rays of morning sun flashed above the toothy eastern peaks, a gust of wind lifted a tongue of powder from a crag, swirling it into the sky. The guide, long experienced, but no less enthralled by this elemental collaboration of earth, water, sky and light, remarked, “When the snow is perfect, it’s coldsmoke.” With this vision in mind Breitenbach founded the Coldsmoke Collective, a collection of companies promoting access to world-class backcountry ski and snowmobile adventures. Today, the collective includes Coldsmoke Apparel, Coldsmoke Winter Film, Powder Mountain Cat and Heli skiing and Whistler RV Park and Campground.
At Coldsmoke, we believe that you can improve upon the classics. We created Coldsmoke Apparel to bridge the gap between lumberjack durability, cutting edge technical performance and modern fit. Our mission is nothing less than creating the highest quality, best looking and most versatile outerwear on the market. To these ends, we design our gear at the Coldsmoke Basecamp in Venice, California and manufacture in Vancouver, British Columbia, using materials sourced from the world’s most advanced fabric mills. Become one with your environment. From the mountains to the city.
More than a brand, Coldsmoke is a culture of individuals who pursue joy among the elements. The chronicles showcases people, art, music, and design that give style to outdoor life, enriching it into a lifestyle. We see no boundaries between the joy of core winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, and all season pursuits like surfing, skateboarding, biking, climbing, and trekking. Coldsmoke Chronicles is the forum where we can all gather to celebrate our culture.
Every year the Coldsmoke Awards recognizes innovative films showcasing stories of winter life told from a fresh perspective. While “ski porn” will always be close to the heart of the Coldsmoke Awards, our team continues to search for films that showcase the joy of winter culture in all of its manifestations.The Coldsmoke Awards ceremony is a live event featuring music, film, MCs, filmmakers, and athletes. Together we celebrate great stories told through the art of film and the talented folks who create them, but in a wild “anything goes” spirit that winter mountain culture can call its own. In addition to the development of new talent, sports, and cinematic innovation, the Coldsmoke Awards prides itself on strengthening our winter community by contributing to non-profit organizations dedicated to the future of mountain culture.
Part of the Coldsmoke Collective, Powder Mountain Cat and Heli Skiing provides arguably the best cat and heli operation in B.C. Located just 20 minutes from the base of Whistler, Powder Mountain’s tenure includes 247,000 acres of the most amazing and easily accessible terrain anywhere in British Columbia. When it snows in Whistler, it snows even harder at Powder Mountain. Powder Mountain traditionally receives double to triple the snow from a storm cycle than Whistler Blackcomb. To step out of our heli or snowcat at the top of Powder Mountain, whether it’s your first time or your one hundredth, the image of endless, untouched powder with not a soul around to track it up – other than yourself – is an experience you’ll remember forever. No matter what your powder ability or level of expertise, we have runs for you. Our fully certified heliski guides will take you into the backcountry to experience powder skiing and riding as it should be: un-tracked, un-hurried, un-crowded, and simply unbelievable. If you want to ski or ride unparalleled powder on your next trip to Whistler, you want to come skiing with Powder Mountain.
Whistler RV Park and Camping is the only “in and out” snowmobile accessible RV park in the region. Nestled in the alpine forests of the spectacular Coast Mountain Range, you’ll wake each morning to breathtaking views of Black Tusk and Whistler Mountain. Open year round and located only 90 minutes drive from Vancouver, the park offers 104 acres, with 102 fully serviced RV sites and 44 seasonal private tent sites. Whistler RV Park and Campground is the perfect base for your mountain adventures. Hike to the 200 foot waterfall at Brandywine Provincial Park, mountain bike world class trails, fly fish, golf, white water raft, ski, snowboard, ATV, zip-line, canoe, bungee jump, horseback ride, dive into crystal clear lakes, or just sit back and soak in the fresh mountain air and the beauty of the forest.
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