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The Poor Boyz Productions crew spends two icy weeks in Edmonton’s urban playground.

As North America’s most populous northern city, Edmonton has been a home base to intrepid explorers and resource exploiters since before its inception in 1795. From the diamond miners and fur traders of yesteryear to the controversial oil-sands project dominating its current economy, there are riches to be grubbed up in these here parts. And there’s never been a shortage of those seeking their share of the goods.

Given its proximity to the pristine slopes of the northern Rocky Mountains (a mere 220 kilometres to the west) and its notorious winter climate, it’s reasonable to think Edmonton would also be a mecca for snow-sliding enthusiasts. It is, in a way, with a continent- leading four lift -accessed ski hills within its boundaries. But pervasive cold and Olympic glory-hogging by its Alberta neighbour to the south, Calgary, have conspired to keep the city off the alpine radar, and rendered it peripheral to the growing urbanski landscape. We thought we should do something about that.

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ORIGINALLY FEATURED IN SBC SKIER MAGAZINE - TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE IN ALL IT'S GLORY, HEAD OVER TO WWW.SBCSKIER.COM | AUTHOR: CHRIS O'CONNELL | PHOTO: DAN CARR | ISSUE 10.3

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