About Steph Florian

A resident of the North Shore and avid Weekend Warrior, slowing TV Host Stephanie down just doesn’t happen. Always chasing her next ‘adventure’, Vancouver’s active wonder-woman spends her time on the mountain, in the surf, on the mat and playing with her 2 boys.

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The Yukon: Canada’s True North

The time is now to gift yourself a getaway to the Yukon, Canada’s epic, true north wilderness treasure. A nugget of gold north of the BC border, the Yukon is the ultimate snowshoe and adventure destination that should be at … Continue reading


Big White: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Large and in charge! That pretty much sums up Big White Ski Resort. They don’t call this resort BIG for nothing. A big mountain complete with big snow banks, big runs, big white outs, big parties and of course big … Continue reading


Silver Star Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

The next stop on the magical, mystical BC champagne powder sampler is Silver Star Resort. Think Candyland meets Santa’s Workshop. Silver Star shines like a diamond among BC’s epic ski resorts. Famous for its cheery ambiance and movie set … Continue reading


Sun Peaks Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Older than Whistler, Sun Peaks Resort recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. With the charm of a European ski resort, Sun Peaks in beautiful British Columbia has a Mayor, celebrity ski queen, a slopeside grade school called the Discovery Centre for … Continue reading


Ho Ho Ho Gear for Her!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there… bringing with him a big sack of new gear, to enhance her adventures in the New Year. But with so many gear … Continue reading


Whistler Cornucopia 2014 – By Night

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‘Tis the Season for Après! Whistler’s Cornucopia – By Night

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Whistler Cornucopia 2014 – By Day

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‘Tis the Season for Après! Whistler’s Cornucopia – By Day

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Whistler Cornucopia 2014 – The Morning After

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Training Tips from Whistler’s Fitness Guru

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‘Tis the Season for Après! Whistler’s Cornucopia – The Morning After

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Warming-Up to Après at Cornucopia

With Whistler Blackcomb Mountain declaring an early opening day of November 22, it’s no surprise that even the locals welcome Cornucopia Wine and Food Festival every year with open arms and open pocket books. Cornucopia offers guests a golden pre-season … Continue reading


Werk It Out, Ladies!

Call them flashy, funky or fun….Eagle Rock Werkshop high-performance fitness leggings will make your bottom half look hotter than hot.

Werkshop leggings are like wearing art as a second skin. Never before has the fitness-wear industry produced a product this … Continue reading


Now this is epic…

Mia Melon, inventors of functional and fashion forward waterproof outerwear for the ladies is a hip and local company born and raised in BC. Their patented #weatherproofme outerwear fabric is impermeable to wet weather and beyond street cool. It is … Continue reading


Ladies, Meet Your New BFF: The Columbia Sportswear Arcadia II Rain Jacket

No matter what season it is, having a breathable go-to rain shell on hand for light showers and coastal soakers is a no-brainer. You need to have one on hand at all times. The question is which one to buy … Continue reading


Gear Review: Columbia Millennium Blur Jacket and Pants

I am wearing the Millennium Blur Jacket Hyper Purple Size Medium and Millennium Blur Pant in White Size Medium

Mother Nature is an unpredictable force. Thank goodness we, as adventurers, can count on Columbia Sportswear Company to produce innovative, reliable … Continue reading


Canadian-Made Faber Run Snowshoes – How Fast Can You Go?

Unless you run for exercise or compete in an occasional snowshoe race, you won’t clearly understand the technical terms I am about to mention until you personally strap on a pair of the 2.15-pound Faber Aluminum Run Snowshoes and experience … Continue reading


Doing the Yeti Stomp: Cypress Mountain Race Review

With ongoing race cancellations and lower than average event attendance across the province, the Yeti Snowshoe Series race on Cypress Mountain March 8 has been declared the final race of the season. We can blame the lower than average snowfall … Continue reading


FEAT Canada 2014 – March 7, Rio Theatre Vancouver

Lest we forget the most important focus: FUN!

On Friday March 7, 2014 the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC packed yet another full house. MEC clad adventurers were sitting on the edge of their seats aching for inspiration. FEAT speakers … Continue reading


24/604 – Fit and Fun – Mount Seymour Snowshoeing

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Panorama Mountain Village: The Happiest Place in BC

Pristine and secluded, Panorama Mountain Village is BC’s best kept secret. Nestled between three giants, the Bugaboos, Purcells and Rockies along the “Powder Highway,” upon arrival it feels as if you have been dropped into Never-Never Land.

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Strap on Your Snowshoes… it’s Time for The Yeti

This year marks the biggest Yeti Snowshoe Series in Canada to date since its inception in 2001. Good news for friends on the west coast. The snow has arrived just in time for the season’s opening weekend. Whether a beginner … Continue reading


Gear Review: Columbia Minx Moccasin

The UGG boot may finally have some stiff competition. I hate to compare but if you live anywhere with more than one season, you may be throwing your UGG boots out with the bath water. I consider the Columbia Sportswear … Continue reading


Mainstream Last First: A New Generation of Explorers

Can global warming, GORE-TEX and GPS be thanked for the much improved success rate of present day explorers?

Circa 1845 Captain Sir John Franklin only needed wool gloves, 50 pounds of chocolate and a ship to embark on his doomed … Continue reading


A Snowshoeing Video Using a GoPro Hero3

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Snowshoeing with a GoPro Hero3

Nothing beats a sporty life filled with adventure. Wrong. Nothing beats a sporty life filled with adventure with a GoPro. It’s the easiest most advanced way to capture, edit, flaunt, share and relive your latest and greatest adventures. For those … Continue reading


Dion Snowshoes – Fly To The Finish Line

I’m tempted to rename Dion Snowshoes Air-Campbells because it was mountain runner Adam Campbell who turned me on to the brand. He was right when he suggested I gear up in a pair of Dion Snowshoes before running my first … Continue reading


Local Adventurers Flock to the Rio Theatre for FEATCanada

The SOLD OUT FEATCanada, Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver was buzzing with local adventurers and athletic types eagerly awaiting their role models and peers for inspiration. The event was intimate and “cool,” complete with … Continue reading


Pair the KEEN Revel With the KEEN Olympus Sock

Although the snowshoe season is still going strong, I’ve given myself a few months to properly test and review the KEEN Revel Winter Hiking Boot.  They still look and feel brand new after months of wear and abuse.

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Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series Race Report – Vancouver

Due to days of heavy rainfall in the Vancouver area, the British Columbia Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series on March 2 at Mount Seymour had to be pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

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Columbia Knows How to Put Power in a Down Jacket

Let’s just call it love at first sight. I hadn’t even put the jacket on when my heart skipped a beat. Everything about the Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket caught my attention and drew me in.

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Vancouver’s Ultimate Fit Test: The Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run, February 9

Don’t miss your chance to milk the new B.C. Family Day Long weekend for all it’s worth. Test your stamina and physical performance racing the best butt-blasting snowshoe workout Vancouver has to offer: The Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run. … Continue reading


Columbia Omni-Heats Up… The Battle of the Base Layer

With so much competition among base layer brands, the battle of the base layer is on! Not only does it take time to properly review a critical piece of gear, the verification of claims by high-tech gear manufacturers like Columbia’s … Continue reading


If You Can Snowshoe, You Can Race The Yeti

“If you can walk you can snowshoe” has become a household phrase. According to Adam Campbell of the 5 Peaks Winter Adventure Series, The Yeti is well worth a try for beginners.  I was inspired to meet up with Adam … Continue reading


Snowshoe with a Smile

We’ve all been hammered with the importance of hydration on the human body. Whether you’re an athlete, recreational outdoor enthusiast or a plain old human being existing on planet earth, we all share the survival instinct. Water keeps our bodies … Continue reading


Snow Style – FERA has it Down

I do pride myself on having some sense of fashion style even in the back country. Gear is great, but stylish gear is even better. So, since style is one of my main deciding factors when choosing new gear, I … Continue reading


I Scream You Scream – Screamer Hats

We all scream for practical, functional, colorful winter head fashion no matter what part of the world we play in. From the Swiss Alps to Mongolia and even Uzbekistan – cold countries across the map rely on Screamer Hats for … Continue reading


#Winteriscoming

The doomsday arrival of endless darkness has finally descended upon us. Daylight Saving Time, the recent communal setting back of our clocks across the continent has dawned light on what I like to call “the waiting period” we currently linger … Continue reading


No. 9 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Grouse Mountain, British Columbia

On a clear day the view from Grouse Mountain will leave you breathless. It is undeniably the most accessible outdoor playground Vancouver has to offer and definitely lives up to its alternate name, the PEAK of Vancouver. Due to its … Continue reading


No. 7 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, Oregon

The word “Wanderlust” stems from the merging of two German words—wander (to hike) and lust (desire). Substitute hiking for snowshoeing and then you can connect to the resort’s choice of using the term Wanderlust as it relates to the world … Continue reading


No. 6 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

Welcome to Sun Valley Resort—the American Shangri-La. A permanently happy mountain town paradise isolated from the outside world in Ketchum, Idaho. Easily accessible from any major city, you can even catch a direct flight from Seattle or L.A. straight into … Continue reading


No. 2 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

Snow-capped Rocky Mountains and sunshine 300 days of the year—the state of Colorado forever remains an outdoor sports adventurer’s dream. Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado—”Not exactly roughing it.” How many American resorts can organically create a fusion of European luxury resort … Continue reading


No. 1 Snowshoe-friendly Ski Resort: Mt. Seymour, British Columbia

Mt. Seymour is a magical wonderland nestled in the heart of the North Shore, only minutes from downtown Vancouver where snowshoers, boarders, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts share mountain life harmoniously.

Photo courtesy of Mt. Seymour.

Planning the ultimate snow “playcation” … Continue reading