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Chic Scott’s new book Mount Assiniboine is like no other

The complete history of one of Canada's most famous peaks

Photo by: Paul Zizka

In his book Mount Assiniboine – The Story historian Chic Scott tells the story of 130 years of adventure, romance, hard work and dreams surrounding the famous peak. Scott is one of Canada’s leading authors about skiing and climbing. It was commissioned and published by Assiniboine Lodge.

The following is the press release, but we have yet to see the book. The descriptoin that we received doesn’t provide information as to whether it includes some or any Indigenous history of the area. We will have a more in-depth description and review at the end of February. 

All the characters are here: Walter Wilcox, the pioneer explorer of Mount Assiniboine; Sir James Outram, who, with his Swiss guides, first climbed the mountain; A.O Wheeler, who surveyed the area and was responsible for the creation of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park; the exotic nobleman, Marquis Nicolo d’Albizzi, who discovered the area in the 1920s and brought the first skiers to the mountain; Norwegian ski pioneer, Erling Strom, who ruled like a king over the area for 50 years; Lizzie Rummel, who was awarded the Order of Canada for her gracious ways at Assiniboine; Hans Gmoser, who got his start as a mountain guide at Mount Assiniboine; legendary ski guides Sam Evans and Ken Jones, the first Park Ranger; cowboys, Al Johnston, Charlie Hunter, Chuck Millar and Jim Bagley; Sepp and Barb Renner, who turned the lodge into the modern gem that it is today and Andre Renner, Claude Duchesne and Annick Blouin, who manage the lodge today and continue the tradition.

All the stories are included in this book — exploring and climbing the mountain, surveying the Great Divide and creating the Park, building Mount Assiniboine Lodge, the glory years of skiing at Assiniboine in the thirties, the pioneer pilots (Al Gaetz and Jim Davies), the plane crashes, the renovation of the lodge in 2011, right up to the challenges and romance of today. The extensive text (110,000 words) is accompanied by almost 400 images, mainly historic, and many which have never been seen before.

This is an epic and fascinating story worthy of the big screen, set below the most beautiful mountain in the world. Mount Assiniboine — The Story is a hard cover coffee table book with an elegant cloth cover with inlayed image, 9” x 12”, 336 pages, with 382 images (colour throughout). A collectors item, this book would make a great souvenir of your trip to Assiniboine or a present to a friend or loved one.

Order here. Shipping, local pick up in Canmore and local delivery in Revelstoke available. Please do not show up at our office for local pick up until you have received an email confirming your order is ready. Orders may require 2-4 business days processing time. Thanks for your patience. Book will also be for sale at Assiniboine Lodge. Any questions can be directed to info@assiniboinelodge.com.

Lead photo: Paul Zizka