Charles "Chic" Scott

Chic Scott is a mountaineer, skier, guide, historian and author. He has dedicated his life to the mountains.

In 1967, with three companions, he made the first ski traverse across the icefields of the Continental Divide from Jasper to Lake Louise. Later that year, he and two companions made the first winter ascent of Mount Assiniboine. Since then, Chic has climbed extensively in the European Alps and was one of the first Canadians to climb in the Himalaya. He has continued to climb and ski in the Canadian mountains making several long ski traverses through the Columbia Mountains and climbing the east ridge of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain.

For the last 30 years Chic has been researching, writing and producing books about the Canadian mountains. To date he has published about a dozen books — ski guidebooks, biographies and history books. In 2014, Chic published Mountain Romantics — The Whyites of Banff, the story of Banff’s leading family. His most recent book, Mount Assiniboine — The Story, recently won the John Fry Award for Excellence from the International Skiing History Association.

Chic and his wife Kathy live in Banff, where they continue to ski and hike. His current project is a history of the Alpine Club of Canada.