Ski Canada Magazine

Island Tours – The 5,040 Peak Hut

One of the first public backcountry huts on Vancouver Island opened for skiing in January. The 5,040 Peak Hut sits at 1,350m on a subalpine ridge above the highway between Port Alberni and Tofino. Most winters the area receives huge amounts of snow—the average snowpack at the hut is more than four metres. And it’s … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … More »

Best of Skiing 2019

Our annual look at what’s new, improved, funny and downright worthy of praise about skiing at home. Here are our ‘Best’ awards for 2019: by LESLIE WOIT in Winter 2019 issue NOT QUITE THE GREYHOUND We’ll miss the Hound, if only in spirit. There are still cool ways to travel the mountains. All aboard the snow train to … More »

Rotational Angulation

In skiing, often our main goal is to link a series of turns to create a sequence. While generally round, these turns can take many shapes, depending on our speed (fast, medium, slow or anywhere in-between) and the slope (steep, moderate or flat). For instance, on a steep slope going at a fast speed you … More »

Putting on a New Face – Panorama BC

The opening of Panorama’s monstrous freeride terrain adds to its well-known cruising reputation. Three turns in The Monster rears its head. The boot-top fluff is so good, so predictable, I start opening up the speed. By turn three, I’m mach-cruising, floating on top in wide-open terrain, feeling so confident I take my eyes off the … More »

Get Into the Spirit

Nothing screams “cozy winter vacation” quite like a crackling fire in a log cabin. Perfectly situated on the Highway 33 ski run in the middle of Big White Ski Resort, White Spirit Lodge takes Canadian log home expertise to the next level. This 10,000+-sq-foot luxury palace is hand-built by world-famous Pioneer log homes from aromatic … More »

Havin’ a Time – Marble Mt. Newfoundland

Nobody said skiing The Rock was easy, but it’s definitely worth the adventure. The last time I skied Newfoundland was 1989. Back then, Marble Mountain had a slightly mythical reputation in Eastern Canada. Essentially, it was a local ski hill servicing the small town of Corner Brook and surrounding communities. What made it sparkle was … More »

Let’s Talk About Feelings

Becoming a great skier is about learning from experience, considering past performance, thinking about what went right but, equally important, what went wrong. Most skiers base their attempts at analysis in outcomes. It’s easy to point to results such as “Holy smokes, I slayed those bumps,” or perhaps more often, “Oh man, I just couldn’t … More »

Island Tours – The 5,040 Peak Hut

One of the first public backcountry huts on Vancouver Island opened for skiing in January. The 5,040 Peak Hut sits at 1,350m on a subalpine ridge above the highway between Port Alberni and Tofino. Most winters the area receives huge amounts of snow—the average snowpack at the hut is more than four metres. And it’s … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … More »

Best of Skiing 2019

Our annual look at what’s new, improved, funny and downright worthy of praise about skiing at home. Here are our ‘Best’ awards for 2019: by LESLIE WOIT in Winter 2019 issue NOT QUITE THE GREYHOUND We’ll miss the Hound, if only in spirit. There are still cool ways to travel the mountains. All aboard the snow train to … More »

Rotational Angulation

In skiing, often our main goal is to link a series of turns to create a sequence. While generally round, these turns can take many shapes, depending on our speed (fast, medium, slow or anywhere in-between) and the slope (steep, moderate or flat). For instance, on a steep slope going at a fast speed you … More »

Putting on a New Face – Panorama BC

The opening of Panorama’s monstrous freeride terrain adds to its well-known cruising reputation. Three turns in The Monster rears its head. The boot-top fluff is so good, so predictable, I start opening up the speed. By turn three, I’m mach-cruising, floating on top in wide-open terrain, feeling so confident I take my eyes off the … More »

Get Into the Spirit

Nothing screams “cozy winter vacation” quite like a crackling fire in a log cabin. Perfectly situated on the Highway 33 ski run in the middle of Big White Ski Resort, White Spirit Lodge takes Canadian log home expertise to the next level. This 10,000+-sq-foot luxury palace is hand-built by world-famous Pioneer log homes from aromatic … More »

Havin’ a Time – Marble Mt. Newfoundland

Nobody said skiing The Rock was easy, but it’s definitely worth the adventure. The last time I skied Newfoundland was 1989. Back then, Marble Mountain had a slightly mythical reputation in Eastern Canada. Essentially, it was a local ski hill servicing the small town of Corner Brook and surrounding communities. What made it sparkle was … More »