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Biting the Hand?

by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2018 issue “Things are back to perfect now that most of the bloody tourists have effed off.” The place was St. Anton, Austria. The time was near season’s end. The speaker? In this historically dirt-poor farming village that winter tourism had transformed into a magnet for famous and wealthy international … More »

A Supreme Ruling – Jumbo Glacier

The highest court in the land has given its go-ahead to skiing on Jumbo. by GEORGE KOCH in the Winter 2018 issue In a sane world, the biggest question surrounding Jumbo Glacier Resort right now would be, “When are they going to upgrade some of these 20-year-old lifts?” After all, the project was green-lighted back … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

Destination Disentis

A small Swiss Alps resort with enormous off-piste terrain was first choice for a boisterous group of Ski Canada readers. Adam, stop talking, you’re exhausting yourself!” by GEORGE KOCH in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Sweat runs in rivulets down the florid face of the chatty Ski Canada Readers’ Trip photographer, smearing his sunscreen, stinging his … More »

Ride the Stagecoach – Castle Mt.

GEORGE KOCH’s tail-guiding experience at Castle Mountain’s cat-ski operation gave him a unique perspective on powder. in Winter 2017 issue I discovered some things about myself as a middle-aged skier: I don’t actually mind untangling train wrecks, and there’s intense joy in seeing a complete stranger make his or her first powder turns. For the past … More »

A Chile Reception

The jagged Andean peaks of Portillo and the mysterious volcano of Corralco are a unique combination of what South American skiing has to offer. by George Koch Photos Liam Doran in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue A culpeo lolled on a sun-heated boulder in the afternoon glow, stretching and displaying its glossy grey fur as it turned indulgently … More »

The Making of a Mountain

It’s not your average night at an average Royal Canadian Legion. And definitely not a typical public meeting to tell the locals about a gigantic ski resort development proposed for nearly undeveloped wilderness in their backyard. Instead of the usual few vets and their pals quietly visiting over rye or rum and Cokes, Branch No. … More »

A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

Of Two Minds

A week in the Alps for GEORGE KOCH allowed time to explore both Lech and Engelberg. from December 2015 issue Winding towards my beloved Arlberg region of Austria on a bright March afternoon, running my eyes far up and across terrain I’d been dying to ski for the first time in a dozen years, I … More »

Hit the Road

Wolf Creek, Durango, Silverton & Telluride Connect the Dots on a southern Colorado Road Trip BY GEORGE KOCH    PHOTOS SCOTT D.W. SMITH “Step on it, we’re running late! Slow down, you’re tailgating! Watch out, it’s slippery. Oh, see that art gallery, can we stop?” Pre-skiing excitement manifests itself in varying ways, especially when one … More »

Biting the Hand?

by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2018 issue “Things are back to perfect now that most of the bloody tourists have effed off.” The place was St. Anton, Austria. The time was near season’s end. The speaker? In this historically dirt-poor farming village that winter tourism had transformed into a magnet for famous and wealthy international … More »

A Supreme Ruling – Jumbo Glacier

The highest court in the land has given its go-ahead to skiing on Jumbo. by GEORGE KOCH in the Winter 2018 issue In a sane world, the biggest question surrounding Jumbo Glacier Resort right now would be, “When are they going to upgrade some of these 20-year-old lifts?” After all, the project was green-lighted back … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

Destination Disentis

A small Swiss Alps resort with enormous off-piste terrain was first choice for a boisterous group of Ski Canada readers. Adam, stop talking, you’re exhausting yourself!” by GEORGE KOCH in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Sweat runs in rivulets down the florid face of the chatty Ski Canada Readers’ Trip photographer, smearing his sunscreen, stinging his … More »

Ride the Stagecoach – Castle Mt.

GEORGE KOCH’s tail-guiding experience at Castle Mountain’s cat-ski operation gave him a unique perspective on powder. in Winter 2017 issue I discovered some things about myself as a middle-aged skier: I don’t actually mind untangling train wrecks, and there’s intense joy in seeing a complete stranger make his or her first powder turns. For the past … More »

A Chile Reception

The jagged Andean peaks of Portillo and the mysterious volcano of Corralco are a unique combination of what South American skiing has to offer. by George Koch Photos Liam Doran in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue A culpeo lolled on a sun-heated boulder in the afternoon glow, stretching and displaying its glossy grey fur as it turned indulgently … More »

The Making of a Mountain

It’s not your average night at an average Royal Canadian Legion. And definitely not a typical public meeting to tell the locals about a gigantic ski resort development proposed for nearly undeveloped wilderness in their backyard. Instead of the usual few vets and their pals quietly visiting over rye or rum and Cokes, Branch No. … More »

A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

Of Two Minds

A week in the Alps for GEORGE KOCH allowed time to explore both Lech and Engelberg. from December 2015 issue Winding towards my beloved Arlberg region of Austria on a bright March afternoon, running my eyes far up and across terrain I’d been dying to ski for the first time in a dozen years, I … More »

Hit the Road

Wolf Creek, Durango, Silverton & Telluride Connect the Dots on a southern Colorado Road Trip BY GEORGE KOCH    PHOTOS SCOTT D.W. SMITH “Step on it, we’re running late! Slow down, you’re tailgating! Watch out, it’s slippery. Oh, see that art gallery, can we stop?” Pre-skiing excitement manifests itself in varying ways, especially when one … More »

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