Oh, the people you’ll meet

The cast of characters in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski domain, makes for good stories. by IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos ADAM STEIN “In my life, I have been in four avalanches,” Paolo tells us, as though he’s talking about après-ski bars he’s visited. “In one I was completely buried, but they didn’t have to search for … More »

Around the Bend – Arosa & Laax

On the road in Switzerland, you never know what adventures lie ahead. by IAIN MacMILLAN   Photos ADAM STEIN in December 2016 issue After flipping through hundreds of photos on his Nikon’s tiny screen, Adam, my Audi RS3 navigator, suddenly looks up and announces, “I don’t feel so good!” The 28-km twisty-turny road up to Arosa from … More »

Steeped in Culture

It was about this time last year when our middle-child, Meg, then in her final year of high school, decided our upcoming, and “last-ever,” March Break trip to France wasn’t ambitious enough and suggested we head across the pond early for a few extra days—in Turkey. Surprised that she knew Turkey was more than a … More »

George’s Gap Year

It’s fun to live vicariously through ski writers and photographers. This season you might just want to take it a step further and join one of them. I don’t personally know anyone, apart from Leslie Woit, who’s skied more places in the Alps than long-time Ski Canada contributor George Koch. As a teenager in the … More »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Notes from my excellent Swedish adventure

Circling above the airport at Stockholm has me wondering if I’ve actually left Ontario. The familiarity out the plane window of snow, forest, frozen lakes and rock below is incredible, it looks like Muskoka down there! Later, in the terminal, Swedish TSN is blasting from TVs above our heads. Only two channels: cross-country and alpine … More »

In Awe of Chamonix

The vastness of France’s iconic mountain destination was the perfect fit for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. STORY AND PHOTOS BY IAIN MacMILLAN in December 2015 issue Our group of nine stands like soldiers listening to our mountain guide, instructor and drill sergeant Eric bark out orders. With arms flailing, he gesticulates toward the massive … More »

A Celebration of Groomers

Everyone knows it but few like to admit it: the largest group of skiers is also the least sexy—the on-piste gang. I had a pretty typical teenage skier bedroom growing up, with walls adorned in heroic posters of The Kaiser and Stenmark in between the Crazy Canucks. The inspiration racing had on all skiers back then … More »

Helicopter Parenting

I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week with the guys,” admitted my new American friend Ted to me sheepishly while slurping down a steaming bowl of hearty beef-barley soup. “She was never … More »

5 Reasons to Love Verbier

Ski Canada readers discovered first-hand why Verbier is one of the iconic resorts of the Alps. _By IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos YVES GARNEAU If he went down there—and headed west…” said Yves, his voice trailing off as we both scanned the vast alpine scene of imposing jagged peaks, blue glaciers and enormous valleys below us, “well, he’s gone.” … More »