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Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Hanging Out in Cortina

“Oh…what do I do now, Edoardo?” I yell back up tentatively to my smiley young mountain guide. The steel cable that my harness is securely clipped to has disappeared deep into the snow and the next cable is nowhere in sight. Although I’m in a crawl position, I’m so vertical, the back of my helmet … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Ciao Tonale!

One of Italy’s best-kept secrets is not just for freeriders. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue It was a blistering hot—but fateful—July day at the cottage back in 2017 when the call display on my ringing phone showed country code “+39.” Italy. A cheery voice from Milan prattled on about the possibility of … More »

Ready, Set, Go

For a few of us, the 2018-19 ski season has already begun; for most, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. But first, let me ask: How did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Hanging Out in Cortina

“Oh…what do I do now, Edoardo?” I yell back up tentatively to my smiley young mountain guide. The steel cable that my harness is securely clipped to has disappeared deep into the snow and the next cable is nowhere in sight. Although I’m in a crawl position, I’m so vertical, the back of my helmet … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Ciao Tonale!

One of Italy’s best-kept secrets is not just for freeriders. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue It was a blistering hot—but fateful—July day at the cottage back in 2017 when the call display on my ringing phone showed country code “+39.” Italy. A cheery voice from Milan prattled on about the possibility of … More »

Ready, Set, Go

For a few of us, the 2018-19 ski season has already begun; for most, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. But first, let me ask: How did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

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Outside Canada?