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Map Your Bucket List

You don’t have to be a cartographer to glean information from a new poster map of Canadian ski areas. The skiable area and vertical drop were plugged into an algorithm to generate icons of appropriate size. Result: Southern B.C. is chock-a-block with huge peaks, southern Ontario hills are difficult to distinguish from one another, Quebec … More »

Spinning the Wheels

CBC’s Scott Russell takes Ski Canada’s Ian Merringer down the Road to the Olympic Games. Scott Russell is the on-air face of alpine racing in Canada. Now preparing to cover his 14th Olympic Games in February 2018, the CBC broadcaster has had an intimate view of Canada’s alpine ski teams for longer than anyone. Ski Canada … More »

More Fortress

You might remember seeing Alberta’s presently closed Fortress Mountain as an alpine backdrop in the 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster Inception. Or maybe you just dreamt that you did. If you didn’t see the film, you won’t remember the scene (or get the joke), but buck up, because there might be a sequel in the works. … More »

Madawaska Mountain – Last Run

An hour’s drive southeast of Ontario’s Algonquin Park is a patch of rough land the highway planners avoided. People generally make their own fun in the Madawaska Highlands, but for almost 50 years there has been a solitary T-bar running 137 vertical metres up Madawaska Mountain, giving locals a reason to come together during quiet … More »

Chedoke Ski Area – Last Run

“We had a couple of hundred kids skiing every weekend day,” recalls Ron Weston, former manager of Chedoke Ski Area in Hamilton, Ontario, and longtime owner of the longtime iconic ski shop Sam Manson Sporting Goods. For 40 years the Steel City ran a quintessential “breeder” ski area with three T-bars and a chairlift on … More »

If you can’t take the heat …

…get out of the ski industry. With climate change now out of the realm of the theoretical, ski resorts are adapting in different ways. by IAN MERRINGER in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue High in the Swiss Alps above Andermatt, crews are getting ready for another ski season. The jobs are many. Straightening a few signs, … More »

Tapping into Sugarbush

The flavour of Vermont is a big draw for eastern skiers looking for something sweet. BY  IAN MERRINGER in Fall 2015 issue Walking into Lincoln Peak Village from the parking lot, you get a clear view of the western wall of Lincoln’s bowl, home to Castlerock Peak and the rocky Headwall. The Headwall is the … More »

If the Name Fits

Skiing on Vancouver Island will be done under new ownership after the November sale of Mount Washington to Pacific Group Resorts closed. The Utah-based company also owns three smaller ski areas on the U.S. East Coast. Washington was put up for sale in 2013, even before suffering through the last two warmer, snow-starved winters. Campbell … More »

Ski Songs

Surfers are lucky. They get their own genre of music. No shortage of tunes for the car while chasing an endless summer. Skiers? We have but one album. And what an album! Bob Gibson straightlined it with this 1959 folk pressing. These 11 mostly jaunty songs stay on target, warning skiers what will happen if … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

Map Your Bucket List

You don’t have to be a cartographer to glean information from a new poster map of Canadian ski areas. The skiable area and vertical drop were plugged into an algorithm to generate icons of appropriate size. Result: Southern B.C. is chock-a-block with huge peaks, southern Ontario hills are difficult to distinguish from one another, Quebec … More »

Spinning the Wheels

CBC’s Scott Russell takes Ski Canada’s Ian Merringer down the Road to the Olympic Games. Scott Russell is the on-air face of alpine racing in Canada. Now preparing to cover his 14th Olympic Games in February 2018, the CBC broadcaster has had an intimate view of Canada’s alpine ski teams for longer than anyone. Ski Canada … More »

More Fortress

You might remember seeing Alberta’s presently closed Fortress Mountain as an alpine backdrop in the 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster Inception. Or maybe you just dreamt that you did. If you didn’t see the film, you won’t remember the scene (or get the joke), but buck up, because there might be a sequel in the works. … More »

Madawaska Mountain – Last Run

An hour’s drive southeast of Ontario’s Algonquin Park is a patch of rough land the highway planners avoided. People generally make their own fun in the Madawaska Highlands, but for almost 50 years there has been a solitary T-bar running 137 vertical metres up Madawaska Mountain, giving locals a reason to come together during quiet … More »

Chedoke Ski Area – Last Run

“We had a couple of hundred kids skiing every weekend day,” recalls Ron Weston, former manager of Chedoke Ski Area in Hamilton, Ontario, and longtime owner of the longtime iconic ski shop Sam Manson Sporting Goods. For 40 years the Steel City ran a quintessential “breeder” ski area with three T-bars and a chairlift on … More »

If you can’t take the heat …

…get out of the ski industry. With climate change now out of the realm of the theoretical, ski resorts are adapting in different ways. by IAN MERRINGER in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue High in the Swiss Alps above Andermatt, crews are getting ready for another ski season. The jobs are many. Straightening a few signs, … More »

Tapping into Sugarbush

The flavour of Vermont is a big draw for eastern skiers looking for something sweet. BY  IAN MERRINGER in Fall 2015 issue Walking into Lincoln Peak Village from the parking lot, you get a clear view of the western wall of Lincoln’s bowl, home to Castlerock Peak and the rocky Headwall. The Headwall is the … More »

If the Name Fits

Skiing on Vancouver Island will be done under new ownership after the November sale of Mount Washington to Pacific Group Resorts closed. The Utah-based company also owns three smaller ski areas on the U.S. East Coast. Washington was put up for sale in 2013, even before suffering through the last two warmer, snow-starved winters. Campbell … More »

Ski Songs

Surfers are lucky. They get their own genre of music. No shortage of tunes for the car while chasing an endless summer. Skiers? We have but one album. And what an album! Bob Gibson straightlined it with this 1959 folk pressing. These 11 mostly jaunty songs stay on target, warning skiers what will happen if … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

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