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To Preserve and Protect

From an acronym point of view, POW is off to a great start. The climate change advocacy group, Protect Our Winters, has a mission of safeguarding future dumps of deep, dry powder and the season that brings them. It’s been spreading awareness and lobbying politicians in the U.S. for a decade. This fall, a group … More »

Growing Skis – Instinct Killer Ski Corp

Heading south from Rossland, B.C., the road descends steadily toward the U.S. border until a single track angles off like a runaway truck lane. Al Eagleton’s driveway leads to his two-storey workshop and world headquarters of Instinct Killer Ski Corp., one of a growing number of independent ski brands in Western Canada. Eagleton’s 12-hectare patch … More »

Stowe After Vail

  The mothership has landed at the quintessential New England resort. by IAN MERRINGER in the Fall 2017 issue  *  photos: Stowe Mountain Resort At first I thought someone was taking my picture. This doesn’t happen very often, so I turned to smile. Then I heard the thunder rumble around from behind Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s … More »

Best of Both Worlds – Big White & SilverStar

Sampling the Okanagan duo of Big White and SilverStar kept Ian Merringer and family well entertained. by IAN MERRINGER in the Fall 2017 issue BIG WHITE Dragon’s inscrutable eyes stared out at us from his darkened lair. Pale and unblinking, they betrayed no hint of his next move. Little else of his coiled body was … 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 »

To Preserve and Protect

From an acronym point of view, POW is off to a great start. The climate change advocacy group, Protect Our Winters, has a mission of safeguarding future dumps of deep, dry powder and the season that brings them. It’s been spreading awareness and lobbying politicians in the U.S. for a decade. This fall, a group … More »

Growing Skis – Instinct Killer Ski Corp

Heading south from Rossland, B.C., the road descends steadily toward the U.S. border until a single track angles off like a runaway truck lane. Al Eagleton’s driveway leads to his two-storey workshop and world headquarters of Instinct Killer Ski Corp., one of a growing number of independent ski brands in Western Canada. Eagleton’s 12-hectare patch … More »

Stowe After Vail

  The mothership has landed at the quintessential New England resort. by IAN MERRINGER in the Fall 2017 issue  *  photos: Stowe Mountain Resort At first I thought someone was taking my picture. This doesn’t happen very often, so I turned to smile. Then I heard the thunder rumble around from behind Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s … More »

Best of Both Worlds – Big White & SilverStar

Sampling the Okanagan duo of Big White and SilverStar kept Ian Merringer and family well entertained. by IAN MERRINGER in the Fall 2017 issue BIG WHITE Dragon’s inscrutable eyes stared out at us from his darkened lair. Pale and unblinking, they betrayed no hint of his next move. Little else of his coiled body was … 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 »

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1 year (4 issues) for $15 + tax!

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