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Rev It Up

These are heady times for the winter recreation industry in B.C. Whistler-Blackcomb has thrown off the pessimism that came after two sub-par snow years, and the excitement of the Olympics is building steadily. Condo projects at Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks sell out hours after sales doors open, and relatively recent ownership changes … More »

Cats out of the Bag

Hill 2, photo by Bruce Rowles

I’d been itching to ski something really steep, and while a massive snowfall is usually the time to dial things back in the backcountry, our guide at Mystical Snowcat Paradise (MSP) was governed by the same impulse. We started out fairly steep, fairly treed and with snow fairly deep. For the rest of the day … More »

Two Resorts, Multi-Flavours

Photo by Henry Georgi

Now that they’ve resolved their long-running battle as to who ranks second behind Whistler-Blackcomb for highest vertical drop in the country (Kicking Horse won), Panorama and Kicking Horse have little to fight about. The distinct flavours of the two mean there’s little competitive crossover between the Hwy 95 resorts to spark any internecine strife. If … More »

Looking Back

Many of us claim to dream about skiing. But how many of us regularly dream—by that I mean have visions during deep REM sleep—about skiing? I’ll be the ? rst to admit that although I daydream endlessly about future days on the hill, set lofty goals and aspirations for the upcoming season, and generally structure … More »

Banff’s Big Three

Togetherness, no matter what your level At 1,700 hectares, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America with some of the most spectacular skiing and scenery. With beginner, intermediate and expert runs off every chair, families and groups of varying abilities can ski together all week. From gentle slopes and long … More »

The Ultimate Family Vacation

Tremblant lift

“I know that guy,” I thought to myself. “From high school? University? Does he work at K2, wait, Atomic?” I racked my brain trying to ? gure out how, or possibly if, if I knew this guy at all. Then, for the second time in under a minute, another familiar athletic-looking type entered the airport … More »

East to the Townships

“I don’t want to ski.” “Why not.” “Because.” “Well,” I said to my four-year-old son, Cormac, “you have to.” “Then I’m going to stay in the car.” We drove from Toronto to Quebec’s Eastern Townships: my wife, Grazyna; my 10-year-old daughter, Justine; and my son, Cormac. Our ?rst family ski vacation had been in the … More »

The Fancy Cat: Island Lake Lodge

Ooh, ahh, look how deep it is….” And we weren’t anywhere near the powder yet. I was cooing over the bathroom. With a few notable exceptions, you have to drive a long way in B.C.’s backcountry to ?nd a claw-foot tub with a width-deep sandalwood accessory rack, ? nked by California blinds and attractively backlit … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

Rev It Up

These are heady times for the winter recreation industry in B.C. Whistler-Blackcomb has thrown off the pessimism that came after two sub-par snow years, and the excitement of the Olympics is building steadily. Condo projects at Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks sell out hours after sales doors open, and relatively recent ownership changes … More »

Cats out of the Bag

Hill 2, photo by Bruce Rowles

I’d been itching to ski something really steep, and while a massive snowfall is usually the time to dial things back in the backcountry, our guide at Mystical Snowcat Paradise (MSP) was governed by the same impulse. We started out fairly steep, fairly treed and with snow fairly deep. For the rest of the day … More »

Two Resorts, Multi-Flavours

Photo by Henry Georgi

Now that they’ve resolved their long-running battle as to who ranks second behind Whistler-Blackcomb for highest vertical drop in the country (Kicking Horse won), Panorama and Kicking Horse have little to fight about. The distinct flavours of the two mean there’s little competitive crossover between the Hwy 95 resorts to spark any internecine strife. If … More »

Looking Back

Many of us claim to dream about skiing. But how many of us regularly dream—by that I mean have visions during deep REM sleep—about skiing? I’ll be the ? rst to admit that although I daydream endlessly about future days on the hill, set lofty goals and aspirations for the upcoming season, and generally structure … More »

Banff’s Big Three

Togetherness, no matter what your level At 1,700 hectares, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America with some of the most spectacular skiing and scenery. With beginner, intermediate and expert runs off every chair, families and groups of varying abilities can ski together all week. From gentle slopes and long … More »

The Ultimate Family Vacation

Tremblant lift

“I know that guy,” I thought to myself. “From high school? University? Does he work at K2, wait, Atomic?” I racked my brain trying to ? gure out how, or possibly if, if I knew this guy at all. Then, for the second time in under a minute, another familiar athletic-looking type entered the airport … More »

East to the Townships

“I don’t want to ski.” “Why not.” “Because.” “Well,” I said to my four-year-old son, Cormac, “you have to.” “Then I’m going to stay in the car.” We drove from Toronto to Quebec’s Eastern Townships: my wife, Grazyna; my 10-year-old daughter, Justine; and my son, Cormac. Our ?rst family ski vacation had been in the … More »

The Fancy Cat: Island Lake Lodge

Ooh, ahh, look how deep it is….” And we weren’t anywhere near the powder yet. I was cooing over the bathroom. With a few notable exceptions, you have to drive a long way in B.C.’s backcountry to ?nd a claw-foot tub with a width-deep sandalwood accessory rack, ? nked by California blinds and attractively backlit … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

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