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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 »

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 »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

In another generation, Heather Smith might be helping her charges as a nurse, or a stewardess. But it’s 2017 and the mountain guide who looks more like a model has just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Pack Mentality

“There’s no other sport that competes with skiing when it comes to doing it in a group.’’  After taking several harried-sounding phone calls on the chairlift, Axel, our French ski instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Separation Anxiety

Given Ryan and I hadn’t actually skied together for a while, we decided to look for some powder somewhere between Denver and Geneva. We ended up in Japan. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Late last January Technical Editor Ryan was hard at work playing kid in a candy shop at the Ski … More »

Badass, French-Style

‘‘If you’re a strong skier, particularly one who loves the steeps, La Grave—along with La Meije, the imposing monster of a mountain that rises vertically from the valley opposite—is your mecca. ’’ No, Sophie, I’m pretty sure you won’t be going to La Grave.” I chuckled on a Skype call last winter with my 15-year-old. … 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 »

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 »

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 »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

In another generation, Heather Smith might be helping her charges as a nurse, or a stewardess. But it’s 2017 and the mountain guide who looks more like a model has just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Pack Mentality

“There’s no other sport that competes with skiing when it comes to doing it in a group.’’  After taking several harried-sounding phone calls on the chairlift, Axel, our French ski instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Separation Anxiety

Given Ryan and I hadn’t actually skied together for a while, we decided to look for some powder somewhere between Denver and Geneva. We ended up in Japan. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Late last January Technical Editor Ryan was hard at work playing kid in a candy shop at the Ski … More »

Badass, French-Style

‘‘If you’re a strong skier, particularly one who loves the steeps, La Grave—along with La Meije, the imposing monster of a mountain that rises vertically from the valley opposite—is your mecca. ’’ No, Sophie, I’m pretty sure you won’t be going to La Grave.” I chuckled on a Skype call last winter with my 15-year-old. … 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 »

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