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Return of the ski bum

Years ago I wrote something in The Globe and Mail about stuff skiers aren’t allowed to do anymore, and the many responses were pretty much unanimous with: “Yeah, when did skiers become so serious?” Sometimes, I think we’re getting even more so. by Iain MacMillan in December 2013 issue Are you old enough to remember … More »

Ode to the weekend warrior

Editor Iain

by Iain MacMillan, editor, in Fall 2013 issue Dolan and a bunch of guys bagsied an old schoolhouse (that came with a hippie who lived upstairs) rooted atop the breezy Niagara Escarpment near Collingwood, while my Kingston Pound pooch and I’d settled in with 13 others in an old Victorian farmhouse in Ellicottville, N.Y. Dolan’s … More »

Smart Financial Planning

Editor Iain

Well, it’s that time of the year again when the keenest of us are champing at the bit and poring over all the new gear and gadgets that are showing up in ski shops, online and, of course, in the pages of the annual Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide. At our house, we’re already into discussions … More »

Crisis averted

by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2013 issue Anyone who skis off-piste knows how terrain choices often must be altered if you want to keep a boarder on board. There was a time, 10 or 15 years ago, when the worriers and hand-wringers in the world of skiing were fretting about the inevitable total collapse of … More »

One and only Aspen

by Iain MacMillan from December 2012 issue I believe the reaction of some guests is real – very real Dieter, the pro-cricketer-turned-bellhop from South Africa, looked back at us in his rearview mirror quizzically when one of my kids asked if he believed “ghosts were real.” He knew immediately what the question was in reference to and thought for a … More »

Off to the powder room

by Iain MacMillan, editor, from Fall 2012 issue Jennifer, a dandy skier who runs our design studio, piped up the other day about her biggest frustration last winter at the Ski Canada Test at Fernie: skiing powder. “I got so frustrated,” complained Jennifer, when art director Norm and I were reviewing photos and gleefully recalling one particular late-to-work day at Fernie, … More »

My best run

People often ask me the unanswerable question, “What’s your favourite ski area?” A much more possible discussion might be, “Where was your best run last season?” And there’s an easy reply for that one. We were just barely above treeline at what’s possibly the world’s most famous ski resort, one gondola ride away from the bustle of Zermatt, Switzerland, but as alone … More »

Hard-headed Nova Scotians

by Iain MacMillan from Spring 2012 issue   Well, we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later; we just didn’t expect Nova Scotia to lead the charge into our new, fortified world of skiing. Back in December, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness Maureen MacDonald announced that starting next season, it will be against the law to ski … More »

Driven to Distraction

First Tracks by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2012 issue Driven to distraction After an epic five-resort road trip in Austria years ago, George Koch had left me in charge of returning the rental car to the airport in Munich. I was running late for the flight, and behind the glass window Frau Blücher kept repeatedly pushing the keys at me as I … More »

The way we were

Iain MacMillan

  I wasn’t of working age when the Ski Canada Journal, as we were once called, started rolling off the presses 40 years ago. I was busy taping Jean-Claude Killy, Nancy Greene and “Keep those tips up” Lange posters to my wall—and pestering my dad (unsuccessfully) for a pair of red-white-’n’-blue K2 Comp Fours, Nordica Banana boots and a White Stag jacket. I … More »

Return of the ski bum

Years ago I wrote something in The Globe and Mail about stuff skiers aren’t allowed to do anymore, and the many responses were pretty much unanimous with: “Yeah, when did skiers become so serious?” Sometimes, I think we’re getting even more so. by Iain MacMillan in December 2013 issue Are you old enough to remember … More »

Ode to the weekend warrior

Editor Iain

by Iain MacMillan, editor, in Fall 2013 issue Dolan and a bunch of guys bagsied an old schoolhouse (that came with a hippie who lived upstairs) rooted atop the breezy Niagara Escarpment near Collingwood, while my Kingston Pound pooch and I’d settled in with 13 others in an old Victorian farmhouse in Ellicottville, N.Y. Dolan’s … More »

Smart Financial Planning

Editor Iain

Well, it’s that time of the year again when the keenest of us are champing at the bit and poring over all the new gear and gadgets that are showing up in ski shops, online and, of course, in the pages of the annual Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide. At our house, we’re already into discussions … More »

Crisis averted

by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2013 issue Anyone who skis off-piste knows how terrain choices often must be altered if you want to keep a boarder on board. There was a time, 10 or 15 years ago, when the worriers and hand-wringers in the world of skiing were fretting about the inevitable total collapse of … More »

One and only Aspen

by Iain MacMillan from December 2012 issue I believe the reaction of some guests is real – very real Dieter, the pro-cricketer-turned-bellhop from South Africa, looked back at us in his rearview mirror quizzically when one of my kids asked if he believed “ghosts were real.” He knew immediately what the question was in reference to and thought for a … More »

Off to the powder room

by Iain MacMillan, editor, from Fall 2012 issue Jennifer, a dandy skier who runs our design studio, piped up the other day about her biggest frustration last winter at the Ski Canada Test at Fernie: skiing powder. “I got so frustrated,” complained Jennifer, when art director Norm and I were reviewing photos and gleefully recalling one particular late-to-work day at Fernie, … More »

My best run

People often ask me the unanswerable question, “What’s your favourite ski area?” A much more possible discussion might be, “Where was your best run last season?” And there’s an easy reply for that one. We were just barely above treeline at what’s possibly the world’s most famous ski resort, one gondola ride away from the bustle of Zermatt, Switzerland, but as alone … More »

Hard-headed Nova Scotians

by Iain MacMillan from Spring 2012 issue   Well, we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later; we just didn’t expect Nova Scotia to lead the charge into our new, fortified world of skiing. Back in December, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness Maureen MacDonald announced that starting next season, it will be against the law to ski … More »

Driven to Distraction

First Tracks by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2012 issue Driven to distraction After an epic five-resort road trip in Austria years ago, George Koch had left me in charge of returning the rental car to the airport in Munich. I was running late for the flight, and behind the glass window Frau Blücher kept repeatedly pushing the keys at me as I … More »

The way we were

Iain MacMillan

  I wasn’t of working age when the Ski Canada Journal, as we were once called, started rolling off the presses 40 years ago. I was busy taping Jean-Claude Killy, Nancy Greene and “Keep those tips up” Lange posters to my wall—and pestering my dad (unsuccessfully) for a pair of red-white-’n’-blue K2 Comp Fours, Nordica Banana boots and a White Stag jacket. I … More »

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