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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 »

Clive Hobson 1948-2011

  from Fall 2011 issue About a thousand years ago, I joined the publishing house of Maclean Hunter as a very junior editor at Canadian Yachting magazine. With serious neighbours farther down the hall at Maclean’s and the Financial Post, our office (which also housed Ontario Out of Doors and Ski Canada magazines) was more … More »

Survival of the Fittest

For most of Ski Canada’s 40 years of publishing, the first issue of the season has always included the country’s most complete Gear Guide of new ski equipment. The keeners repeatedly tell us that, long before the snow settles on most of our hills, Ski Canada’s pages of facts, figures and photos as well as our … More »

Honest, it’s way steeper than it looks

FT4

  from Spring 2011 issue As inspiring as ski photography in magazines can be, it can also be incredibly frustrating to the layman with a camera who just wants a good shot of himself or his buddy on some steep pitch somewhere. I’ve cheated by simply tilting my camera off the horizon, but the shots … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Of dirndl and lederhosen

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Odd, but some of my strongest memories of the Olympics last season are of women in push-up bras and men in leather trousers pushing up a big Maypole. Oh, and the hats. Great hats. I know Maypoles don’t go up in February and no, this isn’t another story about … More »

Dream big – and deep

Iain MacMillan

I read somewhere long ago that everyone should go to Greece at least once in his or her lifetime. I think that same goal should apply to a Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing pilgrimage. In fact, I think it’s necessary. Yes, I know it’s big, big coin for most skiers. But so is university tuition, root … More »

Life on K2

I never met “Frippe” in person. Fredrik Ericsson, a 35-year-old Chamonix-based Swede, and I only exchanged e-mails in the spring while he was planning another enormous ski mountaineering feat – this time on K2. The closest I come to mountaineering is at my indoor rock-climbing gym, so an adventure like Ericsson’s was enthralling to follow … 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 »

Clive Hobson 1948-2011

  from Fall 2011 issue About a thousand years ago, I joined the publishing house of Maclean Hunter as a very junior editor at Canadian Yachting magazine. With serious neighbours farther down the hall at Maclean’s and the Financial Post, our office (which also housed Ontario Out of Doors and Ski Canada magazines) was more … More »

Survival of the Fittest

For most of Ski Canada’s 40 years of publishing, the first issue of the season has always included the country’s most complete Gear Guide of new ski equipment. The keeners repeatedly tell us that, long before the snow settles on most of our hills, Ski Canada’s pages of facts, figures and photos as well as our … More »

Honest, it’s way steeper than it looks

FT4

  from Spring 2011 issue As inspiring as ski photography in magazines can be, it can also be incredibly frustrating to the layman with a camera who just wants a good shot of himself or his buddy on some steep pitch somewhere. I’ve cheated by simply tilting my camera off the horizon, but the shots … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Of dirndl and lederhosen

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Odd, but some of my strongest memories of the Olympics last season are of women in push-up bras and men in leather trousers pushing up a big Maypole. Oh, and the hats. Great hats. I know Maypoles don’t go up in February and no, this isn’t another story about … More »

Dream big – and deep

Iain MacMillan

I read somewhere long ago that everyone should go to Greece at least once in his or her lifetime. I think that same goal should apply to a Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing pilgrimage. In fact, I think it’s necessary. Yes, I know it’s big, big coin for most skiers. But so is university tuition, root … More »

Life on K2

I never met “Frippe” in person. Fredrik Ericsson, a 35-year-old Chamonix-based Swede, and I only exchanged e-mails in the spring while he was planning another enormous ski mountaineering feat – this time on K2. The closest I come to mountaineering is at my indoor rock-climbing gym, so an adventure like Ericsson’s was enthralling to follow … More »

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Outside Canada?