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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 »

Big-mountain life

It’s just after 10:00 a.m. at the Sunburst Lodge at Sun Peaks and the teenage racing throng is lining up for another warm-and-sticky cinnamon bun break. With fingers too gooey to text anyone on their phones, the catsuits discuss everything from the morning’s coaching to last night’s shenanigans, unaware how much earlier bakers down at … More »

Is that your final answer?

There’s nothing like a quiz to get me stoked on winter. Devised through years of consultation with Austrian ski-psychologists, Swiss statisticians and snow scientists from Nelson and Smithers, the following test is an accurate assessment of your future on-hill level of enjoyment. Serious stuff, but you’ll find that time spent on this page will result … More »

Big-mountain life

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt about flying or falling anyway (in a sky-diving sort of way). I also regularly dream about skiing, but the scenario quickly morphs into a lot of flying above treetops, lift towers, mountain peaks and so on. Frustratingly, only occasionally are my skis touching powder, never under … 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 »

Big-mountain life

It’s just after 10:00 a.m. at the Sunburst Lodge at Sun Peaks and the teenage racing throng is lining up for another warm-and-sticky cinnamon bun break. With fingers too gooey to text anyone on their phones, the catsuits discuss everything from the morning’s coaching to last night’s shenanigans, unaware how much earlier bakers down at … More »

Is that your final answer?

There’s nothing like a quiz to get me stoked on winter. Devised through years of consultation with Austrian ski-psychologists, Swiss statisticians and snow scientists from Nelson and Smithers, the following test is an accurate assessment of your future on-hill level of enjoyment. Serious stuff, but you’ll find that time spent on this page will result … More »

Big-mountain life

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt about flying or falling anyway (in a sky-diving sort of way). I also regularly dream about skiing, but the scenario quickly morphs into a lot of flying above treetops, lift towers, mountain peaks and so on. Frustratingly, only occasionally are my skis touching powder, never under … More »

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Outside Canada?