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Science vs. Avalanches

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The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type… More »

Après in the Alps

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Euros put North Americans to shame when it comes to après ski. If you’re heading across the pond this winter, Leslie Woit presents the Coles Notes on where to party. from December 2014 issue 1. PARTY CENTRAL For the biggest boot-stompin’, oompah-disco après ski, get the party started before you leave the slopes in St. Anton… More »

Custom made stained glass for skiers

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“It started out as a physio project after I cut off my thumb in a table saw accident,” said Fred Racansky, Völkl’s man in Canmore, Alberta, “but within six months, I was a paid artist.” Three years later, Racansky’s incredible stained glass artwork, mostly in skiing and winter themes, is hanging in homes, cabins and… More »

Facts on Frostbite

I frequently see patients who have suffered burns and resorted to some old-fashioned home remedies, like covering the injury with butter instead of the immediate application of cold water. Misconceptions on how to self-treat burns is easily surpassed by the “old wives’ tales” surrounding the prevention and treatment of frostbite injuries. by Dr. John Foote… More »

Racy Bits – Canadian men’s WC team update

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The Canadian men’s World Cup ski team has reached into its past hoping for improved results in the future. Burkhard Schaffer, who worked with Canadian Cowboys like Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis early in their careers, has returned as head coach of the speed team after eight years of working with other countries…. More »

Tremblant Trivia

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> Does the fittest ski shop owner live at Tremblant? Maxime Gagnon of Ski Max Ski Service in the old village just qualified to compete in the 2015 IronMan World Championship in Austria. “Summer, I get up and ride 100 km on my bike, run and then swim at night; during the busy ski season,… More »

What’s wrong with rotation?

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Rotation is a way for the skier to turn the skis with upper body movements. Here, Anne demonstrates one turn using edge angle and ski shape, and another using upper body twisting. The rotation symptoms of hips too square (90 degrees to skis) and tension in the right arm and shoulder are obvious when compared… More »

Shell Collection

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  from Fall 2014 issue 1. The classic Swiss alpine company Mammut may have its roots firmly based in mountain climbing, but skiers love the association as much as the gear’s durability and fit. The Masao Jacket ($329) in seven colours is one tough shell for the price, with a firm-feeling three-layer breathable/waterproof DryTech fabric that… More »

What’s in a name?

I’m so mad at my buddy Christopher. He’s president at Sun Peaks and you’d think he’d appreciate my offer to name a few runs on the new terrain that’s opening as the ink on this issue dries, but after I made some suggestions, he said they’re all spoken for. I gave him some of my… More »

Ski Cross Controversy

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How a crease in the French racers’ pants led to a unique Olympic protest. by JANET LOVE MORRISON in the Fall 2014 issue At the Sochi Winter Olympics last February four appeals were taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). One of those appeals involved Canada. This one was matchless. The CAS is… More »