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WIN15 Club Med

As North American skiers patiently await news on when Club Med will return to the continent, the iconic French holiday company was busy last December opening its latest four-trident village in Val Thorens, France. Les Trois Vallées, the largest resort in the Alps with 600 km of pistes, begins just outside the ski-room door. With guests … More »

SlopePro instruction

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WINTER 2015 .. Sweden may have brought us IKEA, Volvo and ABBA, but this issue’s Guest Instruction Editors Martin Eriksson and Joakim Agartsson of SlopePro prove there’s still a lot to learn from some of the world’s best skiers. BETTER BALANCE AT HIGH SPEED One of the basics of skiing is good balance, which enables … More »

On Assignment: George Koch in southern Colorado

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Resorts visited: Wolf Creek, Durango Mountain Resort, San Juan Untracked snowcat skiing, Silverton Mountain Telluride Photos: Scott D.W. Smith Sliding through the icy main intersection in tiny Ridgway, Colorado, the county sheriff shook his head, our epic five-resort Ski Canada road trip nearly came to an end. Luckily the dark crossroads was empty, we slid on through unharmed, and … More »

Dressing for Success

WINTER 2015 issue – She was narrowly pipped off the podium at Lake Louise’s opening World Cup downhill in December, but Owen Sound, Ontario’s Larisa Yurkiw was leading the fashion pack when she earned a thrilling 4th. High on the trend-o-metre this season are these practical and chic down-padded skirts that are warming some of … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well


It seems every winter we hear about cases where people get trapped and sometimes suffocate in tree wells, the deep doughnut holes that form around the base of both big and small trees. If you aren’t able to alert help, or self-rescue, there’s a chance that you could join this unfortunate list. Here are a … More »

A Dose of American Rah-Rah

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WINTER 2015 issue  *  It seems not all skiing medals have the same shine. Consider the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The two-week event is of course bigger than a single World Cup race, and the competition is every bit as strong as the Olympics, but in North America it lacks the glamour and … More »

What’s in your pack?

‘‘Is there something in here you want to show me? ’’ The bored face at airport security in Kelowna suddenly brightened as my backpack went through the X-ray machine. As the only person in the queue, I thought it was obvious that the offending bag was mine but I guess I was asked out of routine. … More »

Ski Songs

Ski Songs

Surfers are lucky. They get their own genre of music. No shortage of tunes for the car while chasing an endless summer. Skiers? We have but one album. And what an album! Bob Gibson straightlined it with this 1959 folk pressing. These 11 mostly jaunty songs stay on target, warning skiers what will happen if … More »

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 »