Bun Warmer

Bun Warmer

With more than 140 Doppelmayr heated-seat chairlifts installed around the world, we’re wondering why Sunshine’s new TeePee Town LX is Canada’s first. How’s it happen? The heating pads in each signature orange-bubbled chair get charged up as it circles around the bottom terminal, then holds the E for the rest of the ride, redefining the … More »

Turning in the Deep

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Skiing powder is all flow, not fighting with the elements. by Felix Tanguay It’s about going deep, feeling the resistance of the snow against your whole body while flying into the next turn. It’s almost like being weightless, and letting gravity do her magic. Here are a few tips to help get that flow (and … More »

Finding the Perfect Powder

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Need help to score that perfect powder line before your friends do? No matter how distracting the lure of skiing fresh powder is, safety must always come first. by Felix Tanguay Make your decision to ski an off-piste area an educated one. When choosing a route up or run down, don’t get all powder-horny or … More »

Welcome Wagon

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“We all know the biggest problem with our sport is not just getting new skiers and snowboarders to come out and try it, it’s getting them to come back,” says Shawn Mimee of Elan Sports Canada. “As an industry, we’re fighting against game consoles and cheap vacations down south.” Skier retention remains a big issue … More »

Making the Connection

Our brain co-ordinates our muscles and nervous system to help us tackle the terrain we ski. Our brain controls the mental processes of how we think and feel about our skiing. Our brain also links our body movements and mental processes. Experienced skiers know they can ski better by being in better physical condition, but … More »

Helicopter Parenting

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I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week with the guys,” admitted my new American friend Ted to me sheepishly while slurping down a steaming bowl of hearty beef-barley soup. “She was never … More »

Fly or Drive?

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“Don’t be silly! You’d be mad to drive all that way.” _By GEORGE KOCH My friend Matty from Portland, Oregon, was screeching at the news that I was planning to drive from Calgary to Whistler (through the hinterland via the notoriously sinuous Duffy Lake Road of course) for a mere five-day visit to do some spring skiing … More »

Slapstick Skiing

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‘Douglas Fairbanks insisted that I be initiated into the art of skiing. I always thought it was easy, but oh, boy! I never knew how many knots I could tie myself into!’ Skiers heading to or from major Swiss resorts of the Valais and beyond will soon have a new sidetrip to distract them. Not … More »

Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper

How to dig out an avalanche victim The transceiver may get all the glam when it comes to rescuing someone from an avalanche burial, but it’s the shovel that does all the heavy lifting. Digging is typically the slowest part of the rescue and, with the chances of survival sinking fast after 15 minutes, it’s … More »

Healing App

Healing App

One of the hardest parts about recovering from a ski injury is making that long journey back into an active lifestyle. Regaining strength, flexibility, balance and confidence—the backbones of skiing—requires dedication and time. So, of course, there’s an app for that. The North Face and its Mountain Athletics app helps to focus on rehab and … More »