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Expect the unexpected

Full StyleFile page layouts with images During this particular photo shoot at Lake Louise, we were constantly interrupted by snow squalls and flat light. Unexpectedly, the demonstrator gave a rare glimpse of what is possible at the highest level of expertise. Because his balance was perfect, he was able to hit an unseen bump and … More »

Split Decision

Despite Utah’s trademarked, and distracting, “Greatest Snow on Earth” swirling outside the windows of Snow Basin’s magnificent base lodge in January, I was still able to listen intently to a PK, or product knowledge, talk about Atomic’s latest creation, D2 Doubledeck technology. But partway into the dog and pony show, the scene was interrupted by … More »

Our readers write

When Managing Editor Anne and I read manuscripts destined for these pages, we often write margin notes to each other questioning style, clarification or fact checking. Sometimes a facetious comment is simply “How many edletters?” George Koch’s columns, for instance, often have this notation. When editing a particularly bold statement by a writer, we often … More »

Helmets: Free choice or social obligation?

A ski helmet first went onto my head way back in 2000, when helmets were just this side of exotica. So why does the hectoring of helmet zealots for mandatory universal usage bother me so much? There’s a triplet of reasons. First off, it fails the utility test—helmets aren’t needed by all skiers under all … More »

Viva Las Vegas

On January 27, 2003, rising big-mountain star Jonny Law won the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, picked up the Sickbird Belt (awarded for the sickest skiing of the competition) and then ditched the awards ceremony to fly directly to Las Vegas to attend SIA, the annual North American snowsports industry trade show. I bumped into Jonny on … More »

Is it all doom and gloom?

Climate graphic

It was a magical January day with Mica Heli Guides high in the Rocky Mountains northeast of Revelstoke. We were pausing between huge pitches to gaze at the mountains ringing us. Someone pointed out a hanging glacier clinging to an enormous mountainside, its toe cleaved into translucent blue seracs that periodically crack and tumble down … More »

Adaptation comes naturally to skiiers

Art Director Norm and Managing Editor Anne were giggling on a conference call the other day when I had to leave the conversation briefly to chase a black squirrel out of my office. During tomato-growing season, which for us this year extended into October, I’m at war around my attic office balcony with these proverbial … More »

Skiing within your budget

There’s a weird dichotomy in the way skiing markets itself. Our sport’s image is self-consciously elitist. Glitz, glam and bling. Celebrity athletes performing superhuman record-setting feats on the racecourse or off the cliff face. Resorts announcing multi-million-dollar (or half-billion-dollar) investments for ultra-modern conveyances, 300-hp snowcats, 200-room condo-hotels or Soviet-sized mountain restaurants. Super-cool tricked-out customers whisked … More »

In Familiar Territory

From the Fall 2007 issue In today’s world of ski racing, the “home hill advantage” can be the difference between gold and no medals. John Kucera cited the edge he found from racing the Lake Louise downhill in Nor-Am events three years before his spectacular win at the opening World Cup race last season. In … More »

A Season to Remember

Let the numbers do the talking. Canada’s top alpine exponents won a record 14 medals on the World Cup circuit last season, solving the riddle of inconsistent snow conditions time after time. Twelve of the podiums were gained on the men’s side, including two golds. Jan Hudec added a World Championship silver in what is … More »

Expect the unexpected

Full StyleFile page layouts with images During this particular photo shoot at Lake Louise, we were constantly interrupted by snow squalls and flat light. Unexpectedly, the demonstrator gave a rare glimpse of what is possible at the highest level of expertise. Because his balance was perfect, he was able to hit an unseen bump and … More »

Split Decision

Despite Utah’s trademarked, and distracting, “Greatest Snow on Earth” swirling outside the windows of Snow Basin’s magnificent base lodge in January, I was still able to listen intently to a PK, or product knowledge, talk about Atomic’s latest creation, D2 Doubledeck technology. But partway into the dog and pony show, the scene was interrupted by … More »

Our readers write

When Managing Editor Anne and I read manuscripts destined for these pages, we often write margin notes to each other questioning style, clarification or fact checking. Sometimes a facetious comment is simply “How many edletters?” George Koch’s columns, for instance, often have this notation. When editing a particularly bold statement by a writer, we often … More »

Helmets: Free choice or social obligation?

A ski helmet first went onto my head way back in 2000, when helmets were just this side of exotica. So why does the hectoring of helmet zealots for mandatory universal usage bother me so much? There’s a triplet of reasons. First off, it fails the utility test—helmets aren’t needed by all skiers under all … More »

Viva Las Vegas

On January 27, 2003, rising big-mountain star Jonny Law won the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, picked up the Sickbird Belt (awarded for the sickest skiing of the competition) and then ditched the awards ceremony to fly directly to Las Vegas to attend SIA, the annual North American snowsports industry trade show. I bumped into Jonny on … More »

Is it all doom and gloom?

Climate graphic

It was a magical January day with Mica Heli Guides high in the Rocky Mountains northeast of Revelstoke. We were pausing between huge pitches to gaze at the mountains ringing us. Someone pointed out a hanging glacier clinging to an enormous mountainside, its toe cleaved into translucent blue seracs that periodically crack and tumble down … More »

Adaptation comes naturally to skiiers

Art Director Norm and Managing Editor Anne were giggling on a conference call the other day when I had to leave the conversation briefly to chase a black squirrel out of my office. During tomato-growing season, which for us this year extended into October, I’m at war around my attic office balcony with these proverbial … More »

Skiing within your budget

There’s a weird dichotomy in the way skiing markets itself. Our sport’s image is self-consciously elitist. Glitz, glam and bling. Celebrity athletes performing superhuman record-setting feats on the racecourse or off the cliff face. Resorts announcing multi-million-dollar (or half-billion-dollar) investments for ultra-modern conveyances, 300-hp snowcats, 200-room condo-hotels or Soviet-sized mountain restaurants. Super-cool tricked-out customers whisked … More »

In Familiar Territory

From the Fall 2007 issue In today’s world of ski racing, the “home hill advantage” can be the difference between gold and no medals. John Kucera cited the edge he found from racing the Lake Louise downhill in Nor-Am events three years before his spectacular win at the opening World Cup race last season. In … More »

A Season to Remember

Let the numbers do the talking. Canada’s top alpine exponents won a record 14 medals on the World Cup circuit last season, solving the riddle of inconsistent snow conditions time after time. Twelve of the podiums were gained on the men’s side, including two golds. Jan Hudec added a World Championship silver in what is … More »

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