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Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Uplifting Conversation

Growing up, I remember my parents always telling me not to talk to strangers–except, of course, when riding a chairlift. Funny, but these chairlift conversations are some of my earliest memories of skiing. In the days of old double chairs and spring-loaded T-bars, the group always seemed to be an odd number and one inevitably … More »

Canada’s best from Greene to Grandi

Thomas Grandi’s 2004-05 World Cup ski racing season was so good it needs some historical perspective wrapped around it to be properly appreciated. Going into this season, his 12th on the circuit, Grandi had built a fairly convincing case that he could be considered Canada’s all-time best male technical racer in the 38-year history of … More »

Coaches and Camps: Priceless

Can you imagine attending a hockey camp and being coached by Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux? Apparently Mastercard thought it was so exciting to see Cassie Campbell and Bobby Orr coach a group of kids that they made a TV ad about it. Called the experience “priceless.” And when Scotty Bowman decided to pass along … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

Letter from the Alps

Alps1, photo by Gavin Foster

“No pain, no gain,” I insist, somewhat self-righteously I know but desperate to claw back some ground in an argument I’m losing. “Just try it,” my interlocutor responds smilingly. What we’re talking about is anathema to an old-school ski tourer but the promise of a brave new world to a downhill skier. The idea is … More »

That ’70s magazine

Where were you in ’72? I admit I don’t remember spending much time poring over the mostly black and white racing news offered by Ski Canada Journal, as the country’s voice of skiing was called in its early years. I do remember life in the ruts (seemed like trenches) as a tyke in the Nancy … More »

Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Uplifting Conversation

Growing up, I remember my parents always telling me not to talk to strangers–except, of course, when riding a chairlift. Funny, but these chairlift conversations are some of my earliest memories of skiing. In the days of old double chairs and spring-loaded T-bars, the group always seemed to be an odd number and one inevitably … More »

Canada’s best from Greene to Grandi

Thomas Grandi’s 2004-05 World Cup ski racing season was so good it needs some historical perspective wrapped around it to be properly appreciated. Going into this season, his 12th on the circuit, Grandi had built a fairly convincing case that he could be considered Canada’s all-time best male technical racer in the 38-year history of … More »

Coaches and Camps: Priceless

Can you imagine attending a hockey camp and being coached by Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux? Apparently Mastercard thought it was so exciting to see Cassie Campbell and Bobby Orr coach a group of kids that they made a TV ad about it. Called the experience “priceless.” And when Scotty Bowman decided to pass along … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

Letter from the Alps

Alps1, photo by Gavin Foster

“No pain, no gain,” I insist, somewhat self-righteously I know but desperate to claw back some ground in an argument I’m losing. “Just try it,” my interlocutor responds smilingly. What we’re talking about is anathema to an old-school ski tourer but the promise of a brave new world to a downhill skier. The idea is … More »

That ’70s magazine

Where were you in ’72? I admit I don’t remember spending much time poring over the mostly black and white racing news offered by Ski Canada Journal, as the country’s voice of skiing was called in its early years. I do remember life in the ruts (seemed like trenches) as a tyke in the Nancy … More »

Subscribe and SAVE!

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1 year (4 issues) for $15 + tax!

Outside Canada?