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The politics of skiing

Why is it that all of our recent prime ministers of the Liberal faith have been skiers, indeed good skiers, while none of the Tory PMs or leaders of the Conservative/Reform/CA history will wear a ski jacket for what it’s intended? Do they not realize that a major powder day on January 23 will seriously … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Potholes still rule the West

B.C.’s business-friendly Liberal government that replaced the NDP just after I wrote the previous column has cut taxes and taken steps to restart the province’s economy. The Vancouver Island freeway, which runs just inland from the Strait of Georgia, now extends north to Campbell River, easing access to Mount Washington and distant Mount Cain. The … More »

Torino 2006: Racer ready?

There has been a lot of talk about Canada’s prospects in Torino, especially on the heels of the Athens Summer Games. The past two years have seen a new spirit of leadership coming from the National Sport Organizations (NSO), a heightened priority by the NSO and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to seamlessly integrate Olympic … More »

Advice for the Europe-bound

Alps, photo by Fred McKinney

Why travel all the way to Europe when Canada has some of the best skiing in the world? Well, you could ask any of the Canadians I wrote about last month why they left to settle with such satisfaction in the Alps. European skiing is more extensive and higher in altitude with more sophisticated ski … More »

Top 10 reasons why it’s going to be a great winter

Every autumn I partake in the spreading of all sorts of ridiculously entertaining prophecies about why it’s going to be a great winter for skiers. I’m not talking about the Farmer’s Almanac long-range weather “predictions” that apply to such long-range weather “predictions” that apply to such broad areas they’re as accurate as astrological charts and … More »

Judge Benoit Presiding

Even if these days you only ski the hero run under the chair when you’re sure none of your friends are watching and that yellow downhill suit you’ve been keeping “just in case” makes you look more like a chubby banana than a svelte racer, there’s still hope because athletes aren’t the only ones who … More »

No more mumbo-Jumbo

I figured I’d have long been writing travel articles on riding Canada’s highest ski lifts and exploring almost 2,000 verical metres of dramatic, glaciated terrain. No such luck. Still, Vancouver architect and skiing visionary Oberto Oberti’s plan has made progress in the year since B.C.’s Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office … More »

Garage sale: one slightly used snowboard

I was cleaning out the garage on Saturday and among the bikes, sails, bottles of pesticide from the ’50s, and raccoon and opossum dens I found my old snowboard. Yes, I admit it, for a brief, bored time in the early ’90s, I joined the dark side, hung out with a bad crowd and learned … More »

How sweet it is

It was Canadian mountain guide John Hogg, for example, who popularized ski safari routes across Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites, and who reconfigured the classic Haute Route ski tour from Zermatt to Chamonix to maximize downhill skiing thrills. And it was Mark Shapiro from the epicentre of skiing in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario) who revolutionized if … More »

The politics of skiing

Why is it that all of our recent prime ministers of the Liberal faith have been skiers, indeed good skiers, while none of the Tory PMs or leaders of the Conservative/Reform/CA history will wear a ski jacket for what it’s intended? Do they not realize that a major powder day on January 23 will seriously … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Potholes still rule the West

B.C.’s business-friendly Liberal government that replaced the NDP just after I wrote the previous column has cut taxes and taken steps to restart the province’s economy. The Vancouver Island freeway, which runs just inland from the Strait of Georgia, now extends north to Campbell River, easing access to Mount Washington and distant Mount Cain. The … More »

Torino 2006: Racer ready?

There has been a lot of talk about Canada’s prospects in Torino, especially on the heels of the Athens Summer Games. The past two years have seen a new spirit of leadership coming from the National Sport Organizations (NSO), a heightened priority by the NSO and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to seamlessly integrate Olympic … More »

Advice for the Europe-bound

Alps, photo by Fred McKinney

Why travel all the way to Europe when Canada has some of the best skiing in the world? Well, you could ask any of the Canadians I wrote about last month why they left to settle with such satisfaction in the Alps. European skiing is more extensive and higher in altitude with more sophisticated ski … More »

Top 10 reasons why it’s going to be a great winter

Every autumn I partake in the spreading of all sorts of ridiculously entertaining prophecies about why it’s going to be a great winter for skiers. I’m not talking about the Farmer’s Almanac long-range weather “predictions” that apply to such long-range weather “predictions” that apply to such broad areas they’re as accurate as astrological charts and … More »

Judge Benoit Presiding

Even if these days you only ski the hero run under the chair when you’re sure none of your friends are watching and that yellow downhill suit you’ve been keeping “just in case” makes you look more like a chubby banana than a svelte racer, there’s still hope because athletes aren’t the only ones who … More »

No more mumbo-Jumbo

I figured I’d have long been writing travel articles on riding Canada’s highest ski lifts and exploring almost 2,000 verical metres of dramatic, glaciated terrain. No such luck. Still, Vancouver architect and skiing visionary Oberto Oberti’s plan has made progress in the year since B.C.’s Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office … More »

Garage sale: one slightly used snowboard

I was cleaning out the garage on Saturday and among the bikes, sails, bottles of pesticide from the ’50s, and raccoon and opossum dens I found my old snowboard. Yes, I admit it, for a brief, bored time in the early ’90s, I joined the dark side, hung out with a bad crowd and learned … More »

How sweet it is

It was Canadian mountain guide John Hogg, for example, who popularized ski safari routes across Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites, and who reconfigured the classic Haute Route ski tour from Zermatt to Chamonix to maximize downhill skiing thrills. And it was Mark Shapiro from the epicentre of skiing in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario) who revolutionized if … More »

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Outside Canada?