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Brave new world

In mid-August, the 20-year-long era of the company that operates Whistler-Blackcomb, Mont Tremblant, Panorama, Blue Mountain and numerous other resorts came to an end, or turned a page in its history. After appearing to have flatlined in the face of a rising Canadian dollar, stagnating skier-visits and a scarcity of lucrative new development projects, publicly … More »

Time to take the plunge

The greatest schism between eastern and western Canadians isn’t about politics or power – it’s about powder. Shocking to most skiers in the west is the fact many easterners are so intimidated by the rare and elusive “deep” they actually find it objectionable. They’ll even avoid it. To be fair, easterners are often excellent at … More »

Austria: Super Model

While it certainly helps to be blessed with exceptional athletes and a deep pool of rising talent, ensuring the team is poised and ready to dominate at a major event goes far beyond the athletes. The Austrians have a well-deserved reputation for meticulous preparation and well-funded programs. They understand that ski racing is a tactical … More »

Swiss Village by Intrawest

Bruson

It’s that good in Bruson. There are only two chairlifts and two brutal T-bars. The groomed piste skiing is distinctly limited, easy enough for an intermediate to exhaust in an hour. But the off-piste excursions are epic in variety and, in my experience, unique in their ability to reinstill the elemental joy of skiing in … More »

Let the Games Begin

It’s a question I get asked often, and one that draws more discussion with readers and editors alike than questions of snow quality and slope inclination. (Not that I am an authority.) Despite my limitations in the downhill department, most of my friends would readily agree that I am a considerably more expert and experienced … 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 »

Brave new world

In mid-August, the 20-year-long era of the company that operates Whistler-Blackcomb, Mont Tremblant, Panorama, Blue Mountain and numerous other resorts came to an end, or turned a page in its history. After appearing to have flatlined in the face of a rising Canadian dollar, stagnating skier-visits and a scarcity of lucrative new development projects, publicly … More »

Time to take the plunge

The greatest schism between eastern and western Canadians isn’t about politics or power – it’s about powder. Shocking to most skiers in the west is the fact many easterners are so intimidated by the rare and elusive “deep” they actually find it objectionable. They’ll even avoid it. To be fair, easterners are often excellent at … More »

Austria: Super Model

While it certainly helps to be blessed with exceptional athletes and a deep pool of rising talent, ensuring the team is poised and ready to dominate at a major event goes far beyond the athletes. The Austrians have a well-deserved reputation for meticulous preparation and well-funded programs. They understand that ski racing is a tactical … More »

Swiss Village by Intrawest

Bruson

It’s that good in Bruson. There are only two chairlifts and two brutal T-bars. The groomed piste skiing is distinctly limited, easy enough for an intermediate to exhaust in an hour. But the off-piste excursions are epic in variety and, in my experience, unique in their ability to reinstill the elemental joy of skiing in … More »

Let the Games Begin

It’s a question I get asked often, and one that draws more discussion with readers and editors alike than questions of snow quality and slope inclination. (Not that I am an authority.) Despite my limitations in the downhill department, most of my friends would readily agree that I am a considerably more expert and experienced … 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 »

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