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Living the guide life

Hans

From the Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue More than a good life, “it’s a dream come true,” says Hans Solmssen. Hans is at the top of his profession, one of the most sought-after guides in the Alps. His story is an inspiration to any North American aspiring to the ultimate job. “If you want to be … More »

Making Whistler home

From the Buyers Guide 2010 issue With 2010 now just around the corner, the Canadian Alpine Ski Team is taking every opportunity to gain intimate knowledge of every bump and curve of the Olympic courses. Call it the home-turf advantage. Whether on the snow or in the village, Rob Boyd, Canadian women’s team head coach, … More »

Something for everyone

‘Skiing is life,” a poetic Dean Cummings once told me when I first met him almost a decade ago. At the time I agreed, and to a certain extent I still do. Yet, over the years I’ve come to realize that not everyone likes to ski. I’ve also accepted, if not completely understood, that only … More »

Getting the message across

This winter the usual early-season snows largely bypassed Whistler- Blackcomb even as Victoria and Vancouver suffered havoc. Extended cold, a rain crust, a dangerous layer of faceted crystals and lastly heavy wind-loaded snowfalls created what avalanche expert Chris Stethem later described as a once-in-30-years “continental snowpack”—shallow and dangerous, akin to the Alberta Rockies. “We found … More »

Where to now?

From politics to powder, George Koch and I often end a discussion by agreeing to disagree. But his diatribe that starts on page 22 this issue on the frustrations of both skiers and resorts over the opening of off-piste terrain, certainly hit a chord around here. I agree with George when he said simply, “…terrain … More »

Lend a Hand for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Just because you live in Hamilton or Edmonton doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the Games. After all, when something needs done, Canada is the type of country that rolls up its sleeves and gets dirty. Approximately 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the Winter Olympics. Organizers can plan every detail, but in less … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2009

An edge on the competition Felix Ski Services, Calgary * Neck deep for Knee Deep Whitewater BC * Louise on ice Ice Magic Festival * Porter Class to Tremblant * New On The Shelf ‘The Crazy Canucks’ by Janet Love Morrison, ‘White Weekends’ by Tom Robbins * Freestyle with Chris Robinson * Poll Dancing 89% … More »

European high life

MountainHut

Nothing defines the European skiing experience better than staying a night in a high-altitude hut. Variously called cabanes, refuges, rifugi or hütte, these shelters on the snow are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. They are also a world unto themselves, where special rules apply and where only a certain type of person goes. I … More »

Golden Dreams

Alert readers will recall my chronicling of the Kicking Horse story since it began as a glimmer in the eye of Vancouver skier-visionary Oberto Oberti. I was an instant convert on the late spring day in 1998 when Oberti and local heli-skiing operator Rudi Gertsch flew me onto a peak thousands of feet above the … More »

Who’s in the driver’s seat?

The way some in marketing think these days, anyone over 25 isn’t worth spending ad dollars on unless the account is Gold Bond powder, walk-in bathtubs or an Anne Murray remix CD. Personally, my pants aren’t baggy enough to use as an emergency shelter but on the other hand, I also don’t set the waistband … More »

Living the guide life

Hans

From the Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue More than a good life, “it’s a dream come true,” says Hans Solmssen. Hans is at the top of his profession, one of the most sought-after guides in the Alps. His story is an inspiration to any North American aspiring to the ultimate job. “If you want to be … More »

Making Whistler home

From the Buyers Guide 2010 issue With 2010 now just around the corner, the Canadian Alpine Ski Team is taking every opportunity to gain intimate knowledge of every bump and curve of the Olympic courses. Call it the home-turf advantage. Whether on the snow or in the village, Rob Boyd, Canadian women’s team head coach, … More »

Something for everyone

‘Skiing is life,” a poetic Dean Cummings once told me when I first met him almost a decade ago. At the time I agreed, and to a certain extent I still do. Yet, over the years I’ve come to realize that not everyone likes to ski. I’ve also accepted, if not completely understood, that only … More »

Getting the message across

This winter the usual early-season snows largely bypassed Whistler- Blackcomb even as Victoria and Vancouver suffered havoc. Extended cold, a rain crust, a dangerous layer of faceted crystals and lastly heavy wind-loaded snowfalls created what avalanche expert Chris Stethem later described as a once-in-30-years “continental snowpack”—shallow and dangerous, akin to the Alberta Rockies. “We found … More »

Where to now?

From politics to powder, George Koch and I often end a discussion by agreeing to disagree. But his diatribe that starts on page 22 this issue on the frustrations of both skiers and resorts over the opening of off-piste terrain, certainly hit a chord around here. I agree with George when he said simply, “…terrain … More »

Lend a Hand for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Just because you live in Hamilton or Edmonton doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the Games. After all, when something needs done, Canada is the type of country that rolls up its sleeves and gets dirty. Approximately 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the Winter Olympics. Organizers can plan every detail, but in less … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2009

An edge on the competition Felix Ski Services, Calgary * Neck deep for Knee Deep Whitewater BC * Louise on ice Ice Magic Festival * Porter Class to Tremblant * New On The Shelf ‘The Crazy Canucks’ by Janet Love Morrison, ‘White Weekends’ by Tom Robbins * Freestyle with Chris Robinson * Poll Dancing 89% … More »

European high life

MountainHut

Nothing defines the European skiing experience better than staying a night in a high-altitude hut. Variously called cabanes, refuges, rifugi or hütte, these shelters on the snow are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. They are also a world unto themselves, where special rules apply and where only a certain type of person goes. I … More »

Golden Dreams

Alert readers will recall my chronicling of the Kicking Horse story since it began as a glimmer in the eye of Vancouver skier-visionary Oberto Oberti. I was an instant convert on the late spring day in 1998 when Oberti and local heli-skiing operator Rudi Gertsch flew me onto a peak thousands of feet above the … More »

Who’s in the driver’s seat?

The way some in marketing think these days, anyone over 25 isn’t worth spending ad dollars on unless the account is Gold Bond powder, walk-in bathtubs or an Anne Murray remix CD. Personally, my pants aren’t baggy enough to use as an emergency shelter but on the other hand, I also don’t set the waistband … More »

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