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Cat vs. Heli: We All Win

by George Koch in Western View from Winter 2012 issue As an international ski writer who spends virtually all winter on the slopes (it’s charming how many people I meet think that’s not a lie), I’m frequently asked whether I prefer heli-skiing or snowcat skiing. Canadian, European and American skiers are equally curious, although coming at it from different angles. Europeans, for … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2012 issue

    TEN YEARS STRONG ❖ Dave Irwin’s Dash for Cash becomes a 10 th annual this February 3-4 in Banff and Sunshine Village when the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury pushes past the $400,000 fundraising mark. On top of 10 pairs of skis to give away, prizes range from RK Heliskiing to ClifBars to Giro and Scott helmets. Singles and … More »

Driven to Distraction

First Tracks by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2012 issue Driven to distraction After an epic five-resort road trip in Austria years ago, George Koch had left me in charge of returning the rental car to the airport in Munich. I was running late for the flight, and behind the glass window Frau Blücher kept repeatedly pushing the keys at me as I … More »

Ski Canada Ski School

from Panorama Mountain Snow School –  video instruction with Jason Simpson episode #6 – Natural Balance episode #1 – balancing on your skis   episode #2 – how to steer, not push, your skis episode #3 – stop grinding your turns episode #4 – make lateral moves episode #5 – balancing on your outside ski

The Science Behind Helmets

Protecting your head isn’t about colour and styling, it’s knowing a helmet’s limitations – and your own by Jasper Shealy with Robert Johnson and Carl Ettlinger from Fall 2008 issue – originally posted December 5, 2008 Jasper Shealy is Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. This article includes material from Robert Wilson, Professor, … More »

Short Turns: 40th Anniversary issue

    The Castle’s cat ❖ Castle Mountain Resort ’s unique lift-assisted sidecountry snowcat kiing has been a big hit, racking up nearly 500 skier-visits last season in only its second winter. Castle’s Powder Stagecoach hauls a daily group of 12 skiers to hundreds of acres of natural, on-lift-serviced terrain on upper Mount Haig. “We can … More »

The way we were

Iain MacMillan

  I wasn’t of working age when the Ski Canada Journal, as we were once called, started rolling off the presses 40 years ago. I was busy taping Jean-Claude Killy, Nancy Greene and “Keep those tips up” Lange posters to my wall—and pestering my dad (unsuccessfully) for a pair of red-white-’n’-blue K2 Comp Fours, Nordica Banana boots and a White Stag jacket. I … More »

Proud and loud

The Facebook status read simply: “Anyone in the village and maybe want to put some $$ into the meter for my parking? Old, red jetta parked at crystal. Car’s open. Thanks!” When I first saw my friend’s post last summer while rushing through downtown Vancouver, I chuckled to myself. After scrolling through the comments and … More »

Mountain Forecast: firings with periods of litigation

Sunshine Village’s firing last winter of seven ski patrollers, including two of its senior-most personnel, hit the skiing world like a string of explosives shattering a cornice. The appearance of heavy-handed ski resort owners protecting a wayward family member by punishing hard-working and public-spirited employees seemed like a ready-made morality tale. It stirred popular passions, becoming the topic of innumerable chairlift-ride, lunchtime … More »

Taking FIS to Task

by tobias c. van Veen from the Fall 2011 issue. The first and only time I saw Jean-Luc Brassard in competition was at the closing finale of the 2002 World Cup Freestyle on Blackcomb. As I feasted on the media tent’s prawns and wine, the Lillehammer legend laid down a cartilage-destroying performance. Sure, he was no longer on top, but he … More »

Cat vs. Heli: We All Win

by George Koch in Western View from Winter 2012 issue As an international ski writer who spends virtually all winter on the slopes (it’s charming how many people I meet think that’s not a lie), I’m frequently asked whether I prefer heli-skiing or snowcat skiing. Canadian, European and American skiers are equally curious, although coming at it from different angles. Europeans, for … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2012 issue

    TEN YEARS STRONG ❖ Dave Irwin’s Dash for Cash becomes a 10 th annual this February 3-4 in Banff and Sunshine Village when the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury pushes past the $400,000 fundraising mark. On top of 10 pairs of skis to give away, prizes range from RK Heliskiing to ClifBars to Giro and Scott helmets. Singles and … More »

Driven to Distraction

First Tracks by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2012 issue Driven to distraction After an epic five-resort road trip in Austria years ago, George Koch had left me in charge of returning the rental car to the airport in Munich. I was running late for the flight, and behind the glass window Frau Blücher kept repeatedly pushing the keys at me as I … More »

Ski Canada Ski School

from Panorama Mountain Snow School –  video instruction with Jason Simpson episode #6 – Natural Balance episode #1 – balancing on your skis   episode #2 – how to steer, not push, your skis episode #3 – stop grinding your turns episode #4 – make lateral moves episode #5 – balancing on your outside ski

The Science Behind Helmets

Protecting your head isn’t about colour and styling, it’s knowing a helmet’s limitations – and your own by Jasper Shealy with Robert Johnson and Carl Ettlinger from Fall 2008 issue – originally posted December 5, 2008 Jasper Shealy is Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. This article includes material from Robert Wilson, Professor, … More »

Short Turns: 40th Anniversary issue

    The Castle’s cat ❖ Castle Mountain Resort ’s unique lift-assisted sidecountry snowcat kiing has been a big hit, racking up nearly 500 skier-visits last season in only its second winter. Castle’s Powder Stagecoach hauls a daily group of 12 skiers to hundreds of acres of natural, on-lift-serviced terrain on upper Mount Haig. “We can … More »

The way we were

Iain MacMillan

  I wasn’t of working age when the Ski Canada Journal, as we were once called, started rolling off the presses 40 years ago. I was busy taping Jean-Claude Killy, Nancy Greene and “Keep those tips up” Lange posters to my wall—and pestering my dad (unsuccessfully) for a pair of red-white-’n’-blue K2 Comp Fours, Nordica Banana boots and a White Stag jacket. I … More »

Proud and loud

The Facebook status read simply: “Anyone in the village and maybe want to put some $$ into the meter for my parking? Old, red jetta parked at crystal. Car’s open. Thanks!” When I first saw my friend’s post last summer while rushing through downtown Vancouver, I chuckled to myself. After scrolling through the comments and … More »

Mountain Forecast: firings with periods of litigation

Sunshine Village’s firing last winter of seven ski patrollers, including two of its senior-most personnel, hit the skiing world like a string of explosives shattering a cornice. The appearance of heavy-handed ski resort owners protecting a wayward family member by punishing hard-working and public-spirited employees seemed like a ready-made morality tale. It stirred popular passions, becoming the topic of innumerable chairlift-ride, lunchtime … More »

Taking FIS to Task

by tobias c. van Veen from the Fall 2011 issue. The first and only time I saw Jean-Luc Brassard in competition was at the closing finale of the 2002 World Cup Freestyle on Blackcomb. As I feasted on the media tent’s prawns and wine, the Lillehammer legend laid down a cartilage-destroying performance. Sure, he was no longer on top, but he … More »

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