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Short Turns: December 2008

Short Turns – Travel Guide 2009 Issue POLE JOKES It’s pretty tough to find a lift-line around Big White if you have to do some busking for your dinner so Wiegele heli-guide and visiting street entertainer Ron Betts prefers hanging out in front of restaurant exits for scraps. “So far I’ve been able to make … More »

Style File: Travel Guide 2009

Reach for the next turn Good skiers show a wide range of movement, but without coaching those movements can be misinterpreted. A good example is the situation pictured, where the skier is coming onto a flatter section at high speed. The body bends in the transition, but the extension of the legs is a reaching … More »

Try something new

by Chris Lennon If you’ve already read Ski Canada’s Buyer’s Guide last issue, you will have noticed that reverse camber skis (their tips and tails don’t touch when the ski bases are put together) are being sold to the mainstream. Gone are the days when a rockered ski was something only a few athletes were … More »

Better Homes and Containers

On a trip to Mont Tremblant last April, while attempting to put his exuberant charm to good use, Kris “Slicer” Cormier was confronted by a seemingly nice French girl who went a bit postal when she discovered where her would-be suitor lived. “You’re from Whistler?” she screeched. “We don’t need your kind of trash here!” … More »

Forsyth Says Farewell

It put a damper on the good news that Austrian Patrick Riml will take over as manager of the Canadian women’s alpine team. Riml coached the U.S. Europa and World Cup teams for seven years, guiding Julia Mancuso to Olympic gold in the giant slalom in Turin and Lindsey Vonn to the overall and downhill … More »

Knee Canada

When my wife collected me at the hospital, the look on her face went from incredulous to amusement. I was still groggy from a general anaesthetic after having my right knee scoped when she asked what had been learned about my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). “Dr. Deakon said it grew back,” I replied. (Which brought … More »

The Making of a Mountain

Helicopters stood in silence, flags fluttered and people milled about on the broad plateau beneath Saddle Mountain, chatting or munching smoked salmon and other treats from a vast buffet spread on improvised tables carved from the compact spring snow. Mike Wiegele stood in the stiff April breeze and officially announced that Saddle Mountain Resort had … More »

Building on success

In the 1920s an impecunious Ernest Hemingway bummed around the Italian Dolomites, hitching rides on pre-dawn milk trains chugging up to high farms, using them as ski lifts. Only a decade ago, the tourist director of St. Anton in Austria told me, “We open our arms to ski bums.” And one who took him up … More »

Expect the unexpected

Full StyleFile page layouts with images During this particular photo shoot at Lake Louise, we were constantly interrupted by snow squalls and flat light. Unexpectedly, the demonstrator gave a rare glimpse of what is possible at the highest level of expertise. Because his balance was perfect, he was able to hit an unseen bump and … More »

Split Decision

Despite Utah’s trademarked, and distracting, “Greatest Snow on Earth” swirling outside the windows of Snow Basin’s magnificent base lodge in January, I was still able to listen intently to a PK, or product knowledge, talk about Atomic’s latest creation, D2 Doubledeck technology. But partway into the dog and pony show, the scene was interrupted by … More »

Short Turns: December 2008

Short Turns – Travel Guide 2009 Issue POLE JOKES It’s pretty tough to find a lift-line around Big White if you have to do some busking for your dinner so Wiegele heli-guide and visiting street entertainer Ron Betts prefers hanging out in front of restaurant exits for scraps. “So far I’ve been able to make … More »

Style File: Travel Guide 2009

Reach for the next turn Good skiers show a wide range of movement, but without coaching those movements can be misinterpreted. A good example is the situation pictured, where the skier is coming onto a flatter section at high speed. The body bends in the transition, but the extension of the legs is a reaching … More »

Try something new

by Chris Lennon If you’ve already read Ski Canada’s Buyer’s Guide last issue, you will have noticed that reverse camber skis (their tips and tails don’t touch when the ski bases are put together) are being sold to the mainstream. Gone are the days when a rockered ski was something only a few athletes were … More »

Better Homes and Containers

On a trip to Mont Tremblant last April, while attempting to put his exuberant charm to good use, Kris “Slicer” Cormier was confronted by a seemingly nice French girl who went a bit postal when she discovered where her would-be suitor lived. “You’re from Whistler?” she screeched. “We don’t need your kind of trash here!” … More »

Forsyth Says Farewell

It put a damper on the good news that Austrian Patrick Riml will take over as manager of the Canadian women’s alpine team. Riml coached the U.S. Europa and World Cup teams for seven years, guiding Julia Mancuso to Olympic gold in the giant slalom in Turin and Lindsey Vonn to the overall and downhill … More »

Knee Canada

When my wife collected me at the hospital, the look on her face went from incredulous to amusement. I was still groggy from a general anaesthetic after having my right knee scoped when she asked what had been learned about my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). “Dr. Deakon said it grew back,” I replied. (Which brought … More »

The Making of a Mountain

Helicopters stood in silence, flags fluttered and people milled about on the broad plateau beneath Saddle Mountain, chatting or munching smoked salmon and other treats from a vast buffet spread on improvised tables carved from the compact spring snow. Mike Wiegele stood in the stiff April breeze and officially announced that Saddle Mountain Resort had … More »

Building on success

In the 1920s an impecunious Ernest Hemingway bummed around the Italian Dolomites, hitching rides on pre-dawn milk trains chugging up to high farms, using them as ski lifts. Only a decade ago, the tourist director of St. Anton in Austria told me, “We open our arms to ski bums.” And one who took him up … More »

Expect the unexpected

Full StyleFile page layouts with images During this particular photo shoot at Lake Louise, we were constantly interrupted by snow squalls and flat light. Unexpectedly, the demonstrator gave a rare glimpse of what is possible at the highest level of expertise. Because his balance was perfect, he was able to hit an unseen bump and … More »

Split Decision

Despite Utah’s trademarked, and distracting, “Greatest Snow on Earth” swirling outside the windows of Snow Basin’s magnificent base lodge in January, I was still able to listen intently to a PK, or product knowledge, talk about Atomic’s latest creation, D2 Doubledeck technology. But partway into the dog and pony show, the scene was interrupted by … More »

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