Mogul Stars

Q&A with Mikaël Kingsbury and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe. When a coveted FIS Crystal Globe lands in Canadian hands for overall season results, it’s kind of a big deal. When both the men’s and ladies’ World Cup mogul champions are from home soil, it’s reason to celebrate.     Ski Canada: Congratulations to both of you! How did you … More »

Larisa Yurkiw

[edit. note: On May 11, 2016 Larisa Yurkiw announced her retirement from ski racing due to concerns about her surgically repaired knee.]   Any World Cup podium result is impressive, but for Canadian skier Larisa Yurkiw, two podium finishes so far this season have particular significance given her decision to ski as an independent athlete. … More »

Marie-Michèle Gagnon

The Canadian members of the ladies’ ski team are inspiring role models and a marketer’s dream. Racking up podiums and top-10 results on the World Cup circuit this year, the girls are stepping out of the well-branded Americans’ and Europeans’ shadows. Alpine Canada’s Communications Manager Ashley Shantz said the team is making extra PR efforts … More »

Manny O-P workout

When national ski team member Manuel Osborne-Paradis was thinking of a way to give back to the sport, he decided on working with Alpine Canada trainer Jamie McCartney to produce a training video for young racers. by JIM MORRIS from December 2015 issue “A lot of ski clubs maybe don’t have a trainer or a … More »

Take 5 With Dustin Cook

  Dustin Cook burst onto the international ski scene last season with three podium appearances, including a super-G victory at the World Cup finals in Méribel, France, and a silver medal at the World Championships held in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Cook has been a national-team member since 2007, but doesn’t have the profile of other … More »

Racy Bits – Canadian men’s WC team update

The Canadian men’s World Cup ski team has reached into its past hoping for improved results in the future. Burkhard Schaffer, who worked with Canadian Cowboys like Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis early in their careers, has returned as head coach of the speed team after eight years of working with other countries. … More »

Racer Ready?

For elite athletes, and their families, sacrificing education in pursuit of the dream has its challenges at career end.  By Duncan Hessel in December 2013 issue Let’s start with a hypothetical situation. You’re an exceptional young athlete and you’ve had some success as a skier. You’re talented, your coaches are hopeful and your parents are … More »

Chasing down Manuel Osborne-Paradis

Sochi 2014 by Jim Morris in Fall 2013 issue Risk versus reward. It’s something we all contemplate, whether it’s a complicated business venture or simply deciding if the chance of getting a speeding ticket makes it worth driving that little bit faster. Often the greater the risk, the bigger the reward—but the penalty for failure … More »

The new world of freeriding

by Tobias c. van Veen  from Fall 2012 issue This season (and may it be blessed) will see the long-awaited merger of the Freeride World Tour (herein called the FWT) with the Freeskiing World Tour (herein now part of the Freeride World Tour) what does this mean, you ask? For starters, it means bigger audiences … More »

Skiing’s gladiators

  Skier cross has a strange and storied history in not only the sport of skiing, but in the evolution of skiing itself. The dark roots of skier cross involve nothing more or less than corralling your so-called friends (of all ages), heading to the pinnacle of your local hill and pointing it down in a no-holds-barred race to the bottom. by … More »