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Short Turns * Buyer’s Guide 2015

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GUILTY PLEASURES  How much! What can you do with a reindeer and nine raccoons in seven days? If you’re in Finland, you sew it up nice, tack a pretty price tag like $16,500 on it and ship it to Canada where we can’t think of such good uses for our racoons. No fewer than nine… More »

Getting High in the Mountains

from Short Turns in Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue I have a new respect and awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, after a day of backcountry skiing in the Swiss Alps last March. We started the day by climbing, with skins, about 600 vertical metres; it took three hours. Most of the exertion occurred just… More »

Short Turns * Winter 2014

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Race Ready Those into Whistler’s World Cup race pistes will know that Ptarmigan, which jets straight down the mid-mountain on a northerly aspect, has been widened into an autobahn for the rolling thunder of ski racing. All thanks to upgrades from the 2010 Games, it has also been fixed up with fancy snow-blowing equipment. But… More »

Short Turns – December 2013

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Revving up the Freeride World It’s one thing to experience the crowds, watch some of the world’s best freeriders (through binoculars anyway) and chill your cheeks because you’re not moving, unlike the meat-hucking athletes on tour, but you can always be part of the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face by playing armchair… More »

Short Turns * Fall 2013

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from Fall 2013 issue BACKCOUNTRY READY?  The Shredstitute is expanding on last year’s popular Rogers Pass Freeski Camp by bringing celebrated ski mountaineer Greg Hill back for two weekend programs this season. One posse of lucky campers will explore remote powder at Rogers Pass (December 13-15), and another will be lapping the pillowy slackcountry… More »

Short Turns * Buyer’s Guide 2014

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   For the man who has everything “Limited time offer” is a common tag on any sales pitch, but we’ve never seen it attached to a glacier for sale. With some estimates of Austria’s glaciers disappearing entirely within 20 years, there really may be some urgency—if you’ve ever considered buying one. Currently on sale for… More »

Short Turns * Winter 2013

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Happily ever après If you were meant to ski first tracks at Tremblant, then why are there so many late-night shows, bars, concerts and events going on? Après-ski options are a top reason this overly social resort is continually ranked first in the East by visitors like those from the U.S. Just the lineup of… More »

Short Turns: December 2012

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from December 2012 issue KITESURFING ON SKIS Soaring on skis through the air—10 metres off the snow—is a seductive high. “It’s a very addictive sport, a tremendous amount of fun and everyone who does it, loves it,” says fan Tom Couture of Rocky Mountain Snow Kiting in Canmore, Alberta. All you need are your skis,… More »

Short Turns: Fall 2012

Short Turns Fall 2012

    Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s…75?  It’s been quite a journey for the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA), one of the longest-surviving ski organizations in Canada. The “Alliance” turns 75 years old this season. The CSIA’s membership—20,000-plus certified ski pros employed by nearly every ski area in Canada—has published a special anniversary edition of Ski… More »

Short Turns: Buyer’s Guide 2013

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ONTARIO’S YEAR OF THE LIFT ❖ This is the year of the new lift—at least in Ontario. Despite a low- (or no-) snow season in 2012, at least five Ontario ski areas are pushing ahead with plans to install new chairs—most of them for Greater Toronto Area skiers. “It’s more than we’ve seen in years,” says Bruce Haynes, head of the Ontario… More »