Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper

How to dig out an avalanche victim The transceiver may get all the glam when it comes to rescuing someone from an avalanche burial, but it’s the shovel that does all the heavy lifting. Digging is typically the slowest part of the rescue and, with the chances of survival sinking fast after 15 minutes, it’s … More »

Healing App

Healing App

One of the hardest parts about recovering from a ski injury is making that long journey back into an active lifestyle. Regaining strength, flexibility, balance and confidence—the backbones of skiing—requires dedication and time. So, of course, there’s an app for that. The North Face and its Mountain Athletics app helps to focus on rehab and … More »

5-0 and Go

Whistler 50 600

For a place known for throwing mega parties, Whistler is all of a sudden acting its age.   The mega-resort plans to celebrate its 50th birthday in December with a party, the movie 50 Years of Going Beyond and a coffee-table book—a mature approach to a golden anniversary for one of the world’s great ski … More »

3 Surprising Backcountry Destinations

3 Backcountry

  Sure, B.C. and Alberta offer the biggest, deepest and most consistent backcountry skiing in Canada, but it’s no duopoly when it comes to opportunities for earning turns. And after last winter, when it was still snowing in the Maritimes last spring while western skiers were mountain biking, heading east might be the ticket. Quebec’s … More »

Whistler Gondolas For Sale


Delivery not included Whistler Mountain’s two-stage gondola was pretty state-of-the-art when the first passengers hopped onboard during the inaugural 1988 ski season. Indeed, its construction dates back to when the Young family owned Whistler Mountain, while competitor Intrawest—the new kid on the block—owned Blackcomb. “Those cabins were real workhorses,” said Whistler Blackcomb’s Doug Forseth. The … More »

Skiing Kiwi & Oz – Translation Please

If summer in Canada hits and you still haven’t had enough of the slippy, slidey, lefty, righty, then it might be time to start planning your ski trip to the Southern Hemisphere. Many people are surprised to learn that the skiing can be really great in both New Zealand and Australia. That’s if you’re willing … More »

Welcome to the Club

WIN15 Club Med

As North American skiers patiently await news on when Club Med will return to the continent, the iconic French holiday company was busy last December opening its latest four-trident village in Val Thorens, France. Les Trois Vallées, the largest resort in the Alps with 600 km of pistes, begins just outside the ski-room door. With guests … More »

Dressing for Success

WINTER 2015 issue – She was narrowly pipped off the podium at Lake Louise’s opening World Cup downhill in December, but Owen Sound, Ontario’s Larisa Yurkiw was leading the fashion pack when she earned a thrilling 4th. High on the trend-o-metre this season are these practical and chic down-padded skirts that are warming some of … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well


It seems every winter we hear about cases where people get trapped and sometimes suffocate in tree wells, the deep doughnut holes that form around the base of both big and small trees. If you aren’t able to alert help, or self-rescue, there’s a chance that you could join this unfortunate list. Here are a … More »

Ski Songs

Ski Songs

Surfers are lucky. They get their own genre of music. No shortage of tunes for the car while chasing an endless summer. Skiers? We have but one album. And what an album! Bob Gibson straightlined it with this 1959 folk pressing. These 11 mostly jaunty songs stay on target, warning skiers what will happen if … More »