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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 »

Science vs. Avalanches

Science vs

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type… More »

Aprés in the Alps

Folie Douce

Euros put North Americans to shame when it comes to après ski. If you’re heading across the pond this winter, Leslie Woit presents the Coles Notes on where to party. from December 2014 issue 1. PARTY CENTRAL For the biggest boot-stompin’, oompah-disco après ski, get the party started before you leave the slopes in St. Anton… More »

Custom made stained glass for skiers

Fred 300

“It started out as a physio project after I cut off my thumb in a table saw accident,” said Fred Racansky, Völkl’s man in Canmore, Alberta, “but within six months, I was a paid artist.” Three years later, Racansky’s incredible stained glass artwork, mostly in skiing and winter themes, is hanging in homes, cabins and… More »

Facts on Frostbite

I frequently see patients who have suffered burns and resorted to some old-fashioned home remedies, like covering the injury with butter instead of the immediate application of cold water. Misconceptions on how to self-treat burns is easily surpassed by the “old wives’ tales” surrounding the prevention and treatment of frostbite injuries. by Dr. John Foote… More »

Racy Bits – Canadian men’s WC team update

Dec14 Racy

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 »

Tremblant Trivia

Fall14 Tremblant

> Does the fittest ski shop owner live at Tremblant? Maxime Gagnon of Ski Max Ski Service in the old village just qualified to compete in the 2015 IronMan World Championship in Austria. “Summer, I get up and ride 100 km on my bike, run and then swim at night; during the busy ski season,… More »

Shell Collection

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  from Fall 2014 issue 1. The classic Swiss alpine company Mammut may have its roots firmly based in mountain climbing, but skiers love the association as much as the gear’s durability and fit. The Masao Jacket ($329) in seven colours is one tough shell for the price, with a firm-feeling three-layer breathable/waterproof DryTech fabric that… More »

Apping the backcountry

Even though you probably won’t get a cell signal, you should still bring your smartphone into the backcountry. And not just for taking summit selfies. Here are five reasons why: Geobackcountry A made-for-mobile guidebook to 100 ski tours in B.C.’s Rogers Pass that includes maps, pictures, descriptions and, with GPS, plots current location. Device: Android… More »

Beer League Ski Racing Injuries

The relatively limited ski terrain in Ontario has resulted in large youth participation rates for competitive ski racing at both private and public ski hills. At many ski areas, grownups have followed suit and are racing in adult racing leagues. The level of experience and skill in these so-called beer league races is highly variable…. More »