Short Turns

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 »

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 »

Après 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 »