Save Your Knees

 If you haven’t had a serious knee injury while skiing, you likely know someone who has. We often think it’s just random bad luck but keep reading. by DR. JOHN FOOTE in December 2016 issue American engineers Jasper Shealy and Carl Ettlinger and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Robert Johnson have studied skiers and knees more than … More »

Fair Instructor Fare

How much do ski instructors earn around the world? It’s a question you need to ask yourself if you’re thinking of investing the time and money needed to work on the slopes. Unfortunately, information is thin and the answer is not as forthcoming, either, because there are so many variables that can influence earnings: country, … More »

Warm Up to Powder

If you’re a strong intermediate who already skis in the trees after a storm, you’re likely good enough to heli- or cat-ski. But if you want to make sure you’re ready before you head into untracked powder, check out Sun Peaks’s HeliCat Warm-Up Camps offered throughout the season. The two-day program, offered by off-piste camp co-ordinator, … More »

Join the Club

On the eve of the 2016-17 World Cup season in October, President and CEO Mark Rubenstein of Alpine Canada, which oversees the national Alpine, Ski Cross and Para-alpine ski racing teams, launched Club ACA, a fan-inspired loyalty program. It’s free to enroll and members benefit from numerous perks from the club’s founding partners, including  Helly … More »

Madawaska Mountain – Last Run

An hour’s drive southeast of Ontario’s Algonquin Park is a patch of rough land the highway planners avoided. People generally make their own fun in the Madawaska Highlands, but for almost 50 years there has been a solitary T-bar running 137 vertical metres up Madawaska Mountain, giving locals a reason to come together during quiet … More »

Post Hotel

In today’s world of similar-feeling condos that proliferate across North American ski country, it’s an incredibly satisfying splurge to check into an iconic inn like Lake Louise’s Post Hotel & Spa. Indeed, it’s difficult to find a more satisfying sleep, memorable meal and overall exemplary alpine stay in Canada. For nearly 40 years, brothers André … More »

Fernie and Beyond

After a group of ski media tracked up Fernie Alpine Resort last March for a Helly Hansen gear test, the quest for more first tracks led to the new Fernie Wilderness Adventures. The intimate cat-skiing operation utilizes a 12-sq-km tenure full of open glades and secret stashes starting at about 2,200m and dropping more than … More »

Avalanches and The Law

The Colorado Supreme Court in May ruled 5-2 that avalanches are an inherent risk of skiing. This ruling upheld the state’s Ski Safety Act that puts a $250,000 cap on liability to ski areas in the event of accident or incident within ski area boundaries. The case was brought by the wife of a skier … More »

Skiing Uphill Gains Traction

At 7:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016 three skiers started skinning up Mt. Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. They wanted to start the year off right: watching the sun rise over the peak before skiing powder down a backcountry run. They never made it. A ski patroller on early morning sweep sent them home … More »

Glacier Know-How

Back in September when most Canadians were trying to cram in one last trip to the lake, there was one group who’d already started thinking about mountains. Many of the guides who work at heli-ski and snowcat operations dusted off gear and made the migration to Blue River, B.C., where the Canadian Ski Guide Association … More »