Staying or Daying

Your cat-ski choice: a week up in the alpine or just pick a day…or two. t’s an age-old question. Some believe the Mayans were the first to ask it. Herodotus, the ancient Greek record-keeper, may have even alluded to it in his epic text, The Histories. More recently, prime ministers, presidents and dictators alike have scratched their heads … More »

Away From It All

The backcountry is a lot more comfortable when you stay at one of many alpine touring lodges in B.C. by STEVEN THRENDYLE in Fall 2016 issue If you’ve ever yearned to relax and enjoy the big-mountain experience, you owe it to yourself to book a week of touring. More and more resort skiers are discovering … More »

Oh, the people you’ll meet

The cast of characters in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski domain, makes for good stories. by IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos ADAM STEIN “In my life, I have been in four avalanches,” Paolo tells us, as though he’s talking about après-ski bars he’s visited. “In one I was completely buried, but they didn’t have to search for … More »

Far and Away

Arriving at Assiniboine Lodge, the birthplace of ski touring in Canada, is easy. Leaving the ultimate Rocky Mountain log cabin is a lot harder. by Leslie Woit *  photos Noel Rogers  *  in the Fall 2016 issue They say life is no picnic. They should come to Assiniboine Lodge. The sun sparkles like diamonds on the snowy … More »

Going Rando at Tremblant

Quebec resorts are welcoming alpine touring as more eastern skiers discover its beauty and benefits. One step after another. My head is down, my lungs are now starting to struggle to keep up with my body’s oxygen needs and my heart is pumping enough to stop me from talking with the group. It’s dark and we’ve … More »

Around the Bend – Arosa & Laax

On the road in Switzerland, you never know what adventures lie ahead. by IAIN MacMILLAN   Photos ADAM STEIN in December 2016 issue After flipping through hundreds of photos on his Nikon’s tiny screen, Adam, my Audi RS3 navigator, suddenly looks up and announces, “I don’t feel so good!” The 28-km twisty-turny road up to Arosa from … More »

Jacked on Jackson

One of the best fall-line-skiing mountains in the world has 1,200 metres of vertical and a whole lot more to love. by LESLIE WOIT in Fall 2016 issue Of course we can drink beer in the street,” says the nice man. “It’s Wyoming.” It doesn’t stop there. Stepping outside onto the streets of downtown Jackson, he hands me another … More »

Living Winter-To-Winter

There’s a fraternity of hemisphere-hopping ski instructors who don’t miss the long days of summer. MATT BARNES, a Ski Canada instruction editor, is one of them. Winter to winter, travelling across the globe, hopping from one hemisphere to the other all in the chase of snow… It sounds grand, doesn’t it? To me it does—and … More »

If you can’t take the heat …

…get out of the ski industry. With climate change now out of the realm of the theoretical, ski resorts are adapting in different ways. by IAN MERRINGER in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue High in the Swiss Alps above Andermatt, crews are getting ready for another ski season. The jobs are many. Straightening a few signs, … More »

Of Two Minds

A week in the Alps for GEORGE KOCH allowed time to explore both Lech and Engelberg. from December 2015 issue Winding towards my beloved Arlberg region of Austria on a bright March afternoon, running my eyes far up and across terrain I’d been dying to ski for the first time in a dozen years, I … More »