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Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Movin’ On Up – The Josie Hotel at Red Mountain

Red Mountain near Rossland, B.C., is not a place of ostentatious wealth. There are no cold-bed mansions sitting seldom used, no affiliation to Epic, Mountain Collective or Ikon passes brotherhoods. And there’s no chain-store-riddled pedestrian mall running through its heart. Just plenty of big mountain fresh pow and peeps who know how to power through … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Mont-Sainte-Anne: Live In The Moment

Learn to soak it all in at Mont-Sainte-Anne. BY Catherine Dawson March Stand shoulder-to-shoulder, put away your phones and look at the mountain. Now, close your eyes.” Mountain guide Jean-Francois Plouffe wanted to make sure this weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA) would not slip from memory too soon. A bluebird first-tracks morning, a stormy powder-happy afternoon, … More »

Canadian Tire Has Skis?

If there’s one tale I’m happy to tell the young ’uns when I git to reminiscing about skiing “back in the day,” it’s the fact that I learned the sport wearing leather boots firmly bound to two-metre-long wooden skis by a cable “safety binding.” To say it was a crude, unsafe set-up is an understatement. … More »

Flying High With Mike Wiegele

WE’RE KNEE-DEEP IN HOW SKI LIFE HAS EVOLVED AFTER 50 YEARS OF HELI-SKIING. BY LESLIE WOIT No radio, no avalanche transceiver, no veggie options… Take my hand as we travel back in time to 1970. You’re humming that new tune “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as you squeeze your tight little package into those navy Pedigree … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Movin’ On Up – The Josie Hotel at Red Mountain

Red Mountain near Rossland, B.C., is not a place of ostentatious wealth. There are no cold-bed mansions sitting seldom used, no affiliation to Epic, Mountain Collective or Ikon passes brotherhoods. And there’s no chain-store-riddled pedestrian mall running through its heart. Just plenty of big mountain fresh pow and peeps who know how to power through … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Mont-Sainte-Anne: Live In The Moment

Learn to soak it all in at Mont-Sainte-Anne. BY Catherine Dawson March Stand shoulder-to-shoulder, put away your phones and look at the mountain. Now, close your eyes.” Mountain guide Jean-Francois Plouffe wanted to make sure this weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA) would not slip from memory too soon. A bluebird first-tracks morning, a stormy powder-happy afternoon, … More »

Canadian Tire Has Skis?

If there’s one tale I’m happy to tell the young ’uns when I git to reminiscing about skiing “back in the day,” it’s the fact that I learned the sport wearing leather boots firmly bound to two-metre-long wooden skis by a cable “safety binding.” To say it was a crude, unsafe set-up is an understatement. … More »

Flying High With Mike Wiegele

WE’RE KNEE-DEEP IN HOW SKI LIFE HAS EVOLVED AFTER 50 YEARS OF HELI-SKIING. BY LESLIE WOIT No radio, no avalanche transceiver, no veggie options… Take my hand as we travel back in time to 1970. You’re humming that new tune “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as you squeeze your tight little package into those navy Pedigree … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

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