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Golden Choices

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by George Koch from Winter 2011 issue For hardcore skiers, this B.C. town offers a tasty triple scoop of cat, heli and resort skiing My best skiing memories are of storms. Maybe it’s because virtually nobody’s out and about, maybe it’s that added frisson of existing on the edge of something or other, perhaps it’s the aura of mystery … More »

Telluride & Silverton CO

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by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2011 issue Both the similarities and contrasts of  TELLURIDE and SILVERTON in southern Colorado are what make them so perfectly complimentary   By the time we’d made it back to Denver and wrapped up Seth-and-Iain’s Excellent Roadtrip, I was so bagged I could have been shipped home via UPS. An … More »

Best of Skiing in Canada Awards 2011

Every year we dole out roses (and a few bricks) to the people, places and things that make skiing at home so great. Numbers don’t play much in our selection process; neither does honesty, integrity, serious measurement or an awards gala with acceptance speeches, for that matter. But in the end, all these photos and … More »

The End of the Bilodeau Reign

It’s the end of an era for the only privately run ski school at a major resort in Canada. He’d ride up the mountain first thing to work on his carving technique while his cronies were sleeping off their hangovers. He sweated in a steel mill to pay his way through university. He was born … More »

Verbier: Switching Gears

Pounding music, hoarse yells, diminishing inhibitions and a crush of costumed but not heavily clad flesh beggar the senses. Per Jonsson, pro rider, is sporting a short dress, shaved legs, stubby pink fingernails and an inane grin as he attempts to maintain balance with the help of twin beers and the shoulders of two virtually … More »

Will Work for Powder

Hiker

The most celebrated powder stash in eastern Canada has no cellular phone towers or lift service. The only high-speed quads you’ll ?nd in Gaspésie’s Chic-Chocs are ?xed to the front of your thighs. For the classic eastern alpine touring experience, climbing or switchbacking the mountain with skins on lets you truly appreciate every descent you … More »

Cats out of the Bag

Hill 2, photo by Bruce Rowles

I’d been itching to ski something really steep, and while a massive snowfall is usually the time to dial things back in the backcountry, our guide at Mystical Snowcat Paradise (MSP) was governed by the same impulse. We started out fairly steep, fairly treed and with snow fairly deep. For the rest of the day … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

Falling for the Star

It could’ve been the fourth or maybe it was the fifth yard sale that really caught my attention. Not to downplay the comical spasticity of the first few bails, but until you’ve sunk your chin into a foot of Okanagan fresh five times before noon, you can’t be entirely sure you’re into something good. Steve … More »

Going, going

Where's the snow?

Will climate change decide whether our grandchildren will belong to a skiing nation? When I was a teenager in the 1980s, my ski buddies and I used to do whatever it took to stay warm during Quebec’s brutal Laurentian winters. We regularly tucked napkins under our goggles to keep the wind and frostbite from burning … More »

Golden Choices

Golden2

by George Koch from Winter 2011 issue For hardcore skiers, this B.C. town offers a tasty triple scoop of cat, heli and resort skiing My best skiing memories are of storms. Maybe it’s because virtually nobody’s out and about, maybe it’s that added frisson of existing on the edge of something or other, perhaps it’s the aura of mystery … More »

Telluride & Silverton CO

Telluride1

by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2011 issue Both the similarities and contrasts of  TELLURIDE and SILVERTON in southern Colorado are what make them so perfectly complimentary   By the time we’d made it back to Denver and wrapped up Seth-and-Iain’s Excellent Roadtrip, I was so bagged I could have been shipped home via UPS. An … More »

Best of Skiing in Canada Awards 2011

Every year we dole out roses (and a few bricks) to the people, places and things that make skiing at home so great. Numbers don’t play much in our selection process; neither does honesty, integrity, serious measurement or an awards gala with acceptance speeches, for that matter. But in the end, all these photos and … More »

The End of the Bilodeau Reign

It’s the end of an era for the only privately run ski school at a major resort in Canada. He’d ride up the mountain first thing to work on his carving technique while his cronies were sleeping off their hangovers. He sweated in a steel mill to pay his way through university. He was born … More »

Verbier: Switching Gears

Pounding music, hoarse yells, diminishing inhibitions and a crush of costumed but not heavily clad flesh beggar the senses. Per Jonsson, pro rider, is sporting a short dress, shaved legs, stubby pink fingernails and an inane grin as he attempts to maintain balance with the help of twin beers and the shoulders of two virtually … More »

Will Work for Powder

Hiker

The most celebrated powder stash in eastern Canada has no cellular phone towers or lift service. The only high-speed quads you’ll ?nd in Gaspésie’s Chic-Chocs are ?xed to the front of your thighs. For the classic eastern alpine touring experience, climbing or switchbacking the mountain with skins on lets you truly appreciate every descent you … More »

Cats out of the Bag

Hill 2, photo by Bruce Rowles

I’d been itching to ski something really steep, and while a massive snowfall is usually the time to dial things back in the backcountry, our guide at Mystical Snowcat Paradise (MSP) was governed by the same impulse. We started out fairly steep, fairly treed and with snow fairly deep. For the rest of the day … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

Falling for the Star

It could’ve been the fourth or maybe it was the fifth yard sale that really caught my attention. Not to downplay the comical spasticity of the first few bails, but until you’ve sunk your chin into a foot of Okanagan fresh five times before noon, you can’t be entirely sure you’re into something good. Steve … More »

Going, going

Where's the snow?

Will climate change decide whether our grandchildren will belong to a skiing nation? When I was a teenager in the 1980s, my ski buddies and I used to do whatever it took to stay warm during Quebec’s brutal Laurentian winters. We regularly tucked napkins under our goggles to keep the wind and frostbite from burning … More »

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Just $3.75 an issue!

1 year (4 issues) for $15 + tax!

Outside Canada?