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Avalanche School

Avalanche school

The carnage is everywhere. A mass of snow and debris cover the runout zone of an avalanche path on Observation Mountain in Banff National Park. Martin Papillon, a ski patroller from Sunshine Village on backcountry skis, is the first on the scene. Within seconds, his seven partners are busily unpacking shovels, probes and tuning their … More »

The World According to Wiegele

Wiegele at home

From the Spring 2006 issue Three men are generally credited with inventing helicopter skiing: Hans Gmoser, Herb Bleuer and Mike Wiegele. Gmoser, founder and long-time head of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), retired years ago and Bleuer, the quietest of the three, currently consults to snowcat skiing operators. So of the founding trio of a genre … More »

Has the Ski Instructor Lost his Mojo?

Ski instructor 1, by Marcus Cutler

Skiing, that most glamorous of winter pursuits. A delicious frozen cocktail of speed, money and exotic locales. Add one tall, dark stranger to the mix, give it a shake and what are you holding? The perfect ski instructor. That tan. That accent. Those ski pants, tight in all the right spots. You don’t have to … More »

Mother knows best

Start learning your backcountry ABCs by recognizing these five signs The following avalanche tips are dedicated to your mother. If she caught you even so much as thinking about going into avalanche terrain with warning signs like these, she’d smack you repeatedly with her fuzzy slipper and call you all kinds of names she usually … More »

Avalanche School

Avalanche school

The carnage is everywhere. A mass of snow and debris cover the runout zone of an avalanche path on Observation Mountain in Banff National Park. Martin Papillon, a ski patroller from Sunshine Village on backcountry skis, is the first on the scene. Within seconds, his seven partners are busily unpacking shovels, probes and tuning their … More »

The World According to Wiegele

Wiegele at home

From the Spring 2006 issue Three men are generally credited with inventing helicopter skiing: Hans Gmoser, Herb Bleuer and Mike Wiegele. Gmoser, founder and long-time head of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), retired years ago and Bleuer, the quietest of the three, currently consults to snowcat skiing operators. So of the founding trio of a genre … More »

Has the Ski Instructor Lost his Mojo?

Ski instructor 1, by Marcus Cutler

Skiing, that most glamorous of winter pursuits. A delicious frozen cocktail of speed, money and exotic locales. Add one tall, dark stranger to the mix, give it a shake and what are you holding? The perfect ski instructor. That tan. That accent. Those ski pants, tight in all the right spots. You don’t have to … More »

Mother knows best

Start learning your backcountry ABCs by recognizing these five signs The following avalanche tips are dedicated to your mother. If she caught you even so much as thinking about going into avalanche terrain with warning signs like these, she’d smack you repeatedly with her fuzzy slipper and call you all kinds of names she usually … More »

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