December 2009: 2010 Travel Guide
TRAVEL GUIDE 2010 VOL. 38 NO. 3
Published week of November 23, 2009
On the cover – skier: Andreas Fransson Photo: PATRIK LINDQVIST.
SKI CANADA TEST 2010
FIT & FAT:
The guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing tested the best of this year’s powder ski lineup.
By Ron Betts
32 OF CANADA’S BEST
Looking for something new and different or just heading to familiar grounds? With all the skiing to be done this winter, your research starts here with Ski Canada’s annual guide to our favourite
destinations—right here at home.
By Leslie Woit
All epic descents take hold of our collective psyches—some become “classics.”
By Kevin Hjertaas
THE EVERYTHING MOUNTAIN
Over?owing with dry powder and draped in groomed runs, Montana’s Big Sky offers an
embarrassment of riches.
By George Koch
Big-mountain life by Iain MacMillan
Opening our mail bag.
No longer Miller time; Hermann Maier; Porter Airlines to Quebec; Ski Butlers; kids ski free at Aspen March break; Extremely Canadian steeps at Whistler; winter weather forecast; Brit writer Arnie Wilson skied every day of the year; Red Mt.’s Freeskiing Championship; first descent of Alaska’s Archangel
Home advantage unfair? Whistler’s on sale; and now the Canadian Cowboys. by Kim Thompson
LETTER FROM THE ALPS
Betcha didn’t know that. Your Olympic quiz. by Doug Sager
Brydon’s goal is golden. “This time it will be different.” by James Christie
A skiers’ gallery.
SEEN @ WHISTLER
Whistler and Blackcomb are very different mountains with distinct histories that share custody of their skiers. by Chris Lennon
GEAR & GADGETS
Dakine’s Pro II backpack; Smartwool’s PhD Snow Sock; Westcomb’s Revenant Hoody; Kootenay Knitting; Tubb’s Flex Trk; Moonboot; Bolle Nova; Salomon Ranger Custom Air helmet; Columbia’s Red Hot Jumpsuit; Nikon Coolpix; Icebreaker Sport LTD by Ray O’Reilly
CAUGHT & SHOT by Steve Ogle