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Winter 2015

Vol. 43 #4

published week of January 26, 2015

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photo: GEOFF HOLMAN * skier: Todd Avison * snow: White Grizzly Cat Skiing BC
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photo: NIC ALEGRE * Skier: Ryan Sullivan * snow: Whistler BC




What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. BY GEORGE KOCH  

GUDAURI AND BEYOND  Exploring Europe’s highest mountains on skis is the best way to experience the former Soviet state of Georgia.  STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARI MEDIG  

TRYING TRANSCEIVERS  Nine avalanche beacons were put to the test by novices and pros alike to determine their effectiveness in the backcountry.  BY F.M. SWANGARD, MD AND BOB SAYER, csga       

BEST OF SKIING IN CANADA  Ski Canada’s annual awards and accolades.  BY LESLIE WOIT

PARTY IN THE U.S.A.  Sparks really do fly at Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival.  BY DUNCAN HESSEL

HIDDEN VALLEY  Switzerland’s Lötschental is the quintessential off-the-beaten-track destination for curious skiers.  BY IAIN MacMILLAN

TENTS & TOURING  Adrenalin Descents will keep you safe, warm and content in Golden backcountry powder.  BY RYAN STUART


FIRST TRACKS  What’s in your pack?  BY IAIN MacMILLAN

SHORT TURNS  News, gossip and racy photos.

* Whistler Gondolas for Sale

* Translation Please

* Welcome to the Club

* Dressing for Success

CROSSHAIRS  A skiers’ gallery.

COMPETITION  The 2015 World Championships get a dose of America rah-rah thanks to Vail and Beaver Creek.  BY JIM MORRIS

STYLE FILE  Sweden may have brought us IKEA, Volvo and ABBA, but this issue’s Guest Instruction Editors Martin Eriksson and Joakim Agartsson of SlopePro prove there’s still a lot to learn from some of the world’s best skiers.


There was so much powder at Whistler on last issue’s cover that we failed to recognize skier Ryan Sullivan. Here he is again at Whistler.