Ski Canada Magazine

Backcountry by the Day

Only have time for a day in the backcountry on your next Kimberley ski holiday? Then make it a spectacular one with Boulder Hut Adventures and Kimberley Alpine Resort’s new heli-assisted ski touring program. Head into the alpine quickly every Sunday and Wednesday with a heli-lift right from the resort. After that first powdery run, … More »

Erik Guay Retiree

His accomplishments say it all: 25 World Cup podiums with five golds, two World Championship wins, a Crystal Globe—husband and father of four. “I just know it’s time for me to retire,” a calm 37-year-old Guay announced to a group of international journalists gathered in the main lodge on the eve of the Lake Louise Alpine … More »

One Solitude – Two Takes

BY GREG HILL I love winter, but more than my love for winter is my insatiable desire for powder. It is surely one of the purest pursuits available to man. The moments we experience while skiing untracked slopes is akin to quiet meditation, far away from a world that is so frantic and nonstop. I … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Québec’s Corduroy Highway

Canada’s densest concentration of ski hills—and skier-friendly pit stops—lines the Laurentian Autoroute between Montreal and Mont Tremblant. SOMMET SAINT-SAUVEUR The record-setting extent of Sauveur’s nightskiing hits home as I stand at the top of the L’Atomic Express high-speed quad. Radiating outward like the spokes of a massive whitewashed wagon wheel, the six wonderfully groomed runs … More »

Get a Grip

Understanding angulation and inclination is key to controlling your skidding. One of the main reasons people sign up for a ski lesson is because they have trouble gripping on hard or icy snow. The solution to this anxiety-inducing sideways sliding is to develop effective edging. The majority of skiers intuitively understand that tipping their skis … More »

Do skiers owe snowboarders?

Have you ever zipped past snowboarders who couldn’t get enough speed on the flats in deep snow? If you love off-piste skiing as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve encountered this more than once. Snowboarders’ lack of poles and inability to freely move their legs lead them to sink in deep snow as soon … More »

Gear & Gadgets 2019

1. Made for changing mountain weather, Oakley’s Prizm React technology in its new rimless-design Fall Line XL goggle ($375) allows you to change your lens without, well, changing your lens. From sun to snow, morning to alpenglow, even a finger inside a mitten can touch a discreet button on the frame to control the amount … More »

Backcountry by the Day

Only have time for a day in the backcountry on your next Kimberley ski holiday? Then make it a spectacular one with Boulder Hut Adventures and Kimberley Alpine Resort’s new heli-assisted ski touring program. Head into the alpine quickly every Sunday and Wednesday with a heli-lift right from the resort. After that first powdery run, … More »

Erik Guay Retiree

His accomplishments say it all: 25 World Cup podiums with five golds, two World Championship wins, a Crystal Globe—husband and father of four. “I just know it’s time for me to retire,” a calm 37-year-old Guay announced to a group of international journalists gathered in the main lodge on the eve of the Lake Louise Alpine … More »

One Solitude – Two Takes

BY GREG HILL I love winter, but more than my love for winter is my insatiable desire for powder. It is surely one of the purest pursuits available to man. The moments we experience while skiing untracked slopes is akin to quiet meditation, far away from a world that is so frantic and nonstop. I … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Québec’s Corduroy Highway

Canada’s densest concentration of ski hills—and skier-friendly pit stops—lines the Laurentian Autoroute between Montreal and Mont Tremblant. SOMMET SAINT-SAUVEUR The record-setting extent of Sauveur’s nightskiing hits home as I stand at the top of the L’Atomic Express high-speed quad. Radiating outward like the spokes of a massive whitewashed wagon wheel, the six wonderfully groomed runs … More »

Get a Grip

Understanding angulation and inclination is key to controlling your skidding. One of the main reasons people sign up for a ski lesson is because they have trouble gripping on hard or icy snow. The solution to this anxiety-inducing sideways sliding is to develop effective edging. The majority of skiers intuitively understand that tipping their skis … More »

Do skiers owe snowboarders?

Have you ever zipped past snowboarders who couldn’t get enough speed on the flats in deep snow? If you love off-piste skiing as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve encountered this more than once. Snowboarders’ lack of poles and inability to freely move their legs lead them to sink in deep snow as soon … More »