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A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

Doing it Right

WHY STAYING IN THE ALPINE AT SUNSHINE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. by Ryan Stuart in Fall 2015 issue Lunch finds me in my hotel room, ski boots off, sun warming my face through the six-metre window. A snow-cold beer sits in front of me, while a hand-rolled wrap falls apart in my lap. … More »

Bun Warmer

With more than 140 Doppelmayr heated-seat chairlifts installed around the world, we’re wondering why Sunshine’s new TeePee Town LX is Canada’s first. How’s it happen? The heating pads in each signature orange-bubbled chair get charged up as it circles around the bottom terminal, then holds the E for the rest of the ride, redefining the … More »

Fly or Drive?

“Don’t be silly! You’d be mad to drive all that way.” _By GEORGE KOCH My friend Matty from Portland, Oregon, was screeching at the news that I was planning to drive from Calgary to Whistler (through the hinterland via the notoriously sinuous Duffy Lake Road of course) for a mere five-day visit to do some spring skiing … More »

Bashful Castle

Some of the best skiing in the country goes unnoticed by the masses—and that’s just fine with RYAN STUART. My computer’s dictionary defines quirky as “characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits.” Castle Mountain, tucked deep in southern Alberta, definitely qualifies. from December 2014 issue  *  photos: RYAN CREARY For skiers’ attention, it competes with slick … More »

Making Tracks – Marmot Basin

No need to rush on a powder day at Marmot Basin, there’s plenty to go around. Thighs burning. Butt aching. Hamstrings groaning. Even my cheeks cramp, a toothy smile plastered across my face as I arc another turn through shin-deep dust, a contrail of crystals leaping into my wake and hanging in the cold, still … More »

Banff A to Z

Our skiers’ alphabet takes you on a tour of one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness settings. by Leslie Woit in the Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue Alberta beef. For the best steak in Banff, head up the golden stairs to Bison. Watch the line of talented chefs toss and broil behind the open copper kitchen-come-bar, … More »

Back of Beyond

You don’t have to look far past the ski area boundaries of Banff National Park to experience some spectacular backcountry turns. By Ryan Stuart // Photos by Ryan Creary // from Winter 2014 issue One last step and I’m on the ridgetop, my chest heaving from the effort of hiking. I suck in a deep … More »

Where are the best skiers?

by Iain MacMillan in the Winter 2014 issue Ski Test Editor Ron Betts and I were disagreeing the other day about where to find the best skiers in the country. I don’t mean names from the World Cup or Olympic podiums or the biggest freeride fish in ski resort ponds across Canada. I’m talking about … More »

The British Invasion

Despite the distance, the cold and the credit crunch, Banff attracts—and sometimes keeps—the keenest skiers from across the pond. by Louise Hudson in December 2013 issue With at least 28 days of paid annual leave from work, and an intrepid travel culture, the British are accustomed to regular winter as well as summer holidays. After … More »

A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

Doing it Right

WHY STAYING IN THE ALPINE AT SUNSHINE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. by Ryan Stuart in Fall 2015 issue Lunch finds me in my hotel room, ski boots off, sun warming my face through the six-metre window. A snow-cold beer sits in front of me, while a hand-rolled wrap falls apart in my lap. … More »

Bun Warmer

With more than 140 Doppelmayr heated-seat chairlifts installed around the world, we’re wondering why Sunshine’s new TeePee Town LX is Canada’s first. How’s it happen? The heating pads in each signature orange-bubbled chair get charged up as it circles around the bottom terminal, then holds the E for the rest of the ride, redefining the … More »

Fly or Drive?

“Don’t be silly! You’d be mad to drive all that way.” _By GEORGE KOCH My friend Matty from Portland, Oregon, was screeching at the news that I was planning to drive from Calgary to Whistler (through the hinterland via the notoriously sinuous Duffy Lake Road of course) for a mere five-day visit to do some spring skiing … More »

Bashful Castle

Some of the best skiing in the country goes unnoticed by the masses—and that’s just fine with RYAN STUART. My computer’s dictionary defines quirky as “characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits.” Castle Mountain, tucked deep in southern Alberta, definitely qualifies. from December 2014 issue  *  photos: RYAN CREARY For skiers’ attention, it competes with slick … More »

Making Tracks – Marmot Basin

No need to rush on a powder day at Marmot Basin, there’s plenty to go around. Thighs burning. Butt aching. Hamstrings groaning. Even my cheeks cramp, a toothy smile plastered across my face as I arc another turn through shin-deep dust, a contrail of crystals leaping into my wake and hanging in the cold, still … More »

Banff A to Z

Our skiers’ alphabet takes you on a tour of one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness settings. by Leslie Woit in the Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue Alberta beef. For the best steak in Banff, head up the golden stairs to Bison. Watch the line of talented chefs toss and broil behind the open copper kitchen-come-bar, … More »

Back of Beyond

You don’t have to look far past the ski area boundaries of Banff National Park to experience some spectacular backcountry turns. By Ryan Stuart // Photos by Ryan Creary // from Winter 2014 issue One last step and I’m on the ridgetop, my chest heaving from the effort of hiking. I suck in a deep … More »

Where are the best skiers?

by Iain MacMillan in the Winter 2014 issue Ski Test Editor Ron Betts and I were disagreeing the other day about where to find the best skiers in the country. I don’t mean names from the World Cup or Olympic podiums or the biggest freeride fish in ski resort ponds across Canada. I’m talking about … More »

The British Invasion

Despite the distance, the cold and the credit crunch, Banff attracts—and sometimes keeps—the keenest skiers from across the pond. by Louise Hudson in December 2013 issue With at least 28 days of paid annual leave from work, and an intrepid travel culture, the British are accustomed to regular winter as well as summer holidays. After … More »

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