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Banff’s Big Three

Togetherness, no matter what your level At 1,700 hectares, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America with some of the most spectacular skiing and scenery. With beginner, intermediate and expert runs off every chair, families and groups of varying abilities can ski together all week. From gentle slopes and long … More »

My mountain town: Canmore, Alberta

Where did Banff ski bums go to lead “respectable” lives? I step out of my cozy brown condo with a load of skis, boots and pack for my 67th ski day of the season. Even though I’ve skied nearly every day this season, I don’t really feel like a ski bum. I’ve had a good … More »

Extreme Makeover

From the Winter 2006 issue On a stunning day in late April, the snow fields on the Rockies’ main spine so dazzlingly bright as to burn through even the darkest sunglasses and force your gaze to the gentler blue of the sky above, my longtime sweetheart Laurie and I carved through fields of smooth, buttery … More »

Potholes still rule the West

B.C.’s business-friendly Liberal government that replaced the NDP just after I wrote the previous column has cut taxes and taken steps to restart the province’s economy. The Vancouver Island freeway, which runs just inland from the Strait of Georgia, now extends north to Campbell River, easing access to Mount Washington and distant Mount Cain. The … More »

Quest for the Best

Après ski remains a necessary evil in Banff, like anywhere in snowcountry. Sure, you could still ski Norquay under the lights, cross-country on moonlit trails or put in some time at the Willow Stream spa at the Springs. But sooner or later, it’s bound to happen. Come sundown, Banff changes. In fact, old-timers say the … More »

Going, going

Where's the snow?

Will climate change decide whether our grandchildren will belong to a skiing nation? When I was a teenager in the 1980s, my ski buddies and I used to do whatever it took to stay warm during Quebec’s brutal Laurentian winters. We regularly tucked napkins under our goggles to keep the wind and frostbite from burning … More »

Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Best of skiing in Canada

It’s time again, another year and another annual insiders’ look at what makes Canadian skiing so distinguished. These pages aren’t filled with facts and stats you’ll find in brochures and websites, but the praise and amusement that comes from accurate gossip, anonymous hearsay and cameras that happened to be in the right place at the … More »

Banff’s Big Three

Togetherness, no matter what your level At 1,700 hectares, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America with some of the most spectacular skiing and scenery. With beginner, intermediate and expert runs off every chair, families and groups of varying abilities can ski together all week. From gentle slopes and long … More »

My mountain town: Canmore, Alberta

Where did Banff ski bums go to lead “respectable” lives? I step out of my cozy brown condo with a load of skis, boots and pack for my 67th ski day of the season. Even though I’ve skied nearly every day this season, I don’t really feel like a ski bum. I’ve had a good … More »

Extreme Makeover

From the Winter 2006 issue On a stunning day in late April, the snow fields on the Rockies’ main spine so dazzlingly bright as to burn through even the darkest sunglasses and force your gaze to the gentler blue of the sky above, my longtime sweetheart Laurie and I carved through fields of smooth, buttery … More »

Potholes still rule the West

B.C.’s business-friendly Liberal government that replaced the NDP just after I wrote the previous column has cut taxes and taken steps to restart the province’s economy. The Vancouver Island freeway, which runs just inland from the Strait of Georgia, now extends north to Campbell River, easing access to Mount Washington and distant Mount Cain. The … More »

Quest for the Best

Après ski remains a necessary evil in Banff, like anywhere in snowcountry. Sure, you could still ski Norquay under the lights, cross-country on moonlit trails or put in some time at the Willow Stream spa at the Springs. But sooner or later, it’s bound to happen. Come sundown, Banff changes. In fact, old-timers say the … More »

Going, going

Where's the snow?

Will climate change decide whether our grandchildren will belong to a skiing nation? When I was a teenager in the 1980s, my ski buddies and I used to do whatever it took to stay warm during Quebec’s brutal Laurentian winters. We regularly tucked napkins under our goggles to keep the wind and frostbite from burning … More »

Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Best of skiing in Canada

It’s time again, another year and another annual insiders’ look at what makes Canadian skiing so distinguished. These pages aren’t filled with facts and stats you’ll find in brochures and websites, but the praise and amusement that comes from accurate gossip, anonymous hearsay and cameras that happened to be in the right place at the … More »

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