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Combo: Mont-Sainte-Anne & Salomon S/Lab X-Alp

Mont-Sainte-Anne Where: The resort perched above the St. Lawrence, northeast of Quebec City. Why: Not worrying about groomers or skiers plowing you over. Suggested ski:  Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Earn your on-piste turns and an extra helping of poutine on one of four dedicated uphill routes. Climbing both sides of the mountain, the marked skin tracks … More »

Going Off Grid in Style – Purcell Lodge

Purcell Lodge has maintained its rep as a luxe destination for first-timers and seasoned backcountry skiers alike. by STEVEN THRENDYLE in the Winter 2018 issue All backcountry skiers started somewhere. For me, it was in 1982 at a funky outfit in B.C.’s southern Purcells called Ptarmigan Tours near Kimberley. I showed up in some brand-new … More »

Combo: Icefall Lodge & Fischer Hannibal

Icefall Lodge Where: A trio of backcountry huts high in the Canadian Rockies, northwest of Golden. Why: Long tours, tree laps, peak bagging and huge terrain. Suggested ski: Fischer Hannibal When storms climb over the Canadian Rockies, they hang up on the 3,350-metre pinnacles right above Icefall Lodge, shedding a little more of the white … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

Combo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort & Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite

Where: The massive ski hill right above the town of Revelstoke. Why: Terrain worthy of caviar dreams but lift-ticket priced. Suggested ski:  Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite RMR is surrounded by cat- and heli-skiing terrain—in fact, you can do both right out of the base area. Or with the right set-up and a little local beta, … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

RYAN REPORT – Arc’Teryx air bag pack owners just got $250 richer

Anyone who ski tours in sub -20C weather knows nothing works quite as well in the freezing cold.  That goes for the Arc’Teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbags. When the backpacks went on sale last winter Arc’Teryx advertised the battery powered air bag pack as working unimpeded down to -30C. But a winter of testing later is … More »

Combo: Mt. Cain and Black Diamond Route 105

Where: Vancouver Island, two hours north of Campbell River. Why: Ski right into the backcountry, explore all day. Suggested ski:  Black Diamond Route 105 Mount Cain is located a mile above the ocean on an island in the Pacific, so it’s no wonder that in a good winter the ski area sits near the top … More »

A Safer Backcountry

Only about 28 per cent of people buried in an avalanche survive. These four essentials promise to improve that number. Mammut Barryvox  ($425 ) The Barryvox makes beacon searching a no-brainer. Press the only button and the LCD screen directs the user in what to do. The three antennae can pick up a signal from … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

Combo: Mont-Sainte-Anne & Salomon S/Lab X-Alp

Mont-Sainte-Anne Where: The resort perched above the St. Lawrence, northeast of Quebec City. Why: Not worrying about groomers or skiers plowing you over. Suggested ski:  Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Earn your on-piste turns and an extra helping of poutine on one of four dedicated uphill routes. Climbing both sides of the mountain, the marked skin tracks … More »

Going Off Grid in Style – Purcell Lodge

Purcell Lodge has maintained its rep as a luxe destination for first-timers and seasoned backcountry skiers alike. by STEVEN THRENDYLE in the Winter 2018 issue All backcountry skiers started somewhere. For me, it was in 1982 at a funky outfit in B.C.’s southern Purcells called Ptarmigan Tours near Kimberley. I showed up in some brand-new … More »

Combo: Icefall Lodge & Fischer Hannibal

Icefall Lodge Where: A trio of backcountry huts high in the Canadian Rockies, northwest of Golden. Why: Long tours, tree laps, peak bagging and huge terrain. Suggested ski: Fischer Hannibal When storms climb over the Canadian Rockies, they hang up on the 3,350-metre pinnacles right above Icefall Lodge, shedding a little more of the white … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

Combo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort & Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite

Where: The massive ski hill right above the town of Revelstoke. Why: Terrain worthy of caviar dreams but lift-ticket priced. Suggested ski:  Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite RMR is surrounded by cat- and heli-skiing terrain—in fact, you can do both right out of the base area. Or with the right set-up and a little local beta, … More »

Assessing the Risk

The chance of dying in an avalanche is probably a lot less than you think. by GEORGE KOCH  *  photos by GRANT GUNDERSON  *  in December 2017 issue Can you put a number to your chances of surviving your next backcountry skiing adventure? Should mountain guides deliver mathematical certainty in their risk assessments and terrain selection? … More »

RYAN REPORT – Arc’Teryx air bag pack owners just got $250 richer

Anyone who ski tours in sub -20C weather knows nothing works quite as well in the freezing cold.  That goes for the Arc’Teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbags. When the backpacks went on sale last winter Arc’Teryx advertised the battery powered air bag pack as working unimpeded down to -30C. But a winter of testing later is … More »

Combo: Mt. Cain and Black Diamond Route 105

Where: Vancouver Island, two hours north of Campbell River. Why: Ski right into the backcountry, explore all day. Suggested ski:  Black Diamond Route 105 Mount Cain is located a mile above the ocean on an island in the Pacific, so it’s no wonder that in a good winter the ski area sits near the top … More »

A Safer Backcountry

Only about 28 per cent of people buried in an avalanche survive. These four essentials promise to improve that number. Mammut Barryvox  ($425 ) The Barryvox makes beacon searching a no-brainer. Press the only button and the LCD screen directs the user in what to do. The three antennae can pick up a signal from … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

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