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3 Surprising Backcountry Destinations

  Sure, B.C. and Alberta offer the biggest, deepest and most consistent backcountry skiing in Canada, but it’s no duopoly when it comes to opportunities for earning turns. And after last winter, when it was still snowing in the Maritimes last spring while western skiers were mountain biking, heading east might be the ticket. Quebec’s … More »

Trying Transceivers

Nine avalanche beacons were put to the test by novices and pros to determine their effectiveness in the backcountry.  BY F.M. SWANGARD, MD AND BOB SAYER, CSGA in Winter 2015 issue Not all avalanche tragedies can be spared by electronics but to venture into the backcountry without a transceiver is nothing short of foolish. Your … More »

What’s in your pack?

‘‘Is there something in here you want to show me? ’’ The bored face at airport security in Kelowna suddenly brightened as my backpack went through the X-ray machine. As the only person in the queue, I thought it was obvious that the offending bag was mine but I guess I was asked out of routine. … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Apping the backcountry

Even though you probably won’t get a cell signal, you should still bring your smartphone into the backcountry. And not just for taking summit selfies. Here are five reasons why: Geobackcountry A made-for-mobile guidebook to 100 ski tours in B.C.’s Rogers Pass that includes maps, pictures, descriptions and, with GPS, plots current location. Device: Android … More »

Getting High in the Mountains

from Short Turns in Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue I have a new respect and awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, after a day of backcountry skiing in the Swiss Alps last March. We started the day by climbing, with skins, about 600 vertical metres; it took three hours. Most of the exertion occurred just … More »

Putting on Airs

from Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide 2015 IN THE BACKCOUNTRY Rather than follow, BD decided to reinvent the airbag packs designed to keep skiers on the surface in an avalanche. Like others, the rugged Black Diamond Halo 28 ski pack has a 200-litre airbag hidden inside and a trigger handle in the shoulder strap, but instead … 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 »

Forced Air

Within two seconds I knew I couldn’t ski out of it.” What started as a small avalanche below Martin Lefebrve’s skis had propagated 20m above and all around him. It quickly took him off his feet and sent him downhill. In desperation he pulled the handle of his avalanche airbag. The pop and hiss told … More »

Backcountry 101

Retired national park warden Ken Schroeder offers some helpful tips for those who have just started to venture off-piste. PHOTOS BY MARTIN OLSON in Fall 2013 issue Carrying skis Sometimes you have to walk uphill before you can ski back down. As simple as it is to carry your skis over your shoulder, using a … More »

3 Surprising Backcountry Destinations

  Sure, B.C. and Alberta offer the biggest, deepest and most consistent backcountry skiing in Canada, but it’s no duopoly when it comes to opportunities for earning turns. And after last winter, when it was still snowing in the Maritimes last spring while western skiers were mountain biking, heading east might be the ticket. Quebec’s … More »

Trying Transceivers

Nine avalanche beacons were put to the test by novices and pros to determine their effectiveness in the backcountry.  BY F.M. SWANGARD, MD AND BOB SAYER, CSGA in Winter 2015 issue Not all avalanche tragedies can be spared by electronics but to venture into the backcountry without a transceiver is nothing short of foolish. Your … More »

What’s in your pack?

‘‘Is there something in here you want to show me? ’’ The bored face at airport security in Kelowna suddenly brightened as my backpack went through the X-ray machine. As the only person in the queue, I thought it was obvious that the offending bag was mine but I guess I was asked out of routine. … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Apping the backcountry

Even though you probably won’t get a cell signal, you should still bring your smartphone into the backcountry. And not just for taking summit selfies. Here are five reasons why: Geobackcountry A made-for-mobile guidebook to 100 ski tours in B.C.’s Rogers Pass that includes maps, pictures, descriptions and, with GPS, plots current location. Device: Android … More »

Getting High in the Mountains

from Short Turns in Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue I have a new respect and awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, after a day of backcountry skiing in the Swiss Alps last March. We started the day by climbing, with skins, about 600 vertical metres; it took three hours. Most of the exertion occurred just … More »

Putting on Airs

from Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide 2015 IN THE BACKCOUNTRY Rather than follow, BD decided to reinvent the airbag packs designed to keep skiers on the surface in an avalanche. Like others, the rugged Black Diamond Halo 28 ski pack has a 200-litre airbag hidden inside and a trigger handle in the shoulder strap, but instead … 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 »

Forced Air

Within two seconds I knew I couldn’t ski out of it.” What started as a small avalanche below Martin Lefebrve’s skis had propagated 20m above and all around him. It quickly took him off his feet and sent him downhill. In desperation he pulled the handle of his avalanche airbag. The pop and hiss told … More »

Backcountry 101

Retired national park warden Ken Schroeder offers some helpful tips for those who have just started to venture off-piste. PHOTOS BY MARTIN OLSON in Fall 2013 issue Carrying skis Sometimes you have to walk uphill before you can ski back down. As simple as it is to carry your skis over your shoulder, using a … More »

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