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Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

Big Sparkling Stars

Two great ski resorts and one rub-down: Big White, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill offer more than family playtime in the heart of the Okanagan. “Whatever you do, don’t lick anything.” Words to live by, particularly in view of what comes next. Sparkling Hill Resort is a glitter box of a spa hotel, set high … More »

Whistler Gondolas For Sale

Delivery not included Whistler Mountain’s two-stage gondola was pretty state-of-the-art when the first passengers hopped onboard during the inaugural 1988 ski season. Indeed, its construction dates back to when the Young family owned Whistler Mountain, while competitor Intrawest—the new kid on the block—owned Blackcomb. “Those cabins were real workhorses,” said Whistler Blackcomb’s Doug Forseth. The … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016

Test 2016 at Sun Peaks Resort February 23 – 27, 2015 Test 2016 reports now online and in SkiFinder. * Expert All Mountain * Big Mountain category * Slalom category * Adventure All Mountain * On-Piste Cruisers * Easy Cruisers Ski Canada Test results from past years here and on SkiFinder. Use SkiFinder to input your skiing characteristics and … 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 »

Powder Virgins

Rudi and Jeff Gertsch at Purcell Heli-skiing make it easy for first-time heli-skiers to join a group of purebred powderhounds.   JEFF: Remember, there’s a first time for everything. At some point, every experienced heli-skier was a novice, and every season more and more people are trying it for the first time. It’s not an … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

Pleasure Palace

“This is a little weird, isn’t it?” It’s End-of-Season party night at the Mica Heliskiing lodge and Claire Challen, the visiting host for Ski Television on Sportsnet, is eyeing the revelry. Everyone’s in full costume, Claire herself pulling off a billowy red cat suit and beach-ball-sized curly black wig. But it’s the staff who are … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

Big Sparkling Stars

Two great ski resorts and one rub-down: Big White, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill offer more than family playtime in the heart of the Okanagan. “Whatever you do, don’t lick anything.” Words to live by, particularly in view of what comes next. Sparkling Hill Resort is a glitter box of a spa hotel, set high … More »

Whistler Gondolas For Sale

Delivery not included Whistler Mountain’s two-stage gondola was pretty state-of-the-art when the first passengers hopped onboard during the inaugural 1988 ski season. Indeed, its construction dates back to when the Young family owned Whistler Mountain, while competitor Intrawest—the new kid on the block—owned Blackcomb. “Those cabins were real workhorses,” said Whistler Blackcomb’s Doug Forseth. The … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016

Test 2016 at Sun Peaks Resort February 23 – 27, 2015 Test 2016 reports now online and in SkiFinder. * Expert All Mountain * Big Mountain category * Slalom category * Adventure All Mountain * On-Piste Cruisers * Easy Cruisers Ski Canada Test results from past years here and on SkiFinder. Use SkiFinder to input your skiing characteristics and … 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 »

Powder Virgins

Rudi and Jeff Gertsch at Purcell Heli-skiing make it easy for first-time heli-skiers to join a group of purebred powderhounds.   JEFF: Remember, there’s a first time for everything. At some point, every experienced heli-skier was a novice, and every season more and more people are trying it for the first time. It’s not an … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

Pleasure Palace

“This is a little weird, isn’t it?” It’s End-of-Season party night at the Mica Heliskiing lodge and Claire Challen, the visiting host for Ski Television on Sportsnet, is eyeing the revelry. Everyone’s in full costume, Claire herself pulling off a billowy red cat suit and beach-ball-sized curly black wig. But it’s the staff who are … More »

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