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 »

Head Tax for the Hired Help

“Tourism is the Rodney Dangerfield of the economic well-being of Canada,” Dave Brownlie, Whistler’s president and CEO, joked with me on the phone back in August, “and skiing is even lower than tourism—we just don’t get no respect.” Since a handful of conniving fast-food franchise owners were exposed in the spring abusing the Temporary Foreign … More »

Teach Your Children Well

A new program at Big White helps parents lower the frustration quotient while involving them with their kids’ progress. by Ian Merringer in December 2013 issue Sarah, our 20-something Aussie instructor, had a great tail. I had never seen anything like it, definitely not on a ski hill. And she knew it, too. “Are you guys … More »

A Skier’s Guide to 10 of B.C.’s Best

From the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains to the oceanside majesty of the Coast Range, British Columbia truly lives up to its Latin motto: Splendour Sine Occasu—Splendour Without Diminishment. And if you’re a skier or snowboarder, “Super, Natural British Columbia” delivers unlimited experiences in so many ways: light, bountiful snowfall; endless runs suitable for all … More »

Short Turns * Buyer’s Guide 2014

   For the man who has everything “Limited time offer” is a common tag on any sales pitch, but we’ve never seen it attached to a glacier for sale. With some estimates of Austria’s glaciers disappearing entirely within 20 years, there really may be some urgency—if you’ve ever considered buying one. Currently on sale for … More »

Short Turns: Buyer’s Guide 2013

ONTARIO’S YEAR OF THE LIFT ❖ This is the year of the new lift—at least in Ontario. Despite a low- (or no-) snow season in 2012, at least five Ontario ski areas are pushing ahead with plans to install new chairs—most of them for Greater Toronto Area skiers. “It’s more than we’ve seen in years,” says Bruce Haynes, head of the Ontario … More »

Best of Skiing in Canada Awards

by Leslie Woit from Winter 2012 issue We like to think of our Best of Skiing in Canada Awards as less about the competition and more about how much fun it is to research. Kudos and recognition of worthy people, places and things come in from readers, writers and other contributors all across ski country every year and … More »

Big White & the Sundance Kids

Three families headed west for a long weekend to remember from Fall 2011 issue “Look, Daddy, the sign has 10 rules on it,” 13-year-old Meg, our middle and most feral child, said as she proudly showed me. “And we broke nine of them!”   With an uneasy smile on my face, I quickly began skimming over the DOs … More »

Talkin’ Proud – My Home Hill

Ski Canada chatted with some passionate locals who have had a longstanding love affair with their home hill. Blue Mountain, ON Le Massif, QC Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC Tremblant, QC Banff, AB Big White, BC Castle Mountain, BC Kicking Horse, BC Fernie, BC Mount Washington,  BC Marmot Basin, AB Kimberley, BC Panorama, BC Revelstoke, BC Silver Star, … More »