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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 »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

Ski it or text it?

By George Koch in Fall 2013 issue The Blackcomb groomer was chock-a-block with the usual peak-Christmas-holiday rainbow of skiing and boarding styles, velocities and attentiveness, and I was applying all my collision-avoidance tactics. Suddenly far down the run a brightly clad skier shot out of the woods airborne, landing on the hard surface and traversing … More »

For the Fun of It

Ski Better with Chris Lennon from Spring 2012 issue photos: Gillian Morgan  snow: Blackcomb Here’s a great way to bring exuberance and playfulness to your skiing. These three short photo sequences are from a single run last season. None of these tactics were needed, but they were rather fun and made a run through fairly mellow trees … More »

A Bite with Dave Brownlie

Whistler Blackcomb ’s CEO goes beyond the ropes with Ski Canada. by Tobias C. Van Veen Dave Brownlie is not your average CEO. As I chased him down The Bite on Blackcomb,  a steep line through trees and drops into Jersey Bowl, I realized that he was letting me know something through the old skier ’s adage: … More »

The Whistler Cup’s Killer Kinder

no driver’s licence required by tobias c. van Veen from the Buyer’s Guide 2012 issue. With Lady Gaga cranked from a stereo pitched precariously in the snowbank, a swarm of the spandex crowd performs the pre-race rituals: stretching, swinging legs around, some pantomime focus visualization, nervous chatter and, of course, a good deal of high-pitched … More »

Short Turns: Spring 2011

The ultimate yard sale ?After 35 years, Vancouver-based Intrawest, the former owner of Whistler-Blackcomb, Tremblant, CMH Heliskiing as well as other ski resorts and major real estate ventures in Canada, U.S. and the Alps, is packing up headquarters and heading south to Colorado. The iconic B.C. real estate company bought Blackcomb in 1986 and Whistler in 1997, but … More »

Ski Better: Travel Guide 2011

Back to Basics Snow: Blackcomb Photos by Gillian Morgan Remember all those boring side-slipping exercises you did as a kid in ski lessons when all you really wanted to do was play in the trees and hit jumps? Maybe you should consider putting them together. I’m not suggesting you spend your onhill time practicing side-slips, … More »

Style File: Buyers Guide 2010

Air 4, landing, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER: Chris Lennon SNOW: Blackcomb PHOTOS: Gillian Morgan Magazine layout as PDF file Air turns When skiing fun little lines in the trees, it ‘s often necessary to catch a little air without interrupting the flow of your turns. In tight trees, you can’t always land in the same direction that you took off from, … More »

Super 7

Mount Roberts, photo by Eric Kalacis

All epic descents take hold of our collective psyches – some become “classics” There are probably a thousand great off-piste runs in Western Canada. These are the runs that skiers dream about, spend the off-season aspiring to and remember longer than any other. Here’s the Hjertaas list of a few of those runs that have … 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 »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

Ski it or text it?

By George Koch in Fall 2013 issue The Blackcomb groomer was chock-a-block with the usual peak-Christmas-holiday rainbow of skiing and boarding styles, velocities and attentiveness, and I was applying all my collision-avoidance tactics. Suddenly far down the run a brightly clad skier shot out of the woods airborne, landing on the hard surface and traversing … More »

For the Fun of It

Ski Better with Chris Lennon from Spring 2012 issue photos: Gillian Morgan  snow: Blackcomb Here’s a great way to bring exuberance and playfulness to your skiing. These three short photo sequences are from a single run last season. None of these tactics were needed, but they were rather fun and made a run through fairly mellow trees … More »

A Bite with Dave Brownlie

Whistler Blackcomb ’s CEO goes beyond the ropes with Ski Canada. by Tobias C. Van Veen Dave Brownlie is not your average CEO. As I chased him down The Bite on Blackcomb,  a steep line through trees and drops into Jersey Bowl, I realized that he was letting me know something through the old skier ’s adage: … More »

The Whistler Cup’s Killer Kinder

no driver’s licence required by tobias c. van Veen from the Buyer’s Guide 2012 issue. With Lady Gaga cranked from a stereo pitched precariously in the snowbank, a swarm of the spandex crowd performs the pre-race rituals: stretching, swinging legs around, some pantomime focus visualization, nervous chatter and, of course, a good deal of high-pitched … More »

Short Turns: Spring 2011

The ultimate yard sale ?After 35 years, Vancouver-based Intrawest, the former owner of Whistler-Blackcomb, Tremblant, CMH Heliskiing as well as other ski resorts and major real estate ventures in Canada, U.S. and the Alps, is packing up headquarters and heading south to Colorado. The iconic B.C. real estate company bought Blackcomb in 1986 and Whistler in 1997, but … More »

Ski Better: Travel Guide 2011

Back to Basics Snow: Blackcomb Photos by Gillian Morgan Remember all those boring side-slipping exercises you did as a kid in ski lessons when all you really wanted to do was play in the trees and hit jumps? Maybe you should consider putting them together. I’m not suggesting you spend your onhill time practicing side-slips, … More »

Style File: Buyers Guide 2010

Air 4, landing, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER: Chris Lennon SNOW: Blackcomb PHOTOS: Gillian Morgan Magazine layout as PDF file Air turns When skiing fun little lines in the trees, it ‘s often necessary to catch a little air without interrupting the flow of your turns. In tight trees, you can’t always land in the same direction that you took off from, … More »

Super 7

Mount Roberts, photo by Eric Kalacis

All epic descents take hold of our collective psyches – some become “classics” There are probably a thousand great off-piste runs in Western Canada. These are the runs that skiers dream about, spend the off-season aspiring to and remember longer than any other. Here’s the Hjertaas list of a few of those runs that have … More »

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