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Rolling with the Punch

At the outset, the winter of 2004-05 seemed fairly typical. Shortly after Christmas, however, the weather turned unseasonably cold and dry. As a result, for a number of weeks we were skiing into a crevasse leading under Blackcomb Glacier and re-emerging through another crevasse well below. Although this experience on its own quali?es the season … More »

Holding Court at Castle

“Last season we had some of the lowest lows you could possibly imagine,” says Andrew Rusynyk, Castle’s director of snow sports, marketing and development. “We had liftees and instructors handshovelling snow to try to keep the mountain open.” And yet, and yet… The radical environmentalists who engineered Haig’s delay delivered a blessing in disguise. Even … More »

Pot-holed to death in B.C.

Pot-holed to death in B.C. Welfare kills. Do they have those patronizing commercials in the East, where a cop-voice warns “Speed Kills!”? I think the evidence is stronger that welfare kills, or at least an excessive government fixation with welfare. B.C., Canada’s tourism playground, also has one of the worst road systems in North America. … More »

The moose is loose

You’ve ridden the dog. Now grab life by the horns and climb aboard the moose. Bus travel, that retro transport of choice for grannies and backpackers, is back and it’s goin’ skiing. Vancouver-based Moose Travel Network runs a twice-weekly service from Vancouver through to the sought-after ski stops near Kelowna, Revelstoke, Golden, Lake Louise and … More »

Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Best of skiing in Canada

It’s time again, another year and another annual insiders’ look at what makes Canadian skiing so distinguished. These pages aren’t filled with facts and stats you’ll find in brochures and websites, but the praise and amusement that comes from accurate gossip, anonymous hearsay and cameras that happened to be in the right place at the … More »

Mud, sweat, & tears

Al Harvey

Prepare like a pro before tackling B.C.’s most famous West Coast Trail With mud threatening every orifice and a 25-kg pack swinging over my back like a wild chimp intent on mischief, I realized this was not the time to check whether I had tied my boots properly. It’s our fourth day hiking Vancouver Island’s … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

Rolling with the Punch

At the outset, the winter of 2004-05 seemed fairly typical. Shortly after Christmas, however, the weather turned unseasonably cold and dry. As a result, for a number of weeks we were skiing into a crevasse leading under Blackcomb Glacier and re-emerging through another crevasse well below. Although this experience on its own quali?es the season … More »

Holding Court at Castle

“Last season we had some of the lowest lows you could possibly imagine,” says Andrew Rusynyk, Castle’s director of snow sports, marketing and development. “We had liftees and instructors handshovelling snow to try to keep the mountain open.” And yet, and yet… The radical environmentalists who engineered Haig’s delay delivered a blessing in disguise. Even … More »

Pot-holed to death in B.C.

Pot-holed to death in B.C. Welfare kills. Do they have those patronizing commercials in the East, where a cop-voice warns “Speed Kills!”? I think the evidence is stronger that welfare kills, or at least an excessive government fixation with welfare. B.C., Canada’s tourism playground, also has one of the worst road systems in North America. … More »

The moose is loose

You’ve ridden the dog. Now grab life by the horns and climb aboard the moose. Bus travel, that retro transport of choice for grannies and backpackers, is back and it’s goin’ skiing. Vancouver-based Moose Travel Network runs a twice-weekly service from Vancouver through to the sought-after ski stops near Kelowna, Revelstoke, Golden, Lake Louise and … More »

Invasion of the Calgreedians

In certain social circles up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench, the long valley in southeastern B.C. that separates the Rockies from the Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, they are known as “Calgreedians.” These are the comfortably bourgeois through downright grillionaire folks from southern Alberta–mostly Calgary–who often spend a 60-hour week toiling in the office towers … More »

Best of skiing in Canada

It’s time again, another year and another annual insiders’ look at what makes Canadian skiing so distinguished. These pages aren’t filled with facts and stats you’ll find in brochures and websites, but the praise and amusement that comes from accurate gossip, anonymous hearsay and cameras that happened to be in the right place at the … More »

Mud, sweat, & tears

Al Harvey

Prepare like a pro before tackling B.C.’s most famous West Coast Trail With mud threatening every orifice and a 25-kg pack swinging over my back like a wild chimp intent on mischief, I realized this was not the time to check whether I had tied my boots properly. It’s our fourth day hiking Vancouver Island’s … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

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