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Driven to Distraction

First Tracks by Iain MacMillan from Winter 2012 issue Driven to distraction After an epic five-resort road trip in Austria years ago, George Koch had left me in charge of returning the rental car to the airport in Munich. I was running late for the flight, and behind the glass window Frau Blücher kept repeatedly pushing the keys at me as I… More »

Fall 2011

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Guest photo editor Fall 2011 Crosshairs When asked to relate one of the hairier moments in his repertoire as a ski photographer, Blake Jorgenson, Ski Canada’s guest photo editor this issue, had no problem spilling. “One that comes to mind is a trip toMount Monarch, B.C., with John Chilton, Eric Pehota and Mitchell Scott. We landed a small ski plane at the apex of the glacier,… More »

Proud and loud

photo: Robin O'Neill

The Facebook status read simply: “Anyone in the village and maybe want to put some $$ into the meter for my parking? Old, red jetta parked at crystal. Car’s open. Thanks!” When I first saw my friend’s post last summer while rushing through downtown Vancouver, I chuckled to myself. After scrolling through the comments and… More »

Big White & the Sundance Kids

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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 »

Mustang Powder

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The Cat, the Guide and the School Bus A return to Mustang Powder brings a Narnia like alternative reality of endless steep runs and breathtaking vistas. by George Koch   photos: Jimmy Petterson     Skiing a run called “Gnarnia” I finally realized what was going on. All day our laconic and rakishly smirking guide,… More »

Ski culture’s crass class

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by tobias c. van Veen from the Spring 2011 issue. All photos: Mike Crane. Underneath the polished veneer of sponsors and competitions of Whistler’s Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival thrives a serious shindig. On any given night you might just end up bumping hips, and lips, with your favourite X-Gamer/jibstar/big-mountain huckster while worshiping the beats of a talented turntablist…. More »

Golden Choices

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by George Koch from Winter 2011 issue For hardcore skiers, this B.C. town offers a tasty triple scoop of cat, heli and resort skiing My best skiing memories are of storms. Maybe it’s because virtually nobody’s out and about, maybe it’s that added frisson of existing on the edge of something or other, perhaps it’s the aura of mystery… More »

Making the move

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From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Quit your job, move to a ski town and find a night job so you can ski every day all winter. Remember, if you don’t do it this year, you’ll only be one year older when you do. Okay, I’m paraphrasing, but in case you’re planning on taking the… More »

Seeing Red at Big White

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A trip to sample Big White’s early season snow paired nicely  with the best from more than 30 Okanagan wineries. Photos by Gavin Crawford From the Travel Guide 2011 issue The assignment was simple: head to Big White to sample premium Okanagan red wine and enjoy some early-season skiing on the broad manicured slopes of… More »

Crossing the Line

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from Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue There’s $50 in my ski pants that says we can beat the $1-billion Vancouver-Whistler Olympic security dragnet. It’s a late February winter day. F-16s circle high overhead in the blue sky as we graze the aisles of a grocery store in Squamish, ambiguous European-sounding accents from Games visitors drifting out… More »