In Awe of Chamonix

The vastness of France’s iconic mountain destination was the perfect fit for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. STORY AND PHOTOS BY IAIN MacMILLAN in December 2015 issue Our group of nine stands like soldiers listening to our mountain guide, instructor and drill sergeant Eric bark out orders. With arms flailing, he gesticulates toward the massive … More »

5 Reasons to Love Verbier

Ski Canada readers discovered first-hand why Verbier is one of the iconic resorts of the Alps. _By IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos YVES GARNEAU If he went down there—and headed west…” said Yves, his voice trailing off as we both scanned the vast alpine scene of imposing jagged peaks, blue glaciers and enormous valleys below us, “well, he’s gone.” … More »

Après in the Alps

Euros put North Americans to shame when it comes to après ski. If you’re heading across the pond this winter, Leslie Woit presents the Coles Notes on where to party. from December 2014 issue 1. PARTY CENTRAL For the biggest boot-stompin’, oompah-disco après ski, get the party started before you leave the slopes in St. Anton … More »

42.4 Gallery

from Winter 2014 issue Ski Canada’s current photo gallery featuring the photography of Henry Georgi at Chatter Creek Cat-skiing, BC; Steve Ogle at Whitewater, BC; Baschi Bender at Chamonix, France; and Bruno Long at Great Canadian Heliskiing, BC

The Alps for Everyone

Thinking about Europe but not sure where to start? Some of these destinations may not readily come to mind. Lots of resorts bill themselves as all things to all skiers, but Leslie Woit has no problem pigeon-holing the Alps for those who already know their priorities. in December 2013 issue Haute Maurienne Best for families … More »

Screening Room

by Ryan Stuart in December 2012 issue Slouch on the couch and get ready for the season With a gang of bros ready to feed the stoke, we sat back with a case of beer, bags of chips and the year’s crop of fresh ski porn. We emerged with an overwhelming hunger to shred pow, … More »

Grumpy Old Men

from Fall 2011 issue The other day I was out on the balcony of Mike’s $99-million chalet just blowing smoke with my buds. From the 4,314m summit of Grand Combin on the Italian border, across to our own local petit Combin (3,670m) and over to the Mont Blanc massif in France, the mountains were painted … More »

Short Turns * Buyer’s Guide 2012

LET’S MAKE A DEAL ❖As foreign as they are to the entire ski world beyond Ontario, western New York and New Zealand, private ski clubs, where the membership owns the infrastructure and either owns or leases the hill, is a way of life and has been since alpine skiing began in these areas. And as sure as they are with … More »

Betcha didn’t know that!

FreestyleSkier

From the Travel Guide 2010 issue So I am touring the fantastic Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva and surrounded by swank villas with swimming pools—perks for the lifers at the International Olympic Committee—when I meet this cute blonde. Although she was born in B.C., albeit educated in Alberta, this doll who has … More »

Living the guide life

Hans

From the Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue More than a good life, “it’s a dream come true,” says Hans Solmssen. Hans is at the top of his profession, one of the most sought-after guides in the Alps. His story is an inspiration to any North American aspiring to the ultimate job. “If you want to be … More »