Racy Bits – Canadian men’s WC team update

Dec14 Racy

The Canadian men’s World Cup ski team has reached into its past hoping for improved results in the future. Burkhard Schaffer, who worked with Canadian Cowboys like Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis early in their careers, has returned as head coach of the speed team after eight years of working with other countries. … More »

Sochi 2014 – Best Bets in Alpine Racing


Four years ago one of the best-trained, well-funded alpine ski teams Canada had ever produced headed to the 2010 Winter Olympics with the goal of winning three medals. That podium promise turned into disappointment when the best results were a pair of 5th-place finishes by Erik Guay. By Jim Morris in December 2013 issue  * … More »

Postcards from Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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While the Olympic podium has space for second and third, for host cities, there’s only first. Marty McLennan  shares some moments from his visit to the 2011 FIS World Championships at Garmisch-Partekirchen. Falling second to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in  its bid for the 2018 Winter Games, Germany’s premier ski town  just might be the best … More »

Short Turns: Travel Guide 2011


Join the club The Louise Plus Card comes with a nice plus this season, two actually: Kicking Horse and Castle Mountain have been added to the loyalty skipass program. $99 buys you two days on the hill of your choice and $50 lift tickets for the rest of the season. And the fine print? Only … More »

Coureur Prêt


The Quebec Connection In a province that consistently produces great skiers, celebrity sightings are common at major Quebec resorts. Sit on a bench by the fitness centre at Mont Tremblant and you’ll see past and future Olympians, including Érik and Stephan Guay, Mélanie Turgeon, Anna Goodman, Brigitte Acton and even icon Peter Duncan. With many … More »

Whistler on sale

From the Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue Earlier this season Whistler-Blackcomb unveiled its lowest price ever for early-bird season passes at $1,099, which is $500 less than usual. It’s less simply because 2010 will be a very unusual year. With the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games looming on the horizon, Whistler-Blackcomb is dangling carrots to entice … More »

Nice n’ icy please

from Fall 2009 Canada is best known as the land of hockey, but at the Winter Olympics there’s another indisputable marquee event—the downhill alpine race. And Canadians like their speed courses to live up to the description of being lightning fast. In October, four full months before the 2010 Vancouver Games open, the snow cannons … More »