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Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

Ski to New Heights – Chamonix

Chamonix’s hardcore reputation as “the Alps on steroids” hangs on the spectacular peaks that surround. But it’s also France, so just because you’re tackling the Vallée Blanche—the classic guided day-long tour that involves some first hairy steps on a fixed rope followed by 22 km of off-piste intermediate/advanced cruising through speech-defying, serac-dappled snowscapes—doesn’t mean you … More »

Ciao Tonale!

One of Italy’s best-kept secrets is not just for freeriders. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue It was a blistering hot—but fateful—July day at the cottage back in 2017 when the call display on my ringing phone showed country code “+39.” Italy. A cheery voice from Milan prattled on about the possibility of … More »

Only in Bavaria …

Wacky ol’ Germany never fails to amuse. From bosom-boasting yodellers to spontaneous outbursts of slap-dancing in lederhosen, skiing at the true Alpine classic of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a cultural must. The Bavarians, in particular, never fail to find rewarding uses for their favourite tipple, such as the not-yet-famous warm beer shooter topped with whipped cream that’s … More »

Destination Disentis

A small Swiss Alps resort with enormous off-piste terrain was first choice for a boisterous group of Ski Canada readers. Adam, stop talking, you’re exhausting yourself!” by GEORGE KOCH in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Sweat runs in rivulets down the florid face of the chatty Ski Canada Readers’ Trip photographer, smearing his sunscreen, stinging his … More »

Pack Mentality

“There’s no other sport that competes with skiing when it comes to doing it in a group.’’  After taking several harried-sounding phone calls on the chairlift, Axel, our French ski instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Club Med Survival Guide

“You drive manual transmeession?” Arnauld stated more than asked. “Yes, of course,” I answered, wondering where our instructor-guide’s next idea would take us. “Okay, then! You weel drive zee ski-school bus to zee trail’ead—but first, I must stop at my house and collect my veezor.” by IAIN MACMILLAN and SARAH STALLAN  *  photos: RAY O’REILLY … More »

Badass, French-Style

‘‘If you’re a strong skier, particularly one who loves the steeps, La Grave—along with La Meije, the imposing monster of a mountain that rises vertically from the valley opposite—is your mecca. ’’ No, Sophie, I’m pretty sure you won’t be going to La Grave.” I chuckled on a Skype call last winter with my 15-year-old. … More »

Oh, the people you’ll meet

The cast of characters in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski domain, makes for good stories. by IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos ADAM STEIN “In my life, I have been in four avalanches,” Paolo tells us, as though he’s talking about après-ski bars he’s visited. “In one I was completely buried, but they didn’t have to search for … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

Ski to New Heights – Chamonix

Chamonix’s hardcore reputation as “the Alps on steroids” hangs on the spectacular peaks that surround. But it’s also France, so just because you’re tackling the Vallée Blanche—the classic guided day-long tour that involves some first hairy steps on a fixed rope followed by 22 km of off-piste intermediate/advanced cruising through speech-defying, serac-dappled snowscapes—doesn’t mean you … More »

Ciao Tonale!

One of Italy’s best-kept secrets is not just for freeriders. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue It was a blistering hot—but fateful—July day at the cottage back in 2017 when the call display on my ringing phone showed country code “+39.” Italy. A cheery voice from Milan prattled on about the possibility of … More »

Only in Bavaria …

Wacky ol’ Germany never fails to amuse. From bosom-boasting yodellers to spontaneous outbursts of slap-dancing in lederhosen, skiing at the true Alpine classic of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a cultural must. The Bavarians, in particular, never fail to find rewarding uses for their favourite tipple, such as the not-yet-famous warm beer shooter topped with whipped cream that’s … More »

Destination Disentis

A small Swiss Alps resort with enormous off-piste terrain was first choice for a boisterous group of Ski Canada readers. Adam, stop talking, you’re exhausting yourself!” by GEORGE KOCH in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Sweat runs in rivulets down the florid face of the chatty Ski Canada Readers’ Trip photographer, smearing his sunscreen, stinging his … More »

Pack Mentality

“There’s no other sport that competes with skiing when it comes to doing it in a group.’’  After taking several harried-sounding phone calls on the chairlift, Axel, our French ski instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Club Med Survival Guide

“You drive manual transmeession?” Arnauld stated more than asked. “Yes, of course,” I answered, wondering where our instructor-guide’s next idea would take us. “Okay, then! You weel drive zee ski-school bus to zee trail’ead—but first, I must stop at my house and collect my veezor.” by IAIN MACMILLAN and SARAH STALLAN  *  photos: RAY O’REILLY … More »

Badass, French-Style

‘‘If you’re a strong skier, particularly one who loves the steeps, La Grave—along with La Meije, the imposing monster of a mountain that rises vertically from the valley opposite—is your mecca. ’’ No, Sophie, I’m pretty sure you won’t be going to La Grave.” I chuckled on a Skype call last winter with my 15-year-old. … More »

Oh, the people you’ll meet

The cast of characters in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski domain, makes for good stories. by IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos ADAM STEIN “In my life, I have been in four avalanches,” Paolo tells us, as though he’s talking about après-ski bars he’s visited. “In one I was completely buried, but they didn’t have to search for … More »

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