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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 »

Badgastein – Steeped in History

Austria’s massive Gastein Valley has four distinct ski areas, thermal baths for whatever ails you – and a 2000-year-old tourist office by George Koch   Holy smokes, there’s two of you, I better get this unit fired up.” The cavernous cable car—made for 80—held one other guy. I’d just finished railing a groomed run that ringed a distant peak … More »

Your Run – Fall 2011

HIGH AND HAUGHTY? » I’m assembling my decade-old boots and pants along with my five-year-old Völkls, while checking the rates at Le Motel Six as well as Le Super Huit Motels near the half-dozen Canadian resorts I hope to visit this winter. You know—The Dirtbag Tour. Fresh home from touring on-the-cuff in France, “Ménage à … More »

Table Manners

Far from the present and correct world of the Canadian RMT, there lurks another form of corporal entertainment: the dodgy massage. BY LESLIE WOIT Cranky, sore, mad muscles. What’s a saggy-legged skier to do? Both good science and new-age claptrap tell us the same: a mid-ski-week massage brings tendons, muscles and soft tissue back from … 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 »

The Whistler Cup’s Killer Kinder

no driver’s licence required by tobias c. van Veen from the Buyer’s Guide 2012 issue. With Lady Gaga cranked from a stereo pitched precariously in the snowbank, a swarm of the spandex crowd performs the pre-race rituals: stretching, swinging legs around, some pantomime focus visualization, nervous chatter and, of course, a good deal of high-pitched … More »

Group On!

Ski Canada’s first-ever readers’ trip headed to Switzerland’s Grindelwald and the Jungfrau. BY IAIN MACMILLAN    PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTY MCLENNAN Before Martin Schürmann, our BASE-jumping mountain guide from the Mürren Ski School, hucked his short, muscly body with a parachute-stuffed backpack off a cliff about 900-metres to the valley floor below, I tried to think of something intelligent to ask. I eventually blurted … More »

The great unknown – Serfaus, Austria

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Serfaus, Austria, isn’t a popular destination for North Americans, but after days of powdery surprises George Koch and friends think that should change Hour by hour, day by day, Serfaus kept serving up the surprises, the delights, the jaw-dropping epic descents of which 50-year memories are made. You probably … More »

The Other Side of the Engadine

From the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue One corollary of big-mountain skiing is the way the terrain swallows up the people doing it. We had just crested a gentle saddle a few minutes’ walk from the Diavolezza cable car terminal, and within moments my two companions had been rendered into microdots by the vastness around us. … More »

Three lavish ski resorts in France’s Trois Vallées

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you will ski We’re under siege and falling fast. This army doesn’t play fair: it’s co-ordinated, exploits our weaknesses shamelessly and knows only victory. And now it’s returning with foie gras—the smart bomb of entrées—the umpteenth of I-lost-count-how-many courses. As it arrives, fantasy and fetish trump common sense: … More »

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 »

Badgastein – Steeped in History

Austria’s massive Gastein Valley has four distinct ski areas, thermal baths for whatever ails you – and a 2000-year-old tourist office by George Koch   Holy smokes, there’s two of you, I better get this unit fired up.” The cavernous cable car—made for 80—held one other guy. I’d just finished railing a groomed run that ringed a distant peak … More »

Your Run – Fall 2011

HIGH AND HAUGHTY? » I’m assembling my decade-old boots and pants along with my five-year-old Völkls, while checking the rates at Le Motel Six as well as Le Super Huit Motels near the half-dozen Canadian resorts I hope to visit this winter. You know—The Dirtbag Tour. Fresh home from touring on-the-cuff in France, “Ménage à … More »

Table Manners

Far from the present and correct world of the Canadian RMT, there lurks another form of corporal entertainment: the dodgy massage. BY LESLIE WOIT Cranky, sore, mad muscles. What’s a saggy-legged skier to do? Both good science and new-age claptrap tell us the same: a mid-ski-week massage brings tendons, muscles and soft tissue back from … 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 »

The Whistler Cup’s Killer Kinder

no driver’s licence required by tobias c. van Veen from the Buyer’s Guide 2012 issue. With Lady Gaga cranked from a stereo pitched precariously in the snowbank, a swarm of the spandex crowd performs the pre-race rituals: stretching, swinging legs around, some pantomime focus visualization, nervous chatter and, of course, a good deal of high-pitched … More »

Group On!

Ski Canada’s first-ever readers’ trip headed to Switzerland’s Grindelwald and the Jungfrau. BY IAIN MACMILLAN    PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTY MCLENNAN Before Martin Schürmann, our BASE-jumping mountain guide from the Mürren Ski School, hucked his short, muscly body with a parachute-stuffed backpack off a cliff about 900-metres to the valley floor below, I tried to think of something intelligent to ask. I eventually blurted … More »

The great unknown – Serfaus, Austria

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Serfaus, Austria, isn’t a popular destination for North Americans, but after days of powdery surprises George Koch and friends think that should change Hour by hour, day by day, Serfaus kept serving up the surprises, the delights, the jaw-dropping epic descents of which 50-year memories are made. You probably … More »

The Other Side of the Engadine

From the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue One corollary of big-mountain skiing is the way the terrain swallows up the people doing it. We had just crested a gentle saddle a few minutes’ walk from the Diavolezza cable car terminal, and within moments my two companions had been rendered into microdots by the vastness around us. … More »

Three lavish ski resorts in France’s Trois Vallées

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you will ski We’re under siege and falling fast. This army doesn’t play fair: it’s co-ordinated, exploits our weaknesses shamelessly and knows only victory. And now it’s returning with foie gras—the smart bomb of entrées—the umpteenth of I-lost-count-how-many courses. As it arrives, fantasy and fetish trump common sense: … More »

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