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Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … More »

Best of Skiing 2019

Our annual look at what’s new, improved, funny and downright worthy of praise about skiing at home. Here are our ‘Best’ awards for 2019: by LESLIE WOIT in Winter 2019 issue NOT QUITE THE GREYHOUND We’ll miss the Hound, if only in spirit. There are still cool ways to travel the mountains. All aboard the snow train to … More »

Putting on a New Face – Panorama BC

The opening of Panorama’s monstrous freeride terrain adds to its well-known cruising reputation. Three turns in The Monster rears its head. The boot-top fluff is so good, so predictable, I start opening up the speed. By turn three, I’m mach-cruising, floating on top in wide-open terrain, feeling so confident I take my eyes off the … 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 »

Dropping in at Kicking Horse

After four days of unrelenting snowfall, three days of visibility-related delays and near-constant safety concerns, the sun returned to the skies above Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, revealing a deep, dazzling blanket of pristine powder on the slopes below. by ALEX HESSEL in the December 2018 issue From high atop Redemption Ridge, with steep, narrow chutes … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … More »

Best of Skiing 2019

Our annual look at what’s new, improved, funny and downright worthy of praise about skiing at home. Here are our ‘Best’ awards for 2019: by LESLIE WOIT in Winter 2019 issue NOT QUITE THE GREYHOUND We’ll miss the Hound, if only in spirit. There are still cool ways to travel the mountains. All aboard the snow train to … More »

Putting on a New Face – Panorama BC

The opening of Panorama’s monstrous freeride terrain adds to its well-known cruising reputation. Three turns in The Monster rears its head. The boot-top fluff is so good, so predictable, I start opening up the speed. By turn three, I’m mach-cruising, floating on top in wide-open terrain, feeling so confident I take my eyes off the … 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 »

Dropping in at Kicking Horse

After four days of unrelenting snowfall, three days of visibility-related delays and near-constant safety concerns, the sun returned to the skies above Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, revealing a deep, dazzling blanket of pristine powder on the slopes below. by ALEX HESSEL in the December 2018 issue From high atop Redemption Ridge, with steep, narrow chutes … More »

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