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Hit the Road

Wolf Creek, Durango, Silverton & Telluride Connect the Dots on a southern Colorado Road Trip BY GEORGE KOCH    PHOTOS SCOTT D.W. SMITH “Step on it, we’re running late! Slow down, you’re tailgating! Watch out, it’s slippery. Oh, see that art gallery, can we stop?” Pre-skiing excitement manifests itself in varying ways, especially when one … More »

Helicopter Parenting

I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week with the guys,” admitted my new American friend Ted to me sheepishly while slurping down a steaming bowl of hearty beef-barley soup. “She was never … More »

Taking it Sitting Down

TWO DISABLED SKIERS TACKLE THE B.C. BACKCOUNTRY AT SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING BY Mikey Nixon PHOTOS Steve Shannon What do you get when you send a paraplegic and a lady with MS on a two-day cat-skiing trip together? You get a lot of jokes—terrible ones—told between some of the best ski runs that either of them … More »

Connect the huts

Selkirk Mountain Experience’s playground now includes three chalets and unlimited turns to be earned. _By Matt Coté   Photos Bruno Long Our helicopter pilot navigates the low cloud relaxed and confident. We hug interweaving ridgelines while skeptically absorbing the view of the damp valley below. It’s been an unseasonably warm February in B.C., but as we … More »

Powder Virgins

Rudi and Jeff Gertsch at Purcell Heli-skiing make it easy for first-time heli-skiers to join a group of purebred powderhounds.   JEFF: Remember, there’s a first time for everything. At some point, every experienced heli-skier was a novice, and every season more and more people are trying it for the first time. It’s not an … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

Playing in Powder – Test 2015

The Guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing know a thing or two about choosing a great ski for the deep.  WRITTEN BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR  *  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH  *  from December 2014 issue The answers to many of mankind’s problems have been found in nature. Take for example the case of the … More »

Pleasure Palace

“This is a little weird, isn’t it?” It’s End-of-Season party night at the Mica Heliskiing lodge and Claire Challen, the visiting host for Ski Television on Sportsnet, is eyeing the revelry. Everyone’s in full costume, Claire herself pulling off a billowy red cat suit and beach-ball-sized curly black wig. But it’s the staff who are … More »

Getting High in the Mountains

from Short Turns in Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue I have a new respect and awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, after a day of backcountry skiing in the Swiss Alps last March. We started the day by climbing, with skins, about 600 vertical metres; it took three hours. Most of the exertion occurred just … More »

Hit the Road

Wolf Creek, Durango, Silverton & Telluride Connect the Dots on a southern Colorado Road Trip BY GEORGE KOCH    PHOTOS SCOTT D.W. SMITH “Step on it, we’re running late! Slow down, you’re tailgating! Watch out, it’s slippery. Oh, see that art gallery, can we stop?” Pre-skiing excitement manifests itself in varying ways, especially when one … More »

Helicopter Parenting

I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week with the guys,” admitted my new American friend Ted to me sheepishly while slurping down a steaming bowl of hearty beef-barley soup. “She was never … More »

Taking it Sitting Down

TWO DISABLED SKIERS TACKLE THE B.C. BACKCOUNTRY AT SELKIRK SNOWCAT SKIING BY Mikey Nixon PHOTOS Steve Shannon What do you get when you send a paraplegic and a lady with MS on a two-day cat-skiing trip together? You get a lot of jokes—terrible ones—told between some of the best ski runs that either of them … More »

Connect the huts

Selkirk Mountain Experience’s playground now includes three chalets and unlimited turns to be earned. _By Matt Coté   Photos Bruno Long Our helicopter pilot navigates the low cloud relaxed and confident. We hug interweaving ridgelines while skeptically absorbing the view of the damp valley below. It’s been an unseasonably warm February in B.C., but as we … More »

Powder Virgins

Rudi and Jeff Gertsch at Purcell Heli-skiing make it easy for first-time heli-skiers to join a group of purebred powderhounds.   JEFF: Remember, there’s a first time for everything. At some point, every experienced heli-skier was a novice, and every season more and more people are trying it for the first time. It’s not an … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Fat Cats – Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge’s culinary rep and posh digs are matched only by its skiing.  by Ian Merringer in the December 2014 issue  *  Photos: Henry Georgi Basketball has never interested me. I grant the athleticism involved, and if I were more informed, I might appreciate the technical aspects of strategy and positioning. But mostly I … More »

Playing in Powder – Test 2015

The Guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing know a thing or two about choosing a great ski for the deep.  WRITTEN BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR  *  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH  *  from December 2014 issue The answers to many of mankind’s problems have been found in nature. Take for example the case of the … More »

Pleasure Palace

“This is a little weird, isn’t it?” It’s End-of-Season party night at the Mica Heliskiing lodge and Claire Challen, the visiting host for Ski Television on Sportsnet, is eyeing the revelry. Everyone’s in full costume, Claire herself pulling off a billowy red cat suit and beach-ball-sized curly black wig. But it’s the staff who are … More »

Getting High in the Mountains

from Short Turns in Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue I have a new respect and awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, after a day of backcountry skiing in the Swiss Alps last March. We started the day by climbing, with skins, about 600 vertical metres; it took three hours. Most of the exertion occurred just … More »

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