The sudden departure of Alpine Canada’s president Max Gartner prior to the Olympics left as many unanswered questions as Ken Read’s surprise resignation before him. by George Koch in December 2013 issue For Canada’s alpine skiers, the road to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games has been as muddy and tortuous as the coastal forests that … More »

How Safe?


Steven Threndyle examines what’s been done to ensure the safety of Ski Cross athletes since the tragic death of Nik Zoricic. Winter 2013 issue  Taking a tragic fall on a dangerous racecourse is not how you want to make a name for yourself on the World Cup circuit. When veteran Canadian Ski Cross competitor Nik … More »

Short Turns: Fall 2010

A Hard Day’s Night If skiing non-stop for 24 hours straight sounds exhausting, you can always team up with friends and alternate relay-style like thousands of others do at Tremblant every year. December 10 is a fitting date to commemorate the 10th anniversary of eastern North America’s biggest fundraising ski event. Three days of festivities … 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 »

Austria: Super Model

While it certainly helps to be blessed with exceptional athletes and a deep pool of rising talent, ensuring the team is poised and ready to dominate at a major event goes far beyond the athletes. The Austrians have a well-deserved reputation for meticulous preparation and well-funded programs. They understand that ski racing is a tactical … More »

Trust can lead to success

To believe every option has been explored takes extraordinary focus. It also includes an all-important ingredient of teamwork: trust. For nearly a decade I enjoyed a close relationship with one member of our team who was largely invisible. Hans Ramelmueller was the man responsible for the tools of the trade—our skis. This was a relationship … More »