Madawaska Mountain – Last Run

An hour’s drive southeast of Ontario’s Algonquin Park is a patch of rough land the highway planners avoided. People generally make their own fun in the Madawaska Highlands, but for almost 50 years there has been a solitary T-bar running 137 vertical metres up Madawaska Mountain, giving locals a reason to come together during quiet … More »

Last Run – Chedoke Ski Area

“We had a couple of hundred kids skiing every weekend day,” recalls Ron Weston, former manager of Chedoke Ski Area in Hamilton, Ontario, and longtime owner of the longtime iconic ski shop Sam Manson Sporting Goods. For 40 years the Steel City ran a quintessential “breeder” ski area with three T-bars and a chairlift on … More »

Beer League Ski Racing Injuries

The relatively limited ski terrain in Ontario has resulted in large youth participation rates for competitive ski racing at both private and public ski hills. At many ski areas, grownups have followed suit and are racing in adult racing leagues. The level of experience and skill in these so-called beer league races is highly variable. … More »

Where are the best skiers?

by Iain MacMillan in the Winter 2014 issue Ski Test Editor Ron Betts and I were disagreeing the other day about where to find the best skiers in the country. I don’t mean names from the World Cup or Olympic podiums or the biggest freeride fish in ski resort ponds across Canada. I’m talking about … More »

Best of Skiing in Canada awards 2013

by Leslie Woit in Winter 2013 issue Light powder, hot chocolate, cute liftees? What makes you happy on the hills? We’ve spent another year up and down the mountains, the hotel stairs, the backstreet bars and the snow-covered parking lots in search of Canada’s best ski moments—and here they are! With special thanks to our … More »

Members Only

by Lori Knowles in December 2012 issue Ski Canada reporter Lori Knowles goes undercover to get the scoop on Ontario’s private ski clubs. It’s the kind of winter idyll caught best in a painting, or in one of those vintage ski photographs: black and white, or perhaps strong-coloured Kodachrome, a snow-laden chalet, a whirlwind of … More »

Short Turns: Fall 2012

    Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s…75?  It’s been quite a journey for the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA), one of the longest-surviving ski organizations in Canada. The “Alliance” turns 75 years old this season. The CSIA’s membership—20,000-plus certified ski pros employed by nearly every ski area in Canada—has published a special anniversary edition of Ski … More »

Short Turns: Buyer’s Guide 2013

ONTARIO’S YEAR OF THE LIFT ❖ This is the year of the new lift—at least in Ontario. Despite a low- (or no-) snow season in 2012, at least five Ontario ski areas are pushing ahead with plans to install new chairs—most of them for Greater Toronto Area skiers. “It’s more than we’ve seen in years,” says Bruce Haynes, head of the Ontario … 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 »

Remember when?

  From infrastructure and ownership to the way ski areas look, feel and smell, a lot has changed in the four decades since Ski Canada first landed on coffee tables over the deep-pile shag carpeting. Henceforth, some stuff we miss—and some we don’t. GROOMING—ANY SNOW IS GOOD SNOW VS. COMPRESSED AIR ‘N’  CORDUROY Ah, snow. … More »