Banff A to Z

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Our skiers’ alphabet takes you on a tour of one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness settings. by Leslie Woit in the Buyer’s Guide 2015 issue Alberta beef. For the best steak in Banff, head up the golden stairs to Bison. Watch the line of talented chefs toss and broil behind the open copper kitchen-come-bar, … More »

Back of Beyond


You don’t have to look far past the ski area boundaries of Banff National Park to experience some spectacular backcountry turns. By Ryan Stuart // Photos by Ryan Creary // from Winter 2014 issue One last step and I’m on the ridgetop, my chest heaving from the effort of hiking. I suck in a deep … More »

Short Turns * Winter 2014


Race Ready Those into Whistler’s World Cup race pistes will know that Ptarmigan, which jets straight down the mid-mountain on a northerly aspect, has been widened into an autobahn for the rolling thunder of ski racing. All thanks to upgrades from the 2010 Games, it has also been fixed up with fancy snow-blowing equipment. But … 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 »

Short Turns: Buyer’s Guide 2013

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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 »

Short Turns: Winter 2012 issue


    TEN YEARS STRONG ❖ Dave Irwin’s Dash for Cash becomes a 10 th annual this February 3-4 in Banff and Sunshine Village when the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury pushes past the $400,000 fundraising mark. On top of 10 pairs of skis to give away, prizes range from RK Heliskiing to ClifBars to Giro and Scott helmets. Singles and … More »

Merry Christmas

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December 1984   This month’s cover photo of Dave Irwin playing Santa Claus was taken by Alec Pytlowany at Sunshine Village, Alberta Vol 13 # 4 Also in this issue: A Racer’s Eye-view of the First Two Downhills by Ken Read Ken Read  previews the 10-race chase to the Men’s World Cup Downhill title, with … More »

Your Run – 40th Anniversary issue

SUNNY AND MILD » I read with interest George Koch’s column, “Mountain forecast: firings with periods of litigation,” Fall 2011. While we appreciate the author’s attempt to be even-handed in reporting on several dismissals at Sunshine Village last season, some falsehoods persist. There is a fallacy, widely disseminated via an anonymous organized social media campaign that the dismissals were the result of … More »

Short Turns: 40th Anniversary issue


    The Castle’s cat ❖ Castle Mountain Resort ’s unique lift-assisted sidecountry snowcat kiing has been a big hit, racking up nearly 500 skier-visits last season in only its second winter. Castle’s Powder Stagecoach hauls a daily group of 12 skiers to hundreds of acres of natural, on-lift-serviced terrain on upper Mount Haig. “We can … More »

Mountain Forecast: firings with periods of litigation

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Sunshine Village’s firing last winter of seven ski patrollers, including two of its senior-most personnel, hit the skiing world like a string of explosives shattering a cornice. The appearance of heavy-handed ski resort owners protecting a wayward family member by punishing hard-working and public-spirited employees seemed like a ready-made morality tale. It stirred popular passions, becoming the topic of innumerable chairlift-ride, lunchtime … More »