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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Skiing Switzerland’s most famous peak can be surprisingly reasonable. Bringing buddies: priceless. TEXT // PHOTOS: MARTY MCLENNAN     Buyer’s Guide 2013 For more of Marty’s photos from the  Zermatt trip click here When it comes to skiing, I’m more Littlest Hobo than one of a pack-o’-wolves. As a seasoned vet of the ski media, it’s skis-on, camera ready, … More »

My best run

People often ask me the unanswerable question, “What’s your favourite ski area?” A much more possible discussion might be, “Where was your best run last season?” And there’s an easy reply for that one. We were just barely above treeline at what’s possibly the world’s most famous ski resort, one gondola ride away from the bustle of Zermatt, Switzerland, but as alone … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2013

Buyer's Guide 2013 cover

Ski season has begun!   Vol 41 No. 1     The Buyer’s Guide 2013 issue published August 21. Subscriber copies will begin delivery by Canada Post week of August 27, newsstand on sale week of September 3. Stay tuned for detailed contents. Alpine ski and boot listings here. Specs on every model alpine ski … More »

Grumpy Old Men

from Fall 2011 issue The other day I was out on the balcony of Mike’s $99-million chalet just blowing smoke with my buds. From the 4,314m summit of Grand Combin on the Italian border, across to our own local petit Combin (3,670m) and over to the Mont Blanc massif in France, the mountains were painted … More »

Group On!

Ski Canada’s first-ever readers’ trip headed to Switzerland’s Grindelwald and the Jungfrau. BY IAIN MACMILLAN    PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTY MCLENNAN Before Martin Schürmann, our BASE-jumping mountain guide from the Mürren Ski School, hucked his short, muscly body with a parachute-stuffed backpack off a cliff about 900-metres to the valley floor below, I tried to think of something intelligent to ask. I eventually blurted … More »

The Other Side of the Engadine

From the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue One corollary of big-mountain skiing is the way the terrain swallows up the people doing it. We had just crested a gentle saddle a few minutes’ walk from the Diavolezza cable car terminal, and within moments my two companions had been rendered into microdots by the vastness around us. … More »

Switzerland on a budget

From the Fall 2009 issue Hard times need not rule out high times. Even if you’re on a gap year, don’t write off that dream trip to the Alps just yet. True, even a less than luxurious hotel room can easily cost $500 to $1,000 in a top resort. But there are plenty of high-altitude, … More »

Betcha didn’t know that!

FreestyleSkier

From the Travel Guide 2010 issue So I am touring the fantastic Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva and surrounded by swank villas with swimming pools—perks for the lifers at the International Olympic Committee—when I meet this cute blonde. Although she was born in B.C., albeit educated in Alberta, this doll who has … More »

High on Zermatt

Skiers of all ages enjoy being overwhelmed by the legendary Swiss resort From Blackcomb to Zermatt, lots of people have skied on a glacier, but how many can say they’ve skied under one? Okay, so technically we didn’t actually “ski” so much as “slide our bums uncontrollably on the most frictionless surface we’ve ever encountered,” … More »

Short Turns: Buyers Guide 2010

Soup’s on! When it comes to accommodation, Big White is one of Canada’s most complete ski-in, skiout resorts. “Home for lunch” can be as easy as choosing from one of the village’s 15 eateries. One cabin and condo rental agency, Rent Chalets, goes a step further and stocks your cupboards before you arrive—and, for Ski … More »

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Skiing Switzerland’s most famous peak can be surprisingly reasonable. Bringing buddies: priceless. TEXT // PHOTOS: MARTY MCLENNAN     Buyer’s Guide 2013 For more of Marty’s photos from the  Zermatt trip click here When it comes to skiing, I’m more Littlest Hobo than one of a pack-o’-wolves. As a seasoned vet of the ski media, it’s skis-on, camera ready, … More »

My best run

People often ask me the unanswerable question, “What’s your favourite ski area?” A much more possible discussion might be, “Where was your best run last season?” And there’s an easy reply for that one. We were just barely above treeline at what’s possibly the world’s most famous ski resort, one gondola ride away from the bustle of Zermatt, Switzerland, but as alone … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2013

Buyer's Guide 2013 cover

Ski season has begun!   Vol 41 No. 1     The Buyer’s Guide 2013 issue published August 21. Subscriber copies will begin delivery by Canada Post week of August 27, newsstand on sale week of September 3. Stay tuned for detailed contents. Alpine ski and boot listings here. Specs on every model alpine ski … More »

Grumpy Old Men

from Fall 2011 issue The other day I was out on the balcony of Mike’s $99-million chalet just blowing smoke with my buds. From the 4,314m summit of Grand Combin on the Italian border, across to our own local petit Combin (3,670m) and over to the Mont Blanc massif in France, the mountains were painted … More »

Group On!

Ski Canada’s first-ever readers’ trip headed to Switzerland’s Grindelwald and the Jungfrau. BY IAIN MACMILLAN    PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTY MCLENNAN Before Martin Schürmann, our BASE-jumping mountain guide from the Mürren Ski School, hucked his short, muscly body with a parachute-stuffed backpack off a cliff about 900-metres to the valley floor below, I tried to think of something intelligent to ask. I eventually blurted … More »

The Other Side of the Engadine

From the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue One corollary of big-mountain skiing is the way the terrain swallows up the people doing it. We had just crested a gentle saddle a few minutes’ walk from the Diavolezza cable car terminal, and within moments my two companions had been rendered into microdots by the vastness around us. … More »

Switzerland on a budget

From the Fall 2009 issue Hard times need not rule out high times. Even if you’re on a gap year, don’t write off that dream trip to the Alps just yet. True, even a less than luxurious hotel room can easily cost $500 to $1,000 in a top resort. But there are plenty of high-altitude, … More »

Betcha didn’t know that!

FreestyleSkier

From the Travel Guide 2010 issue So I am touring the fantastic Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva and surrounded by swank villas with swimming pools—perks for the lifers at the International Olympic Committee—when I meet this cute blonde. Although she was born in B.C., albeit educated in Alberta, this doll who has … More »

High on Zermatt

Skiers of all ages enjoy being overwhelmed by the legendary Swiss resort From Blackcomb to Zermatt, lots of people have skied on a glacier, but how many can say they’ve skied under one? Okay, so technically we didn’t actually “ski” so much as “slide our bums uncontrollably on the most frictionless surface we’ve ever encountered,” … More »

Short Turns: Buyers Guide 2010

Soup’s on! When it comes to accommodation, Big White is one of Canada’s most complete ski-in, skiout resorts. “Home for lunch” can be as easy as choosing from one of the village’s 15 eateries. One cabin and condo rental agency, Rent Chalets, goes a step further and stocks your cupboards before you arrive—and, for Ski … More »

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