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Advice for the Europe-bound

Alps, photo by Fred McKinney

Why travel all the way to Europe when Canada has some of the best skiing in the world? Well, you could ask any of the Canadians I wrote about last month why they left to settle with such satisfaction in the Alps. European skiing is more extensive and higher in altitude with more sophisticated ski … More »

How sweet it is

It was Canadian mountain guide John Hogg, for example, who popularized ski safari routes across Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites, and who reconfigured the classic Haute Route ski tour from Zermatt to Chamonix to maximize downhill skiing thrills. And it was Mark Shapiro from the epicentre of skiing in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario) who revolutionized if … More »

Rekindling an Old Love

Skiers suffer a curious seasonal dysfunction. Spring is the time of year, the poets tell us, when we are supposed to come alive with nature. But for skiers, spring is actually the beginning of the end and our spirits lie torpid and dormant through the sultry summer months. It’s now, as the green grass of … More »

The Descent of Man

Ursula, the helpful, effcient woman from the Swiss Tourist Board, was sitting across from us. “Have you thought about where you would like to go?” she asked me. “I’ve been thinking maybe Verbier.” She turned to my ski partner, writer and director Ken Finkleman (CBC’s The Newsroom). “And you?” Ken was leaning forward, running his … More »

Letter from the Alps

Alps1, photo by Gavin Foster

“No pain, no gain,” I insist, somewhat self-righteously I know but desperate to claw back some ground in an argument I’m losing. “Just try it,” my interlocutor responds smilingly. What we’re talking about is anathema to an old-school ski tourer but the promise of a brave new world to a downhill skier. The idea is … More »

Advice for the Europe-bound

Alps, photo by Fred McKinney

Why travel all the way to Europe when Canada has some of the best skiing in the world? Well, you could ask any of the Canadians I wrote about last month why they left to settle with such satisfaction in the Alps. European skiing is more extensive and higher in altitude with more sophisticated ski … More »

How sweet it is

It was Canadian mountain guide John Hogg, for example, who popularized ski safari routes across Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites, and who reconfigured the classic Haute Route ski tour from Zermatt to Chamonix to maximize downhill skiing thrills. And it was Mark Shapiro from the epicentre of skiing in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario) who revolutionized if … More »

Rekindling an Old Love

Skiers suffer a curious seasonal dysfunction. Spring is the time of year, the poets tell us, when we are supposed to come alive with nature. But for skiers, spring is actually the beginning of the end and our spirits lie torpid and dormant through the sultry summer months. It’s now, as the green grass of … More »

The Descent of Man

Ursula, the helpful, effcient woman from the Swiss Tourist Board, was sitting across from us. “Have you thought about where you would like to go?” she asked me. “I’ve been thinking maybe Verbier.” She turned to my ski partner, writer and director Ken Finkleman (CBC’s The Newsroom). “And you?” Ken was leaning forward, running his … More »

Letter from the Alps

Alps1, photo by Gavin Foster

“No pain, no gain,” I insist, somewhat self-righteously I know but desperate to claw back some ground in an argument I’m losing. “Just try it,” my interlocutor responds smilingly. What we’re talking about is anathema to an old-school ski tourer but the promise of a brave new world to a downhill skier. The idea is … More »

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