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Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

A Dose of American Rah-Rah

WINTER 2015 issue  *  It seems not all skiing medals have the same shine. Consider the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The two-week event is of course bigger than a single World Cup race, and the competition is every bit as strong as the Olympics, but in North America it lacks the glamour and … More »

Short Turns – December 2013

Revving up the Freeride World It’s one thing to experience the crowds, watch some of the world’s best freeriders (through binoculars anyway) and chill your cheeks because you’re not moving, unlike the meat-hucking athletes on tour, but you can always be part of the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face by playing armchair … More »

Short Turns * Fall 2013

from Fall 2013 issue BACKCOUNTRY READY?  The Shredstitute is expanding on last year’s popular Rogers Pass Freeski Camp by bringing celebrated ski mountaineer Greg Hill back for two weekend programs this season. One posse of lucky campers will explore remote powder at Rogers Pass (December 13-15), and another will be lapping the pillowy slackcountry … 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: Spring 2011

The ultimate yard sale ?After 35 years, Vancouver-based Intrawest, the former owner of Whistler-Blackcomb, Tremblant, CMH Heliskiing as well as other ski resorts and major real estate ventures in Canada, U.S. and the Alps, is packing up headquarters and heading south to Colorado. The iconic B.C. real estate company bought Blackcomb in 1986 and Whistler in 1997, but … More »

Postcards from Vail

Postcard from Vail

A few days at Vail and Beaver Creek will have you writing home about the best parts Story and photos by Marty McLennan cushy adj (informal) 1. many perks, little or no hard work 2. luxuriously styled and crafted 3. Beaver Creek. The slopeside escalator was just about to deposit me in front of the … More »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

A Dose of American Rah-Rah

WINTER 2015 issue  *  It seems not all skiing medals have the same shine. Consider the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The two-week event is of course bigger than a single World Cup race, and the competition is every bit as strong as the Olympics, but in North America it lacks the glamour and … More »

Short Turns – December 2013

Revving up the Freeride World It’s one thing to experience the crowds, watch some of the world’s best freeriders (through binoculars anyway) and chill your cheeks because you’re not moving, unlike the meat-hucking athletes on tour, but you can always be part of the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face by playing armchair … More »

Short Turns * Fall 2013

from Fall 2013 issue BACKCOUNTRY READY?  The Shredstitute is expanding on last year’s popular Rogers Pass Freeski Camp by bringing celebrated ski mountaineer Greg Hill back for two weekend programs this season. One posse of lucky campers will explore remote powder at Rogers Pass (December 13-15), and another will be lapping the pillowy slackcountry … 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: Spring 2011

The ultimate yard sale ?After 35 years, Vancouver-based Intrawest, the former owner of Whistler-Blackcomb, Tremblant, CMH Heliskiing as well as other ski resorts and major real estate ventures in Canada, U.S. and the Alps, is packing up headquarters and heading south to Colorado. The iconic B.C. real estate company bought Blackcomb in 1986 and Whistler in 1997, but … More »

Postcards from Vail

Postcard from Vail

A few days at Vail and Beaver Creek will have you writing home about the best parts Story and photos by Marty McLennan cushy adj (informal) 1. many perks, little or no hard work 2. luxuriously styled and crafted 3. Beaver Creek. The slopeside escalator was just about to deposit me in front of the … More »

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