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Of dirndl and lederhosen

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Odd, but some of my strongest memories of the Olympics last season are of women in push-up bras and men in leather trousers pushing up a big Maypole. Oh, and the hats. Great hats. I know Maypoles don’t go up in February and no, this isn’t another story about … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2010

Slide of the century March 4 will be a somber date for anyone around Rogers Pass between Golden and Revelstoke, B.C. It was 100 years ago that Canada’s worst avalanche disaster occurred, when only two of the 60 men working to clear an avalanche from the main CPR line survived a massive second slide from … More »

The other way around

From the Fall 2010 issue I’ve read it’s often healthier to focus on the journey rather than the destination. The Sea to Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler is a prime example of a journey worth the experience itself, yet most travellers complete this picturesque leg of a Whistler ski holiday with little more than … More »

2010 Olympic Preview: Freestyle

Cypress Mountain is primed to showcase who’s hot in moguls and aerials THE VENUE Vancouver’s most popular “city” ski area, Cypress Mountain, will host all freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at the Games. Its proximity to Vancouver is a boon for spectators, and the test events in 2009 went smoothly except for the cancellation of … More »

2010 Olympics Q & A

Heading to Whistler? What to know before you go WHY DOESN’T THE RACE END IN THE VILLAGE? “Olympic”—one of the first runs ever cut on Whistler Mountain—ended up over at the garbage dump, which is the site of the current Whistler Village. And ideally perhaps, the Olympic downhill would end there. However, a World Cup … More »

Super 7

Mount Roberts, photo by Eric Kalacis

All epic descents take hold of our collective psyches – some become “classics” There are probably a thousand great off-piste runs in Western Canada. These are the runs that skiers dream about, spend the off-season aspiring to and remember longer than any other. Here’s the Hjertaas list of a few of those runs that have … More »

Getting the message across

This winter the usual early-season snows largely bypassed Whistler- Blackcomb even as Victoria and Vancouver suffered havoc. Extended cold, a rain crust, a dangerous layer of faceted crystals and lastly heavy wind-loaded snowfalls created what avalanche expert Chris Stethem later described as a once-in-30-years “continental snowpack”—shallow and dangerous, akin to the Alberta Rockies. “We found … More »

Lend a Hand for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Just because you live in Hamilton or Edmonton doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the Games. After all, when something needs done, Canada is the type of country that rolls up its sleeves and gets dirty. Approximately 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the Winter Olympics. Organizers can plan every detail, but in less … More »

Bright Lights, Big Mountains

Vancouver, Vancouver, Vancouver. No other city can touch her, according to the bean counters at the United Nations. If you live there: congratulations. If you don’t, fret not. Repeatedly crowned quality-of-life belle of the ball, and so greedily perched at the edge of the sea and the foot of the peaks, the remainder among us … More »

No more mumbo-Jumbo

I figured I’d have long been writing travel articles on riding Canada’s highest ski lifts and exploring almost 2,000 verical metres of dramatic, glaciated terrain. No such luck. Still, Vancouver architect and skiing visionary Oberto Oberti’s plan has made progress in the year since B.C.’s Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office … More »

Of dirndl and lederhosen

From the Travel Guide 2011 issue Odd, but some of my strongest memories of the Olympics last season are of women in push-up bras and men in leather trousers pushing up a big Maypole. Oh, and the hats. Great hats. I know Maypoles don’t go up in February and no, this isn’t another story about … More »

Short Turns: Winter 2010

Slide of the century March 4 will be a somber date for anyone around Rogers Pass between Golden and Revelstoke, B.C. It was 100 years ago that Canada’s worst avalanche disaster occurred, when only two of the 60 men working to clear an avalanche from the main CPR line survived a massive second slide from … More »

The other way around

From the Fall 2010 issue I’ve read it’s often healthier to focus on the journey rather than the destination. The Sea to Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler is a prime example of a journey worth the experience itself, yet most travellers complete this picturesque leg of a Whistler ski holiday with little more than … More »

2010 Olympic Preview: Freestyle

Cypress Mountain is primed to showcase who’s hot in moguls and aerials THE VENUE Vancouver’s most popular “city” ski area, Cypress Mountain, will host all freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at the Games. Its proximity to Vancouver is a boon for spectators, and the test events in 2009 went smoothly except for the cancellation of … More »

2010 Olympics Q & A

Heading to Whistler? What to know before you go WHY DOESN’T THE RACE END IN THE VILLAGE? “Olympic”—one of the first runs ever cut on Whistler Mountain—ended up over at the garbage dump, which is the site of the current Whistler Village. And ideally perhaps, the Olympic downhill would end there. However, a World Cup … More »

Super 7

Mount Roberts, photo by Eric Kalacis

All epic descents take hold of our collective psyches – some become “classics” There are probably a thousand great off-piste runs in Western Canada. These are the runs that skiers dream about, spend the off-season aspiring to and remember longer than any other. Here’s the Hjertaas list of a few of those runs that have … More »

Getting the message across

This winter the usual early-season snows largely bypassed Whistler- Blackcomb even as Victoria and Vancouver suffered havoc. Extended cold, a rain crust, a dangerous layer of faceted crystals and lastly heavy wind-loaded snowfalls created what avalanche expert Chris Stethem later described as a once-in-30-years “continental snowpack”—shallow and dangerous, akin to the Alberta Rockies. “We found … More »

Lend a Hand for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Just because you live in Hamilton or Edmonton doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the Games. After all, when something needs done, Canada is the type of country that rolls up its sleeves and gets dirty. Approximately 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the Winter Olympics. Organizers can plan every detail, but in less … More »

Bright Lights, Big Mountains

Vancouver, Vancouver, Vancouver. No other city can touch her, according to the bean counters at the United Nations. If you live there: congratulations. If you don’t, fret not. Repeatedly crowned quality-of-life belle of the ball, and so greedily perched at the edge of the sea and the foot of the peaks, the remainder among us … More »

No more mumbo-Jumbo

I figured I’d have long been writing travel articles on riding Canada’s highest ski lifts and exploring almost 2,000 verical metres of dramatic, glaciated terrain. No such luck. Still, Vancouver architect and skiing visionary Oberto Oberti’s plan has made progress in the year since B.C.’s Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office … More »

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