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Olympic misconceptions

From the Fall 2009 issue I love rumours. Teen TV drama Gossip Girl makes me want to hurl, but I find it truly intriguing to sit back and observe how quickly and easily misinformation spreads—particularly if Whistler is involved. For example, there seems to be a widely held belief that Whistler had a lousy winter … More »

Something for everyone

‘Skiing is life,” a poetic Dean Cummings once told me when I first met him almost a decade ago. At the time I agreed, and to a certain extent I still do. Yet, over the years I’ve come to realize that not everyone likes to ski. I’ve also accepted, if not completely understood, that only … More »

Better Homes and Containers

On a trip to Mont Tremblant last April, while attempting to put his exuberant charm to good use, Kris “Slicer” Cormier was confronted by a seemingly nice French girl who went a bit postal when she discovered where her would-be suitor lived. “You’re from Whistler?” she screeched. “We don’t need your kind of trash here!” … More »

Viva Las Vegas

On January 27, 2003, rising big-mountain star Jonny Law won the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, picked up the Sickbird Belt (awarded for the sickest skiing of the competition) and then ditched the awards ceremony to fly directly to Las Vegas to attend SIA, the annual North American snowsports industry trade show. I bumped into Jonny on … More »

The writings on the wall

From the Winter 2007 issue On the way to last fall’s MSP movie premiere in Whistler, I stopped by the somewhat infamous 3040 house to see if anyone there had the new phone number of a friend of mine. “He’s on the wall” came the response. One of the occupants of the house has been … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Rolling with the Punch

At the outset, the winter of 2004-05 seemed fairly typical. Shortly after Christmas, however, the weather turned unseasonably cold and dry. As a result, for a number of weeks we were skiing into a crevasse leading under Blackcomb Glacier and re-emerging through another crevasse well below. Although this experience on its own quali?es the season … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

Olympic misconceptions

From the Fall 2009 issue I love rumours. Teen TV drama Gossip Girl makes me want to hurl, but I find it truly intriguing to sit back and observe how quickly and easily misinformation spreads—particularly if Whistler is involved. For example, there seems to be a widely held belief that Whistler had a lousy winter … More »

Something for everyone

‘Skiing is life,” a poetic Dean Cummings once told me when I first met him almost a decade ago. At the time I agreed, and to a certain extent I still do. Yet, over the years I’ve come to realize that not everyone likes to ski. I’ve also accepted, if not completely understood, that only … More »

Better Homes and Containers

On a trip to Mont Tremblant last April, while attempting to put his exuberant charm to good use, Kris “Slicer” Cormier was confronted by a seemingly nice French girl who went a bit postal when she discovered where her would-be suitor lived. “You’re from Whistler?” she screeched. “We don’t need your kind of trash here!” … More »

Viva Las Vegas

On January 27, 2003, rising big-mountain star Jonny Law won the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, picked up the Sickbird Belt (awarded for the sickest skiing of the competition) and then ditched the awards ceremony to fly directly to Las Vegas to attend SIA, the annual North American snowsports industry trade show. I bumped into Jonny on … More »

The writings on the wall

From the Winter 2007 issue On the way to last fall’s MSP movie premiere in Whistler, I stopped by the somewhat infamous 3040 house to see if anyone there had the new phone number of a friend of mine. “He’s on the wall” came the response. One of the occupants of the house has been … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Rolling with the Punch

At the outset, the winter of 2004-05 seemed fairly typical. Shortly after Christmas, however, the weather turned unseasonably cold and dry. As a result, for a number of weeks we were skiing into a crevasse leading under Blackcomb Glacier and re-emerging through another crevasse well below. Although this experience on its own quali?es the season … More »

Mark it on your calendar

While lumbering through Lot 1 for the hundredth-odd time last season, I was startled by what appeared to be a large animal rummaging through the trunk of a red Civic. Perhaps partly because it was the day after the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), or simply because I’m nver fully alert at lower elevations, … More »

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