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Steeped in La Grave

Reading Time: 7 minutes Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend […]

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Ciao Tonale!

Reading Time: 7 minutes One of Italy’s best-kept secrets is not just for freeriders. by IAIN MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue It was a blistering hot—but fateful—July day at the cottage back in […]

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Ready, Set, Go

Reading Time: 3 minutes For a few of us, the 2018-19 ski season has already begun; for most, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. But first, let me ask: How […]

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Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Reading Time: 4 minutes Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine […]

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Your sign of things to come

Reading Time: 4 minutes Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald […]

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Ski Like a Viking – Iceland

Reading Time: 8 minutes Iceland’s unique people, geography and history make for a ski adventure like no other on Earth. by IAIN MACMILLAN in the Winter 2018 issue Snorri, clearly an Icelandic giant, stood […]

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If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

Reading Time: 4 minutes It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked […]

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Tales from Akita

Reading Time: 10 minutes Skiing Japan proved to be Iain and Ryan’s most excellent, super-terrific, Hello Kitty of an adventure last season.   Story and photos by IAIN MACMILLAN and RYAN STUART      IAIN The […]

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Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

Reading Time: 4 minutes In another generation, Heather Smith might be helping her charges as a nurse, or a stewardess. But it’s 2017 and the mountain guide who looks more like a model has […]

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Pack Mentality

Reading Time: 3 minutes “There’s no other sport that competes with skiing when it comes to doing it in a group.’’  After taking several harried-sounding phone calls on the chairlift, Axel, our French ski […]

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Separation Anxiety

Reading Time: 4 minutes Given Ryan and I hadn’t actually skied together for a while, we decided to look for some powder somewhere between Denver and Geneva. We ended up in Japan. by IAIN […]

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Club Med Survival Guide

Reading Time: 8 minutes “You drive manual transmeession?” Arnauld stated more than asked. “Yes, of course,” I answered, wondering where our instructor-guide’s next idea would take us. “Okay, then! You weel drive zee ski-school […]

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Badass, French-Style

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘‘If you’re a strong skier, particularly one who loves the steeps, La Grave—along with La Meije, the imposing monster of a mountain that rises vertically from the valley opposite—is your […]

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Oh, the people you’ll meet

Reading Time: 9 minutes The cast of characters in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski domain, makes for good stories. by IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos ADAM STEIN “In my life, I have been in four avalanches,” […]

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Around the Bend – Arosa & Laax

Reading Time: 9 minutes On the road in Switzerland, you never know what adventures lie ahead. by IAIN MacMILLAN   Photos ADAM STEIN in December 2016 issue After flipping through hundreds of photos on his Nikon’s […]

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Steeped in Culture

Reading Time: 5 minutes It was about this time last year when our middle-child, Meg, then in her final year of high school, decided our upcoming, and “last-ever,” March Break trip to France wasn’t […]

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George’s Gap Year

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s fun to live vicariously through ski writers and photographers. This season you might just want to take it a step further and join one of them. I don’t personally […]

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Whistler: A New Era

Reading Time: 3 minutes “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 […]

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Notes from my excellent Swedish adventure

Reading Time: 4 minutes Circling above the airport at Stockholm has me wondering if I’ve actually left Ontario. The familiarity out the plane window of snow, forest, frozen lakes and rock below is incredible, […]

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In Awe of Chamonix

Reading Time: 8 minutes The vastness of France’s iconic mountain destination was the perfect fit for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. STORY AND PHOTOS BY IAIN MacMILLAN in December 2015 issue Our group of […]

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A Celebration of Groomers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Everyone knows it but few like to admit it: the largest group of skiers is also the least sexy—the on-piste gang. I had a pretty typical teenage skier bedroom growing up, […]

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Helicopter Parenting

Reading Time: 3 minutes I found a whole new way to rationalize a heli-ski holiday: use one of your kids! “It’s tough to tell your wife you’re off to Wiegele World for another week […]

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5 Reasons to Love Verbier

Reading Time: 9 minutes Ski Canada readers discovered first-hand why Verbier is one of the iconic resorts of the Alps. _By IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos YVES GARNEAU If he went down there—and headed west…” said Yves, his […]

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Own Your Own

Reading Time: 3 minutes “The whole ski area could be yours for less than a cabin at Whistler!” It happens often when I tell someone where I work. The brain-wheels start clicking, the eyes […]

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