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Ready, Set, Go

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 did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

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 unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

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 Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

Ski Like a Viking – Iceland

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 at the door of Viking Heliskiing looking down at us in surprise. “Where did you two come from?” The lodge manager’s deep baritone voice boomed … More »

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

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 as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Tales from Akita

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 conversation stopped momentarily when we suddenly realized what we were looking at through the fog: a massive carved phallus. Although the temperature was well below … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

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 just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Pack Mentality

“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 instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Separation Anxiety

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 MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Late last January Technical Editor Ryan was hard at work playing kid in a candy shop at the Ski … More »

Club Med Survival Guide

“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 bus to zee trail’ead—but first, I must stop at my house and collect my veezor.” by IAIN MACMILLAN and SARAH STALLAN  *  photos: RAY O’REILLY … More »

Ready, Set, Go

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 did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

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 unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

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 Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

Ski Like a Viking – Iceland

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 at the door of Viking Heliskiing looking down at us in surprise. “Where did you two come from?” The lodge manager’s deep baritone voice boomed … More »

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

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 as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

Tales from Akita

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 conversation stopped momentarily when we suddenly realized what we were looking at through the fog: a massive carved phallus. Although the temperature was well below … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

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 just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Pack Mentality

“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 instructor-guide at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, announces that he has to cut short our time together. “I must service another client.” He tells us … More »

Separation Anxiety

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 MACMILLAN in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue Late last January Technical Editor Ryan was hard at work playing kid in a candy shop at the Ski … More »

Club Med Survival Guide

“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 bus to zee trail’ead—but first, I must stop at my house and collect my veezor.” by IAIN MACMILLAN and SARAH STALLAN  *  photos: RAY O’REILLY … More »

Subscribe and SAVE!

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.