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Mr. Sunshine

Dave Armstrong is the guy who really runs the iconic Alberta resort. You came to Sunshine Village to ski. You assumed the “Village” moniker was a metaphor. But as you wait for the first gondola, the entire Utilities Department roars up in the dark on a snowmobile. Stopping at various buildings along the way they … More »

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

Dream Planner – The Icefields Parkway With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Forced Air

Within two seconds I knew I couldn’t ski out of it.” What started as a small avalanche below Martin Lefebrve’s skis had propagated 20m above and all around him. It quickly took him off his feet and sent him downhill. In desperation he pulled the handle of his avalanche airbag. The pop and hiss told … More »

Get Smart

Knowledge is power when it comes to safety in the backcountry, so continue your higher education at a different kind of ski school. by Kevin Hjertaas in Fall 2012 issue “Let’s just go one at a time here and stay off that slope, eh?” I can’t really see what Marty is talking about from my … More »

Bagging Victoria – Lake Louise

Louise’s most iconic and daunting peak has been skied by few. by Kevin Hjertaas from Winter 2012 issue   Being diehard Louise skiers in our early years, both Eric Hjorleifson and I had spent many moons dreaming of making tracks on one face in particular. It shines above a cliff wall and a hanging glacier with iconic Lake Louise lying … 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 »

Mr. Sunshine

Dave Armstrong is the guy who really runs the iconic Alberta resort. You came to Sunshine Village to ski. You assumed the “Village” moniker was a metaphor. But as you wait for the first gondola, the entire Utilities Department roars up in the dark on a snowmobile. Stopping at various buildings along the way they … More »

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

Dream Planner – The Icefields Parkway With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as … More »

Science vs. Avalanches

The International Snow Science Workshop brought the world to Banff to help make us safer in the backcountry. by KEVIN HJERTAAS from December 2014 issue You’re standing atop an impressive mountain face blanketed in sparkling powder. It’s the kind of run that keeps you awake autumn nights visualizing each and every turn. It’s also the type … More »

Forced Air

Within two seconds I knew I couldn’t ski out of it.” What started as a small avalanche below Martin Lefebrve’s skis had propagated 20m above and all around him. It quickly took him off his feet and sent him downhill. In desperation he pulled the handle of his avalanche airbag. The pop and hiss told … More »

Get Smart

Knowledge is power when it comes to safety in the backcountry, so continue your higher education at a different kind of ski school. by Kevin Hjertaas in Fall 2012 issue “Let’s just go one at a time here and stay off that slope, eh?” I can’t really see what Marty is talking about from my … More »

Bagging Victoria – Lake Louise

Louise’s most iconic and daunting peak has been skied by few. by Kevin Hjertaas from Winter 2012 issue   Being diehard Louise skiers in our early years, both Eric Hjorleifson and I had spent many moons dreaming of making tracks on one face in particular. It shines above a cliff wall and a hanging glacier with iconic Lake Louise lying … 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 »

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