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How Gnar is Too Far? – Sunshine Village

Sunshine is one of many resorts that have opened tougher terrain to meet the demand of today’s stronger skiers. photos: DAN HUDSON Our unease grew as she hiked past us on the 2,819m peak of Brewster Rock that stretches above the highest lift at Sunshine Village. Many skiers climb up here to ski Sunshine’s signature … More »

The Sending Games – Freeride World Tour 2022

Freeride World Tour

The Freeride World Tour by Alpina Watches takes some of the best skiers to the most “Mythic Mountain Faces” every season, and for the fourth time its only North American stop is at Kicking Horse in Golden, B.C., on the “Ozone” face, February 12-17. It’s an event made for spectators and FWT announcer and coach, … More »

Digital Lemmings – Touring With Apps

Rogers Pass backcountry

Your phone has become the ultimate backcountry resource, but should you let it make all your decisions? If we’re going to do this, we need to follow the rules.” Chris Rubens admonishes me for taking the easy way around while he sidesteps across running water for the third time in less than a kilometre. There’s … More »

Doing It All – ‘Lusti’ Lustenberger

We shouldn’t be surprised by Christina “Lusti” Lustenberger’s big season; it’s just the latest accomplishment in her multi-act ski career. Lusti has already lived three or four different skier’s dreams. Raised on the slopes of Panorama by parents who ran a ski shop, she learned to ski early and fast. She ascended the racing ranks … More »

Mr. Sunshine

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 check the systems crucial to the 280 residents and more than half … 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

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 well as two online guides, Citadel … 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 »

How Gnar is Too Far? – Sunshine Village

Sunshine is one of many resorts that have opened tougher terrain to meet the demand of today’s stronger skiers. photos: DAN HUDSON Our unease grew as she hiked past us on the 2,819m peak of Brewster Rock that stretches above the highest lift at Sunshine Village. Many skiers climb up here to ski Sunshine’s signature … More »

The Sending Games – Freeride World Tour 2022

Freeride World Tour

The Freeride World Tour by Alpina Watches takes some of the best skiers to the most “Mythic Mountain Faces” every season, and for the fourth time its only North American stop is at Kicking Horse in Golden, B.C., on the “Ozone” face, February 12-17. It’s an event made for spectators and FWT announcer and coach, … More »

Digital Lemmings – Touring With Apps

Rogers Pass backcountry

Your phone has become the ultimate backcountry resource, but should you let it make all your decisions? If we’re going to do this, we need to follow the rules.” Chris Rubens admonishes me for taking the easy way around while he sidesteps across running water for the third time in less than a kilometre. There’s … More »

Doing It All – ‘Lusti’ Lustenberger

We shouldn’t be surprised by Christina “Lusti” Lustenberger’s big season; it’s just the latest accomplishment in her multi-act ski career. Lusti has already lived three or four different skier’s dreams. Raised on the slopes of Panorama by parents who ran a ski shop, she learned to ski early and fast. She ascended the racing ranks … More »

Mr. Sunshine

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 check the systems crucial to the 280 residents and more than half … 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

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 well as two online guides, Citadel … 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 »

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