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Ski Canada @ 50 – Over The Hill At 40

When you picture the world’s most classic downhill tracks, most people think of Kitzbühel’s Hahnenkamm, Wengen’s Lauberhorn or Canada’s own Lake Louise. While these are certainly gems, there’s one other classic track where the spandex crowd get to live out their downhill dreams. Since its inception in 1981, SilverStar’s Over the Hill Downhill has been … More »

60 Years of Cold Bums & Hot Toddies – Sun Peaks

Move over, Ski Canada. At 60, Tod Mountain has a decade on you. Wait, where’s that? Well, you probably know it by its more recognizable name, Sun Peaks Resort. But to those who’ve been skiing at the Kamloops ski area all their lives, it’s still Tod, and those early ski pioneers are still referred to … More »

Two Feet and a Helicopter Seat

Black Tusk Heli

Get the most out of your touring day with a lift into the alpine. It’s impossible to look back on last winter without considering the ways COVID-19 impacted people’s mountain recreation habits. While some ski areas managed to go above and beyond to keep the lifts turning and guests safe, others were hamstrung by tougher … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

New Hope For Cape Smokey

New Hope For Cape Smokey by RON BETTS The song “Rise Again,” by songwriter Leon Dubinsky, is an anthem for the resiliency of the Cape Breton spirit. Those lyrics will hopefully ring true for skiers in the northern part of Cape Breton Island, where it was recently announced that the Cape Smokey ski area had … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

Havin’ a Time – Marble Mt. Newfoundland

Nobody said skiing The Rock was easy, but it’s definitely worth the adventure. The last time I skied Newfoundland was 1989. Back then, Marble Mountain had a slightly mythical reputation in Eastern Canada. Essentially, it was a local ski hill servicing the small town of Corner Brook and surrounding communities. What made it sparkle was … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

The Road to Cherryville

THE MONASHEES’ KINGFISHER HELISKIING AND KEEFER LAKE CATSKIING WILL PAMPER YOU IN POWDER. by RON BETTS    photos ROBERT SIM in the Winter 2018 issue One of the most remarkable things about living in Canada is space, lots and lots of space. Just point the old family roadster in almost any direction and soon the hustle … More »

And Then They Were One – Park City & The Canyons

Big things really started to happen when Vail Resorts teamed up Park City with The Canyons. by RON BETTS in the December 2017 issue   Until recently, my favourite landing was Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong. The airport closed in 1998 but anyone who landed there will remember it well. I even had the unforgettable … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Over The Hill At 40

When you picture the world’s most classic downhill tracks, most people think of Kitzbühel’s Hahnenkamm, Wengen’s Lauberhorn or Canada’s own Lake Louise. While these are certainly gems, there’s one other classic track where the spandex crowd get to live out their downhill dreams. Since its inception in 1981, SilverStar’s Over the Hill Downhill has been … More »

60 Years of Cold Bums & Hot Toddies – Sun Peaks

Move over, Ski Canada. At 60, Tod Mountain has a decade on you. Wait, where’s that? Well, you probably know it by its more recognizable name, Sun Peaks Resort. But to those who’ve been skiing at the Kamloops ski area all their lives, it’s still Tod, and those early ski pioneers are still referred to … More »

Two Feet and a Helicopter Seat

Black Tusk Heli

Get the most out of your touring day with a lift into the alpine. It’s impossible to look back on last winter without considering the ways COVID-19 impacted people’s mountain recreation habits. While some ski areas managed to go above and beyond to keep the lifts turning and guests safe, others were hamstrung by tougher … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

New Hope For Cape Smokey

New Hope For Cape Smokey by RON BETTS The song “Rise Again,” by songwriter Leon Dubinsky, is an anthem for the resiliency of the Cape Breton spirit. Those lyrics will hopefully ring true for skiers in the northern part of Cape Breton Island, where it was recently announced that the Cape Smokey ski area had … More »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

Havin’ a Time – Marble Mt. Newfoundland

Nobody said skiing The Rock was easy, but it’s definitely worth the adventure. The last time I skied Newfoundland was 1989. Back then, Marble Mountain had a slightly mythical reputation in Eastern Canada. Essentially, it was a local ski hill servicing the small town of Corner Brook and surrounding communities. What made it sparkle was … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

The Road to Cherryville

THE MONASHEES’ KINGFISHER HELISKIING AND KEEFER LAKE CATSKIING WILL PAMPER YOU IN POWDER. by RON BETTS    photos ROBERT SIM in the Winter 2018 issue One of the most remarkable things about living in Canada is space, lots and lots of space. Just point the old family roadster in almost any direction and soon the hustle … More »

And Then They Were One – Park City & The Canyons

Big things really started to happen when Vail Resorts teamed up Park City with The Canyons. by RON BETTS in the December 2017 issue   Until recently, my favourite landing was Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong. The airport closed in 1998 but anyone who landed there will remember it well. I even had the unforgettable … More »

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