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The Fancy Cat: Island Lake Lodge

Ooh, ahh, look how deep it is….” And we weren’t anywhere near the powder yet. I was cooing over the bathroom. With a few notable exceptions, you have to drive a long way in B.C.’s backcountry to ?nd a claw-foot tub with a width-deep sandalwood accessory rack, ? nked by California blinds and attractively backlit … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

The Sophisticat – Mustang Powder

The Sophisticat

At Mustang Powder, everything reinforces this self-constructed reverie. At lift resorts, reality—crowds, traffic, concrete, roads— has a nasty way of thrusting itself into your experience. But at Mustang, deep in the Monashee Mountains — that “deep in” being a cliché if it weren’t so true — reality got left far behind, either on the long … More »

The Feral Cat: Great Northern Snow Cat

No signs or billboards will lead the way either. It’s that kind of place. You have to want to get there. Or you have to have been there once before, like most of Great Northern’s guests. After taking the ferry across Galena Bay and driving around ineffectually for more than an hour, we end up … More »

Extreme Makeover

From the Winter 2006 issue On a stunning day in late April, the snow fields on the Rockies’ main spine so dazzlingly bright as to burn through even the darkest sunglasses and force your gaze to the gentler blue of the sky above, my longtime sweetheart Laurie and I carved through fields of smooth, buttery … More »

Cold Cache

Cold cache 2

We’re gathered around a sign that reads: “Warning! No Patrol Beyond This Point.” It’s taken us all of about an hour to attach ourselves to the local fraternity of skiers at Shames Mountain—a reassuring collection of diehards that includes a crab ?sherman from Prince Rupert, a millworker from Kitimat, an off-duty ski patroller who lives … More »

Quick Fix

This feature appeared in the December 2005 issue I can’t call it karma, because I probably didn’t deserve it, or fate, because it was hardly inevitable. So let’s stick with dumb luck. That’s the only way I can explain how I wound up last February heading for Big White, one of very few ski resorts … More »

Judge Benoit Presiding

Even if these days you only ski the hero run under the chair when you’re sure none of your friends are watching and that yellow downhill suit you’ve been keeping “just in case” makes you look more like a chubby banana than a svelte racer, there’s still hope because athletes aren’t the only ones who … More »

Small Wonder: Jenn Heil

Despite her small stature (she’s 5’3”), Jennifer (Jenn) Heil is one of Canada’s biggest hopes for a medal at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. The 22-year-old Spruce Grove, Alberta, native surprised a few people when, after placing 4th in women’s moguls at the 2002 Olympics (just missing the bronze by 1/100th of a point), … More »

The Fancy Cat: Island Lake Lodge

Ooh, ahh, look how deep it is….” And we weren’t anywhere near the powder yet. I was cooing over the bathroom. With a few notable exceptions, you have to drive a long way in B.C.’s backcountry to ?nd a claw-foot tub with a width-deep sandalwood accessory rack, ? nked by California blinds and attractively backlit … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

The Sophisticat – Mustang Powder

The Sophisticat

At Mustang Powder, everything reinforces this self-constructed reverie. At lift resorts, reality—crowds, traffic, concrete, roads— has a nasty way of thrusting itself into your experience. But at Mustang, deep in the Monashee Mountains — that “deep in” being a cliché if it weren’t so true — reality got left far behind, either on the long … More »

The Feral Cat: Great Northern Snow Cat

No signs or billboards will lead the way either. It’s that kind of place. You have to want to get there. Or you have to have been there once before, like most of Great Northern’s guests. After taking the ferry across Galena Bay and driving around ineffectually for more than an hour, we end up … More »

Extreme Makeover

From the Winter 2006 issue On a stunning day in late April, the snow fields on the Rockies’ main spine so dazzlingly bright as to burn through even the darkest sunglasses and force your gaze to the gentler blue of the sky above, my longtime sweetheart Laurie and I carved through fields of smooth, buttery … More »

Cold Cache

Cold cache 2

We’re gathered around a sign that reads: “Warning! No Patrol Beyond This Point.” It’s taken us all of about an hour to attach ourselves to the local fraternity of skiers at Shames Mountain—a reassuring collection of diehards that includes a crab ?sherman from Prince Rupert, a millworker from Kitimat, an off-duty ski patroller who lives … More »

Quick Fix

This feature appeared in the December 2005 issue I can’t call it karma, because I probably didn’t deserve it, or fate, because it was hardly inevitable. So let’s stick with dumb luck. That’s the only way I can explain how I wound up last February heading for Big White, one of very few ski resorts … More »

Judge Benoit Presiding

Even if these days you only ski the hero run under the chair when you’re sure none of your friends are watching and that yellow downhill suit you’ve been keeping “just in case” makes you look more like a chubby banana than a svelte racer, there’s still hope because athletes aren’t the only ones who … More »

Small Wonder: Jenn Heil

Despite her small stature (she’s 5’3”), Jennifer (Jenn) Heil is one of Canada’s biggest hopes for a medal at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. The 22-year-old Spruce Grove, Alberta, native surprised a few people when, after placing 4th in women’s moguls at the 2002 Olympics (just missing the bronze by 1/100th of a point), … More »

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