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Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Mountain Town Life – Revelstoke

Revelstoke has had its share of growing pains since it became a “resort” in 2007. It isn’t every day that you get to witness the birth of a ski area. And depending on who you talked to in Revelstoke, B.C., December 22, 2007, was either a day that you’d been salivating over for three decades … More »

What’s The Point of Keeping Track?

When it comes to skiing, I’ve never been one to keep score. Take ski racing, for instance—the one discipline of the sport that I’ve actively avoided all these years. I once “lost” a dual-slalom against a woman from Minnesota who was old enough to be my mother, and who charitably said, “You would have beaten … More »

Was Skiing Better in the Day?

In honour of Ski Canada’s 50th anniversary, it’s time to look back on our sport and wonder out loud, “Was skiing really better in the good old days?” If you’re still rockin’ a big-shouldered teal Descente one-piece in rear-entries—not that there’s anything wrong with that—chances are you’re not at all image-conscious and just living in … More »

Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … More »

Repeat As Necessary – Traslin Bros.

Like most of us, Mike and Andy Traslin would rather be skiing fresh powder. But when you’re fully, completely committed to skiing at least one day out of every calendar month, you’re going to be hitting sun cups, an odd metamorphosis of melting snow that persists in north-facing patches pretty much year round. As of … More »

Storm Reservations

Everyone knew that COVID would turn the 2020-21 ski season upside down, but few Whistlerites could have guessed that they’d have to make reservations and then queue up at 6:45 each morning to catch one of four gondola lifts connecting the Village and Creekside to the upper mountain. There’s nothing stranger than standing in a … More »

Stories of Ice

Stories of Ice

From white, pristine snowfall to the indigo caverns that are thousands of years old, the world’s glaciers tell a multi-layered story of time and place. In Stories of Ice (Rocky Mountain Books, $40) veteran Canmore outdoors writer Lynn Martel celebrates their awe-inspiring beauty , warns of hidden dangers deep in crevasses and catalogues their shocking … More »

A B.C. Beer Run

The first time I ordered up a Kokanee lager (with the tagline “It’s the beer ’round here”) was at après ski on a Kootenay road trip on what was much later coined by marketing types “the Powder Highway.” I loved the label art—a rugged, glacier-clad mountain against a blue-metal sheen. It was so much cooler … More »

8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

Eight Canadian alpine lodges BY STEVEN THRENDYLE  PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN CREARY Backcountry skiing has been part of the B.C. landscape since the mid-1980s, but thanks to huge advances in off-grid energy conservation technology and environmentally sensitive construction techniques, today’s private lodges are a far cry from the drafty, rodent-infested hovels of yesteryear. Most backcountry ski … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Mountain Town Life – Revelstoke

Revelstoke has had its share of growing pains since it became a “resort” in 2007. It isn’t every day that you get to witness the birth of a ski area. And depending on who you talked to in Revelstoke, B.C., December 22, 2007, was either a day that you’d been salivating over for three decades … More »

What’s The Point of Keeping Track?

When it comes to skiing, I’ve never been one to keep score. Take ski racing, for instance—the one discipline of the sport that I’ve actively avoided all these years. I once “lost” a dual-slalom against a woman from Minnesota who was old enough to be my mother, and who charitably said, “You would have beaten … More »

Was Skiing Better in the Day?

In honour of Ski Canada’s 50th anniversary, it’s time to look back on our sport and wonder out loud, “Was skiing really better in the good old days?” If you’re still rockin’ a big-shouldered teal Descente one-piece in rear-entries—not that there’s anything wrong with that—chances are you’re not at all image-conscious and just living in … More »

Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … More »

Repeat As Necessary – Traslin Bros.

Like most of us, Mike and Andy Traslin would rather be skiing fresh powder. But when you’re fully, completely committed to skiing at least one day out of every calendar month, you’re going to be hitting sun cups, an odd metamorphosis of melting snow that persists in north-facing patches pretty much year round. As of … More »

Storm Reservations

Everyone knew that COVID would turn the 2020-21 ski season upside down, but few Whistlerites could have guessed that they’d have to make reservations and then queue up at 6:45 each morning to catch one of four gondola lifts connecting the Village and Creekside to the upper mountain. There’s nothing stranger than standing in a … More »

Stories of Ice

Stories of Ice

From white, pristine snowfall to the indigo caverns that are thousands of years old, the world’s glaciers tell a multi-layered story of time and place. In Stories of Ice (Rocky Mountain Books, $40) veteran Canmore outdoors writer Lynn Martel celebrates their awe-inspiring beauty , warns of hidden dangers deep in crevasses and catalogues their shocking … More »

A B.C. Beer Run

The first time I ordered up a Kokanee lager (with the tagline “It’s the beer ’round here”) was at après ski on a Kootenay road trip on what was much later coined by marketing types “the Powder Highway.” I loved the label art—a rugged, glacier-clad mountain against a blue-metal sheen. It was so much cooler … More »

8 Canadian Alpine Lodges

Eight Canadian alpine lodges BY STEVEN THRENDYLE  PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN CREARY Backcountry skiing has been part of the B.C. landscape since the mid-1980s, but thanks to huge advances in off-grid energy conservation technology and environmentally sensitive construction techniques, today’s private lodges are a far cry from the drafty, rodent-infested hovels of yesteryear. Most backcountry ski … More »

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