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The Quiet Games – Beijing 2022

How will we remember this Winter Olympics like no other? At press time in mid-January, both Alpine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee were standing fast in their commitment to sending athletes to the Olympics, leaving any boycott to the diplomats. ACA President Therese Brisson and COC CEO David Shoemaker were concerned about the fate … More »

Gondola For Grouse

Billed as the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Currently, skiers, snowboarders and hikers access runs and trails via the Skyride, a 130-passenger tram that whisks visitors from an expansive parking lot to an upper lodge in less than six minutes. In the fall, Grouse announced plans to … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Canadian Badasses

From Verbier and Chamonix to Baffin Island and Mount Waddington, Canada’s most compelling ski stories often take place thousands of kilometres from the closest condo hot tub or high-speed chairlift. That harsh line dividing sun and shadow can make the difference between a sublime descent and pure survival skiing. Pat Morrow: Kimberley, B.C., born and … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – It’s Been Uphill Ever Since

Back in the ’70s, most Canadians learned to ski at a humble community hill, with its collection of rope tows and T-bars. Fixed-grip double chairlifts that wouldn’t gnaw the palms of your gloves or the sides of your ski parka were a step up. As lineups grew longer and consumers got more frustrated, the lift … 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 »

The Quiet Games – Beijing 2022

How will we remember this Winter Olympics like no other? At press time in mid-January, both Alpine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee were standing fast in their commitment to sending athletes to the Olympics, leaving any boycott to the diplomats. ACA President Therese Brisson and COC CEO David Shoemaker were concerned about the fate … More »

Gondola For Grouse

Billed as the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Currently, skiers, snowboarders and hikers access runs and trails via the Skyride, a 130-passenger tram that whisks visitors from an expansive parking lot to an upper lodge in less than six minutes. In the fall, Grouse announced plans to … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Canadian Badasses

From Verbier and Chamonix to Baffin Island and Mount Waddington, Canada’s most compelling ski stories often take place thousands of kilometres from the closest condo hot tub or high-speed chairlift. That harsh line dividing sun and shadow can make the difference between a sublime descent and pure survival skiing. Pat Morrow: Kimberley, B.C., born and … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – It’s Been Uphill Ever Since

Back in the ’70s, most Canadians learned to ski at a humble community hill, with its collection of rope tows and T-bars. Fixed-grip double chairlifts that wouldn’t gnaw the palms of your gloves or the sides of your ski parka were a step up. As lineups grew longer and consumers got more frustrated, the lift … 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 »

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