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The Cost of Skiing

I can’t remember prices from last season let alone decades ago,” Mike Howard admits when I ask if he thought skiing really is more expensive nowadays. Mike has owned iconic Sepp’s Skis & Snowboards in Kingston, Ontario, for more than a decade, but he started as a weekend high school student when the shop opened in … More »

Loving RED – Red Mt. BC

My first-ever visit to Rossland, B.C., and its mythical powder mecca RED Mountain was a quarter-century ago when buddy Steve and I were invited to stay with one of RED’s owners at the time, affable Eric Skat Peterson. We arrived the day before Skat was to return from somewhere. His scratchy phone message was simply: … More »

Bordering on the Ridiculous

 Nothing links Canadians like border-crossing stories. But some skiers this season are at a whole new level. And then his hand started reaching for his gun,” Phil told me on an entertaining phone call from Boston last month. “I had no idea how things were going to play out next.” He continued, “My brother Ted … More »

10 More Things to Worry About

10 More Things

 by IAIN MACMILLAN in Fall 2020 issue Hunkered down at the cottage during the summer I was bitten by a bat. In the neck. While I slept. Dodging all the vampire jokes on one of my seven trips to the hospital in Parry Sound for rabies inoculations, I was thinking that at least I’m not … More »

How My Ski Season Ended

by Iain MacMillan in Buyer’s Guide 2021 Even though I couldn’t see the contents of my ski bag displayed on the airport X-ray machine monitor, I knew immediately why the suddenly not-bored security clerk at Pearson raised her eyebrows. “It’s just my ice axe,” I answered her unasked question as indifferently as possible, “you know, … More »

The Other Side of Iran

The Other Side of Iran Last Valentine’s Day I got a text from our summer-cottage neighbours who live in Virginia. “Happy VD, Canada! What are you up to?” “We just arrived in Tehran,” I texted back, grinning. “Skiing some big mountains tomorrow—staying at a plastics and chemical plant tonight.” “Good grief! Sounds like suicide,” was … More »

25 Years Later

Jules Older, a former editor to a one-time competing publication, called a while ago to let me know that after some research, he decided I’m the longest-sitting ski magazine editor…in the world. After digesting this lump, I told a neighbour Doug Bennet, who for years was editor and later publisher of Masthead, an industry magazine … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Hanging Out in Cortina

“Oh…what do I do now, Edoardo?” I yell back up tentatively to my smiley young mountain guide. The steel cable that my harness is securely clipped to has disappeared deep into the snow and the next cable is nowhere in sight. Although I’m in a crawl position, I’m so vertical, the back of my helmet … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

First Tracks

The Cost of Skiing

I can’t remember prices from last season let alone decades ago,” Mike Howard admits when I ask if he thought skiing really is more expensive nowadays. Mike has owned iconic Sepp’s Skis & Snowboards in Kingston, Ontario, for more than a decade, but he started as a weekend high school student when the shop opened in … More »

Loving RED – Red Mt. BC

My first-ever visit to Rossland, B.C., and its mythical powder mecca RED Mountain was a quarter-century ago when buddy Steve and I were invited to stay with one of RED’s owners at the time, affable Eric Skat Peterson. We arrived the day before Skat was to return from somewhere. His scratchy phone message was simply: … More »

Bordering on the Ridiculous

 Nothing links Canadians like border-crossing stories. But some skiers this season are at a whole new level. And then his hand started reaching for his gun,” Phil told me on an entertaining phone call from Boston last month. “I had no idea how things were going to play out next.” He continued, “My brother Ted … More »

10 More Things to Worry About

10 More Things

 by IAIN MACMILLAN in Fall 2020 issue Hunkered down at the cottage during the summer I was bitten by a bat. In the neck. While I slept. Dodging all the vampire jokes on one of my seven trips to the hospital in Parry Sound for rabies inoculations, I was thinking that at least I’m not … More »

How My Ski Season Ended

by Iain MacMillan in Buyer’s Guide 2021 Even though I couldn’t see the contents of my ski bag displayed on the airport X-ray machine monitor, I knew immediately why the suddenly not-bored security clerk at Pearson raised her eyebrows. “It’s just my ice axe,” I answered her unasked question as indifferently as possible, “you know, … More »

The Other Side of Iran

The Other Side of Iran Last Valentine’s Day I got a text from our summer-cottage neighbours who live in Virginia. “Happy VD, Canada! What are you up to?” “We just arrived in Tehran,” I texted back, grinning. “Skiing some big mountains tomorrow—staying at a plastics and chemical plant tonight.” “Good grief! Sounds like suicide,” was … More »

25 Years Later

Jules Older, a former editor to a one-time competing publication, called a while ago to let me know that after some research, he decided I’m the longest-sitting ski magazine editor…in the world. After digesting this lump, I told a neighbour Doug Bennet, who for years was editor and later publisher of Masthead, an industry magazine … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Hanging Out in Cortina

“Oh…what do I do now, Edoardo?” I yell back up tentatively to my smiley young mountain guide. The steel cable that my harness is securely clipped to has disappeared deep into the snow and the next cable is nowhere in sight. Although I’m in a crawl position, I’m so vertical, the back of my helmet … More »

This is Not a How To Guide

After many years of bestowing kudos on major ski resorts, Leslie Woit’s annual feature “The Best of Skiing in Canada” has left Managing Editor Anne and me with unprintable rumours and snippets of stories about crazy stuff done by Canadian skiers. Unprintable until now. I instructed another long-time contributor, gossip girl Steven Threndyle, to stop talking … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.