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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 »

Ready, Set, Go

For a few of us, the 2018-19 ski season has already begun; for most, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. But first, let me ask: How did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

First Tracks

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 »

Ready, Set, Go

For a few of us, the 2018-19 ski season has already begun; for most, there are still a lot of decisions to be made. But first, let me ask: How did you put your stuff away last spring? Are you the type who after your last run of the season carefully removes, dries and replaces … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

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Subscribe and SAVE!

Just $5.00 an issue!

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