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News on Knees

As an emergency department physician, I’m more useful in diagnosing acute knee injuries than discussing chronic knee pain with friends and strangers at après ski, so I chatted about various treatment options of osteoarthritis (OA) with an expert, director of sports medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mark Leung. OA is the result of … More »

Jet Stix – Seemed Like a Good Idea

An exciting photo of Jean-Claude Killy making a recovery during a race back in the sixties is sometimes credited with launching a technical dead-end. Sitting way back on the edge of disaster soon became a legitimized technique. Toepieces and ligaments were torn out in wholesale lots before “Jet Turns” were finally phased out. New high-back … More »

Starting Out? 5 things to think about backcountry

Five things to think about if you’re heading to the backcountry. 1. Plan local, plan modest: Don’t underestimate the time it takes to move, manage your gear and comfort, and make decisions about your day. Keep your goals achievable; you’ll have more fun and be safer. 2. Pack light, pack right: Don’t take stuff you don’t … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

CMH Gobbles Up Purcell

Rudi Gertsch

After 47 years apart, the Gertsch family is reuniting with CMH Heli-Skiing. Swiss-born Rudi Gertsch helped Austrian-born Hans Gmoser start CMH in the 1960s, before Gertsch lifted off to start Purcell Heli-Skiing in 1974. His son Jeff and daughter-in-law Katie eventually took over the daily operations. Last summer, the Gertsch family decided to sell Purcell … More »

In Guide We Trust

In Guide We Trust

The best part of autumn is researching, planning and dreaming where the family might go skiing in the winter. Coming from a part of the country where winter didn’t much happen for us last year, we’re part of the sizable pent-up demand of all travellers, including skiers, who are now booking winter escapes. from Fall … More »

COMING BACK MoCrazy Strong

The first female to land a double flip at the X Games and to flip off a rail in ski competition, American pro skier Jamie Crane-Mauzy, a.k.a. Jamie MoCrazy, has had to learn the hard way how to climb her “alternative peak.” After a life-changing crash at the 2015 World Tour Final in Whistler that … More »

Tech Talk 2022

Microchip Your Ski Day Dave loved skiing, climbing and beer, which he drank in copious quantities after each near-death experience. We called him “Chopper Dave” since he spent so much time in helicopters—as a patient. Dave and I climbed and skied together all over the world. Life with Dave was a series of entertaining mishaps … More »

Ready to Travel?

In general, those who participate in snowsports are inherently bigger risk takers than the average public, but a new risk many of us are now weighing is how safe will international travel be next winter? I have no COVID crystal ball, but I was confident enough to book my son and myself onto January’s Ski … More »

Remembering Mike

For good reason, most people remember Mike Wiegele for his renowned heli-ski operation in Blue River, B.C. I remember him as my coach, mentor and inspiration during the years I worked at the Lake Louise Ski school. I was at the Lake Louise Ski Club meeting the day Mike was introduced as the new ski … More »

Columns

News on Knees

As an emergency department physician, I’m more useful in diagnosing acute knee injuries than discussing chronic knee pain with friends and strangers at après ski, so I chatted about various treatment options of osteoarthritis (OA) with an expert, director of sports medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mark Leung. OA is the result of … More »

Jet Stix – Seemed Like a Good Idea

An exciting photo of Jean-Claude Killy making a recovery during a race back in the sixties is sometimes credited with launching a technical dead-end. Sitting way back on the edge of disaster soon became a legitimized technique. Toepieces and ligaments were torn out in wholesale lots before “Jet Turns” were finally phased out. New high-back … More »

Starting Out? 5 things to think about backcountry

Five things to think about if you’re heading to the backcountry. 1. Plan local, plan modest: Don’t underestimate the time it takes to move, manage your gear and comfort, and make decisions about your day. Keep your goals achievable; you’ll have more fun and be safer. 2. Pack light, pack right: Don’t take stuff you don’t … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

CMH Gobbles Up Purcell

Rudi Gertsch

After 47 years apart, the Gertsch family is reuniting with CMH Heli-Skiing. Swiss-born Rudi Gertsch helped Austrian-born Hans Gmoser start CMH in the 1960s, before Gertsch lifted off to start Purcell Heli-Skiing in 1974. His son Jeff and daughter-in-law Katie eventually took over the daily operations. Last summer, the Gertsch family decided to sell Purcell … More »

In Guide We Trust

In Guide We Trust

The best part of autumn is researching, planning and dreaming where the family might go skiing in the winter. Coming from a part of the country where winter didn’t much happen for us last year, we’re part of the sizable pent-up demand of all travellers, including skiers, who are now booking winter escapes. from Fall … More »

COMING BACK MoCrazy Strong

The first female to land a double flip at the X Games and to flip off a rail in ski competition, American pro skier Jamie Crane-Mauzy, a.k.a. Jamie MoCrazy, has had to learn the hard way how to climb her “alternative peak.” After a life-changing crash at the 2015 World Tour Final in Whistler that … More »

Tech Talk 2022

Microchip Your Ski Day Dave loved skiing, climbing and beer, which he drank in copious quantities after each near-death experience. We called him “Chopper Dave” since he spent so much time in helicopters—as a patient. Dave and I climbed and skied together all over the world. Life with Dave was a series of entertaining mishaps … More »

Ready to Travel?

In general, those who participate in snowsports are inherently bigger risk takers than the average public, but a new risk many of us are now weighing is how safe will international travel be next winter? I have no COVID crystal ball, but I was confident enough to book my son and myself onto January’s Ski … More »

Remembering Mike

For good reason, most people remember Mike Wiegele for his renowned heli-ski operation in Blue River, B.C. I remember him as my coach, mentor and inspiration during the years I worked at the Lake Louise Ski school. I was at the Lake Louise Ski Club meeting the day Mike was introduced as the new ski … More »

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