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Short Turns

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Prix Fixe in Charlevoix

Long before our little pandemic thing arrived, Club Med announced construction woes would lead to a year-long delay of the iconic all-inclusive brand’s original plans to open its first Canadian four-season village. As things turned out, the timing couldn’t have been better. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, now set for December 3 at Le Massif in the … More »

A Bigger Big White

When Michael J. Ballingall imagines Big White Ski Resort in 2089, he envisions 17 new lifts, the number of runs increasing from the current 119 to 329, skiable terrain more than doubling, the addition of cat-skiing and more. Well-known in the Canadian ski industry, the vice-president of the Okanagan resort laid out the vision in … More »

Start Your Day With a Descent

There’s nothing like getting away from the madding crowd with a day of AT. But getting to the summit for your first run can be quite a slog, involving a drive, a hoof to the trailhead and a long skin through dense trees, up the ridgeline and so on until you and your sweaty back … More »

Parablacks: Seemed Like a Good Idea

50th Anniversary looking back Back in the day, when the epitome of style was skiing with feet and legs glued together as one on skinny, unshaped 207s, there was an increased risk of crossing one’s ski tips. The solution, we were told and sold, was a clever little accessory called Parablack, which consisted of a … 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 »

Short Turns

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Prix Fixe in Charlevoix

Long before our little pandemic thing arrived, Club Med announced construction woes would lead to a year-long delay of the iconic all-inclusive brand’s original plans to open its first Canadian four-season village. As things turned out, the timing couldn’t have been better. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, now set for December 3 at Le Massif in the … More »

A Bigger Big White

When Michael J. Ballingall imagines Big White Ski Resort in 2089, he envisions 17 new lifts, the number of runs increasing from the current 119 to 329, skiable terrain more than doubling, the addition of cat-skiing and more. Well-known in the Canadian ski industry, the vice-president of the Okanagan resort laid out the vision in … More »

Start Your Day With a Descent

There’s nothing like getting away from the madding crowd with a day of AT. But getting to the summit for your first run can be quite a slog, involving a drive, a hoof to the trailhead and a long skin through dense trees, up the ridgeline and so on until you and your sweaty back … More »

Parablacks: Seemed Like a Good Idea

50th Anniversary looking back Back in the day, when the epitome of style was skiing with feet and legs glued together as one on skinny, unshaped 207s, there was an increased risk of crossing one’s ski tips. The solution, we were told and sold, was a clever little accessory called Parablack, which consisted of a … 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 »

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