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60 Years of Cold Bums & Hot Toddies – Sun Peaks

Move over, Ski Canada. At 60, Tod Mountain has a decade on you. Wait, where’s that? Well, you probably know it by its more recognizable name, Sun Peaks Resort. But to those who’ve been skiing at the Kamloops ski area all their lives, it’s still Tod, and those early ski pioneers are still referred to … More »

Diamond in the Fluff – Powder King

Just before a sun is born, gravity starts pulling all the pieces together. That’s where Powder King Mountain Resort is at right now, says Jim Salisbury, the ski hill’s owner and general manager. “We’re in the infancy of development of the resort,” he says. “And we’re picking up traction.” Powder King sits right on Hwy … More »

The Height of Boots

Seemed Like a Good Idea 50th Anniversary looking back About 40 years ago a strange boot design appeared on the slopes. Today they would be invisible under a pant cuff and nobody would know you were wearing “high-top” ski boots, but back when ski pants were tight this new boot design was hard to hide—or … More »

Just Watch Me – Apple Fitness

Apple Fitness +

Get fit for ski season with the Apple Fitness+ program. Okay, I’m game. Ted Ligety and Apple have convinced me to shape up before ski season. Or at least stand up. After a pandemic’s worth of couch-sitting, a lot of us want to be ready for the slopes as the season starts. I’ve realized that … 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 »

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 »

Short Turns

60 Years of Cold Bums & Hot Toddies – Sun Peaks

Move over, Ski Canada. At 60, Tod Mountain has a decade on you. Wait, where’s that? Well, you probably know it by its more recognizable name, Sun Peaks Resort. But to those who’ve been skiing at the Kamloops ski area all their lives, it’s still Tod, and those early ski pioneers are still referred to … More »

Diamond in the Fluff – Powder King

Just before a sun is born, gravity starts pulling all the pieces together. That’s where Powder King Mountain Resort is at right now, says Jim Salisbury, the ski hill’s owner and general manager. “We’re in the infancy of development of the resort,” he says. “And we’re picking up traction.” Powder King sits right on Hwy … More »

The Height of Boots

Seemed Like a Good Idea 50th Anniversary looking back About 40 years ago a strange boot design appeared on the slopes. Today they would be invisible under a pant cuff and nobody would know you were wearing “high-top” ski boots, but back when ski pants were tight this new boot design was hard to hide—or … More »

Just Watch Me – Apple Fitness

Apple Fitness +

Get fit for ski season with the Apple Fitness+ program. Okay, I’m game. Ted Ligety and Apple have convinced me to shape up before ski season. Or at least stand up. After a pandemic’s worth of couch-sitting, a lot of us want to be ready for the slopes as the season starts. I’ve realized that … 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 »

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 »

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