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Skiing Should Be Colourful

To quote one reader’s message: “Hey, Ski Canada! The snow isn’t the only thing that’s all white on your pages!” No one disagrees. The more people can share, promote and feature the diversification of mountain sports, the better. Together with his father, Stephen Beaudot learned to ski at Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec, near Ottawa. … More »

What’s in a Name? Squaw Valley

It only took 71 years, but North Lake Tahoe’s most well-known ski resort, Squaw Valley, is removing the racial and sexual slur from its name. The resort, known for its tough terrain, hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics and for producing locals like Scott Schmidt, Shane McConkey and Julia Mancuso, worked with the local Washoe tribe … More »

Knucklehead Lodge

Folks in small-town B.C. just love to build stuff. In Powell River, a former forestry boomtown located on the aptly named Sunshine Coast, the Knuckleheads Winter Recreation Association (KWRA) consists of hardy, gregarious and highly industrious outdoor enthusiasts of both the motorized and non-motorized persuasion. The KWRA has been building attractive, low-impact cabins for overnight … More »

Garibaldi Turns 100

Garibaldi Provincial Park

The triangular peak was a beacon to early white settlers in nearby Vancouver, specifically mountain adventurers in the newly formed British Columbia Mountaineering Club, whose members produced the first crude maps of the day in the summer of 1910. Soon, pack animals carried tents, food and supplies to stock seasonal camps for hikers and climbers. … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as well as two online guides, Citadel … More »

Lake Louise Summit Platter RIP

“No beginner terrain off this lift” the redundant sign at the bottom read. It didn’t matter if it was read before a liftee offered the cold plastic circle to put between your legs—no beginner would make it to the top of the Summit Platter anyway. Rising to the peak of Lake Louise Ski Resort, the … More »

Where are they now?

The decision to hang up the race skis is never easy. Reasons to retire are as varied as the terrain on which competitive skiers made their names. Some leave on top after reaching their highest goals, some never quite reach their ultimate and elusive goals, while others are forced to stop abruptly from injuries or … More »

Big Dreams for Zincton

David Harley believes the mountain resort business model is broken. The sport’s future does not lie in bringing planeloads of skiers into Denver International Airport and shuttling them off to cookie-cutter areas along an interstate. Rather, Harley thinks adventurous skiers will come to Zincton, his proposed new four-season resort near New Denver, a remote mountain … More »

Tough Choice – Multi-resort passes

Few innovations have disrupted—and reconfigured—the cost of ski holidays, and indeed how we choose where to ski, quite like Vail’s Epic Pass, Alterra’s Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective membership. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more than a million of us in North America bought either an Ikon or Epic pass, accounting … More »

Short Turns

Skiing Should Be Colourful

To quote one reader’s message: “Hey, Ski Canada! The snow isn’t the only thing that’s all white on your pages!” No one disagrees. The more people can share, promote and feature the diversification of mountain sports, the better. Together with his father, Stephen Beaudot learned to ski at Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec, near Ottawa. … More »

What’s in a Name? Squaw Valley

It only took 71 years, but North Lake Tahoe’s most well-known ski resort, Squaw Valley, is removing the racial and sexual slur from its name. The resort, known for its tough terrain, hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics and for producing locals like Scott Schmidt, Shane McConkey and Julia Mancuso, worked with the local Washoe tribe … More »

Knucklehead Lodge

Folks in small-town B.C. just love to build stuff. In Powell River, a former forestry boomtown located on the aptly named Sunshine Coast, the Knuckleheads Winter Recreation Association (KWRA) consists of hardy, gregarious and highly industrious outdoor enthusiasts of both the motorized and non-motorized persuasion. The KWRA has been building attractive, low-impact cabins for overnight … More »

Garibaldi Turns 100

Garibaldi Provincial Park

The triangular peak was a beacon to early white settlers in nearby Vancouver, specifically mountain adventurers in the newly formed British Columbia Mountaineering Club, whose members produced the first crude maps of the day in the summer of 1910. Soon, pack animals carried tents, food and supplies to stock seasonal camps for hikers and climbers. … More »

Dream Planner – Banff

With 6,641 sq km of mountains to explore in Banff National Park, where does an adventurous skier start? Nowadays, most backcountry skiers start with Marcus Baranow’s Confessions of a Ski Bum guides. Baranow has written two books, Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit and Kicking Horse Pass, as well as two online guides, Citadel … More »

Lake Louise Summit Platter RIP

“No beginner terrain off this lift” the redundant sign at the bottom read. It didn’t matter if it was read before a liftee offered the cold plastic circle to put between your legs—no beginner would make it to the top of the Summit Platter anyway. Rising to the peak of Lake Louise Ski Resort, the … More »

Where are they now?

The decision to hang up the race skis is never easy. Reasons to retire are as varied as the terrain on which competitive skiers made their names. Some leave on top after reaching their highest goals, some never quite reach their ultimate and elusive goals, while others are forced to stop abruptly from injuries or … More »

Big Dreams for Zincton

David Harley believes the mountain resort business model is broken. The sport’s future does not lie in bringing planeloads of skiers into Denver International Airport and shuttling them off to cookie-cutter areas along an interstate. Rather, Harley thinks adventurous skiers will come to Zincton, his proposed new four-season resort near New Denver, a remote mountain … More »

Tough Choice – Multi-resort passes

Few innovations have disrupted—and reconfigured—the cost of ski holidays, and indeed how we choose where to ski, quite like Vail’s Epic Pass, Alterra’s Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective membership. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more than a million of us in North America bought either an Ikon or Epic pass, accounting … More »

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