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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 »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

Meanwhile At Tremblant

This has been a season where optimists have seen the lifts as half-full. “We received guidelines from Alterra Mountain Co. (Tremblant’s owners) on how to operate this winter, but we also have to abide by the Quebec government operational plan that continues to evolve as the winter progresses,” said Tremblant President and COO Patrice Malo. … More »

Storm Reservations

Everyone knew that COVID would turn the 2020-21 ski season upside down, but few Whistlerites could have guessed that they’d have to make reservations and then queue up at 6:45 each morning to catch one of four gondola lifts connecting the Village and Creekside to the upper mountain. There’s nothing stranger than standing in a … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well

Skiing on a snowboarder’s blindside often feels like the most dangerous place on the mountain. But according to a study by the B.C. Coroner Service, a skier is more likely to die from falling in a tree well than a collision with a boarder. “We don’t talk about drowning in the snow much,” says Brian … More »

Surviving 60 – Summit Lake

  “Even on a powder day Summit can be busy with 30 or 40 people skiing,” says one smiley and proud skier at Summit Lake Ski Area near Nakusp, B.C. “Summit also turns 60 years old this season.” In the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, Summit is the definable “Breeder” in the Breeders, Feeders and Leaders … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

Short Turns

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 »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

Meanwhile At Tremblant

This has been a season where optimists have seen the lifts as half-full. “We received guidelines from Alterra Mountain Co. (Tremblant’s owners) on how to operate this winter, but we also have to abide by the Quebec government operational plan that continues to evolve as the winter progresses,” said Tremblant President and COO Patrice Malo. … More »

Storm Reservations

Everyone knew that COVID would turn the 2020-21 ski season upside down, but few Whistlerites could have guessed that they’d have to make reservations and then queue up at 6:45 each morning to catch one of four gondola lifts connecting the Village and Creekside to the upper mountain. There’s nothing stranger than standing in a … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well

Skiing on a snowboarder’s blindside often feels like the most dangerous place on the mountain. But according to a study by the B.C. Coroner Service, a skier is more likely to die from falling in a tree well than a collision with a boarder. “We don’t talk about drowning in the snow much,” says Brian … More »

Surviving 60 – Summit Lake

  “Even on a powder day Summit can be busy with 30 or 40 people skiing,” says one smiley and proud skier at Summit Lake Ski Area near Nakusp, B.C. “Summit also turns 60 years old this season.” In the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, Summit is the definable “Breeder” in the Breeders, Feeders and Leaders … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

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