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Dinner & Duvet – Swiss Mountain Huts

Experience the Swiss Alps by spending a night in an iconic mountain hut. All photos: PENNY KENDALL For more than 150 years, remote alpine huts across the Swiss Alps have been welcoming weary travellers whether on foot or skis for the night. The notorious Haute Route, which connects the mountaineering meccas of Chamonix and Zermatt, … More »

The Quiet Games – Beijing 2022

How will we remember this Winter Olympics like no other? At press time in mid-January, both Alpine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee were standing fast in their commitment to sending athletes to the Olympics, leaving any boycott to the diplomats. ACA President Therese Brisson and COC CEO David Shoemaker were concerned about the fate … More »

Hands Up, Baby! – a Club Med history

Healthy, happy and still going strong, Club Med continues to give us love. The term “AI” may be bantered about in conversation everywhere these days, often in reference to how our lives are going to change for the better, but older skiers, ones who like to travel and appreciate good value, know the concept is … More »

Grooming Through The Years

As the expectations of skiers and technology changed, preparation of our slopes evolved as well. The first time I thought a groomed run might be more than learning terrain was when I demoed a pair of Elan SCX, one of the first shaped skis. I took them for a rip on the lower slopes of … More »

The Eastern Influence – Ontario

It’s often surprising how many people in the ski world got their start in vertically challenged Ontario. Ontario ski areas are not the steepest, their snowpack is not the deepest, their vertical is neither epic nor the stuff of legend. But if the outcry over the pandemic-induced shuttering of its slopes was any indication, there’s … More »

All For One – Québec’s Eastern Townships

With the flexibility of the L’Est Go season pass that includes all four ski areas, it’s time to take another look at the Eastern Townships. The quartet of ski resorts that cluster southeast of Montreal have been favoured destinations for Eastern Township loyalists for decades. If they’ve failed to attract the attention that Tremblant to … More »

How Gnar is Too Far? – Sunshine Village

Sunshine is one of many resorts that have opened tougher terrain to meet the demand of today’s stronger skiers. photos: DAN HUDSON Our unease grew as she hiked past us on the 2,819m peak of Brewster Rock that stretches above the highest lift at Sunshine Village. Many skiers climb up here to ski Sunshine’s signature … More »

Where Every Turn Counts – Ontario

What Ontario lacks in vertical, it more than makes up in backcountry powder. Late February snowbanks were cramping the style of Forestry Tower Road as it snaked deeper and higher into the timber. What was normally a two-lane road with good sightlines was down to not much more than a single lane, with every turn … More »

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

Digital Lemmings – Touring With Apps

Rogers Pass backcountry

Your phone has become the ultimate backcountry resource, but should you let it make all your decisions? If we’re going to do this, we need to follow the rules.” Chris Rubens admonishes me for taking the easy way around while he sidesteps across running water for the third time in less than a kilometre. There’s … More »

Features

Dinner & Duvet – Swiss Mountain Huts

Experience the Swiss Alps by spending a night in an iconic mountain hut. All photos: PENNY KENDALL For more than 150 years, remote alpine huts across the Swiss Alps have been welcoming weary travellers whether on foot or skis for the night. The notorious Haute Route, which connects the mountaineering meccas of Chamonix and Zermatt, … More »

The Quiet Games – Beijing 2022

How will we remember this Winter Olympics like no other? At press time in mid-January, both Alpine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee were standing fast in their commitment to sending athletes to the Olympics, leaving any boycott to the diplomats. ACA President Therese Brisson and COC CEO David Shoemaker were concerned about the fate … More »

Hands Up, Baby! – a Club Med history

Healthy, happy and still going strong, Club Med continues to give us love. The term “AI” may be bantered about in conversation everywhere these days, often in reference to how our lives are going to change for the better, but older skiers, ones who like to travel and appreciate good value, know the concept is … More »

Grooming Through The Years

As the expectations of skiers and technology changed, preparation of our slopes evolved as well. The first time I thought a groomed run might be more than learning terrain was when I demoed a pair of Elan SCX, one of the first shaped skis. I took them for a rip on the lower slopes of … More »

The Eastern Influence – Ontario

It’s often surprising how many people in the ski world got their start in vertically challenged Ontario. Ontario ski areas are not the steepest, their snowpack is not the deepest, their vertical is neither epic nor the stuff of legend. But if the outcry over the pandemic-induced shuttering of its slopes was any indication, there’s … More »

All For One – Québec’s Eastern Townships

With the flexibility of the L’Est Go season pass that includes all four ski areas, it’s time to take another look at the Eastern Townships. The quartet of ski resorts that cluster southeast of Montreal have been favoured destinations for Eastern Township loyalists for decades. If they’ve failed to attract the attention that Tremblant to … More »

How Gnar is Too Far? – Sunshine Village

Sunshine is one of many resorts that have opened tougher terrain to meet the demand of today’s stronger skiers. photos: DAN HUDSON Our unease grew as she hiked past us on the 2,819m peak of Brewster Rock that stretches above the highest lift at Sunshine Village. Many skiers climb up here to ski Sunshine’s signature … More »

Where Every Turn Counts – Ontario

What Ontario lacks in vertical, it more than makes up in backcountry powder. Late February snowbanks were cramping the style of Forestry Tower Road as it snaked deeper and higher into the timber. What was normally a two-lane road with good sightlines was down to not much more than a single lane, with every turn … More »

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

Digital Lemmings – Touring With Apps

Rogers Pass backcountry

Your phone has become the ultimate backcountry resource, but should you let it make all your decisions? If we’re going to do this, we need to follow the rules.” Chris Rubens admonishes me for taking the easy way around while he sidesteps across running water for the third time in less than a kilometre. There’s … More »

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