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Was Skiing Better in the Day?

Grumpy Old Man series In honour of Ski Canada’s 50th anniversary, it’s time to look back on our sport and wonder out loud, “Was skiing really better in the good old days?” If you’re still rockin’ a big-shouldered teal Descente one-piece in rear-entries—not that there’s anything wrong with that—chances are you’re not at all image-conscious … More »

Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … More »

Making Tracks in Northern BC

Hop on board the Skeena Express! Northern Escape Heli, Shames, Skeena Cat and Smithers. BY ANDREW FINDLAY  |  PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE OGLE  Skiing is a fickle business. You plan months in advance then hope for three things: powder, bluebird weather and snowpack stability. In other words, a miracle. We’re sitting in an Air Canada Dash … More »

Withnail and I

Just like the ’80s cult film, our road trip through B.C.’s ski country took Murphy’s Law to new heights. BY P.D. MARWOOD ILLUSTRATIONS BY Bintang Suhadiyono Hmm…it looked bigger online,” my buddy Withnail sighed with a look of disappointment. “I guess you hear that from a lot of girls,” I responded deadpan. With no reaction … More »

Turning the Big 4-0 – Blackcomb Mt

Celebrating BLACKCOMB through the years. The winter of 1980-81 in Whistler was notable for two events. On December 4, 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened for the first time. And a month later it shut down after one of the warmest and wettest periods in the resort town’s history. It was not the auspicious start the provincial … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

Mr. Sunshine

Dave Armstrong is the guy who really runs the iconic Alberta resort. You came to Sunshine Village to ski. You assumed the “Village” moniker was a metaphor. But as you wait for the first gondola, the entire Utilities Department roars up in the dark on a snowmobile. Stopping at various buildings along the way they … More »

Get in the Groove – X-C skiing

Will this be the winter you add cross-country skiing to your outdoor plans? You may notice an ever more common exotic species darting around the base areas of ski resorts this season. I’m talking about those slender figures that lope lithely in skinny leggings stretching to contain muscular thighs. But this might just be the … More »

High In The Caucasus

Conjoining Europe and Asia, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a historical and cultural jewel—and a skier’s dream. BY IAIN MACMILLAN PHOTOS BY RAY O’REILLY My dad got hot boxed in the gondola today,” daughter No. 3 Sophie announced dryly to our new dinner guests Olivier from Switzerland and James from the U.K. We … More »

A B.C. Beer Run

  Craft Beer is a Natural Finish to a Great Day on the Slopes The first time I ordered up a Kokanee lager (with the tagline “It’s the beer ’round here”) was at après ski on a Kootenay road trip on what was much later coined by marketing types “the Powder Highway.” I loved the … More »

Features

Was Skiing Better in the Day?

Grumpy Old Man series In honour of Ski Canada’s 50th anniversary, it’s time to look back on our sport and wonder out loud, “Was skiing really better in the good old days?” If you’re still rockin’ a big-shouldered teal Descente one-piece in rear-entries—not that there’s anything wrong with that—chances are you’re not at all image-conscious … More »

Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … More »

Making Tracks in Northern BC

Hop on board the Skeena Express! Northern Escape Heli, Shames, Skeena Cat and Smithers. BY ANDREW FINDLAY  |  PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE OGLE  Skiing is a fickle business. You plan months in advance then hope for three things: powder, bluebird weather and snowpack stability. In other words, a miracle. We’re sitting in an Air Canada Dash … More »

Withnail and I

Just like the ’80s cult film, our road trip through B.C.’s ski country took Murphy’s Law to new heights. BY P.D. MARWOOD ILLUSTRATIONS BY Bintang Suhadiyono Hmm…it looked bigger online,” my buddy Withnail sighed with a look of disappointment. “I guess you hear that from a lot of girls,” I responded deadpan. With no reaction … More »

Turning the Big 4-0 – Blackcomb Mt

Celebrating BLACKCOMB through the years. The winter of 1980-81 in Whistler was notable for two events. On December 4, 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened for the first time. And a month later it shut down after one of the warmest and wettest periods in the resort town’s history. It was not the auspicious start the provincial … More »

The Aftermath – Mt. Rescuers Pay the Price

Rescuers also pay a price so we can play in the mountains. Large numbers of skiers are socially distancing themselves from ski resorts entirely this winter, but how prepared are they for what lies beyond the ropes? Avalanche Skills Training (AST) providers have been seeing a significant uptick in enrolment, which has meant a similar … More »

Mr. Sunshine

Dave Armstrong is the guy who really runs the iconic Alberta resort. You came to Sunshine Village to ski. You assumed the “Village” moniker was a metaphor. But as you wait for the first gondola, the entire Utilities Department roars up in the dark on a snowmobile. Stopping at various buildings along the way they … More »

Get in the Groove – X-C skiing

Will this be the winter you add cross-country skiing to your outdoor plans? You may notice an ever more common exotic species darting around the base areas of ski resorts this season. I’m talking about those slender figures that lope lithely in skinny leggings stretching to contain muscular thighs. But this might just be the … More »

High In The Caucasus

Conjoining Europe and Asia, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a historical and cultural jewel—and a skier’s dream. BY IAIN MACMILLAN PHOTOS BY RAY O’REILLY My dad got hot boxed in the gondola today,” daughter No. 3 Sophie announced dryly to our new dinner guests Olivier from Switzerland and James from the U.K. We … More »

A B.C. Beer Run

  Craft Beer is a Natural Finish to a Great Day on the Slopes The first time I ordered up a Kokanee lager (with the tagline “It’s the beer ’round here”) was at après ski on a Kootenay road trip on what was much later coined by marketing types “the Powder Highway.” I loved the … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.