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Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Style Icons: Canadian Classics

DAVID S. REID DOWN ERA: A staple in the winter Eaton’s catalogue as well as skiing specialty shops across Canada, David S. Reid was synonymous with skiwear in the 1970s, especially the iconic quilted, tapered pullover jacket filled with premium-quality down. His clothing line supplied Canada’s national ski team for many years, winning the endorsement … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 From Snowplow to Slarve

It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades of stories and photos, people and places…recording our ski world as it’s grown, morphed and thrived. We hope you enjoy this random flip through the decades. FROM SNOWPLOW TO SLARVE: The Evolution Of Skiing Technique When Ski Canada Journal launched 50 years ago, the first great technological … More »

Ski Canada @50 – Shooting the Prime Minister

by Don Weixl Jean Chrétien’s visit in 1995 had about 20 people skiing with him. I was asked to join the group for photos at the Putnam Creek area of Silver Star but when I arrived, the group was already heading down the run. Wearing a large photographer’s backpack at the time, I hit the afterburners … 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 »

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 »

Was Skiing Better in the Day?

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 and just living in … 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 »

50th

Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Style Icons: Canadian Classics

DAVID S. REID DOWN ERA: A staple in the winter Eaton’s catalogue as well as skiing specialty shops across Canada, David S. Reid was synonymous with skiwear in the 1970s, especially the iconic quilted, tapered pullover jacket filled with premium-quality down. His clothing line supplied Canada’s national ski team for many years, winning the endorsement … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 From Snowplow to Slarve

It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades of stories and photos, people and places…recording our ski world as it’s grown, morphed and thrived. We hope you enjoy this random flip through the decades. FROM SNOWPLOW TO SLARVE: The Evolution Of Skiing Technique When Ski Canada Journal launched 50 years ago, the first great technological … More »

Ski Canada @50 – Shooting the Prime Minister

by Don Weixl Jean Chrétien’s visit in 1995 had about 20 people skiing with him. I was asked to join the group for photos at the Putnam Creek area of Silver Star but when I arrived, the group was already heading down the run. Wearing a large photographer’s backpack at the time, I hit the afterburners … 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 »

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 »

Was Skiing Better in the Day?

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 and just living in … 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 »

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