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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 »

Louise vs. Marmot

Lake Louise

George Koch compares two great destinations : What’s your choice? As rivulets of the icing-sugar layer of overnight, blown-in snow sluffed softly beneath my skis, I swooped another vertical-devouring arc on a broad and seemingly endless pitch. I felt almost guilty at the sheer amount of terrain disappearing with each turn. The feeling was fleeting, … More »

Mr. Sunshine

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 check the systems crucial to the 280 residents and more than half … More »

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … 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 »

Look What’s Coming to Louise

Lake Louise gets Parks Canada deal The rugged, raw, always-intriguing and ever-satisfying challenging terrain of Lake Louise has drawn me back for hundreds of ski-days over more decades than I care to count. Thus it was of more than merely journalistic interest to hear that, set in one of the trickiest business environments imaginable—a national … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

Alberta

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 »

Louise vs. Marmot

Lake Louise

George Koch compares two great destinations : What’s your choice? As rivulets of the icing-sugar layer of overnight, blown-in snow sluffed softly beneath my skis, I swooped another vertical-devouring arc on a broad and seemingly endless pitch. I felt almost guilty at the sheer amount of terrain disappearing with each turn. The feeling was fleeting, … More »

Mr. Sunshine

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 check the systems crucial to the 280 residents and more than half … More »

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … 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 »

Look What’s Coming to Louise

Lake Louise gets Parks Canada deal The rugged, raw, always-intriguing and ever-satisfying challenging terrain of Lake Louise has drawn me back for hundreds of ski-days over more decades than I care to count. Thus it was of more than merely journalistic interest to hear that, set in one of the trickiest business environments imaginable—a national … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

The Beauty of Banff

It’s the people of a place that make it home. A little town in a big place, Banff is chock full of dreamers and schemers and lovers of all things alpine. Protected from developers, yet defenseless to the admiring coos of everyone who sees her, Banff’s Rocky Mountains are soul food for the heart. Its … More »

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