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Alberta

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

Dream Planner – The Icefields Parkway 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 … 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 »

Banff Sunshine Ski Week

On offer at Sunshine Village this winter is a classic holiday: the Banff Sunshine Ski Week package. The 14 Sunday-to-Friday programs over the season each include accommodation at Banff National Park’s only ski-in/out posh digs, five days of lift passes, four days of either two-hour lessons or guiding (depending on your skill level), receptions, drinks, … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Turning Local – Jasper & Marmot Basin

They came for a season and stayed forever. There’s something about Jasper and Marmot Basin that casts a spell. by RYAN STUART  *   photos: CHRIS BAIKIE  *  in Fall 2017 issue Erin Reade arrived in Jasper as just another Australian on a one-year Working Holiday Visa. Four years later Marmot Basin’s marketing manager is working to … More »

Alberta

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

Dream Planner – The Icefields Parkway 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 … 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 »

Banff Sunshine Ski Week

On offer at Sunshine Village this winter is a classic holiday: the Banff Sunshine Ski Week package. The 14 Sunday-to-Friday programs over the season each include accommodation at Banff National Park’s only ski-in/out posh digs, five days of lift passes, four days of either two-hour lessons or guiding (depending on your skill level), receptions, drinks, … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Turning Local – Jasper & Marmot Basin

They came for a season and stayed forever. There’s something about Jasper and Marmot Basin that casts a spell. by RYAN STUART  *   photos: CHRIS BAIKIE  *  in Fall 2017 issue Erin Reade arrived in Jasper as just another Australian on a one-year Working Holiday Visa. Four years later Marmot Basin’s marketing manager is working to … More »

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Just $5.00 an issue!

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