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The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

Quality, not quantity

Who doesn’t like watching skiers descend while they ascend comfortably perched up in a chairlift seat. Because of my interest in ski technique, I can’t help but notice a few of the most common faults made by the general skiing public. One of the most obvious has to do with edging. Carving is the big … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

Mount Baldy: The shape of things to come

When Mount Baldy’s Brett Sweezy sat down to take his place at a seminar on the future of ski resorts at last March’s North American Snowsports Journalists Association meeting in Kimberley, B.C., more than a couple of the scribes in attendance wondered what a guy who looked as if he should be messin’ under the … More »

The Sophisticat – Mustang Powder

The Sophisticat

At Mustang Powder, everything reinforces this self-constructed reverie. At lift resorts, reality—crowds, traffic, concrete, roads— has a nasty way of thrusting itself into your experience. But at Mustang, deep in the Monashee Mountains — that “deep in” being a cliché if it weren’t so true — reality got left far behind, either on the long … More »

The Feral Cat: Great Northern Snow Cat

No signs or billboards will lead the way either. It’s that kind of place. You have to want to get there. Or you have to have been there once before, like most of Great Northern’s guests. After taking the ferry across Galena Bay and driving around ineffectually for more than an hour, we end up … More »

The World According to Wiegele

Wiegele at home

From the Spring 2006 issue Three men are generally credited with inventing helicopter skiing: Hans Gmoser, Herb Bleuer and Mike Wiegele. Gmoser, founder and long-time head of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), retired years ago and Bleuer, the quietest of the three, currently consults to snowcat skiing operators. So of the founding trio of a genre … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Cold Cache

Cold cache 2

We’re gathered around a sign that reads: “Warning! No Patrol Beyond This Point.” It’s taken us all of about an hour to attach ourselves to the local fraternity of skiers at Shames Mountain—a reassuring collection of diehards that includes a crab ?sherman from Prince Rupert, a millworker from Kitimat, an off-duty ski patroller who lives … More »

Quick Fix

This feature appeared in the December 2005 issue I can’t call it karma, because I probably didn’t deserve it, or fate, because it was hardly inevitable. So let’s stick with dumb luck. That’s the only way I can explain how I wound up last February heading for Big White, one of very few ski resorts … More »

The Original Cat: Sekirk Wilderness Cat Skiing

Skiier in the air

It was seeing a modified snowcat shuttle in Aspen Snowmass in 1965 that planted the seed for Canada’s first-ever cat operation— and all the dozens that would follow. “My dad thought, why can’t we do this with a snowcat?” explains Rachel, the 20- year-old daughter of cat-ski pioneers Allan and Brenda Drury. “And then he … More »

Quality, not quantity

Who doesn’t like watching skiers descend while they ascend comfortably perched up in a chairlift seat. Because of my interest in ski technique, I can’t help but notice a few of the most common faults made by the general skiing public. One of the most obvious has to do with edging. Carving is the big … More »

The Funky Cat – Powder Cowboy

There’s a feline expression for pretty near everything you might come across on your cat-skiing journey. Catnip, the nibbly treats they keep in the snowcat while you’re skiing. Catgut, which occurs when you eat too much of their delicious food. Kitty litter, the snowballs tossed up by the blades of the snowcat that make stopping … More »

Mount Baldy: The shape of things to come

When Mount Baldy’s Brett Sweezy sat down to take his place at a seminar on the future of ski resorts at last March’s North American Snowsports Journalists Association meeting in Kimberley, B.C., more than a couple of the scribes in attendance wondered what a guy who looked as if he should be messin’ under the … More »

The Sophisticat – Mustang Powder

The Sophisticat

At Mustang Powder, everything reinforces this self-constructed reverie. At lift resorts, reality—crowds, traffic, concrete, roads— has a nasty way of thrusting itself into your experience. But at Mustang, deep in the Monashee Mountains — that “deep in” being a cliché if it weren’t so true — reality got left far behind, either on the long … More »

The Feral Cat: Great Northern Snow Cat

No signs or billboards will lead the way either. It’s that kind of place. You have to want to get there. Or you have to have been there once before, like most of Great Northern’s guests. After taking the ferry across Galena Bay and driving around ineffectually for more than an hour, we end up … More »

The World According to Wiegele

Wiegele at home

From the Spring 2006 issue Three men are generally credited with inventing helicopter skiing: Hans Gmoser, Herb Bleuer and Mike Wiegele. Gmoser, founder and long-time head of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), retired years ago and Bleuer, the quietest of the three, currently consults to snowcat skiing operators. So of the founding trio of a genre … More »

Party Girls

Many, many years ago, well, in the mid-1990s, while I was studying at the University of British Columbia and escaping to Whistler four days a week each winter, I spent a few days staying at a friend’s family condo in Whistler’s Creekside. I learned later that this condo was not only one of the very … More »

Cold Cache

Cold cache 2

We’re gathered around a sign that reads: “Warning! No Patrol Beyond This Point.” It’s taken us all of about an hour to attach ourselves to the local fraternity of skiers at Shames Mountain—a reassuring collection of diehards that includes a crab ?sherman from Prince Rupert, a millworker from Kitimat, an off-duty ski patroller who lives … More »

Quick Fix

This feature appeared in the December 2005 issue I can’t call it karma, because I probably didn’t deserve it, or fate, because it was hardly inevitable. So let’s stick with dumb luck. That’s the only way I can explain how I wound up last February heading for Big White, one of very few ski resorts … More »

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Just $5.00 an issue!

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