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Keep The Dream Alive – Italy

VIVA ITALIA!_ In these crazy times, Italy provides fodder when thinking about our next great ski adventure. We asked six well-travelled Ski Canada contributors for their best memories of peaks, powder and pasta. Sauze d’Oulx/Sestriere/Via Lattea BY ERIC KENDALL At the age of seven I was a ski-god. And to prove it, I still have … More »

How My Ski Season Ended

by Iain MacMillan in Buyer’s Guide 2021 Even though I couldn’t see the contents of my ski bag displayed on the airport X-ray machine monitor, I knew immediately why the suddenly not-bored security clerk at Pearson raised her eyebrows. “It’s just my ice axe,” I answered her unasked question as indifferently as possible, “you know, … More »

Major Makeover – Andermatt, Switzerland

Old-world tradition meets new-world money in Andermatt, Switzerland. The sleepy Swiss fantasy village that is Andermatt, at a crossroads of eight major mountain passes leading from north to south and from east to west, has been subject to a daring do-over. Featherbeds and white lace meet Asian opulence and village-to-village skiing—all amid one of the … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

Ski to New Heights – Chamonix

Chamonix’s hardcore reputation as “the Alps on steroids” hangs on the spectacular peaks that surround. But it’s also France, so just because you’re tackling the Vallée Blanche—the classic guided day-long tour that involves some first hairy steps on a fixed rope followed by 22 km of off-piste intermediate/advanced cruising through speech-defying, serac-dappled snowscapes—doesn’t mean you … More »

Europe

Keep The Dream Alive – Italy

VIVA ITALIA!_ In these crazy times, Italy provides fodder when thinking about our next great ski adventure. We asked six well-travelled Ski Canada contributors for their best memories of peaks, powder and pasta. Sauze d’Oulx/Sestriere/Via Lattea BY ERIC KENDALL At the age of seven I was a ski-god. And to prove it, I still have … More »

How My Ski Season Ended

by Iain MacMillan in Buyer’s Guide 2021 Even though I couldn’t see the contents of my ski bag displayed on the airport X-ray machine monitor, I knew immediately why the suddenly not-bored security clerk at Pearson raised her eyebrows. “It’s just my ice axe,” I answered her unasked question as indifferently as possible, “you know, … More »

Major Makeover – Andermatt, Switzerland

Old-world tradition meets new-world money in Andermatt, Switzerland. The sleepy Swiss fantasy village that is Andermatt, at a crossroads of eight major mountain passes leading from north to south and from east to west, has been subject to a daring do-over. Featherbeds and white lace meet Asian opulence and village-to-village skiing—all amid one of the … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Doctor On Board

Ski Canada’s John Foote MD spent a day in the rescue helicopter with the Air Zermatt crew I’ve seen you on TV!” an American accent blurted out as I, now red-faced, passed a group of curious onlookers. I’d just exited the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter that had landed dramatically near a gondola’s exit station. Although … More »

Take The Plunge – Val d’Isère, France

The classic French Alps resort of Val d’Isère is truly a destination of distractions.  Drysuit, dry mouth. Full rubber face mask, moon-landing screw-on gloves. With a final thumbs-up, I clamp my legs around the instructor like a cheap hooker and sink to my fate, slipping lifelessly beneath a frozen lake. A spot of ice diving was … More »

North of 70

Skiing and sailing Norway means practicing avalanche rescues as well as man-overboard drills Cameron’s and my plan to keep our cabin tidy went awry much faster than anticipated. As the only two sailors on board (apart from our 23-year-old skipper Mats), we agreed when we were assigned our diminutive cabin how important it was to … More »

Steeped in La Grave

Experience “a day of aerobic hell and utter exhaustion followed by a day of sheer terror.” Now you tell me… “That’s the traverse where my husband fell,” Jenny, my friend from La Grave, says matter-of-factly when we tell her where we’d been earlier that day. “He started to wake up from his coma on day … More »

Groups Dept. – Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Despite a wet welcome, Crans-Montana maintained its reputation of providing a signature sunny week for another Ski Canada Readers’ Trip. by RON BETTS in the Fall 2018 issue When you’re climbing onto a bus in Switzerland with a group of 30 people you just met boarding a transatlantic flight barely a day before, a number of things go … More »

Ski to New Heights – Chamonix

Chamonix’s hardcore reputation as “the Alps on steroids” hangs on the spectacular peaks that surround. But it’s also France, so just because you’re tackling the Vallée Blanche—the classic guided day-long tour that involves some first hairy steps on a fixed rope followed by 22 km of off-piste intermediate/advanced cruising through speech-defying, serac-dappled snowscapes—doesn’t mean you … More »

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