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Dinner & Duvet – Swiss Mountain Huts

Experience the Swiss Alps by spending a night in an iconic mountain hut. All photos: PENNY KENDALL For more than 150 years, remote alpine huts across the Swiss Alps have been welcoming weary travellers whether on foot or skis for the night. The notorious Haute Route, which connects the mountaineering meccas of Chamonix and Zermatt, … More »

Advantage: Switzerland

Advantage: Switzerland If this is your year to return to travel, why not start with some of the best skiing in the world. Need a reason to choose Switzerland this winter? Look up. Europe’s loftiest country has 52 signature peaks higher than 4,000m, with nine resorts perched enviably above 3,000m. Biggies like Crans-Montana, Saas-Fee, St. … More »

High In The Caucasus

Conjoining Europe and Asia, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a historical and cultural jewel—and a skier’s dream. BY IAIN MACMILLAN PHOTOS BY RAY O’REILLY My dad got hot boxed in the gondola today,” daughter No. 3 Sophie announced dryly to our new dinner guests Olivier from Switzerland and James from the U.K. We … More »

Keep The Dream Alive – Italy

At the age of seven I was a ski-god. And to prove it, I still have my gold Scuola di Sci badge from one of our annual family holidays to Sauze d’Oulx/Sestriere and the Via Lattea. Nearly half a century later, if you dropped me blindfolded onto those southern slopes of Piemonte’s biggest ski region, … 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 »

Europe

Dinner & Duvet – Swiss Mountain Huts

Experience the Swiss Alps by spending a night in an iconic mountain hut. All photos: PENNY KENDALL For more than 150 years, remote alpine huts across the Swiss Alps have been welcoming weary travellers whether on foot or skis for the night. The notorious Haute Route, which connects the mountaineering meccas of Chamonix and Zermatt, … More »

Advantage: Switzerland

Advantage: Switzerland If this is your year to return to travel, why not start with some of the best skiing in the world. Need a reason to choose Switzerland this winter? Look up. Europe’s loftiest country has 52 signature peaks higher than 4,000m, with nine resorts perched enviably above 3,000m. Biggies like Crans-Montana, Saas-Fee, St. … More »

High In The Caucasus

Conjoining Europe and Asia, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a historical and cultural jewel—and a skier’s dream. BY IAIN MACMILLAN PHOTOS BY RAY O’REILLY My dad got hot boxed in the gondola today,” daughter No. 3 Sophie announced dryly to our new dinner guests Olivier from Switzerland and James from the U.K. We … More »

Keep The Dream Alive – Italy

At the age of seven I was a ski-god. And to prove it, I still have my gold Scuola di Sci badge from one of our annual family holidays to Sauze d’Oulx/Sestriere and the Via Lattea. Nearly half a century later, if you dropped me blindfolded onto those southern slopes of Piemonte’s biggest ski region, … 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 »

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