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How We Spent Our Coronacation

Owning a remote cat-ski lodge always has its challenges, but the lockdown last March took the Osak family off in all directions. by PAUL OSAK * photography STEVE SHANNON On March 18, at the height of what was arguably the best ski season in recent memory, my wife, Megan, and I decided to pull the … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Freeride

If you’re a freerider, you’re a searcher, an explorer. You aren’t content with what’s on the map. The runs are just the approach to the main event. You take the road less travelled in search of untracked snow, of course, but just as much to know what’s over the ridge, behind the trees or around … More »

Trends – Buyer’s Guide 2021

BOOTS FOR BIG FOOT     Performance boots and wide feet used to be mutually exclusive. Higher-flexing boots typically were only available in skinny lasts. But manufacturers are starting to realize that people with high-volume feet who rip don’t want to ski in pain. Both the Fischer RC One HV and Salomon S/Pro HV are high … More »

China – World Domination

As Beijing prepares for 2022, can the world’s most populated country really become the biggest snowsports nation on the planet? For the Winter Olympic Games, host China is pulling out all the stops to ensure it’s on the top step of the podium, with a nation of keen skiers and snowboarders for support. And it … More »

Revelstoke – Good Move

How one small-town reporter learned to love Revelstoke. It was the perfect welcome to a new mountain: 25 cm of new snow. A blank canvas crumpled up, its nooks and crannies waiting to be painted, mysteries around every bend. This is how legends are built, addiction is bred. I moved to Revelstoke from Toronto in … More »

Ski By RV

There’s a whole world of winter beyond the Walmart parking lot. The RV had me at “changing room.” A couple hours after picking up a nine-metre winterized motorhome in the sprawl of Vancouver, we’ve managed to navigate our palace on wheels to Sasquatch Mountain Resort, the ski hill formerly known as Hemlock. It’s puking. Pulling … More »

When Worlds Collide: Whistler and Mt. Baker

The contrast between Mt. Baker and Whistler proves skiing is the least and most elite sport. Scrubbing toilets, flipping burgers or ensuring beginners don’t fall off the Magic Carpet doesn’t exactly scream “I’ve made it.” If you’ve been there, then you know: skiing is a sacrifice. We chase winter like that first whiteout in the … 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 »

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 »

Featured

How We Spent Our Coronacation

Owning a remote cat-ski lodge always has its challenges, but the lockdown last March took the Osak family off in all directions. by PAUL OSAK * photography STEVE SHANNON On March 18, at the height of what was arguably the best ski season in recent memory, my wife, Megan, and I decided to pull the … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Freeride

If you’re a freerider, you’re a searcher, an explorer. You aren’t content with what’s on the map. The runs are just the approach to the main event. You take the road less travelled in search of untracked snow, of course, but just as much to know what’s over the ridge, behind the trees or around … More »

Trends – Buyer’s Guide 2021

BOOTS FOR BIG FOOT     Performance boots and wide feet used to be mutually exclusive. Higher-flexing boots typically were only available in skinny lasts. But manufacturers are starting to realize that people with high-volume feet who rip don’t want to ski in pain. Both the Fischer RC One HV and Salomon S/Pro HV are high … More »

China – World Domination

As Beijing prepares for 2022, can the world’s most populated country really become the biggest snowsports nation on the planet? For the Winter Olympic Games, host China is pulling out all the stops to ensure it’s on the top step of the podium, with a nation of keen skiers and snowboarders for support. And it … More »

Revelstoke – Good Move

How one small-town reporter learned to love Revelstoke. It was the perfect welcome to a new mountain: 25 cm of new snow. A blank canvas crumpled up, its nooks and crannies waiting to be painted, mysteries around every bend. This is how legends are built, addiction is bred. I moved to Revelstoke from Toronto in … More »

Ski By RV

There’s a whole world of winter beyond the Walmart parking lot. The RV had me at “changing room.” A couple hours after picking up a nine-metre winterized motorhome in the sprawl of Vancouver, we’ve managed to navigate our palace on wheels to Sasquatch Mountain Resort, the ski hill formerly known as Hemlock. It’s puking. Pulling … More »

When Worlds Collide: Whistler and Mt. Baker

The contrast between Mt. Baker and Whistler proves skiing is the least and most elite sport. Scrubbing toilets, flipping burgers or ensuring beginners don’t fall off the Magic Carpet doesn’t exactly scream “I’ve made it.” If you’ve been there, then you know: skiing is a sacrifice. We chase winter like that first whiteout in the … 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 »

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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