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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 »

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 »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … 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 »

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 »

In Awe of the Eiger – Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region

Watching the striking scenery roll past a train window pretty much anywhere in Switzerland, it’s easy to understand why the country has inspired artists, poets and travellers. I mean, c’mon, it’s ridiculously beautiful and worthy of all the storybook stereotypes. What I was noticing on my wife Lora’s and my journey, though, aside from the … More »

What Were We Thinking?

Before cellphone bewitchment, liability fears and political correctness, skiers used to be a wild and crazy bunch. The cardinal rule of ski vacations dawned on me one night as I was dancing (on a table) at Mont Tremblant’s infamous nightspot Le P’tit Caribou. Nearby, a woman representing a certain ski resort, couldn’t keep her hands … More »

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