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Ski Canada @ 50

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Canadian Badasses

From Verbier and Chamonix to Baffin Island and Mount Waddington, Canada’s most compelling ski stories often take place thousands of kilometres from the closest condo hot tub or high-speed chairlift. That harsh line dividing sun and shadow can make the difference between a sublime descent and pure survival skiing. Pat Morrow: Kimberley, B.C., born and … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Style Icons: Canadian Classics

DAVID S. REID DOWN ERA: A staple in the winter Eaton’s catalogue as well as skiing specialty shops across Canada, David S. Reid was synonymous with skiwear in the 1970s, especially the iconic quilted, tapered pullover jacket filled with premium-quality down. His clothing line supplied Canada’s national ski team for many years, winning the endorsement … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – It’s Been Uphill Ever Since

Back in the ’70s, most Canadians learned to ski at a humble community hill, with its collection of rope tows and T-bars. Fixed-grip double chairlifts that wouldn’t gnaw the palms of your gloves or the sides of your ski parka were a step up. As lineups grew longer and consumers got more frustrated, the lift … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Gray Rocks

Do You Remember When … Taking part in an annual Gray Rocks iconic ski week was a rite of passage for many skiers. Hall of Fame and Snow Eagles ski school director Réal Charette has been credited for the ski week concept from a Sunday-night reception to a farewell dinner. And in the golden days … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 From Snowplow to Slarve

It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades of stories and photos, people and places…recording our ski world as it’s grown, morphed and thrived. We hope you enjoy this random flip through the decades. FROM SNOWPLOW TO SLARVE: The Evolution Of Skiing Technique When Ski Canada Journal launched 50 years ago, the first great technological … More »

Ski Canada @ 50

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – World Beaters

WORLD BEATERS   From the skin-tight grey suit of a young Ken Read to the baggy slopestyle britches of Megan Oldham, Canada’s top skiers have evolved through the decades while competing against the best in the world. Crazy Canucks   On December 7, 1975, Ken Read became the first non-European man to step atop a … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Canadian Badasses

From Verbier and Chamonix to Baffin Island and Mount Waddington, Canada’s most compelling ski stories often take place thousands of kilometres from the closest condo hot tub or high-speed chairlift. That harsh line dividing sun and shadow can make the difference between a sublime descent and pure survival skiing. Pat Morrow: Kimberley, B.C., born and … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Style Icons: Canadian Classics

DAVID S. REID DOWN ERA: A staple in the winter Eaton’s catalogue as well as skiing specialty shops across Canada, David S. Reid was synonymous with skiwear in the 1970s, especially the iconic quilted, tapered pullover jacket filled with premium-quality down. His clothing line supplied Canada’s national ski team for many years, winning the endorsement … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – It’s Been Uphill Ever Since

Back in the ’70s, most Canadians learned to ski at a humble community hill, with its collection of rope tows and T-bars. Fixed-grip double chairlifts that wouldn’t gnaw the palms of your gloves or the sides of your ski parka were a step up. As lineups grew longer and consumers got more frustrated, the lift … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Gray Rocks

Do You Remember When … Taking part in an annual Gray Rocks iconic ski week was a rite of passage for many skiers. Hall of Fame and Snow Eagles ski school director Réal Charette has been credited for the ski week concept from a Sunday-night reception to a farewell dinner. And in the golden days … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – Rise of the Four-Season Destination Ski Resort

The age of Intrawest   Vancouver real estate developer Joe Houssian had a vision: to save ski hills, which by the early ’80s were already starting to falter. Resorts would develop an identity, a distinct sense of place. His new company, Intrawest, began by purchasing the vastly underutilized Blackcomb Mountain in 1983. Over the next … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 From Snowplow to Slarve

It’s hard to believe it’s been five decades of stories and photos, people and places…recording our ski world as it’s grown, morphed and thrived. We hope you enjoy this random flip through the decades. FROM SNOWPLOW TO SLARVE: The Evolution Of Skiing Technique When Ski Canada Journal launched 50 years ago, the first great technological … More »

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