FRESH TRACKS - February 23, 2024

FRESH TRACKS – November 24, 2023

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Reading Time: 2 minutes THIS WEEK IN SKIING: Tremblant’s introduces new RFID terminals for smoother lift access, while Whistler-Blackcomb sees Belinda Trembath as its new COO, reflecting a positive trend of women in top ski resort positions. Ski pass deadlines approach. Mont Sutton doubling snowmaking capacity. British Columbia faces a slow start due to a dry November, but historical data suggests potential for a significant snowfall. Meanwhile, the Alps are off to a spectacular start, with resorts in France, Austria, and Switzerland opening ahead of schedule.

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Advantage: Switzerland

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Reading Time: 8 minutes 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 […]

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Turning in the Deep

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Skiing powder is all flow, not fighting with the elements. by Felix Tanguay It’s about going deep, feeling the resistance of the snow against your whole body while flying into […]

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Finding the Perfect Powder

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Need help to score that perfect powder line before your friends do? No matter how distracting the lure of skiing fresh powder is, safety must always come first. by Felix […]

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5 Reasons to Love Verbier

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Reading Time: 9 minutes Ski Canada readers discovered first-hand why Verbier is one of the iconic resorts of the Alps. _By IAIN MacMILLAN    Photos YVES GARNEAU If he went down there—and headed west…” said Yves, his […]

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Après in the Alps

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Euros put North Americans to shame when it comes to après ski. If you’re heading across the pond this winter, Leslie Woit presents the Coles Notes on where to party. […]

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The Alps for Everyone

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Thinking about Europe but not sure where to start? Some of these destinations may not readily come to mind. Lots of resorts bill themselves as all things to all skiers, […]

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English and Freeride Spoken Here

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Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s hard to tell who’s had a bigger influence over the Swiss town of Verbier, the adoring Brits or the international BigMountain set. Story and photos by Marty McLennan It’s […]

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Short Turns: Fall 2012

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Reading Time: 8 minutes     Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s…75?  It’s been quite a journey for the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA), one of the longest-surviving ski organizations in Canada. The “Alliance” turns 75 […]

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Grumpy Old Men

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Reading Time: 4 minutes from Fall 2011 issue The other day I was out on the balcony of Mike’s $99-million chalet just blowing smoke with my buds. From the 4,314m summit of Grand Combin […]

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Switzerland on a budget

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Reading Time: 4 minutes From the Fall 2009 issue Hard times need not rule out high times. Even if you’re on a gap year, don’t write off that dream trip to the Alps just […]

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Short Turns: Buyers Guide 2010

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Soup’s on! When it comes to accommodation, Big White is one of Canada’s most complete ski-in, skiout resorts. “Home for lunch” can be as easy as choosing from one of […]

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Living the guide life

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Reading Time: 4 minutes From the Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue More than a good life, “it’s a dream come true,” says Hans Solmssen. Hans is at the top of his profession, one of the […]

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Verbier: Switching Gears

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Reading Time: 10 minutes Pounding music, hoarse yells, diminishing inhibitions and a crush of costumed but not heavily clad flesh beggar the senses. Per Jonsson, pro rider, is sporting a short dress, shaved legs, […]

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Building on success

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In the 1920s an impecunious Ernest Hemingway bummed around the Italian Dolomites, hitching rides on pre-dawn milk trains chugging up to high farms, using them as ski lifts. Only a […]

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Swiss Village by Intrawest

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s that good in Bruson. There are only two chairlifts and two brutal T-bars. The groomed piste skiing is distinctly limited, easy enough for an intermediate to exhaust in an […]

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Let the Games Begin

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Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s a question I get asked often, and one that draws more discussion with readers and editors alike than questions of snow quality and slope inclination. (Not that I am […]

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Advice for the Europe-bound

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Why travel all the way to Europe when Canada has some of the best skiing in the world? Well, you could ask any of the Canadians I wrote about last […]

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How sweet it is

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It was Canadian mountain guide John Hogg, for example, who popularized ski safari routes across Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites, and who reconfigured the classic Haute Route ski tour from […]

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Rekindling an Old Love

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Skiers suffer a curious seasonal dysfunction. Spring is the time of year, the poets tell us, when we are supposed to come alive with nature. But for skiers, spring is […]

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The Descent of Man

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Reading Time: 10 minutes Ursula, the helpful, effcient woman from the Swiss Tourist Board, was sitting across from us. “Have you thought about where you would like to go?” she asked me. “I’ve been […]

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