Ski Canada Magazine

RYAN REPORT – Video tribute to JP Auclair’s urban romp

A tribute to the best ski flick segment ever Likely the best known ski video segment is JP Auclair’s urban romp down the streets of Trail, Nelson and Rossland in the movie All.I.Can.  Yes, it’s the one you’re thinking of. He slides down snow banks, flips over driveways, sparks through intersections and catches the bus … More »

The Long Wait is Over – Tres Hombres

Wow! Big news from Marmot Basin for experts across the country. The Jasper ski area just announced that after 44 years, the always closed and off-limits, crazy-steep, deliciously north-facing Tres Hombres will be open for skiing this winter. “It’s a no bullshit slope,” says Marmot’s Brian Rode. “There won’t be any winch-cat grooming on this … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

In another generation, Heather Smith might be helping her charges as a nurse, or a stewardess. But it’s 2017 and the mountain guide who looks more like a model has just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Do You Downstem?

  You’re skiing along and suddenly the tail of your downhill ski slips out. Or perhaps it happens on a micro level at the end of every turn. In the ski teaching world we’ve nicknamed this little annoyance a “downstem” since your skis end up momentarily in a small wedge, or stem. Anytime a lack … More »

More powder playground at Panorama

PANORAMA recently announced it’s “bigger, better and badder” this season. With a “monstrous” new terrain expansion, Pano’s 52-hectare “monster” expansion adds four new “brutish” double-diamond lines and a coveted 75 vertical metres, pushing the total skiable number to 1,300. Panorama says “the snow-collecting aspect of the terrain is legendary.” The first phase of an eventual … More »

Thumbs Up

An acquaintance of mine was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with skier’s thumb on both hands from a single fall. His treatment involved a cast on both wrists for six weeks. During his recovery period, I still have memories of his roommates arguing over who would help him in the bathroom. Skier’s thumb, also known … More »

Fit to Ski – part 2

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »

Join the Circus

Compared to the Alps, where numbers rival rock concerts (Austria’s legendary Streif attracts up to 100,000 spectators), Lake Louise’s Winterstart downhill and super-G World Cup races could be considered an intimate acoustic recital. But it’s also one where you can get up close and personal. So mark your calendar: November 25-26 for the men’s events, … More »

Ski Canada Test 2018 – Freeride

Freeride skis are inspired by deep snow, high speeds and big airs. These are the sticks the crazy guys and girls ski on in the movies. But that doesn’t mean you have to have their skill to handle them. Sure, some are dialed for negotiated Alaskan faces, but others are just as happy carving on … More »

RYAN REPORT – Video tribute to JP Auclair’s urban romp

A tribute to the best ski flick segment ever Likely the best known ski video segment is JP Auclair’s urban romp down the streets of Trail, Nelson and Rossland in the movie All.I.Can.  Yes, it’s the one you’re thinking of. He slides down snow banks, flips over driveways, sparks through intersections and catches the bus … More »

The Long Wait is Over – Tres Hombres

Wow! Big news from Marmot Basin for experts across the country. The Jasper ski area just announced that after 44 years, the always closed and off-limits, crazy-steep, deliciously north-facing Tres Hombres will be open for skiing this winter. “It’s a no bullshit slope,” says Marmot’s Brian Rode. “There won’t be any winch-cat grooming on this … More »

Retallack snowcat skiing – The Great Equalizer

In another generation, Heather Smith might be helping her charges as a nurse, or a stewardess. But it’s 2017 and the mountain guide who looks more like a model has just analyzed the most recent weather data and snow conditions, finished answering our avalanche training questions and, while waiting for morning stragglers to board our … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Do You Downstem?

  You’re skiing along and suddenly the tail of your downhill ski slips out. Or perhaps it happens on a micro level at the end of every turn. In the ski teaching world we’ve nicknamed this little annoyance a “downstem” since your skis end up momentarily in a small wedge, or stem. Anytime a lack … More »

More powder playground at Panorama

PANORAMA recently announced it’s “bigger, better and badder” this season. With a “monstrous” new terrain expansion, Pano’s 52-hectare “monster” expansion adds four new “brutish” double-diamond lines and a coveted 75 vertical metres, pushing the total skiable number to 1,300. Panorama says “the snow-collecting aspect of the terrain is legendary.” The first phase of an eventual … More »

Thumbs Up

An acquaintance of mine was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with skier’s thumb on both hands from a single fall. His treatment involved a cast on both wrists for six weeks. During his recovery period, I still have memories of his roommates arguing over who would help him in the bathroom. Skier’s thumb, also known … More »

Fit to Ski – part 2

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »