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WELCOME TO “SKI TOWN USA”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 January 2011 MORE than any other ski destination I’ve visited in North America, Steamboat Springs in Colorado feels like an actual town – not simply a cluster of high-end accommodation and identikit eateries dumped at the bottom of a mountain. That in itself should be reason enough to visit, but […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE HORN OF THE SADDLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 April 2010 HOW old is too old to ski? Or snowboard? Or ride a snow bike? It’s not something I’ve ever given much thought to. Ask most snow-addicts how long they plan to keep sliding and, more likely than not, they’ll simply say “until I die”. That’s the default response. […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIING LESSONS WITH NANCY GREENE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 January 2010 WHEN I tell people I got to go skiing with Nancy Greene the last time I was in Canada, I usually get one of two responses. If the person I’m talking to happens to be either a ski nut or a Canadian or both, they’ll say: “Wow! Really? […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 3)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 48 Hours in… VANCOUVER Friday, 6pm Check into the St Regis hotel in Downtown (www.stregishotel.com). 8pm Sample sushi at the Oysi Oysi Japanese restaurant on Alberni Street, (604 682 0011).

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 2)

There’s deep champagne powder and miles of piste in British Columbia FLY into Vancouver International Airport on any given day between November and April and you’ll notice that a high proportion of your fellow travellers seem to be carrying ski or snowboard gear. If you’ve come here looking for a relaxed, uncrowded skiing experience this […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 1)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 As Canada counts down to the Winter Olympics, our travel special starts at the host nation’s terrifying bobsleigh course AFTER dark, there’s something a little bit magical about the newly constructed Whistler Sliding Centre. The official venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Winter […]

Canada High

Published: The Scotsman (Section: TSMAG) 16 Feb 2008 THEY say there are no friends on a powder day. That might be the case at your average ski hill where, at the first hint of fresh snow, hundreds of skiers and boarders start racing around like lunatics, trying to ride as much untouched white stuff as […]

Heavenly Pursuits

Published: The Scotsman (Section: TSMAG) 08 Dec 2007 THEY say the Gunbarrel at Heavenly is North America’s toughest double black-diamond mogul run. That may be true in the spring, when the bumps are the size of VW Bugs, but earlier in the season, when the frozen obstacles lining the piste haven’t yet reached the size […]

Cree Spirit

Published: The Scotsman (Section: TSMAG) 11 Nov 2006 THE town of Moose Factory, Ontario, feels like the end of the earth. Situated on an island near the mouth of the mighty Moose River, where it drains into the even mightier James Bay, this unassuming settlement with its 3,500 residents is hemmed in by the endless […]

White Stuff

Published: The Scotsman: (Section: TSMAG) 04 Mar 2006 DON’T look at the trees, look at the gaps between the trees,” advises snowboard pro Jim McMahon, my guide to the off-piste delights of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. “If you start looking at the trees … well, that’s when you start hitting them.” And with that he […]