June 9, 2011
With the 2010 Winter Olympics around the corner, all eyes are on Whistler Blackcomb. The masses will descend on Whistler Mountain, where the official events will take place. Which means Blackcomb will be the place to ski. Locals know that Blackcomb outperforms its better-known neighbor when it comes to off-piste terrain and jibbing. Plus, Blackcomb’s lift lines are shorter, its park and pipe bigger, and its backcountry steeper. And with the new Peak-to-Peak gondola—a record-setting 2.73-mile-long feat of engineering—now connecting the two mountains, you can easily zip over to the big W. But with Blackcomb’s terrain, why bother?
June 9, 2011
Following Revelstoke’s grand opening last winter, first-time visitors identified a series of problems that the resort’s developers had failed to anticipate when they created a ski destination integrating 500,000 acres of cat- and heli-skiing with North America’s longest lift-served vertical. Among the quibbles: (1) The runs are “too long.” (2) There’s “too much powder.” (3) The absence of lift lines “prevents skiers from resting between runs.” This may sound like a joke, but these are actual complaints logged by management—and they underscore the stunning enormity of Revelstoke’s terrain. Our advice: If you aren’t prepared to go huge, don’t go at all.
March 11, 2011
Whistler-Blackcomb has some of the best skiing in North America. But it's a big, sprawling resort, with an equally intense party scene. Here are five tips—and one local's secret—for navigating Whistler like a pro.
February 28, 2011
Questioning how tough you are? Got something to prove? These races will put you to the test. Here are some of the most intense skiing events out there. Be prepared, your competition might be wearing a diaper.
February 22, 2011
Salomon Freeski TV follows a group of ski bums in Whitewater, B.C. as they hunt for powder, drive with their boots on, and make sidecountry laps. Sound like your ski buddies? Probably, except these guys are all over 70.
February 7, 2011
Who knows if it’s the steeps, the snow, or the access to insane backcountry, but Whistler turns out some of the toughest and most talented skiers on the planet from dominant ski cross racers to the queen of pipe skiing.
January 24, 2011
Ashleigh McIvor, the first Olympic ski cross gold medalist, is looking for a win at this weekend’s Winter X Games. She told us what it takes to race ski cross, how posing in a bikini boosted Lindsey Vonn’s image and why it’s important for racers to also ski powder.
January 11, 2011
This week, some of the best photographers in the ski world are in Whistler, B.C. for the Arc'teryx Deep Winter Challenge, a three-day-long photo contest. On Saturday, one will be crowned king (or queen) of storms. Here's one of the winning slideshows of the past.