Why We Ski
SNOW Magazine
Lori circles the globe asking a simple question: Why Do You Ski? The answers go deep.

I have this image. My father, vital in his forties, broad shoulders and tapered waist. I am a child and he is skiing ahead of me in a red jacket on white Colorado piste at 11,000 feet. We are alone. It’s snowing and the wind is high. Great gusts sweep across the mountain’s face. Snow swirls and lifts, drawing and redrawing an opaque curtain. Ahead my father disappears, appears, disappears again.

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Magical Mikaela Shiffrin
SNOW Magazine
Lori on location with one of the world’s fastest, most inspiring skier girls: the magical Mikaela Shiffrin. Read More

Lori Knowles

The 40-year-old Heli-ski Virgin
SNOW Magazine
Proving heli-skiing is better done late, than never, 40-something author Lori Knowles ventures into British Columbia high country with TLH Heliskiing. Read More

Sun Valley Rises
SNOW Magazine
Lori Knowles tours Sun Valley, Idaho–home of beautiful cars and Hollywood stars– to trace the beginnings of what industrialist Averell Harriman called an American Ski Shangri-La. Read More

Members Only
Ski Canada Magazine
It’s the kind of winter idyll caught best in a painting, or in one of those vintage ski photographs: black and white, or perhaps strong-coloured Kodachrome, a snow-laden chalet, a whirlwind of woollen sweaters and tall tuques and old Carrera goggles, a lot of smiles, no one looking directly at the camera…Read more…

Skiing Quebec’s top three resorts
Toronto Sun
There’s no question Quebec has its own unique quality as a ski and snowboard destination. The Laurentians and Eastern Townships are the very spots skiing was born in eastern North America. But Quebec City stands out in 2013, particularly for the so called “rubber-tire” ski set and families seeking a March Break ski getaway. There are several reasons for this. Read more…

Sarah’s Legacy
Ski Canada
Sixteen-year-old Emma Stevens from Brookfield, Nova Scotia, has been awarded the first annual Spirit of Sarah Scholarship and has accepted a spot to train at Momentum Ski Camps this summer. The scholarship was set up to honour the memory of freestyle skier and long-time Momentum camper and coach Sarah Burke, who died earlier this year in a tragic halfpipe training accident….” Read more…

Peter Duncan, TV Ski Commentator—Mont Tremblant, Que.
Westjet Magazine
TV World Cup and Olympic alpine skiing commentator Peter Duncan, known as the man with the voice, walks through the village of Tremblant, Que., as if he was raised in the place. Actually, he was raised in the place. Through summers in the 1940s and ’50s, Duncan lived in a little cottage at Tremblant’s main base where a collection of luxury condos stands now. In the winters, he was transplanted to Tremblant’s north side, to an inn run by his mother while his father, Charlie Duncan, managed operations at the massive ski hill. Read more…

Our First 40
Ski Canada Magazine
A nostalgic flip through the back issues of Ski Canada turned up the silly as well as the serious side of skiing. We’ve come a long way, baby! Read more…

Lindsey Vonn’s learn-to-race program inspires girls to ski
Toronto Sun
She’s the fastest female skier in the world. U.S. alpine racer Lindsey Vonn — born in Minnesota, now based in Vail, Colo. — is a four-time overall World Cup champion in ski racing and an Olympic gold medalist. Vonn, 28, is a female force so dominant, she made a recent bid to race against men at the Lake Louise World Cup in late November. (The request was denied.) What makes Vonn want to ski so fast? Read more…

Hotel Alberta
Ski Canada
It’s as if time has slowed…or nearly stopped. When I step off the VIA Canadian at the Jasper train station that bright February day, my nine-year-old son in tow, the first thing that strikes me is the silence. Read more…

Cinnamon buns and steeps at Sun Peaks
The Globe and Mail
Three mountains, 250 days of sun annually, a Euro-style ski village, and Nancy Greene whizzing past, and still, the highlight of skiing Sun Peaks is its cinnamon buns. Huge and gooey, with a calorie count higher than the nearest B.C. peak, they’re fresh around 10 a.m. at Sunburst Lodge. One does the entire family. Read more…

An Austrian ski safari
The Globe and Mail
There’s an old man riding next to me on the schlepplift (T-bar) at Kitzbuehel. He says he’s 102 and he has been skiing these pistes for nearly a century. The ski pants covering his spindly legs are tucked neatly into his woolen socks, which are stuffed into his ski boots — his equipment looks nearly as old as he is. We disengage from the schlepplift,say auf Wiedersehen,and he slips off into a sunny, white valley, ringed on all sides by rocky Austrian peaks. He speaks no English, and I speak no German and that’s a shame. I’m in the heart of skiing’s history, in the province of Tyrol, on what Austrians call a skisafari. There’s so much this man could tell me. Read more…

Summer on the slopes
Toronto Sun
It’s a cruise ship kind of start to the day in Portillo, Chile. We wake up a little later than we would on a normal ski vacation– but then, nothing about this “ski vacation” is normal. For one thing, it’s August. For another, we’re south of the equator. Read more…

Rediscover Jasper
Toronto Sun, Sunday, March 11, 2012
There have always been at least four solid reasons to visit Alberta’s Jasper National Park: Its town, its nature, its great Canadian railroad and its iconic grand hotel. Now skiers can add a fifth: Marmot Basin. Read more…

High on luxury in Whistler
Toronto Sun
If you’ve ever dreamed about blasting off to Whistler, B.C., for a three-day blow-out winter visit complete with hard skiing, sumptuous lodging, arts, culture, tasty food and a spa experience that will soothe your screaming muscles, here’s how to do it: Read more…

Racing Through Time
Ski Canada Magazine
As the Nancy Greene Ski League approaches its 45th birthday, past racers, coaches and organizers remember what it was that made skiing’s little league so unforgettable. Read more…

Cool Picks – New gear for every skier on your list
Westjet Magazine
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He Said, She Said: Face Off on Ideal Snow Getaways
The Globe and Mail
The Globe asked two of the country’s most prolific ski writers, Lori Knowles and Iain MacMillan, about the makings of a great ski trip and found old friends don’t always agree when it comes to planning a holiday on the slopes. Read more…

Conquering big mountain skiing
Toronto Sun
There is an art to big mountain skiing. Tackling terrain at the high-alpine ski resorts of British Columbia, Alberta and beyond is not quite the same as skiing your local 200-metre hill. Out there, skiers encounter terrain with trees, steep chutes, moguls and cut-up powder. It can be daunting — but it can also be a whole lot of fun. Read more…

Beyond B.C.: Canada’s top ski hills
The Globe and Mail, Friday, January 15, 2010
As Whistler and neighbouring British Columbia ski resorts get caught in the blinding flash of 2,500-plus press cameras during February’s 2010 Olympic Games, the rest of Canada’s ski areas stand by buffed and ready. The media’s focus on white-knuckle Olympic stuff – downhill, half-pipe, ski cross – is bound to exacerbate Canadians’ itch to get out there and go skiing. Read more…

Photographer Jordan Manley Wins Deep Winter Photo Challenge, Tuesday, 12 January 2010
For three years in a row Jordan Manley has taken top spot at the Deep Winter Photo Challenge, presented by Arc’teryx. His style and skill behind the lens was most impressive with his epic powder shots…unique angels, tree climbing and underwater shots that left the crowd in awe and narrowly squeezed competitor Paul Morrison out of top spot. Read more…

Snowmass gets a $1.3-billion makeover
The Globe and Mail, 2009
Drop down on Runway 15 on a sunny day at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport and four Colorado ski mountains will be gleaming before you like the jewels on a wealthy Aspenite’s fingers. Aspen Mountain (Ajax) is there to the east, with its sleek, double-black-diamond peaks and one of the world’s chicest towns at its feet. Read more…

Attention ski bums: The time is now
Toronto Sun
The time has never been better to be a ski bum. Three separate contests in the Canadian and the U.S. West give skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to become the ultimate slope slacker, with prizes that include free skiing throughout the entire 2010 winter, free cat- and heli-skiing, free airfare, free hotel accommodation, free food, even free use of an SUV for the season. Read more…

Bode Miller is Back on US Ski Team
Bode Miller is back and ready to race the World Cup again – as a member of the U.S. Ski Team…In a press conference from the Staples Center (home of the L.A. Lakers) in Los Angeles, Miller and U.S. Men’s Team Head Coach Sasha Rearick announced that the star skier will rejoin the U.S. Team immediately. Read more…

Ski Racers Raise Olympic Money Playing Golf, Thursday, September 17, 2009
Canada’s best ski racers played golf to raise more than $50,000 in their 2010 Olympic “Quest for Gold.” Canmore’s Silvertip Golf Resort hosted more than 150 golfers at the 14th annual Quest for Gold golf tournament presented by COLD-FX, in an outstanding day for golfing that translated into crucial funding to kick-start this Olympic season. Read more…

Ski Cross: Meet Canada’s “Cool” New Team, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Canada’s national ski cross team was layed out yesterday — a 13-member team that includes Ashleigh McIvor, Aleisha Cline, Stan Hayer and Chris Del Bosco… Leading the way on the talented women’s team is Ashleigh McIvor, of Whistler, B.C. McIvor, who is pre-selected to be named for the 2010 Olympic squad, was the 2009 World Champion and finished second at the World Cup on Cypress Mountain last winter. Read more…

Head Takes on Lindsey Vonn, No.1 Female Ski Racer, Tuesday, September 8, 2009
HEAD announced the addition to its Race Team of the world’s No. 1 female racer, Lindsey Vonn, the overall winner of the Ladies World Cup. Lindsey will be skiing on HEAD skis, boots and bindings for the next five years, until after the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Read more…

Bode Miller Coach Joins Canadian Ski Team Staff
John “Johno” McBride, who coached US Ski Team athletes to Olympic and World Cup medals for more than a decade, has been added to the coaching staff of Canada’s men’s alpine ski team as it sharpens the focus on winning medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver / Whistler…Read more…

On a real powder trip in Colorado
Toronto Sun
If you’ve always wanted to try cat skiing but have hesitated due to cost, accessibility or do-ability then Colorado may have a program that will finally get you into that snowcat. Keystone Resort in Colorado’s Summit County has a approachable cat experience called Keystone Adventure Tours (KAT). For a fraction of the cost of heli-skiing or even regular cat skiing, skiers spend a day riding up to 400 hectares of powder-filled backcountry with the help of a guide, their own private snowcat, and a group of like-minded skiers and snowboarders — all starting just steps from the ski area’s main gondola. Read more…

Telluride: Outside the Box
Ski Press, Winter 2008
Telluride is not what you think. Having cut your teeth on Colorado’s traditional fare — Aspen, Vail you’re predicting glitz, Gold Rush charm and Gorsuch style… perhaps even some ‘70s ski bum style that’s long gone
from the central Rockies but could well be lingering in Colorado’s quieter southwest. Or, having read Vanity Fair, you’re aware TomKat and Suri have a vacation home in Telluride. Read more…

2010: Games Building
Ski Press
It’s mid-February on a damp Vancouver day exactly three years from the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An aquabus is chugging around False Creek offering journalists an all encompassing view of the future Olympic Village. What we see are mounds of dirt, excavated rock, cranes, the odd dumpster. It’s a mess, really. A construction site. At face value it’s dirty and not all that interesting. Dig a little, though — as heavy equipment is doing now — and it’s mesmerizing. Read more…

Spring Fever, Spring Festivals
Ski Press, Friday, May 11, 2007
Skiing naked grabs peoples’ attention. A guy skiing naked with a sock covering his privates really grabs peoples’ attention — as one guy did one spring at Quebec’s Val-d’Irène. He’d reached about 130 kph, took air and tried to skid across frigid Picalo Lake — all to win the ski area’s annual Aqua-Neige challenge. The crowd gasped. Moms covered young girls’ eyes. He had to know the sock just wasn’t gonna make it…Read more…

Icon: Réal Charette, 1919-2002
Ski Press, Friday May 11, 2007
If you’ve ever taken a ski lesson, you probably owe it to one man… Réal Charette. Chances are your ski pro, or your ski pro’s ski pro — or your ski pro’s ski pro’s ski pro — was trained by this guy. Read more…

Go for the Snow
Westjet’s Up!
Jetting your way toward endless winter? Snow takes its time melting at Canada’s ski resorts. Spring skiing—and partying—is at its best through March and April. Here’s where you’ll find the snow and the on-snow celebrations. Read more…

Best of times, worst of times, for the ski industry
Communique, Canadian Tourism Commission
Working on tips from the almighty internet and a pal who liked to snowboard, within hours she’d pumped hundreds of thousands of George Washingtons into three… three!… new condos. One for her, she said, and two for the rest of her family. Read more…