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Yukon is home to some of the best skiing!

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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Jonah Clark

Icycle Sports started in the summer of 1998 by Patrick Plemel in his basement in Riverdale. In 1999 they opened their first location on Wood Street, then had multiple locations until 2006 when they moved to their current location on Quartz Road... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Yvonne Mueller

My husband and I learned to ski when we were three years old – something that is quite normal growing up in Switzerland in the 1980s – and we have enjoyed it ever since. So when we came to Whitehorse we were glad to learn about the Mount Sima ski... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Isaac Pumphrey

The Yukon’s Freestyle Ski History Back in 2013, it was hard to believe that Mount Sima had much of a future. “The Mountain was bankrupt,” said Tyler Nichol, the Mount Sima Terrain Park creator and builder. “I thought I was going to have to move... more

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Miche Genest

I’ve always loved the stories where people slip out of the present and into a different time; kid’s stories like Tom’s Midnight Garden, or the Narnia series, or, in adult fiction, The Time Traveller’s Wife. There’s something compelling about the... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Jeff Brady and the Log Cabin Ski Society

Volunteers are gearing up for the Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross country ski race is on March 25, but starting in early March volunteers were driving up to Log Cabin, B.C. from Skagway, Alaska two times a week to set tracks for the course... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-03-15, Photo: Courtesy of Claude Vallier

Interest in backcountry skiing in the Yukon has taken off, especially among tourists, says backcountry ski expert and guide Claude Vallier. Vallier recently published a backcountry guide book to the Haines Pass, to accompany the guide book he... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Andy Hedden

Cabin fever kicking in? Why fly south when you can visit a friendly neighbour? With Winter Fest happening this weekend, Haines Alaska is the place to be if you’re feeling like a road trip out of Territory. “The best part of this festival is that... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Alaska

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Courtesy of EDI Environmental Dynamics Ltd.

The EDI Hut to Hut, taking place this Saturday, is a family, social event that aims to encourage skiers of all ages and ability to participate while discovering new trails and three trail huts. Those huts will be heated and stocked with... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: courtesy of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club

Registration is now open for the premiere Yukon Ski Marathon, hosted by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. The 50 km race is being held on Sunday, March 5 and begins at Mount Lorne, runs from there to Cowley Lake, then to Wolf Creek... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Tess Casher

Whitehorse is not only lucky enough to be situated on Canada’s crowning jewel of cross country ski trails, but to have approximately ⅓ of that jewel welcome dogs! My dog happily wags her tail at the signs of going for a walk: puffy coats, warm... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Ben Horowitz

For many Yukoners, enjoying the backcountry is an integral part of their lifestyle whether they love to ski, snow machine, snowshoe or run sled dogs. They rely on their own experiences and common sense to keep themselves safe. Some have tuned into... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Glenda Koh

So much winter, so little time. With Yukon’s abundance of winter recreation options, how do you choose your sport? Here’s some analysis to help you get the best personal rate of return on your athletic investment. more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Sylvie Geoffrey

Mount Sima is “the first mountain in North America to have a jump line in.” That’s what Graham Pollock says. He’s the head coach of the Yukon freestyle ski team. A jump line means a skier can take more than one jump in a row while going down a hill. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

“It requires a lot of discipline to stay on the trail – not just the ski trail,” says Gary Bailie, “but the trail of life.” Skiing is definitely a way of life for Bailie, who has been running and coaching the Whitehorse-based youth cross country... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Yukon Biathlon Club

Biathlon is an Olympic Sport that combines two incredibly different competitive activities. Which two incredibly different activities you ask? Biathlon is a combination of a cross country ski race and small-bore rifle marksmanship. In Europe, ... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-03-24, PHOTO: Jeff Brady

The force is strong in our northern skiing communities. April 2, 2016 will mark the 30th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic weekend, open to Canadian and American skiers alike. From just 14 participants in 1986, the race has grown significantly to over... more

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Courtesy of Antje Schiebel

I will try anything once; twice if the first time doesn’t kill me. Which is fortunate, because that’s how many times I had been skiing prior to my lesson at the Mount Sima Ski School: exactly twice. I was 17 and had gone on a “romantic ski date”... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Miche Genest

I first encountered Campari in 1980 at a hotel bar on Alonissos, a small island in the North Sporades group of islands in the Aegean sea, halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Camparisoda was the favourite beverage of a group of northern... more

Jun 4, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Courtesy of Michelle Christensen

Michelle Christensen follows a routine before she heads to the backcountry for a day of skiing. It’s a safety routine, and it starts in her living room. She checks the weather and road forecasts, and logs into the Avalanche Canada website for trip more

Jan 15, 2015 6:41 PM Yukon Winter

We just finished unloading all the skis, about 80 pairs, in front of the wax room in Newfoundland when a large rumbling sound caught everyone off guard. People dove for safety as an avalanche of snow slid off the roof of the wax room, burying our ski more

Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Winter