Ski Canada Magazine

Test 2019 – Fischer Ranger 102 FR

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews A FRIENDLIER RANGER Ski Canada loved the stability, float and power of last year’s Fischer Ranger 98 Ti, so the introduction of a twintip, slightly wider Ranger 102 FR had us intrigued. Beyond the upturned tail, the biggest difference between the 98 Ti and 102 FR is less Titanal. … More »

What’s in Store This Fall

1. Finding the right balance of grip and glide in a climbing skin is a challenge, but G3’s Alpinist+ series, made for specific conditions, purposes and gear, have you covered. The Alpinist+ Grip, for example, is one of five new skins—made in Canada—and is specifically intended for steeper pitches and icier tracks. All Alpinist+ skins … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Rise of the Craft Ski-eries

The number of ski brands seems to be growing exponentially and most are boutique or craft brands. Just like the craft breweries, they are often tapping into the “buy local” movement. A short internet search reveals 416 legitimate ski brands. There are several ski-makers on the pages of this Buyer’s Guide we hadn’t heard of … More »

Great Expectations – 3 BC Day Cat and Heliski Ops

RYAN STUART’s B.C. road trip to three day cat and heli-ski ops proved to be an emotional roller coaster. photos RYAN CREARY in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue With nothing but untracked snow before us, no one seemed to be in a rush to go first. There was an ominous look of crust and after hearing the previous … More »

Hooking Up – which multi-resort pass is right for you?

Got ski pass confusion? So do we! With so many collective passes vying for both the local- and holiday-skier markets this season, most people are flummoxed by the fine print. There are so many challenging choices and mystifying marketing materials, not to mention the need to plan months ahead to benefit from early-bird price points. … More »

Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

Shop Talk – basic jargon for ski shopping

SHOP TALK “Rocker,” “camber,” “playful,” “float,” “taper”…does all the lexicology in ski gear sometimes leave you confused but nodding in agreement? Here’s a glossary of some basic jargon that goes along with ski shopping. EARLY RISE in the tip and tail is about moving the contact point of the ski with the snow surface toward … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2019 gear intro

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at the show?” This question is the ski show equivalent of “How’s the weather?” When your job description includes keeping up with every new development in ski equipment, and you’ve seen the latest from 30 brands in less than 48 hours, the standard small-talk opener is a hard question … More »

Test 2019 – Fischer Ranger 102 FR

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews A FRIENDLIER RANGER Ski Canada loved the stability, float and power of last year’s Fischer Ranger 98 Ti, so the introduction of a twintip, slightly wider Ranger 102 FR had us intrigued. Beyond the upturned tail, the biggest difference between the 98 Ti and 102 FR is less Titanal. … More »

What’s in Store This Fall

1. Finding the right balance of grip and glide in a climbing skin is a challenge, but G3’s Alpinist+ series, made for specific conditions, purposes and gear, have you covered. The Alpinist+ Grip, for example, is one of five new skins—made in Canada—and is specifically intended for steeper pitches and icier tracks. All Alpinist+ skins … More »

Ticking the Boxes in Jasper

Notes from my last visit to Jasper: Tough terrain? Tres Hombres, Charlie’s Bowl, Cornice, Eagle Ridge and all that touring to be done down the Icefields Parkway…CHECK! Town life? Genuine unpretentious people, no splitting energy between town and a slopeside village, few chain stores, huge choice of restaurants, walkable surroundings (including home from après ski), … More »

Rise of the Craft Ski-eries

The number of ski brands seems to be growing exponentially and most are boutique or craft brands. Just like the craft breweries, they are often tapping into the “buy local” movement. A short internet search reveals 416 legitimate ski brands. There are several ski-makers on the pages of this Buyer’s Guide we hadn’t heard of … More »

Great Expectations – 3 BC Day Cat and Heliski Ops

RYAN STUART’s B.C. road trip to three day cat and heli-ski ops proved to be an emotional roller coaster. photos RYAN CREARY in Buyer’s Guide 2019 issue With nothing but untracked snow before us, no one seemed to be in a rush to go first. There was an ominous look of crust and after hearing the previous … More »

Hooking Up – which multi-resort pass is right for you?

Got ski pass confusion? So do we! With so many collective passes vying for both the local- and holiday-skier markets this season, most people are flummoxed by the fine print. There are so many challenging choices and mystifying marketing materials, not to mention the need to plan months ahead to benefit from early-bird price points. … More »

Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

Shop Talk – basic jargon for ski shopping

SHOP TALK “Rocker,” “camber,” “playful,” “float,” “taper”…does all the lexicology in ski gear sometimes leave you confused but nodding in agreement? Here’s a glossary of some basic jargon that goes along with ski shopping. EARLY RISE in the tip and tail is about moving the contact point of the ski with the snow surface toward … More »