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What happened when a ski racer was thrown into the Chamonix backcountry

Trust is timeless What happened when a ski racer was thrown into the Chamonix backcountry When Helly Hansen invited Erin Mielzynski to climb and ski big mountain lines in the Alps for Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest ski flick, she was confused. “I don’t think I’m your girl,” responded the Canadian World Cup slalom specialist. “I’m a … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Fit to Ski pt 2 – 7 Moves to Help Prevent Injury

7 Moves to Help Prevent Injury by MARCY VERBURG Photos Wally Stemberger This issue’s skier-workout continues to focus on injury prevention by improving joint stability. It also helps to condition the body to better withstand the forces of our sport, conserve energy, and leave you with less muscle soreness and more stamina. Complete the workout … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »

Pack Lighter – Osprey Kresta 14

PACK LIGHTER     Osprey’s popular Kamber collection (Kresta for women) is specifically designed for snowsports—and things are getting smaller this season. The 16-litre and 14-litre packs ($130) are compact enough for lift riding to the slackcountry and beyond but they’re still feature-packed. We liked the super-designed avalanche safety kit pocket, dual-position helmet carry, diagonal ski … More »

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What happened when a ski racer was thrown into the Chamonix backcountry

Trust is timeless What happened when a ski racer was thrown into the Chamonix backcountry When Helly Hansen invited Erin Mielzynski to climb and ski big mountain lines in the Alps for Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest ski flick, she was confused. “I don’t think I’m your girl,” responded the Canadian World Cup slalom specialist. “I’m a … More »

Visions of Castle – Castle Mt. Alberta

by DOUG FIRBY from Fall 2019 issue As we stand on the cat track at Castle Mountain’s Haig Ridge, the snow on more than 350 hectares of terrain before us gives off a crystalline sparkle. From this point, we can see in the distance where the southern Alberta Rockies meet the prairies, a sea of … More »

Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Fit to Ski pt 2 – 7 Moves to Help Prevent Injury

7 Moves to Help Prevent Injury by MARCY VERBURG Photos Wally Stemberger This issue’s skier-workout continues to focus on injury prevention by improving joint stability. It also helps to condition the body to better withstand the forces of our sport, conserve energy, and leave you with less muscle soreness and more stamina. Complete the workout … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland

On-Piste Off-Piste Two families split up to head in opposite directions in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland. by IAIN MACMILLAN and MAGGIE SCREATON IAIN Known for his memorable quotes, my buddy, Maggie’s husband and Ski Canada’s medical columnist John Foote blurted out one for the week while our two families sat around the chalet dinner table and … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »