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Noteworthy: Smith 4D Mag goggles

BETTER WITH BUBBLE     Smith went through more than 140 prototypes and had to build brand-new machines and manufacturing systems to make the first curved goggle lens, the 4D Mag. Where most goggles end suddenly at the bottom, the 4D lens continues to curve under, adding significant field of vision looking down the hill—25 per … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Hucking Through The Ages

Text and photos BY Nigel Harrison, CSIA III, CSCF II As we limp, groan and stagger defiantly into middle age, it’s tempting to think we should keep both skis firmly in contact with the snow. But this needn’t always be the case. With good judgement and some simple technique, even pot-bellied, balding skiers (and instructors) … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Topping Up Tremblant

Whether you like it old school or new school, there seems to be no lack of new investment popping up all over the village of Mont Tremblant, making it hard to keep up with the “what’s new, what’s hot?” every season. There may still be only one St-Hubert village location (and it’s an “Express”), but … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

How To Get The Blues

Iceland and Thailand might boast their Blue Lagoons, but on the Pemberton Icefield west of Whistler, ice cave expert Doug Washer will show you more mesmerizing shades of blue than Benjamin Moore. Washer, CEO of Whistler-based Head-Line Mountain Holidays, is Canada’s foremost ice cave hunter. How did you find these caves in the first place? … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »

Movin’ On Up – The Josie Hotel at Red Mountain

Red Mountain near Rossland, B.C., is not a place of ostentatious wealth. There are no cold-bed mansions sitting seldom used, no affiliation to Epic, Mountain Collective or Ikon passes brotherhoods. And there’s no chain-store-riddled pedestrian mall running through its heart. Just plenty of big mountain fresh pow and peeps who know how to power through … More »

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Noteworthy: Smith 4D Mag goggles

BETTER WITH BUBBLE     Smith went through more than 140 prototypes and had to build brand-new machines and manufacturing systems to make the first curved goggle lens, the 4D Mag. Where most goggles end suddenly at the bottom, the 4D lens continues to curve under, adding significant field of vision looking down the hill—25 per … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Hucking Through The Ages

Text and photos BY Nigel Harrison, CSIA III, CSCF II As we limp, groan and stagger defiantly into middle age, it’s tempting to think we should keep both skis firmly in contact with the snow. But this needn’t always be the case. With good judgement and some simple technique, even pot-bellied, balding skiers (and instructors) … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Topping Up Tremblant

Whether you like it old school or new school, there seems to be no lack of new investment popping up all over the village of Mont Tremblant, making it hard to keep up with the “what’s new, what’s hot?” every season. There may still be only one St-Hubert village location (and it’s an “Express”), but … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

How To Get The Blues

Iceland and Thailand might boast their Blue Lagoons, but on the Pemberton Icefield west of Whistler, ice cave expert Doug Washer will show you more mesmerizing shades of blue than Benjamin Moore. Washer, CEO of Whistler-based Head-Line Mountain Holidays, is Canada’s foremost ice cave hunter. How did you find these caves in the first place? … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »