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Noteworthy 2020: Atomic Bent Chetler Grateful Dead Edition

WHAT WOULD THE GRATEFUL DEAD SKI?     The Grateful Dead’s free-form, creative and mellow music has always been the soundtrack to skiing. Now it’s the inspiration for the artwork, too. “The way we draw lines down a mountain or wave is the same improv the Dead have in their music,” says pro skier and Dead … More »

How to Buy a Ski Helmet

How to buy a ski helmet     Seems like more but almost 80 per cent of us always wear a helmet on the slopes, according to a 2017 StatsCan survey. That’s spawned a lot of options for lids. Here’s our advice. Style: Unless you’re bashing gates, go for a half-shell helmet, which protects to about … More »

Test 2020: Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti

Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti BEST FOR: Taking your skiing to the next level. LENGTHS:              158, 166, 174 DIMENSIONS:         128/95/120 RADIUS:                 17@166 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    My Ranger 90 Ti  Ski Canada women tested the My Ranger 90 and 96 at Mount Washington. Testers found both models forgiving, fun and versatile. “An easy-carving ski … More »

Outerwear 2020

Outerwear 2020 Québécois cold or Coastal wet, what you wear on the outside is key to staying comfortable. For cold weather In the Alpha LIFALOFT Jacket and women’s Whitewall LIFALOFT Jacket Helly Hansen borrowed the breathable technology it developed for mid-layers and stuffed it into a resort-inspired shell. Thinner and lighter than synthetic insulation and … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 99 Ti

K2 Mindbender 99 Ti BEST FOR: Those wanting a bigger ski that can do it all. LENGTHS:              170, 177, 184, 191 DIMENSIONS:         138/99/123 RADIUS:                 19@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    116C, 108 Ti, 90 Ti, 90C, 85  One of the biggest puzzles in ski design has been how to adjust the flex from edge-to-edge and … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Lost & Found Dept.

LOST & FOUND DEPT.   Traditionally, Recco technology has been used by ski patrollers searching for buried avalanche victims. Following the death of his skiing partner in Åre, Sweden, in 1972, Recco founder Markus Granhed developed what he felt was a faster way to search for buried skiers than using rescue dogs. Truth be told, … More »

Test 2020: Salomon S/Force Bold

Salomon S/Force Bold BEST FOR: Being bold, on-piste LENGTHS: 170,177,184 DIMENSIONS: 132/84/116 RADIUS: 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1199 OTHER MODELS: S/Force 11, S/Force 9, S/Force 7 Last year Salomon introduced the S/Max series as a small step down from its race family. This year it eases up just a little more in the S/Force, a group … More »

Boot Flex

Boot Flex How stiff a boot do you need? Boot manufacturers use a flexibility number to measure stiffness but there is still no industry standard for flex. In general the higher the number, the harder it is to bend your ankle joint inside the boot. A stiffer boot transfers more power to the ski. And … More »

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Noteworthy 2020: Atomic Bent Chetler Grateful Dead Edition

WHAT WOULD THE GRATEFUL DEAD SKI?     The Grateful Dead’s free-form, creative and mellow music has always been the soundtrack to skiing. Now it’s the inspiration for the artwork, too. “The way we draw lines down a mountain or wave is the same improv the Dead have in their music,” says pro skier and Dead … More »

How to Buy a Ski Helmet

How to buy a ski helmet     Seems like more but almost 80 per cent of us always wear a helmet on the slopes, according to a 2017 StatsCan survey. That’s spawned a lot of options for lids. Here’s our advice. Style: Unless you’re bashing gates, go for a half-shell helmet, which protects to about … More »

Test 2020: Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti

Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti BEST FOR: Taking your skiing to the next level. LENGTHS:              158, 166, 174 DIMENSIONS:         128/95/120 RADIUS:                 17@166 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    My Ranger 90 Ti  Ski Canada women tested the My Ranger 90 and 96 at Mount Washington. Testers found both models forgiving, fun and versatile. “An easy-carving ski … More »

Outerwear 2020

Outerwear 2020 Québécois cold or Coastal wet, what you wear on the outside is key to staying comfortable. For cold weather In the Alpha LIFALOFT Jacket and women’s Whitewall LIFALOFT Jacket Helly Hansen borrowed the breathable technology it developed for mid-layers and stuffed it into a resort-inspired shell. Thinner and lighter than synthetic insulation and … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 99 Ti

K2 Mindbender 99 Ti BEST FOR: Those wanting a bigger ski that can do it all. LENGTHS:              170, 177, 184, 191 DIMENSIONS:         138/99/123 RADIUS:                 19@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    116C, 108 Ti, 90 Ti, 90C, 85  One of the biggest puzzles in ski design has been how to adjust the flex from edge-to-edge and … More »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

Lost & Found Dept.

LOST & FOUND DEPT.   Traditionally, Recco technology has been used by ski patrollers searching for buried avalanche victims. Following the death of his skiing partner in Åre, Sweden, in 1972, Recco founder Markus Granhed developed what he felt was a faster way to search for buried skiers than using rescue dogs. Truth be told, … More »

Test 2020: Salomon S/Force Bold

Salomon S/Force Bold BEST FOR: Being bold, on-piste LENGTHS: 170,177,184 DIMENSIONS: 132/84/116 RADIUS: 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1199 OTHER MODELS: S/Force 11, S/Force 9, S/Force 7 Last year Salomon introduced the S/Max series as a small step down from its race family. This year it eases up just a little more in the S/Force, a group … More »