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The Best Test * Powder 2014

Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages … More »

Test 2014 – On-Piste Cruisers

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GS-RADIUS TURNS Let’s face it, deep down we all like speed. Don’t believe me? Name the gold medallist at the last Olympics, or any Olympics for that matter, in competitive walking. Don’t worry, I had to Google it as well. Now name your favourite sprinter, downhiller, Formula One driver or the claim to fame … More »

Ski Canada Test 2014 * Slalom

Precise, high-performance skis for short to medium turns The trend in skis lately seems to be leaning more toward the freeride side of the fence. We’re seeing wider profiles, more twintips and longer-radius geometry—essentially skis that are designed to be jacks-of-all-trades. Admittedly, not every skier will have a need for a modern slalom ski, still … More »

Turning Tricks

Ski Canada procured the services of Fernie’s best park rats to test some of this season’s hottest twintips. written by Ron Betts * twintips test co-ordinator Dylan Siggers * photos Henry Georgi * in Winter 2013 issue Don’t let your snowboarding buddies tell you they “saved” our sport by influencing us with terrain parks and later … More »

Hearts in the Highlands

Ron Betts, a heli-guide at Mike Wiegele’s, never misses a chance to talk proud about his early ski days on Cape Breton Island. Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas— / Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland, / And we in dreams behold the Hebrides: / Fair these broad meads—these … More »

Powder Test 2013

by Ron Betts, technical editor test * photos: John Schwirtlich in Winter 2013 issue Made for Powder This year’s crop of fat boys was put to work by the guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.     Every sport has its holy grail, its pinnacle. In hockey it’s the hat trick, baseball the grand slam, golf the … More »

Easy Cruising * Test 2013

Think of all the things that make skiing easier now than it has ever been. It’s 2012 and we have it made. The Polar Peak chair, which opened last season at Fernie Alpine Resort, is an example of what’s possible in chairlift construction. This winter in North America, there are 115 new lifts due for … More »

Adventure All Mountain * Test 2013

by Ron Betts in Fall 2012 issue Everywhere you look these days—magazines, online, television—there’s someone telling you how to be better, to improve, to go farther, faster, stronger than you ever thought possible. Motivation is not just for posters anymore. Skiing better has always motivated me. It’s a sport that, if you really want to … More »

On-Piste Cruisers * Test 2013

Some people dream about flying, others dream about winning the lottery, for some it’s the steamy stuff—not for mention in a (mostly) morally upstanding publication like Ski Canada. But for many diehard skiers, we have “white dreams”—equally as stimulating, and I dare say satisfying, as their steamier counterparts. Sometimes I’m neck deep in powder, choking … More »

Big Mountain * Test 2013

  “Do I really need a pair of Big Mountain skis in my quiver?” My answer to that question is unequivocally “Yes, yes you do!” Whether you ski in the east or west, skis with a waist of 90mm or more will give you a more solid platform and allow you to ski in more … More »

The Best Test * Powder 2014

Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages … More »

Test 2014 – On-Piste Cruisers

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GS-RADIUS TURNS Let’s face it, deep down we all like speed. Don’t believe me? Name the gold medallist at the last Olympics, or any Olympics for that matter, in competitive walking. Don’t worry, I had to Google it as well. Now name your favourite sprinter, downhiller, Formula One driver or the claim to fame … More »

Ski Canada Test 2014 * Slalom

Precise, high-performance skis for short to medium turns The trend in skis lately seems to be leaning more toward the freeride side of the fence. We’re seeing wider profiles, more twintips and longer-radius geometry—essentially skis that are designed to be jacks-of-all-trades. Admittedly, not every skier will have a need for a modern slalom ski, still … More »

Turning Tricks

Ski Canada procured the services of Fernie’s best park rats to test some of this season’s hottest twintips. written by Ron Betts * twintips test co-ordinator Dylan Siggers * photos Henry Georgi * in Winter 2013 issue Don’t let your snowboarding buddies tell you they “saved” our sport by influencing us with terrain parks and later … More »

Hearts in the Highlands

Ron Betts, a heli-guide at Mike Wiegele’s, never misses a chance to talk proud about his early ski days on Cape Breton Island. Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas— / Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland, / And we in dreams behold the Hebrides: / Fair these broad meads—these … More »

Powder Test 2013

by Ron Betts, technical editor test * photos: John Schwirtlich in Winter 2013 issue Made for Powder This year’s crop of fat boys was put to work by the guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.     Every sport has its holy grail, its pinnacle. In hockey it’s the hat trick, baseball the grand slam, golf the … More »

Easy Cruising * Test 2013

Think of all the things that make skiing easier now than it has ever been. It’s 2012 and we have it made. The Polar Peak chair, which opened last season at Fernie Alpine Resort, is an example of what’s possible in chairlift construction. This winter in North America, there are 115 new lifts due for … More »

Adventure All Mountain * Test 2013

by Ron Betts in Fall 2012 issue Everywhere you look these days—magazines, online, television—there’s someone telling you how to be better, to improve, to go farther, faster, stronger than you ever thought possible. Motivation is not just for posters anymore. Skiing better has always motivated me. It’s a sport that, if you really want to … More »

On-Piste Cruisers * Test 2013

Some people dream about flying, others dream about winning the lottery, for some it’s the steamy stuff—not for mention in a (mostly) morally upstanding publication like Ski Canada. But for many diehard skiers, we have “white dreams”—equally as stimulating, and I dare say satisfying, as their steamier counterparts. Sometimes I’m neck deep in powder, choking … More »

Big Mountain * Test 2013

  “Do I really need a pair of Big Mountain skis in my quiver?” My answer to that question is unequivocally “Yes, yes you do!” Whether you ski in the east or west, skis with a waist of 90mm or more will give you a more solid platform and allow you to ski in more … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax!

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