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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Noteworthy: Don’t Be That Guy

    How did we meet up with ski buddies or family before cellphones? More important, how do you check your phone on the lift without worrying about dropping it? The answer, in retrospect, is obvious: the Action Sports Anchor. The bungee-style lanyard hooks onto a zipper pull on a jacket on one end and through … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Noteworthy: Don’t Be That Guy

    How did we meet up with ski buddies or family before cellphones? More important, how do you check your phone on the lift without worrying about dropping it? The answer, in retrospect, is obvious: the Action Sports Anchor. The bungee-style lanyard hooks onto a zipper pull on a jacket on one end and through … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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