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RYAN REPORT – Highlights from the snow show

Over four days at the end of January the ski industry unveiled the future of skiing. I checked it all out at the annual retail buying show in Denver, previewing winter 2018-2019 skis, boots, jackets, layers, and accessories from dozens of brands. Once the note taking hand cramps wore off a few wicked looking products … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

RYAN REPORT – Alpine Canada names Olympic ski cross team

On Jan.22 Alpine Canada announced the ski cross team. Top Canadian finishers at the weekend races, Kevin Drury and Kelsey Serwa, (both finished fourth) made the team. Also on their way to PyeongChang, South Korea are Chris Del Bosco, David Duncan, Brady Leman and Ian Deans. For the women, India Sherret, Marielle Thompson and Tiana … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

RYAN REPORT – Bollé Nova II

With a cloud hanging out around mid-mountain, snow pounding down, humidity near 100 percent and the temperature just below freezing the conditions last week at Mount Washington Alpine Resort were challenging for skiers and perfect for testing goggles. In these conditions just thinking about a foggy lens and it happens. It was into this torture … More »

RYAN REPORT – Help break snow angel world record this weekend

Be part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels at the same time on Saturday February 3. Taking place at multiple locations across the country simultaneously the effort is in support of Canadian Ski Patrol Day 2018 and is sponsored by Helly Hansen. “Canada’s ski patrollers are Canada’s … More »

RYAN REPORT – New era for Whistler Ski and Snowboard festival

It started as an end of season contest to crown the best all around skiers and snowboards, slowly morphed into a community and arts celebration, looked like it might fade into oblivion and is now making a comeback. On January 15, Whistler Blackcomb announced that the World Ski and Snowboard Festival will return for a 23rd … More »

RYAN REPORT – Too much snow closes Mount Washington

Apparently it can snow too much. Just ask Mount Washington Alpine Resort where 80 centimetres overnight on Saturday, January 20 made it impossible for the mountain to open on Sunday. Already the week before had been a good one at the Vancouver Island resort; their snow base had doubled in six days. Saturday dawned benignly, … More »

RYAN REPORT – Scary Chairlift Rides

I think ski lifts are one of the world’s great inventions. Ninety nine percent of the time they whisk us to the top without drama. But every now and then things go wrong. Power outages, mechanical problems, howling winds: they’ve all conspired to turn just another chairlift ride into one I wish I’d never taken. … More »

RYAN REPORT – Elan Ripstick 106

As a gear reviewer I see products long before they make it to stores. I see a lot of new gear. Through all the noise of new skis, jackets, helmets and the rest a couple pieces usually stand out. My gut tells me they’ll be successful. Sometimes my picks are bang on. Sometimes I’m surprised. … More »

RYAN REPORT – Highlights from the snow show

Over four days at the end of January the ski industry unveiled the future of skiing. I checked it all out at the annual retail buying show in Denver, previewing winter 2018-2019 skis, boots, jackets, layers, and accessories from dozens of brands. Once the note taking hand cramps wore off a few wicked looking products … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … More »

RYAN REPORT – Alpine Canada names Olympic ski cross team

On Jan.22 Alpine Canada announced the ski cross team. Top Canadian finishers at the weekend races, Kevin Drury and Kelsey Serwa, (both finished fourth) made the team. Also on their way to PyeongChang, South Korea are Chris Del Bosco, David Duncan, Brady Leman and Ian Deans. For the women, India Sherret, Marielle Thompson and Tiana … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … More »

RYAN REPORT – Bollé Nova II

With a cloud hanging out around mid-mountain, snow pounding down, humidity near 100 percent and the temperature just below freezing the conditions last week at Mount Washington Alpine Resort were challenging for skiers and perfect for testing goggles. In these conditions just thinking about a foggy lens and it happens. It was into this torture … More »

RYAN REPORT – Help break snow angel world record this weekend

Be part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels at the same time on Saturday February 3. Taking place at multiple locations across the country simultaneously the effort is in support of Canadian Ski Patrol Day 2018 and is sponsored by Helly Hansen. “Canada’s ski patrollers are Canada’s … More »

RYAN REPORT – New era for Whistler Ski and Snowboard festival

It started as an end of season contest to crown the best all around skiers and snowboards, slowly morphed into a community and arts celebration, looked like it might fade into oblivion and is now making a comeback. On January 15, Whistler Blackcomb announced that the World Ski and Snowboard Festival will return for a 23rd … More »

RYAN REPORT – Too much snow closes Mount Washington

Apparently it can snow too much. Just ask Mount Washington Alpine Resort where 80 centimetres overnight on Saturday, January 20 made it impossible for the mountain to open on Sunday. Already the week before had been a good one at the Vancouver Island resort; their snow base had doubled in six days. Saturday dawned benignly, … More »

RYAN REPORT – Scary Chairlift Rides

I think ski lifts are one of the world’s great inventions. Ninety nine percent of the time they whisk us to the top without drama. But every now and then things go wrong. Power outages, mechanical problems, howling winds: they’ve all conspired to turn just another chairlift ride into one I wish I’d never taken. … More »

RYAN REPORT – Elan Ripstick 106

As a gear reviewer I see products long before they make it to stores. I see a lot of new gear. Through all the noise of new skis, jackets, helmets and the rest a couple pieces usually stand out. My gut tells me they’ll be successful. Sometimes my picks are bang on. Sometimes I’m surprised. … More »

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