New product reviews

by RAY O’REILLY in the Fall 2016 issue With all the Euro-influence in the ski world, stumbling at pronouncing a product name can give it street cred, so we were surprised to learn Sevaen (Sa-VAY-in) is made right here in Canada—Nova Scotia, in fact. Even the source fibres are North American. Keeping sailors warm and … More »

What Kind of Ski Do You Need?

ALL-MOUNTAIN ALL TERRAIN, ANY SNOW Style: Versatile turns and speeds Waist size: 75-100mm Description: Every run is on your play list, as are a few that aren’t on the map, and you want a ski that can keep up. Something that floats in powder, is nimble in the trees, playful in the bumps, but still … More »

Five New Helmets

Uvex JIMM + OCTO helmet Ten flexible and padded tabs bend around your cranium, automatically adjusting the Jimm to fit perfectly. A Ski Canada tester with an odd-shaped head claims it’s the only helmet she can wear. POC Auric Cut Take a shot to the noggin and it’s time to retire most lids—except the Auric, which … More »

Notable Mentions 2017

By day four of any trade show most of the new gear one sees blurs into a kaleidoscope of marketing verbiage. That said, a few products manage to stand out in the Colorado haze. Photo: GEOFF HOLMAN * snow:, Snowwater Heli, B.C. by RYAN STUART in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue REVENGE SERVED COLD    … More »

Frontside 2017

Sexy has finally made its way into frontside skiing. Groomers and carving may sound staid, but with direct trickle-down from the World Cup and substantial R&D, some of the most exciting developments these days are taking place on the frontside of the mountain. The bottom line: adding weight reductions and easier skiing to firm-snow performance, … More »

Backcountry 2017

The grams keep falling. The quest for efficiency beyond the ski area boundaries continues to push innovation for lighter weights in ski gear without sacrificing performance. Today, a lot of the new technology we’re seeing in all-mountain and big-mountain categories is coming from here. And we like where we’re headed. by RYAN STUART in Buyer’s Guide … More »

Backside 2017

Experimentation is where it’s at. From bindings to boots, poles to skis, freeride has always been about trying stuff: tweaking sidecuts and ski shapes; widening and lowering bindings; even making quick-release poles. Anything goes. in Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue QUICK RELEASE Pole straps are great at keeping you attached to your poles, but sometimes that’s the … More »


More niche than niche. The all-mountain category is spreading wide and far across your ski area, into every niche and nook. By ditching weight, tweaking sidecuts, adjusting rocker and using innovative materials, ski manufacturers are getting closer than ever to the Holy Grail of the do-it-all ski—whatever that means to you. (To see what we … More »

What’s Trending

When does a fad become something more? Every year new ideas, styles, colours and flavours emerge. Some of them stick around to change the sport for the better—think rocker shape to skis nowadays. Others not so much—we’re looking at you, SnowBlades. Here are the ones to watch this year. WHAT WOMEN WANT    Walking around … More »


You don’t pronounce every company’s name the way it looks. DALE OF NORWAY Known for: Traditional and modern Scandinavian wool sweaters worn by our national ski team. How you probably say it: Like your cousin Dale in Wisconsin. Now say it properly: Daalay JYTTE Known for: Sweet merino wool toques. How you probably say it: … More »