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All Mountain 2011

All Mountain 2011.3

All-Mountain means just about everything. This is a ski that loves abuse and can just as easily carve hardpack as float through powder or provide stability in crud. Expect solid wood core skis jacked up with dampening technologies with a variety of hybrid constructions, many using a sidewall underfoot and capped extremes.   top row, … More »

Big Mountain 2011

Big-Mountain translates to huge underfoots, lots of rocker and graphic excess. It’s a much smaller segment than the ubiquitous All-Mountain category but this is where the ski strikes back, now influencing the snowboard industry with profiles that slash and smear rather than carve and grip. Big-Mountain boards are typically sold flat since riders can choose … More »

High Performance 2011

High Performance 2011

High-Performance means the best Frontside skis. Period. These shredders with high-octane pedigrees urge their owners’ best performances. Hear the noise – these come with all the World Cup and Olympic circuit bells and vuvuzelas. More than experts only, this category is for connoisseurs. Can you tell the difference between shaken and stirred? If yes, shop … More »

Frontside 2011

Frontside collection 1

Whether or not ski industry marketing types will admit it, the Frontside category may be the least sexy but it’s also what most skiers in Canada are looking for. Near the lifts on groomed runs is where Frontside skiers spend most or all of their time. Think intermediates and advanced skiers who want a little game improvement to … More »

Boots 2011

Boots 2011.1

As the ski industry enters new frontiers, accessories are clearly following suit. Purpose-built boots, bindings and poles cover the range from race-ready to hiking-friendly. This year most of the innovation takes place at the latter end of the spectrum as the Alpine Touring or AT segment increasingly influences the rest of the market. Performance redesigned … More »

Park & Pipe 2011

P&P2011.3

Park & Pipe means abuse. From riding rails to landing kickers, these twintips operate equally well on both steel and snow, they function forward and backward, are light enough to spin, yet resilient to stick impossible landings. Here’s a sampling of some of our favourites.   top row, left to right: Atomic Punx, Blizzard The … More »

Bindings 2011

TOUR-READY Marker took its success with wide-ride, slackcountry-specific bindings (read Baron and Duke) and optimized their weight-to-performance ratio for touring in this season’s Tour F10 and F12 (the numbers relate to maximum DIN settings). The Tour series uses a wide-ride toe stance, successfully delivering turn energy to today’s bigger boards, and cuts out all extra … More »

Poles 2011

Multi-tasker K2’s light and powerful Lock Jaw Carbon Alu adjustable-length poles come with a no-slip, one-touch locking mechanism (that’s where it gets its name), full-length carbon shaft, integrated inclinometer for settling arguments over how steep it actually is, and a solid, oversize grip ideal for pushing your way through the deep and skiing your way … More »

All Mountain skis 2010

All-Mountain All-Mountain is the broadest category out there, and it can mean just about everything. As the popularity of going sidecountry booms, many of the big brands are making skis to fi t the category. When choosing a ski, figure out what All-Mountain means to you. K2, for example, states that its All-Mountain boards are … More »

Big Mountain 2010

“Big-Mountain” means huge snow. Forget carve and grip; think slash and smear. Skis needpop, and tails that respond to that deal-breaking question: “Did he stick the landing?” K2’s BackSide line, sold flat (without bindings), is indicative of the trend throughout the industry, especially for the genre leader K2. Rossignol’s Phantom line does just the same, offering four … More »

All Mountain 2011

All Mountain 2011.3

All-Mountain means just about everything. This is a ski that loves abuse and can just as easily carve hardpack as float through powder or provide stability in crud. Expect solid wood core skis jacked up with dampening technologies with a variety of hybrid constructions, many using a sidewall underfoot and capped extremes.   top row, … More »

Big Mountain 2011

Big-Mountain translates to huge underfoots, lots of rocker and graphic excess. It’s a much smaller segment than the ubiquitous All-Mountain category but this is where the ski strikes back, now influencing the snowboard industry with profiles that slash and smear rather than carve and grip. Big-Mountain boards are typically sold flat since riders can choose … More »

High Performance 2011

High Performance 2011

High-Performance means the best Frontside skis. Period. These shredders with high-octane pedigrees urge their owners’ best performances. Hear the noise – these come with all the World Cup and Olympic circuit bells and vuvuzelas. More than experts only, this category is for connoisseurs. Can you tell the difference between shaken and stirred? If yes, shop … More »

Frontside 2011

Frontside collection 1

Whether or not ski industry marketing types will admit it, the Frontside category may be the least sexy but it’s also what most skiers in Canada are looking for. Near the lifts on groomed runs is where Frontside skiers spend most or all of their time. Think intermediates and advanced skiers who want a little game improvement to … More »

Boots 2011

Boots 2011.1

As the ski industry enters new frontiers, accessories are clearly following suit. Purpose-built boots, bindings and poles cover the range from race-ready to hiking-friendly. This year most of the innovation takes place at the latter end of the spectrum as the Alpine Touring or AT segment increasingly influences the rest of the market. Performance redesigned … More »

Park & Pipe 2011

P&P2011.3

Park & Pipe means abuse. From riding rails to landing kickers, these twintips operate equally well on both steel and snow, they function forward and backward, are light enough to spin, yet resilient to stick impossible landings. Here’s a sampling of some of our favourites.   top row, left to right: Atomic Punx, Blizzard The … More »

Bindings 2011

TOUR-READY Marker took its success with wide-ride, slackcountry-specific bindings (read Baron and Duke) and optimized their weight-to-performance ratio for touring in this season’s Tour F10 and F12 (the numbers relate to maximum DIN settings). The Tour series uses a wide-ride toe stance, successfully delivering turn energy to today’s bigger boards, and cuts out all extra … More »

Poles 2011

Multi-tasker K2’s light and powerful Lock Jaw Carbon Alu adjustable-length poles come with a no-slip, one-touch locking mechanism (that’s where it gets its name), full-length carbon shaft, integrated inclinometer for settling arguments over how steep it actually is, and a solid, oversize grip ideal for pushing your way through the deep and skiing your way … More »

All Mountain skis 2010

All-Mountain All-Mountain is the broadest category out there, and it can mean just about everything. As the popularity of going sidecountry booms, many of the big brands are making skis to fi t the category. When choosing a ski, figure out what All-Mountain means to you. K2, for example, states that its All-Mountain boards are … More »

Big Mountain 2010

“Big-Mountain” means huge snow. Forget carve and grip; think slash and smear. Skis needpop, and tails that respond to that deal-breaking question: “Did he stick the landing?” K2’s BackSide line, sold flat (without bindings), is indicative of the trend throughout the industry, especially for the genre leader K2. Rossignol’s Phantom line does just the same, offering four … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $15 + tax!

Outside Canada?