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Fall 2010

* Ubiquitous glove creator Swany has yet another head-turning offering hanging in the shop window. The RC-25 i-Finger ($45) is a nifty, lightweight softshell glove that allows you to use your smartphone or iPod touchscreen in order to ignore your chairlift seatmates better. www.swanyamerica.com * Winter temperatures vary as much as your activity level and Columbia is … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Long live the revolution

Revolution

Freeride skis have come a long way in the past decade. It was buttery smooth, exhilaratingly fast and dumbfoundingly easy. It liberated me to ski harmonically with the contours of the terrain. My route meandered whimsically where before it would have been a regimented fall line. Trees and rocks became a new dimension of intrigue. That … More »

Ski geometry

Ski Geometry 101

Heart of the matter As the ski industry pushes its boundaries, skis, boots and bindings have followed suit. Behind every astounding pro trick, you’ll find an army of engineers looking to produce better-suited technology. The result is an ever-growing skier’s lexicon. Here’s some of base information on keywords like sidecut, radius and camber as well … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2011

Every January the global ski industry convenes in North America for international bragging rights. After 37 years of Las Vegas playing host, the dog and pony show was moved to Denver’s spectacular Colorado Convention Center last year where some 845 brands exposed their latest and greatest—and Ski Canada was there to look, listen, poke and … 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 »

Fall 2010

* Ubiquitous glove creator Swany has yet another head-turning offering hanging in the shop window. The RC-25 i-Finger ($45) is a nifty, lightweight softshell glove that allows you to use your smartphone or iPod touchscreen in order to ignore your chairlift seatmates better. www.swanyamerica.com * Winter temperatures vary as much as your activity level and Columbia is … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Long live the revolution

Revolution

Freeride skis have come a long way in the past decade. It was buttery smooth, exhilaratingly fast and dumbfoundingly easy. It liberated me to ski harmonically with the contours of the terrain. My route meandered whimsically where before it would have been a regimented fall line. Trees and rocks became a new dimension of intrigue. That … More »

Ski geometry

Ski Geometry 101

Heart of the matter As the ski industry pushes its boundaries, skis, boots and bindings have followed suit. Behind every astounding pro trick, you’ll find an army of engineers looking to produce better-suited technology. The result is an ever-growing skier’s lexicon. Here’s some of base information on keywords like sidecut, radius and camber as well … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2011

Every January the global ski industry convenes in North America for international bragging rights. After 37 years of Las Vegas playing host, the dog and pony show was moved to Denver’s spectacular Colorado Convention Center last year where some 845 brands exposed their latest and greatest—and Ski Canada was there to look, listen, poke and … 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 »

Subscribe and SAVE!

Just $3.75 an issue!

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

Outside Canada?