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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 »

Ski cores: heart of the matter

SKI CORES: heart of the matter by Ian March from Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue With skis, just as in love, we are often initially drawn to our mate by what’s on the surface. But, as your parents should have told you, for true happiness, it’s what’s inside that counts. To avoid a broken heart, let’s … More »

Transceiver Test 2010

The Canadian Ski Patrol System and Canadian Ski Guide Association compare the new three-antenna avalanche beacons with existing technology By F.M.Swangard MD, Bob Sayer, Steve Gunderson ABSTRACT AND INTRODUCTION The minimal safety equipment a person must have in the backcountry in winter is a ?transceiver, probe and shovel. Clearly, nothing replaces the transceiver when a … 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 »

Women and skis 2010

Women and Skis Manufacturers have picked sides in the debate. And they all agree: yes, women are different from men. Theirs is a biological argument, claiming a woman’s centre of mass is anatomically much lower than a man’s. Thus the all-important and complex issues of stance and ski geometry need reviewing. Several industrial corollaries, or … More »

Helmets: Free choice or social obligation?

A ski helmet first went onto my head way back in 2000, when helmets were just this side of exotica. So why does the hectoring of helmet zealots for mandatory universal usage bother me so much? There’s a triplet of reasons. First off, it fails the utility test—helmets aren’t needed by all skiers under all … More »

Best of the Test

All 2007 Ski Test data is available for subscribers at www.skicanadamag.com, so there’s not much point ?lling pages with numbers again—but maybe it’s worth reviewing some highlights. BEST TUNING There is an unofficial competition going on among suppliers to turn out the killer tune that makes their skis feel the best they can. At Ski … 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 »

Ski cores: heart of the matter

SKI CORES: heart of the matter by Ian March from Buyer’s Guide 2010 issue With skis, just as in love, we are often initially drawn to our mate by what’s on the surface. But, as your parents should have told you, for true happiness, it’s what’s inside that counts. To avoid a broken heart, let’s … More »

Transceiver Test 2010

The Canadian Ski Patrol System and Canadian Ski Guide Association compare the new three-antenna avalanche beacons with existing technology By F.M.Swangard MD, Bob Sayer, Steve Gunderson ABSTRACT AND INTRODUCTION The minimal safety equipment a person must have in the backcountry in winter is a ?transceiver, probe and shovel. Clearly, nothing replaces the transceiver when a … 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 »

Women and skis 2010

Women and Skis Manufacturers have picked sides in the debate. And they all agree: yes, women are different from men. Theirs is a biological argument, claiming a woman’s centre of mass is anatomically much lower than a man’s. Thus the all-important and complex issues of stance and ski geometry need reviewing. Several industrial corollaries, or … More »

Helmets: Free choice or social obligation?

A ski helmet first went onto my head way back in 2000, when helmets were just this side of exotica. So why does the hectoring of helmet zealots for mandatory universal usage bother me so much? There’s a triplet of reasons. First off, it fails the utility test—helmets aren’t needed by all skiers under all … More »

Best of the Test

All 2007 Ski Test data is available for subscribers at www.skicanadamag.com, so there’s not much point ?lling pages with numbers again—but maybe it’s worth reviewing some highlights. BEST TUNING There is an unofficial competition going on among suppliers to turn out the killer tune that makes their skis feel the best they can. At Ski … More »

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Just $3.75 an issue!

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

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