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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 »

All-Mountain

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’RE SAYING IT WRONG

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 »

GEAR GUIDE 2017

The Changing Face of Gear by RYAN STUART, Technical Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue Change is one of life’s few guarantees. As skiers, we see evidence of this all the time. No two winters are the same—especially these days. Resorts and gear manufacturers are always tweaking this and messing with that. Skis grow curves, … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. by RYAN STUART in December 2015 issue   The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to … More »

Notes from my excellent Swedish adventure

Circling above the airport at Stockholm has me wondering if I’ve actually left Ontario. The familiarity out the plane window of snow, forest, frozen lakes and rock below is incredible, it looks like Muskoka down there! Later, in the terminal, Swedish TSN is blasting from TVs above our heads. Only two channels: cross-country and alpine … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2016

1. Skiwear or streetwear, Helly Hansen’s Regulate Midlayer Jacket ($160) is a fresh departure from traditional insulators worn under a shell and is just as hip as a stand-alone. Versatile and with clean subtle lines that define the freeride look, it subtly combines Helly’s patented H2Flow insulating technology and is compatible with 3-in-1 outer layers. HellyHansen.com … More »

The new technology of layering

One day last winter it was -19 C at the bottom of Lake Louise and -1 C at the top. Known as an inversion, because the typical temperature gradient of getting colder as elevation rises is turned upside down, it’s a nice mountain phenomenon for skiers, but also a conundrum. Skiing is already tricky for … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1. For the first time, Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched its inaugural alpine ski collection this autumn with six jackets and four pants specifically targeted at resort skiers and boarders. MEC says its men’s Syncronis and women’s Sweet Shot (both $525) are the most premium jackets MEC has ever made. Diamond-quilted 850-fill down throughout … 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 »

All-Mountain

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’RE SAYING IT WRONG

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 »

GEAR GUIDE 2017

The Changing Face of Gear by RYAN STUART, Technical Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue Change is one of life’s few guarantees. As skiers, we see evidence of this all the time. No two winters are the same—especially these days. Resorts and gear manufacturers are always tweaking this and messing with that. Skis grow curves, … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. by RYAN STUART in December 2015 issue   The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to … More »

Notes from my excellent Swedish adventure

Circling above the airport at Stockholm has me wondering if I’ve actually left Ontario. The familiarity out the plane window of snow, forest, frozen lakes and rock below is incredible, it looks like Muskoka down there! Later, in the terminal, Swedish TSN is blasting from TVs above our heads. Only two channels: cross-country and alpine … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2016

1. Skiwear or streetwear, Helly Hansen’s Regulate Midlayer Jacket ($160) is a fresh departure from traditional insulators worn under a shell and is just as hip as a stand-alone. Versatile and with clean subtle lines that define the freeride look, it subtly combines Helly’s patented H2Flow insulating technology and is compatible with 3-in-1 outer layers. HellyHansen.com … More »

The new technology of layering

One day last winter it was -19 C at the bottom of Lake Louise and -1 C at the top. Known as an inversion, because the typical temperature gradient of getting colder as elevation rises is turned upside down, it’s a nice mountain phenomenon for skiers, but also a conundrum. Skiing is already tricky for … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1. For the first time, Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched its inaugural alpine ski collection this autumn with six jackets and four pants specifically targeted at resort skiers and boarders. MEC says its men’s Syncronis and women’s Sweet Shot (both $525) are the most premium jackets MEC has ever made. Diamond-quilted 850-fill down throughout … More »

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

Outside Canada?