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Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Ski Canada Test 2018 – Freeride

Freeride skis are inspired by deep snow, high speeds and big airs. These are the sticks the crazy guys and girls ski on in the movies. But that doesn’t mean you have to have their skill to handle them. Sure, some are dialed for negotiated Alaskan faces, but others are just as happy carving on … More »

What Kind of Ski Do You Need?

ALL-MOUNTAIN ALL TERRAIN, ANY SNOW Style: Versatile turns and speeds Waist size: 80-105mm Description: Keep it simple. Forget a quiver and go with one ski that can do it all. These jack of all conditions, turn shapes and runs won’t shy away from any assignment. They carve hard snow, float through powder and dice up … More »

Test 2018 – All-Mountain Women Skis

BLIZZARD BLACK PEARL 98 BEST FOR: Avoiding ice  *  LENGTHS: 152, 159, 166, 173  *  RADIUS: 15@166  *  SIDECUT: 135-98-119  *  $800   “We can put this ski on anyone and they’re going to have a blast. Unbelievable ski.” That’s the glowing praise from Dave Degelman, manager of Ski West in Calgary. He’s skied the three Black Pearl models and … More »

Test 2018 – 14 All-Mountain skis

When pulling together a winter’s worth of feedback, we realized this new test has some valuable differences. The reviews are more thorough, personal and in-depth. The quality feedback allowed us to highlight what we think each ski is “best for.” BY RYAN STUART, TECHNICAL EDITOR in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue For nearly 40 years Ski … More »

Fat & Fabulous – Powder Skis Test 2017

The guides at Mike Wiegele’s were happy to ride these plus-sized beauties. I spent 14 glorious years as a heli-guide in the most majestic ski terrain on the planet at Mike Wiegele’s in Blue River, B.C., home once again to the Ski Canada Powder Test. And over the course of those years I’ve seen plenty … More »

Big Mountain Test 2017

UNTRACKED AND UNRESTRAINED Where All-Mountain skis skid to a stop—right around the edge of the cliff—Big Mountain takes over. These are the skis the pros ride when they’re slashing Alaskan faces or winning extreme-skiing competitions. If you aspire to the same, this is the category to get you there, with skis that offer plenty of … More »

Cruisers Test 2017

FUN SKIING ON MOSTLY GROOMED RUNS Think of this category of skis as your vehicle for a smooth Sunday drive. If a ski was tested that was too much for the category, we’ll let you know. Cruisers aren’t looking to weave through traffic, race around the track with the pros or explore much off-road. On these … More »

Slalom Test 2017

HIGH-PERFORMANCE SHORT-RADIUS TURNS These skis are designed to do one thing: make tight turns on hard snow. They can dabble elsewhere on the mountain, but are best confined to groomed runs under the guidance of expert skiers. In the right hands these skis will turn on a flake, hold an edge on ice and beg … More »

Carvers Test 2017

POWERFUL CARVING Skiing somewhere between the racecourse and the edge of the groomed, the skis in this category want to be skied hard, fast and down the fall line. In many cases manufacturers have taken World Cup race skis and tuned them so mere mortals can handle the power and edge grip they deliver. If … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Ski Canada Test 2018 – Freeride

Freeride skis are inspired by deep snow, high speeds and big airs. These are the sticks the crazy guys and girls ski on in the movies. But that doesn’t mean you have to have their skill to handle them. Sure, some are dialed for negotiated Alaskan faces, but others are just as happy carving on … More »

What Kind of Ski Do You Need?

ALL-MOUNTAIN ALL TERRAIN, ANY SNOW Style: Versatile turns and speeds Waist size: 80-105mm Description: Keep it simple. Forget a quiver and go with one ski that can do it all. These jack of all conditions, turn shapes and runs won’t shy away from any assignment. They carve hard snow, float through powder and dice up … More »

Test 2018 – All-Mountain Women Skis

BLIZZARD BLACK PEARL 98 BEST FOR: Avoiding ice  *  LENGTHS: 152, 159, 166, 173  *  RADIUS: 15@166  *  SIDECUT: 135-98-119  *  $800   “We can put this ski on anyone and they’re going to have a blast. Unbelievable ski.” That’s the glowing praise from Dave Degelman, manager of Ski West in Calgary. He’s skied the three Black Pearl models and … More »

Test 2018 – 14 All-Mountain skis

When pulling together a winter’s worth of feedback, we realized this new test has some valuable differences. The reviews are more thorough, personal and in-depth. The quality feedback allowed us to highlight what we think each ski is “best for.” BY RYAN STUART, TECHNICAL EDITOR in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue For nearly 40 years Ski … More »

Fat & Fabulous – Powder Skis Test 2017

The guides at Mike Wiegele’s were happy to ride these plus-sized beauties. I spent 14 glorious years as a heli-guide in the most majestic ski terrain on the planet at Mike Wiegele’s in Blue River, B.C., home once again to the Ski Canada Powder Test. And over the course of those years I’ve seen plenty … More »

Big Mountain Test 2017

UNTRACKED AND UNRESTRAINED Where All-Mountain skis skid to a stop—right around the edge of the cliff—Big Mountain takes over. These are the skis the pros ride when they’re slashing Alaskan faces or winning extreme-skiing competitions. If you aspire to the same, this is the category to get you there, with skis that offer plenty of … More »

Cruisers Test 2017

FUN SKIING ON MOSTLY GROOMED RUNS Think of this category of skis as your vehicle for a smooth Sunday drive. If a ski was tested that was too much for the category, we’ll let you know. Cruisers aren’t looking to weave through traffic, race around the track with the pros or explore much off-road. On these … More »

Slalom Test 2017

HIGH-PERFORMANCE SHORT-RADIUS TURNS These skis are designed to do one thing: make tight turns on hard snow. They can dabble elsewhere on the mountain, but are best confined to groomed runs under the guidance of expert skiers. In the right hands these skis will turn on a flake, hold an edge on ice and beg … More »

Carvers Test 2017

POWERFUL CARVING Skiing somewhere between the racecourse and the edge of the groomed, the skis in this category want to be skied hard, fast and down the fall line. In many cases manufacturers have taken World Cup race skis and tuned them so mere mortals can handle the power and edge grip they deliver. If … More »

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