Every January hundreds of international ski brands gather for their annual conference to showcase their latest gear, and Ski Canada is there to look, listen, poke, and prod. The result each year is our buyer’s guide to the best buys.
Our Tech Talk column sums up the best in new technology and gadgets each issue.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE GS-RADIUS TURNS A good On-Piste Cruiser makes carving easy, effortless and fun. Designed to perform on packed snow, many are versatile enough to play in the softer snow and small bumps. They’re identifiable on the ski rack with their curvy, Barbie-like figures—big on the top and bottom with a tight little midsection. Discover effortless… More »
More than great window dressing, wide-girthed boards mean business. The Big Mountain category, along with its Alpine Touring (AT) subset, has grown steadily since the advent of rocker technology. With weight-saving improvements, refined sidecuts and task-specific profiling, the powder hungry get more of their fix riding these technical boards. Look for lightened cores this season,… More »
One ski to rule! The All-Mountain division has become the holy grail—the ultimate quiver of one. In the ongoing search of such lofty goals, the trickle-down upgrades and tweaks fresh from all the industry’s big-money events continue to show up under our feet. Look closely in ski shops this season and you’ll find the DNA… More »
This season, expect some of the most comfortable, performance-oriented boots ever. R U X-PERIENCE – D? Roxa launches its 100mm-lasted X-Perience freeski series with the tour-ready X-Ride and X-Face, and the stiffer alpine-centric X-Turn. Made solid for big-mountain descents, these three-piece, three- and four-buckle boots all offer interchangeable anti-skid soles that switch between touring and… More »
Developed in white-coated laboratories and tested, and retested, on groomers and hardpack at screaming speeds, High-Performance boards with their GS DNA are for the most demanding skiers. Ride like the pros on these thoroughbreds. from Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide 2015 Laser surgery Stöckli brings World Cup race technology to an all-new Laser High-Performance lineup. The wider… More »
from Ski Canada Buyer’s Guide 2015 IN THE BACKCOUNTRY Rather than follow, BD decided to reinvent the airbag packs designed to keep skiers on the surface in an avalanche. Like others, the rugged Black Diamond Halo 28 ski pack has a 200-litre airbag hidden inside and a trigger handle in the shoulder strap, but instead… More »
from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s 2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes… More »
by Ray O’Reilly in the Winter 2014 issue 1. Nice wheels! No, seriously, if you could add a motor to this bag, you’d drive it through an airport. Tough and durable, High Sierra’s Pro Series Trapezoid Wheeled Duffel (US$160) isn’t so heavy that half of your 23-kg airline limit is taken up just by… More »
Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages… More »
Within two seconds I knew I couldn’t ski out of it.” What started as a small avalanche below Martin Lefebrve’s skis had propagated 20m above and all around him. It quickly took him off his feet and sent him downhill. In desperation he pulled the handle of his avalanche airbag. The pop and hiss told… More »