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.
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 »
All-terrain skiing, moderate speeds, medium turns Technology and ski construction are bringing more and more attention to the Adventure All-Mountain category. Consider these skis your Triple A advantage. They’re built for one purpose only: to do Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. Now doesn’t that sound like a perfect date! Of course, not every ski performs flawlessly in… More »
Looking to upgrade your kit? How about spending some bucks at home? Manufacturers in Western Canada have you covered from head to toe with some of the finest products on the market. I’d love to say I crossed Canada looking for this stuff, but there was so much to choose from right here in my… More »
We’ve taken new gear to the mountains and come up with some picks to pack. Olympus’s OM-D E-M5 ($1,299) won a pride of awards last year, so on a hunch it was chosen for last year’s Readers’ Trip to Champéry, Switzerland. The dust- and splash-proof model is but a third of the size and… More »
by Marty McLennan, tech editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue photo: HENRY GEORGI All-mountain ladies Fischer’s KOA 80 (122/80/110) is a strong all-round tool for powder and piste ladies. All-mountain rocker combines with sandwich sidewalls, proprietary Air Carbon technology and a 100 per cent wood core for a lively ski that’s both stable and easy… More »