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Ski Tests

Buyer’s Guide

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 new alpine ski gear.

Tech Talk

Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry

Alpine ski & Boot Specs & Retail Pricing

Latest feature articles on ski gear:

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »

Pack Lighter – Osprey Kresta 14

PACK LIGHTER     Osprey’s popular Kamber collection (Kresta for women) is specifically designed for snowsports—and things are getting smaller this season. The 16-litre and 14-litre packs ($130) are compact enough for lift riding to the slackcountry and beyond but they’re still feature-packed. We liked the super-designed avalanche safety kit pocket, dual-position helmet carry, diagonal ski … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82 Blizzard is filling out its herd of all-mountain skis, adding the 82mm-waisted Brahma and women’s equivalent Black Pearl 82 to the mix. The new skis share the same construction and shape as the Brahma 88 and Black Pearl 88. And for good reason: they’re some of the best-selling … More »

Petroleum Improved Sheep

Merino is warmer, especially when wet, and more stink-resistant than petroleum-derived polyester and nylon. But those synthetic fibres are more durable and wick and dry faster. Historically, we’ve had to choose between them, but now Black Diamond and Helly Hansen are giving us the best of both. BD uses NuYarn, a super-thin merino wool fibre … More »

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP BEST FOR: Anyone who loves tight turns in the bumps, trees and groomers. LENGTHS:              171, 179, 184, 189 DIMENSIONS:         133/100/118 RADIUS:                 15@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1399 OTHER MODELS:    Wailer 112, Wailer 100 RP  It’s not just an eye-catcher! Where a lot of skis we tested veer toward expert-focused power, … More »

How to Buy Ski Gloves

No body part is as susceptible to the cold as your fingers. The key to keeping them toasty is a tug of war between dryness and insulation. Moisture robs heat. Even when it’s relatively warm, fingers can go numb if they get wet. Water comes from two directions: outside and inside. Outside: Gloves and mitts … More »

Ski Tests

Buyer’s Guide

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 new alpine ski gear.

Tech Talk

Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry

Alpine ski & Boot Specs & Retail Pricing

Latest feature articles on ski gear:

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »

Pack Lighter – Osprey Kresta 14

PACK LIGHTER     Osprey’s popular Kamber collection (Kresta for women) is specifically designed for snowsports—and things are getting smaller this season. The 16-litre and 14-litre packs ($130) are compact enough for lift riding to the slackcountry and beyond but they’re still feature-packed. We liked the super-designed avalanche safety kit pocket, dual-position helmet carry, diagonal ski … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82 Blizzard is filling out its herd of all-mountain skis, adding the 82mm-waisted Brahma and women’s equivalent Black Pearl 82 to the mix. The new skis share the same construction and shape as the Brahma 88 and Black Pearl 88. And for good reason: they’re some of the best-selling … More »

Petroleum Improved Sheep

Merino is warmer, especially when wet, and more stink-resistant than petroleum-derived polyester and nylon. But those synthetic fibres are more durable and wick and dry faster. Historically, we’ve had to choose between them, but now Black Diamond and Helly Hansen are giving us the best of both. BD uses NuYarn, a super-thin merino wool fibre … More »

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP BEST FOR: Anyone who loves tight turns in the bumps, trees and groomers. LENGTHS:              171, 179, 184, 189 DIMENSIONS:         133/100/118 RADIUS:                 15@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1399 OTHER MODELS:    Wailer 112, Wailer 100 RP  It’s not just an eye-catcher! Where a lot of skis we tested veer toward expert-focused power, … More »

How to Buy Ski Gloves

No body part is as susceptible to the cold as your fingers. The key to keeping them toasty is a tug of war between dryness and insulation. Moisture robs heat. Even when it’s relatively warm, fingers can go numb if they get wet. Water comes from two directions: outside and inside. Outside: Gloves and mitts … More »

Subscribe and SAVE!

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax!

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