Original artwork on skis is nothing new, but small Canadian brands are taking it to a local level. In the Buyer’s Guide I reported on 93 North Skis, a micro-ski brand out of Canmore that tapped Calgary artist Emily Beaudoin to design the top sheet on their first ski the all mountain Andromeda . Now we’ve learnt about Rossland, B.C. based Instinct Skis’s collaboration with Stephanie Gauvin. Gauvin’s whimsical artwork graces two special edition Instinct skis.
A Rossland local since 1990, Gauvin has her own gallery in town where she works most days, except when it’s snowing. She mostly paints acrylic landscapes, often inspired by her mountain home. In 2016 she designed a four piece collection of paintings for the Royal Canadian Mint.
For Instinct she created two snowy mountain landscapes, one a cool, blue forest scene and the other a warmer orange and yellow scene. Both evoke epic days skiing powder in the B.C. mountains. The two options are available as top sheets for Instinct’s Seeker and women’s Transcend models. These are a one ski quiver, light enough for touring, burly enough for chunder and versatile enough to ski the whole mountain.
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