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Frontside 2016

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Classic Frontside skiers typically look for narrower waist widths than the true All-Mountain crowd—generally less than 85mm. This season expect to see revamped cores, lightweight modifications and vibration control technologies in most manufacturers’ lineups. Frontside skis are upping the ante in performance, resulting in more aggressive boards built to rip and carve the hard-pack. A … More »


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Big Sparkling Stars

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Two great ski resorts and one rub-down: Big White, Silver Star and Sparkling Hill offer more than family playtime in the heart of the Okanagan. “Whatever you do, don’t lick anything.” Words to live by, particularly in view of what comes next. Sparkling Hill Resort is a glitter box of a spa hotel, set high … More »

Un Triste Adieu

JP Auclair

JP Auclair’s death in South America sent shockwaves throughout the world of skiing. _By STEVEN THRENDYLE in December 2014 issue   It was a cold Friday in January 1998 when a foursome of wiry, scruffy guys strolled through a parking lot at Vail in T-shirts and baggy pants, babbling in French. If it had been … More »

Big Mountain 2016

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While the Big Mountain category has expanded, with virtually every manufacturer developing a series, this year’s SIA saw a general drop in girth: waist widths generally max out under 120mm, with the majority under 110mm. As for graphics, the days of cartoons on LSD also seem to be behind us. Expect the real flair to … More »