Ski Canada Magazine

Test 2019 – Stockli Stormrider 88

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews   BEST SKI IN A STORM Light, powerful and hand-built, the Stöckli Stormrider family sits in a grey area between the backcountry, freeride and all-mountain categories. The 88 is the newest and lightest of the bunch, with the narrowest profile, a wood core and fibreglass topsheet. Swiss-made Stöckli doesn’t … More »

Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

Shop Talk – basic jargon for ski shopping

SHOP TALK “Rocker,” “camber,” “playful,” “float,” “taper”…does all the lexicology in ski gear sometimes leave you confused but nodding in agreement? Here’s a glossary of some basic jargon that goes along with ski shopping. EARLY RISE in the tip and tail is about moving the contact point of the ski with the snow surface toward … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2019 gear intro

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at the show?” This question is the ski show equivalent of “How’s the weather?” When your job description includes keeping up with every new development in ski equipment, and you’ve seen the latest from 30 brands in less than 48 hours, the standard small-talk opener is a hard question … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

Biting the Hand?

by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2018 issue “Things are back to perfect now that most of the bloody tourists have effed off.” The place was St. Anton, Austria. The time was near season’s end. The speaker? In this historically dirt-poor farming village that winter tourism had transformed into a magnet for famous and wealthy international … More »

The Road to Cherryville

THE MONASHEES’ KINGFISHER HELISKIING AND KEEFER LAKE CATSKIING WILL PAMPER YOU IN POWDER. by RON BETTS    photos ROBERT SIM in the Winter 2018 issue One of the most remarkable things about living in Canada is space, lots and lots of space. Just point the old family roadster in almost any direction and soon the hustle … More »

A Supreme Ruling – Jumbo Glacier

The highest court in the land has given its go-ahead to skiing on Jumbo. by GEORGE KOCH in the Winter 2018 issue In a sane world, the biggest question surrounding Jumbo Glacier Resort right now would be, “When are they going to upgrade some of these 20-year-old lifts?” After all, the project was green-lighted back … More »

Ski Like a Viking – Iceland

Iceland’s unique people, geography and history make for a ski adventure like no other on Earth. by IAIN MACMILLAN in the Winter 2018 issue Snorri, clearly an Icelandic giant, stood at the door of Viking Heliskiing looking down at us in surprise. “Where did you two come from?” The lodge manager’s deep baritone voice boomed … More »

Test 2019 – Stockli Stormrider 88

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews   BEST SKI IN A STORM Light, powerful and hand-built, the Stöckli Stormrider family sits in a grey area between the backcountry, freeride and all-mountain categories. The 88 is the newest and lightest of the bunch, with the narrowest profile, a wood core and fibreglass topsheet. Swiss-made Stöckli doesn’t … More »

Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

Shop Talk – basic jargon for ski shopping

SHOP TALK “Rocker,” “camber,” “playful,” “float,” “taper”…does all the lexicology in ski gear sometimes leave you confused but nodding in agreement? Here’s a glossary of some basic jargon that goes along with ski shopping. EARLY RISE in the tip and tail is about moving the contact point of the ski with the snow surface toward … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2019 gear intro

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at the show?” This question is the ski show equivalent of “How’s the weather?” When your job description includes keeping up with every new development in ski equipment, and you’ve seen the latest from 30 brands in less than 48 hours, the standard small-talk opener is a hard question … More »

Your sign of things to come

Worried about solar flares? How about reversing chairlifts, investing in the weed industry, unintended (but still humorous) cliff-drops, uncooked pork, getting whacked on the head by the “safety” bar, Donald Trump jokes—don’t forget, Ivana was on the Czech national ski team…. There are so many anxieties for skiers today it’s time for me to look … More »

Biting the Hand?

by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2018 issue “Things are back to perfect now that most of the bloody tourists have effed off.” The place was St. Anton, Austria. The time was near season’s end. The speaker? In this historically dirt-poor farming village that winter tourism had transformed into a magnet for famous and wealthy international … More »

The Road to Cherryville

THE MONASHEES’ KINGFISHER HELISKIING AND KEEFER LAKE CATSKIING WILL PAMPER YOU IN POWDER. by RON BETTS    photos ROBERT SIM in the Winter 2018 issue One of the most remarkable things about living in Canada is space, lots and lots of space. Just point the old family roadster in almost any direction and soon the hustle … More »

A Supreme Ruling – Jumbo Glacier

The highest court in the land has given its go-ahead to skiing on Jumbo. by GEORGE KOCH in the Winter 2018 issue In a sane world, the biggest question surrounding Jumbo Glacier Resort right now would be, “When are they going to upgrade some of these 20-year-old lifts?” After all, the project was green-lighted back … More »