Ski Test // September 15, 2016 // By


Ski testers 2017

TESTERS’ CHOICE

With the tape used to mask the topsheets gone, we can reveal our testers’ favourite skis in each category (as well as their sponsors). It’s time to match your own height, weight, style and so on with our Ski Canada Testers to see which skis might be worth a personal demo from your favourite shop this season. Go to Ski Canada Test 2017 for complete test scores and reviews. Use SkiFinder to rank test skis based on your personal ski characteristics.

Our women testers  (scroll down for text)

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Our men testers (scroll down for text)

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in the Buyer’s Guide 2017 issue

WENDY ANDERSON

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W, Völkl Flair 81/Völkl Kenja (tie)

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Nordica/Völkl (tie), Blizzard

›TOP 3  BIG MT: K2, Icelantic/Line (tie)

Personal ski: K2

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’2″, 115 lbs, 42

Style: Technical, expert; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Minnesota

Home resort: Fernie

 DONIE BLUNDEN

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: K2 AlLUVit 88, Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W/ Blizzard Black Pearl/Fischer Koa 84/Head iSupershape Rally

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Nordica, K2, Atomic

›TOP 3  SLALOM: Fischer, Atomic/Blizzard/Nordica

Personal ski: Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 110 lbs, 54

Style: Finesse, technical; CSIA IV, CSCF II

Started at: Chicopee, ON

Home resort: Whistler

 KATHY BRODERICK

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Völkl Flair 81, Völkl Kenja, Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Nordica, Blizzard

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Nordica, Meier, Atomic

Ski sponsor: Völkl (Olympia Ski & Cycle)

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 130 lbs, 53

Style: Cathartic; CSIA IV

Started at: Glenn Mt, QC

Home resort: Silver Star

 GILLIAN BROWNING

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Völkl Flair 81, Fischer Koa 84/K2 AlLUVit 88

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: K2, Atomic/Blizzard/Völkl

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Nordica, K2, Fischer

Ski sponsor: K2

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 130 lbs, 54

Style: Playful; CSIA III, Course Conductor I, CSCF I

Started at: Field, BC

Home resort: Silver Star

 KATHLEEN BUFFEL

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Line Soulmate 92, Nordica Santa Ana 93, Völkl Kenja

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, Fischer, Atomic/Salomon

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Fischer/Salomon, K2

Personal ski: Fischer

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 180 lbs, 45

Style: Technical, aggressive; CSIA III, CSCF I, CC I, CASI I

Started at: Snow Valley/Edmonton

Home resort: Marmot Basin

 ALANNAH GAMBLIN-JENSEN

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W/Völkl Flair 81, Atomic Vantage 90 CTI W

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Atomic, Nordica, Head

›TOP 3  SLALOM: Atomic, Head, Völkl

Personal ski: Fischer

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 155 lbs, 40

Style: Expert, freeskier; CSIA II, CSCF II

Started at: Smokey Mt, Labrador

Home resort: Lake Louise

 BRITTA GRETZMACHER

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Head iSupershape Rally, Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W/Nordica Santa Ana 93

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Atomic, Blizzard, Nordica

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Icelantic, Head, Salomon

Personal ski: Blizzard

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 143 lbs, 54

Style: Graceful, speedy; CSIA II, CSCF I, CADS II

Started at: Saalbach, Austria

Home resort: Silver Star

 NINA GRETZMACHER

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Nordica Santa Ana 93, Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W, Nordica Belle 84

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Blizzard, Atomic/Nordica

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Fischer, Nordica, Blizzard

Ski sponsor: Blizzard

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 135 lbs, 25

Style: Aggressive; CSIA III,
CSCF II, CADS I

Started at: Big White

Home resort: Silver Star

 SANDRA HAZIZA

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: K2 AlLUVit 88/Völkl Flair 81, Salomon Gemma

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: K2, Atomic, Nordica

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: K2, Völkl, Salomon

Ski sponsor: K2

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’4″, 125 lbs, 46

Style: Sassy & fun; CSIA II

Started at: Grouse/Whistler

Home resort: Whistler

 SHELLEY JOHNSTON

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Nordica Santa Ana 93, Head Total Joy, Völkl Kenja

Ski sponsor: Völkl

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 155 lbs, 36

Style: Racer; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Ontario

Home resort: Kelly VanderBeek Racing, ON

 KATIE JOYCE

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: K2 AlLUVit 88, Blizzard Cheyenne, Head Total Joy

TOP 3  BIG MT: Meier, Fischer, Nordica

Personal ski: Nordica

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 135 lbs, 36

Style: Off-piste, race; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Mt Pakenham, ON

Home resort: Fernie

BARB KUPFERSCHMIDT LINDER

 ›TOP 3  ALL-Mt: Head iSupershape Rally/Head Total Joy/K2 AlLUVit 88

TOP 3  BIG MT: Line, K2, Nordica

Personal ski: Dynastar

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 145 lbs, 48

Style: Power, technical, sneaky fast; CSIA III, CSCF I

Started at: Hidden Valley, ON

Home resort: Sun Peaks

 WENDY LUMBY

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W/K2 AlLUVit 88/Völkl Flair 81

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Head, Salomon, Nordica

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Fischer, Atomic, Völkl

Ski sponsor: Nordica

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’1″, 120 lbs, 49

Style: Zena-Princess Warrior; CSIA II, CSCF III, Course facilitator, Olympian

Started at: Happy Valley, AB

Home resort: Nakiska

MARTINA OSMAN

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Head iSupershape Rally/Salomon Gemma, Line Soulmate 86/Nordica Santa Ana 93

›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Nordica, Atomic

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Fischer, Head, Nordica

Personal ski: DPS

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’4″, 119 lbs, 40

Style: Velvet revolution; CSIA III

Started at: Lysa, Slovakia

Home resort: Silver Star

 HEATHER ROBILLIARD

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: K2 AlLUVit 88, Head iSupershape Rally, Fischer Koa 84

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, K2/Nordica

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Blizzard/Line, Atomic

Personal ski: Dynastar

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 141 lbs, 59

Style: Finesse, technical, athletic; APSI IV, CSCF II

Started at: Perisher Valley, Australia

Home resort: Silver Star

 ANNE TERWIEL

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI W, Head iSupershape Rally, Head Total Joy

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Fischer, Head, Atomic/Völkl

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Head, Fischer, Atomic

Ski sponsor: Head

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 135 lbs, 52

Style: Expert, athletic; CSIA IV, CSCF III

Started at: Caledon/Horseshoe, ON

Home resort: Sun Peaks

 ALLY WAGORN

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: K2 AlLUVit 88, Head iSupershape Rally, Nordica Belle 84

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Fischer, Blizzard, Völkl

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Nordica, Head, Meier

Personal ski: Blizzard

Ht, Wt, Age: 5′, 105 lbs, 27

Style: Pocket rocket; CSIA III, CSCF I

Started at: Mt Pakenham, ON

Home resort: Sun Peaks

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GEORGE ANDREW

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Blizzard Brahma, Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Salomon, Nordica, Atomic

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Salomon, Völkl, Kästle

Ski sponsor: Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’10”, 175 lbs, 64

Style: Agile, fluid; CSIA III, CCI CSCF Entry Level Coach

Started at: Jasper

Home resort: Marmot Basin

KRISTIAN ARMSTRONG

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI, Head iSupershape Titan, Kästle FX95 HP

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, Fischer, Kästle

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Völkl, Atomic/Fischer/Nordica (tie)

Ski sponsor: Dynastar

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’1″, 185 lbs, 38

Style: Fast&furious; CSIA IV, CSCF II, Level III Examiner

Started at: Snow Valley, ON

Home resort: Big White

 JEREMY BADCOCK

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI, Kästle FX95 HP, Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Fischer/Kästle, Head

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Völkl, Line, Kästle

Ski sponsor: Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 6′, 180 lbs, 29

Style: Powerful, aggressive; CSIA IV, CSCF II

Started at: Southampton, UK

Home resort: Marmot Basin

 CHRIS CANDOW

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS, Head iSupershape Titan

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Nordica, Völkl, Blizzard

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Völkl, Atomic/Blizzard/Fischer (tie)

Ski sponsor: Head

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’11”, 230 lbs, 54

Style: Technical, smooth; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Labrador City, NL

Home resort: Mont-Ste-Marie, QC

 WIL COMRIE

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Line Supernatural 92/Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO (tie)

TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Kästle, Atomic

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Line, Blizzard, Nordica

Ski sponsor: Nordica

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’2″, 195 lbs, 42

Style: Technical, freestyle;
CSIA IV, CSCF II

Started at: Uplands, ON

Home resort: Panorama

 PAUL CUNNIUS

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Völkl Kendo, Line Supernatural 86, K2 Pinnacle 88/K2 Pinnacle 95

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, K2, Kästle

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: K2, Kästle, Fischer

Ski sponsor: K2

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 185 lbs, 49

Style: Fast, expert; CSIA IV Examiner, CSCF II

Started at: Glen Mt, QC

Home resort: Mt Norquay

 MIKE DEMPSEY

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO, Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Line Supernatural 92

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Atomic, Kästle/Salomon

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Nordica, Head/Kästle

Personal ski: Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’10”, 182 lbs, 58

Style: Smooth carver; CSIA IV, CSCF II

Started at: Mont Rigaud, QC

Home resort: Blackcomb

 PETER EATON

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Meier Wild Bill, Nordica Enforcer 93, Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI/Icelantic Pioneer 96

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Kästle, Nordica, Atomic

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Fischer, Völkl, Atomic

Personal ski: Dynastar

Ht, Wt, Age: 6′, 155 lbs, 50

Style: Athletic; CSIA III, CSCF I

Started at: Lake Louise

Home resort: Fernie

 DAVE GOLLOGLY

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Kästle MX89, Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, Fischer, Blizzard

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Völkl, Fischer, Kästle

Ski sponsor: Völkl

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 160 lbs, 35

Style: Freeride, smooth; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Ontario, Quebec

Home resort: Castle Mountain

 ERIN KEAM

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO, Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI, Blizzard Brahma/Kästle MX89

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: K2, Fischer, Atomic

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Völkl, Nordica, Blizzard

Personal ski: Blizzard

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 197 lbs, 47

Style: Formula 1 meets Baja 1000; CSIA IV, CSCF II

Started at: Mt Washington

Home resort: Whistler

SEAN KERRIGAN

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Kästle MX89/Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS, Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Salomon, Fischer, Atomic

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Head, Meier, Icelantic

Personal ski: Elan, Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 130 lbs, 41

Style: Fast, technical, finesse

Started at: Alberta

Home resort: Mt. Washington

 JORDAN KOZAK

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO/Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Line Supernatural 92

›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Atomic/Salomon

›TOP 3  BIG MT: Line, Nordica, K2

Ski sponsor: K2

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’2″, 245 lbs, 24

Style: Powerful charger; CSIA II

Started at: Hockley Valley, ON

Home resort: Glen Eden, ON

 MARC LEDOUX

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Kästle FX95 HP, K2 Pinnacle 95, Line Supernatural 86

Personal ski: Blizzard

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 140 lbs, 42

Style: Technical, big-mt; CSP, CAA II, CSIA II

Started at: Gray Rocks, QC

Home resort: Fernie

IAN MARCH

Ski sponsor: Völkl

Ht, Wt, Age: 6′, 175 lbs, 52

Style: Technical, aggressive; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Craigleith, ON

Home resort: Whistler

 RYAN PETERSEN

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO, Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI/Kästle FX95 HP

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Salomon, Kästle, Atomic/Nordica

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Meier, Völkl, Kästle

Ski sponsor: Head

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’1″, 180 lbs, 37

Style: Performance with flare;
CSIA III, CSCF III

Started at: Lake Louise

Home resort: Marmot Basin

 PAUL SCHMIDT

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Kästle FX95 HP, Blizzard Brahma/Head iSupershape Titan

 ›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Salomon, Nordica, Blizzard

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Salomon, Blizzard, Fischer

Ski sponsor: Rossignol

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’3″, 230 lbs, 44

Style: Technical, power; CSIA III, CC I, CSCF II, CADS IIa, AST I

Started at: White Track, SASK

Home resort: Marmot Basin

 CHRIS SENECAL

 ›TOP 3  ALL-MT: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO, Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

›TOP 3  CRUISERS: Völkl, Atomic, Nordica

 ›TOP 3  BIG MT: Fischer/Völkl, Atomic

Personal ski: Völkl

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’11”, 215 lbs, 34

Style: Power charger/carver

Started at: Grouse Mt, BC

Home resort: Blue Mt, ON

 MARK STEIN

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Head iSupershape Titan, Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI/Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO

›TOP 3  CARVERS: K2, Atomic, Head

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Atomic, Head/Völkl

Ski sponsor: Head

Ht, Wt, Age: 6’3″, 205 lbs, 56

Style: Expert, racer; CSIA II, CSCF III

Started at: Edmonton SC

Home resort: Marmot Basin

FRITZ STEPHENSON

 ›TOP 3  All-Mt: Völkl RTM 84 UVO, Kästle MX89, Nordica GT 84 Ti EVO

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, Kästle, K2

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Nordica, Head, Atomic/Blizzard/Völkl

Personal ski: Dynastar

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 168 lbs, 44

Style: Aggressive, technical;
CSIA III, ÖSSV Level IV

Started at: Zell am See, Austria

Home resort: Sun Peaks

GEORGE TERWIEL

 ›TOP 3  All-MT: Head iSupershape Titan, Blizzard Brahma/Kästle MX89/Line Supernatural 86/Nordica Enforcer 93

 ›TOP 3  CARVERS: Völkl, Fischer, Nordica

 ›TOP 3  SLALOM: Völkl, Atomic, Blizzard/Fischer/Head

Ski sponsor: Head

Ht, Wt, Age: 5’11”, 185 lbs, 53

Style: Technical, power; CSIA III, CSCF II

Started at: Grouse Mt, BC

Home resort: Sun Peaks