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Randonnée Days – Québec’s Chic-Chocs

Alpine touring in the Gaspé’s Chic-Choc Mountains left three boys from Ontario in awe of Eastern powder. STORY AND PHOTOS BY ADAM BUITENHUIS Chest-deep in powder and struggling to pull myself to the surface, frustration hadn’t quite morphed into panic. Acquiescent and exhausted, I admitted defeat and yelled to my ski-buddy Craig who was still … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

Backcountry Boots & Bindings

KICKING GRAMS Whatever their spirit creature, ski-touring boots keep getting lighter. The Do-it-all Bragging top-notch downhill and backcountry technology, Lange’s new XT Free 130 is ready for any powder-hunting mission. It uses Dual Core in the shell, a way of mixing different densities of plastic for better power transfer and flex. The Grilamid plastic is … More »

Chatter on Alpine Touring

As the interest in randonnée continues to escalate, so do the offerings of where and with whom. After a super-successful pilot project last season, the almost fully booked Chatter Creek Cat-Skiing has launched a new Guided Ski Touring program to run January through March. Guests get a bump up into the alpine in the morning … More »

Randonnée Days – Québec’s Chic-Chocs

Alpine touring in the Gaspé’s Chic-Choc Mountains left three boys from Ontario in awe of Eastern powder. STORY AND PHOTOS BY ADAM BUITENHUIS Chest-deep in powder and struggling to pull myself to the surface, frustration hadn’t quite morphed into panic. Acquiescent and exhausted, I admitted defeat and yelled to my ski-buddy Craig who was still … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

Backcountry Boots & Bindings

KICKING GRAMS Whatever their spirit creature, ski-touring boots keep getting lighter. The Do-it-all Bragging top-notch downhill and backcountry technology, Lange’s new XT Free 130 is ready for any powder-hunting mission. It uses Dual Core in the shell, a way of mixing different densities of plastic for better power transfer and flex. The Grilamid plastic is … More »

Chatter on Alpine Touring

As the interest in randonnée continues to escalate, so do the offerings of where and with whom. After a super-successful pilot project last season, the almost fully booked Chatter Creek Cat-Skiing has launched a new Guided Ski Touring program to run January through March. Guests get a bump up into the alpine in the morning … More »

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