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Blizzard Quattro

TAMING THE QUATTRO     Blizzard is making its popular Quattro friendlier, tweaking the on-piste carvers with the heart of a race ski to be a little more forgiving. That includes a new race plate that’s 10 per cent softer, and carbon reinforcements behind the foot that help with edge hold and turn finish. Check out … More »

Test 2020 – Blizzard Firebird HRC

BEST FOR: Feeling like a racer. LENGTHS:                158, 166, 174, 182 DIMENSIONS:           126/76/107 RADIUS:                   15@174  Even before our first tester came back gushing, everyone was lining up to test this ski on Mount Washington’s firm morning conditions. The bright orange topsheet was obviously eye candy, and the Firebird name backed up the promise of the … More »

Test 2019 women – Blizzard Firebird SRC

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews FREE THE BIRD Not quite FIS but not far off, the Blizzard Firebird SRC skis are designed for ex-racers and anyone else who craves going silly fast on-piste. The Titanal and wood-core skis also use stringers of carbon to help dampen the inevitable vibration at high speed, helping the … More »

Test 2019 – Blizzard Firebird Competition

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BIRD ON FIRE From full FIS to laying trenches, Blizzard’s Firebird collection is all about going really fast on firm snow. Most of the 16 models are focused on the racecourse, whether it’s for the World Cup, your beer league or just dropping your buddies. All the skis include … More »

YOU’RE SAYING IT WRONG

You don’t pronounce every company’s name the way it looks. DALE OF NORWAY Known for: Traditional and modern Scandinavian wool sweaters worn by our national ski team. How you probably say it: Like your cousin Dale in Wisconsin. Now say it properly: Daalay JYTTE Known for: Sweet merino wool toques. How you probably say it: … More »

A Celebration of Groomers

Everyone knows it but few like to admit it: the largest group of skiers is also the least sexy—the on-piste gang. I had a pretty typical teenage skier bedroom growing up, with walls adorned in heroic posters of The Kaiser and Stenmark in between the Crazy Canucks. The inspiration racing had on all skiers back then … More »

Frontside 2016

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 »

All-Mountain Skis

 by Marty McLennan, tech editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue photo: HENRY GEORGI  All-mountain ladies Fischer’s KOA 80 (122/80/110) is a strong all-round tool for powder and piste ladies. All-mountain rocker combines with sandwich sidewalls, proprietary Air Carbon technology and a 100 per cent wood core for a lively ski that’s both stable and easy … More »

Your Run – Spring 2012

LEFT AND RIGHT. RIGHT? » I read your review of the Elan Amphibio with great interest (“Elan: Slovenian for common sense,” First Tracks, Winter 2011). But I have a question. When you accidentally skied with the skis switched left for right, what was the effect? You indicated that something was obviously wrong. Was there noticeable change in stability or control characteristics? Overall, … More »

Big Mountain 2012

   Size matters in the domain of the Big Mountain—and it doesn’t get any bigger than here. Big Mountain means big snow, air, tricks and glory. It starts around a century underfoot and translates into something beautiful. These are the best-looking boards in the industry, with international artists penning their signatures left, right and centre. But there’s more to … More »

Blizzard Quattro

TAMING THE QUATTRO     Blizzard is making its popular Quattro friendlier, tweaking the on-piste carvers with the heart of a race ski to be a little more forgiving. That includes a new race plate that’s 10 per cent softer, and carbon reinforcements behind the foot that help with edge hold and turn finish. Check out … More »

Test 2020 – Blizzard Firebird HRC

BEST FOR: Feeling like a racer. LENGTHS:                158, 166, 174, 182 DIMENSIONS:           126/76/107 RADIUS:                   15@174  Even before our first tester came back gushing, everyone was lining up to test this ski on Mount Washington’s firm morning conditions. The bright orange topsheet was obviously eye candy, and the Firebird name backed up the promise of the … More »

Test 2019 women – Blizzard Firebird SRC

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews FREE THE BIRD Not quite FIS but not far off, the Blizzard Firebird SRC skis are designed for ex-racers and anyone else who craves going silly fast on-piste. The Titanal and wood-core skis also use stringers of carbon to help dampen the inevitable vibration at high speed, helping the … More »

Test 2019 – Blizzard Firebird Competition

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BIRD ON FIRE From full FIS to laying trenches, Blizzard’s Firebird collection is all about going really fast on firm snow. Most of the 16 models are focused on the racecourse, whether it’s for the World Cup, your beer league or just dropping your buddies. All the skis include … More »

YOU’RE SAYING IT WRONG

You don’t pronounce every company’s name the way it looks. DALE OF NORWAY Known for: Traditional and modern Scandinavian wool sweaters worn by our national ski team. How you probably say it: Like your cousin Dale in Wisconsin. Now say it properly: Daalay JYTTE Known for: Sweet merino wool toques. How you probably say it: … More »

A Celebration of Groomers

Everyone knows it but few like to admit it: the largest group of skiers is also the least sexy—the on-piste gang. I had a pretty typical teenage skier bedroom growing up, with walls adorned in heroic posters of The Kaiser and Stenmark in between the Crazy Canucks. The inspiration racing had on all skiers back then … More »

Frontside 2016

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 »

All-Mountain Skis

 by Marty McLennan, tech editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue photo: HENRY GEORGI  All-mountain ladies Fischer’s KOA 80 (122/80/110) is a strong all-round tool for powder and piste ladies. All-mountain rocker combines with sandwich sidewalls, proprietary Air Carbon technology and a 100 per cent wood core for a lively ski that’s both stable and easy … More »

Your Run – Spring 2012

LEFT AND RIGHT. RIGHT? » I read your review of the Elan Amphibio with great interest (“Elan: Slovenian for common sense,” First Tracks, Winter 2011). But I have a question. When you accidentally skied with the skis switched left for right, what was the effect? You indicated that something was obviously wrong. Was there noticeable change in stability or control characteristics? Overall, … More »

Big Mountain 2012

   Size matters in the domain of the Big Mountain—and it doesn’t get any bigger than here. Big Mountain means big snow, air, tricks and glory. It starts around a century underfoot and translates into something beautiful. These are the best-looking boards in the industry, with international artists penning their signatures left, right and centre. But there’s more to … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax!

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