New product reviews

by RAY O’REILLY in the Fall 2016 issue With all the Euro-influence in the ski world, stumbling at pronouncing a product name can give it street cred, so we were surprised to learn Sevaen (Sa-VAY-in) is made right here in Canada—Nova Scotia, in fact. Even the source fibres are North American. Keeping sailors warm and … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. by RYAN STUART in December 2015 issue   The North Face Modulator ($1,000; The best way to … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2016

1. Skiwear or streetwear, Helly Hansen’s Regulate Midlayer Jacket ($160) is a fresh departure from traditional insulators worn under a shell and is just as hip as a stand-alone. Versatile and with clean subtle lines that define the freeride look, it subtly combines Helly’s patented H2Flow insulating technology and is compatible with 3-in-1 outer layers. … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1. For the first time, Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched its inaugural alpine ski collection this autumn with six jackets and four pants specifically targeted at resort skiers and boarders. MEC says its men’s Syncronis and women’s Sweet Shot (both $525) are the most premium jackets MEC has ever made. Diamond-quilted 850-fill down throughout … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1 From Bollé’s Sport lifestyle collection, the new Keelback provides extra protection from extreme weather with an oleophobic and hydrophobic treatment on the outside of the lens (for faceshots or inclement weather) and anti-fog treatment on the inside—just as important when you’re hoofing it uphill in the alpine sunshine with your skis on your pack … More »

The Christmas Wish List

Whether it’s for yourself or your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with the gift of gear. from December 2014 issue 1.A nylon core for durability, an outer layer of merino wool with its millions of air pockets for warmth and natural odour resistance, and a touch of Lycra for fit… Icebreaker has the combo … More »

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 … More »

Made in our Mountains

Looking to upgrade your kit? How about spending some bucks at home? Manufacturers in Western Canada have you covered from head to toe with some of the finest products on the market. I’d love to say I crossed Canada looking for this stuff, but there was so much to choose from right here in my … More »

Is that your final answer?

There’s nothing like a quiz to get me stoked on winter. Devised through years of consultation with Austrian ski-psychologists, Swiss statisticians and snow scientists from Nelson and Smithers, the following test is an accurate assessment of your future on-hill level of enjoyment. Serious stuff, but you’ll find that time spent on this page will result … More »

Who’s in the driver’s seat?

The way some in marketing think these days, anyone over 25 isn’t worth spending ad dollars on unless the account is Gold Bond powder, walk-in bathtubs or an Anne Murray remix CD. Personally, my pants aren’t baggy enough to use as an emergency shelter but on the other hand, I also don’t set the waistband … More »