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Ride the Stagecoach – Castle Mt.

GEORGE KOCH’s tail-guiding experience at Castle Mountain’s cat-ski operation gave him a unique perspective on powder. in Winter 2017 issue I discovered some things about myself as a middle-aged skier: I don’t actually mind untangling train wrecks, and there’s intense joy in seeing a complete stranger make his or her first powder turns. For the past … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

It may seem too obvious, but powder snow is where wide skis actually make sense. The float provided by skis that are more than 100mm wide underfoot really do make skiing powder easier and less fatiguing. But don’t let beautiful ski photography fool you—off-piste snow is not always friendly. Wind- or sun-damaged snow and the … More »

The Past is Now – pt 3 Whitewater

To most people the Kootenays equate with powder, a lifestyle so consumed by the pursuit of fresh tracks that powder ranks up there with the other basic essentials of life: oxygen, water, food. To me, however, the Kootenays spell nostalgia. Though I have spent a large portion of my life chasing snow around the world, … More »

Test 2017 intro

Light is right. For decades, the catch phrase of the self-propelled world drove R&D in just about every arena, from mountain bikes to kayak paddles, running shoes to backcountry skis. Resort skiing, with its reliance on engines and electricity for doing the heavy lifting, largely ignored it as we focused on power, edge grip and … More »

An Unusual Year

There’s something wrong. We’re a day into a Powder Highway road trip and so far there’s been no powder—or even a whiff of marijuana. I’m travelling with a handful of skiers, among them an American from Telluride, Colorado, the U.S. state that recently legalized pot. He’s upset by the lack of Kootenay-ness in our Kootenay … More »

Turning in the Deep

Skiing powder is all flow, not fighting with the elements. by Felix Tanguay It’s about going deep, feeling the resistance of the snow against your whole body while flying into the next turn. It’s almost like being weightless, and letting gravity do her magic. Here are a few tips to help get that flow (and … More »

Finding the Perfect Powder

Need help to score that perfect powder line before your friends do? No matter how distracting the lure of skiing fresh powder is, safety must always come first. by Felix Tanguay Make your decision to ski an off-piste area an educated one. When choosing a route up or run down, don’t get all powder-horny or … More »

Ride the Stagecoach – Castle Mt.

GEORGE KOCH’s tail-guiding experience at Castle Mountain’s cat-ski operation gave him a unique perspective on powder. in Winter 2017 issue I discovered some things about myself as a middle-aged skier: I don’t actually mind untangling train wrecks, and there’s intense joy in seeing a complete stranger make his or her first powder turns. For the past … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

It may seem too obvious, but powder snow is where wide skis actually make sense. The float provided by skis that are more than 100mm wide underfoot really do make skiing powder easier and less fatiguing. But don’t let beautiful ski photography fool you—off-piste snow is not always friendly. Wind- or sun-damaged snow and the … More »

The Past is Now – pt 3 Whitewater

To most people the Kootenays equate with powder, a lifestyle so consumed by the pursuit of fresh tracks that powder ranks up there with the other basic essentials of life: oxygen, water, food. To me, however, the Kootenays spell nostalgia. Though I have spent a large portion of my life chasing snow around the world, … More »

Test 2017 intro

Light is right. For decades, the catch phrase of the self-propelled world drove R&D in just about every arena, from mountain bikes to kayak paddles, running shoes to backcountry skis. Resort skiing, with its reliance on engines and electricity for doing the heavy lifting, largely ignored it as we focused on power, edge grip and … More »

An Unusual Year

There’s something wrong. We’re a day into a Powder Highway road trip and so far there’s been no powder—or even a whiff of marijuana. I’m travelling with a handful of skiers, among them an American from Telluride, Colorado, the U.S. state that recently legalized pot. He’s upset by the lack of Kootenay-ness in our Kootenay … More »

Turning in the Deep

Skiing powder is all flow, not fighting with the elements. by Felix Tanguay It’s about going deep, feeling the resistance of the snow against your whole body while flying into the next turn. It’s almost like being weightless, and letting gravity do her magic. Here are a few tips to help get that flow (and … More »

Finding the Perfect Powder

Need help to score that perfect powder line before your friends do? No matter how distracting the lure of skiing fresh powder is, safety must always come first. by Felix Tanguay Make your decision to ski an off-piste area an educated one. When choosing a route up or run down, don’t get all powder-horny or … More »

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