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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 »

Playing in Powder – Test 2015

The Guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing know a thing or two about choosing a great ski for the deep.  WRITTEN BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR  *  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH  *  from December 2014 issue The answers to many of mankind’s problems have been found in nature. Take for example the case of the … More »

The Best Test * Powder 2014

Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages … More »

Powder Test 2013

by Ron Betts, technical editor test * photos: John Schwirtlich in Winter 2013 issue Made for Powder This year’s crop of fat boys was put to work by the guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.     Every sport has its holy grail, its pinnacle. In hockey it’s the hat trick, baseball the grand slam, golf the … More »

Off to the powder room

by Iain MacMillan, editor, from Fall 2012 issue Jennifer, a dandy skier who runs our design studio, piped up the other day about her biggest frustration last winter at the Ski Canada Test at Fernie: skiing powder. “I got so frustrated,” complained Jennifer, when art director Norm and I were reviewing photos and gleefully recalling one particular late-to-work day at Fernie, … More »

The Categories Explained

And now, even more! A total of seven Ski Canada categories were tested at Fernie this year, with new kid-on-the-block Slalom making a comeback. Also tested at Fernie were: On-Piste Cruisers and Easy Cruising for groomed slopes at a range of speed limits; Big Mountain for those who want to test variable terrain and conditions; Expert All-Mountain and Adventure … More »

Powder Ski Test 2012

  Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing provided the perfect snow, terrain and guides to evaluate this season’s crop of wide boys. BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH from 40th Anniversary issue The sport of skiing has undergone some remarkable changes in the last few decades. New technology in clothing, electronics, boots, bindings and skis has allowed skiers … 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 »

Playing in Powder – Test 2015

The Guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing know a thing or two about choosing a great ski for the deep.  WRITTEN BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR  *  PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH  *  from December 2014 issue The answers to many of mankind’s problems have been found in nature. Take for example the case of the … More »

The Best Test * Powder 2014

Ski Canada asked the guides at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing to take these fatties to work. It’s fairly difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in the history of skiing when the quest for powder became the holy grail of our sport. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway, who was arguably the first powderhound, wrote inspired, poetic passages … More »

Powder Test 2013

by Ron Betts, technical editor test * photos: John Schwirtlich in Winter 2013 issue Made for Powder This year’s crop of fat boys was put to work by the guides at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.     Every sport has its holy grail, its pinnacle. In hockey it’s the hat trick, baseball the grand slam, golf the … More »

Off to the powder room

by Iain MacMillan, editor, from Fall 2012 issue Jennifer, a dandy skier who runs our design studio, piped up the other day about her biggest frustration last winter at the Ski Canada Test at Fernie: skiing powder. “I got so frustrated,” complained Jennifer, when art director Norm and I were reviewing photos and gleefully recalling one particular late-to-work day at Fernie, … More »

The Categories Explained

And now, even more! A total of seven Ski Canada categories were tested at Fernie this year, with new kid-on-the-block Slalom making a comeback. Also tested at Fernie were: On-Piste Cruisers and Easy Cruising for groomed slopes at a range of speed limits; Big Mountain for those who want to test variable terrain and conditions; Expert All-Mountain and Adventure … More »

Powder Ski Test 2012

  Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing provided the perfect snow, terrain and guides to evaluate this season’s crop of wide boys. BY RON BETTS, TEST EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN SCHWIRTLICH from 40th Anniversary issue The sport of skiing has undergone some remarkable changes in the last few decades. New technology in clothing, electronics, boots, bindings and skis has allowed skiers … More »

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Outside Canada?