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Ski Canada Test 2018 – Freeride

Freeride skis are inspired by deep snow, high speeds and big airs. These are the sticks the crazy guys and girls ski on in the movies. But that doesn’t mean you have to have their skill to handle them. Sure, some are dialed for negotiated Alaskan faces, but others are just as happy carving on … More »

Big Mountain

More than great window dressing, wide-girthed boards mean business. The Big Mountain category, along with its Alpine Touring (AT) subset, has grown steadily since the advent of rocker technology. With weight-saving improvements, refined sidecuts and task-specific profiling, the powder hungry get more of their fix riding these technical boards. Look for lightened cores this season, … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2014 – Gear For The Gods

  By Marty McLennan, Technical Editor The Citius, Altius, Fortius motto associated with this winter’s party in Sochi has little to do with early Olympians. The original team was led by power-hoarding Zeus. As far as he was concerned, mankind was dirt (clay, to be exact). The real hero of the story was Prometheus, who … More »

Big Mountain skis 2013

Big mountain, freeskiing, freemountain, you name it, these skis are made for getting deep— or at least skiing the deep. Wider boards with more float have made it easier to stay on top, democratizing the quintessential Western Canada ski experience. With the right technology underfoot, just about anyone can now ski this stuff. Look for some inspired designs … More »

All Mountain skis 2013

The lion’s share of R&D finds itself here in the All-Mountain category as ski manufacturers blend their top technologies into that perfect quiver of one. Competition for the 2013 ski season is fiercer than ever. Underfoot measurements in the 80s are now commonplace, but manufacturers are pushing the envelope beyond 100mm. And while ski manufacturers make sure you’re … More »

Gear News & Trends

Buyer's Guide 2013

Munich’s annual ski industry trade show ISPO is staggeringly massive. Thankfully technical editor Marty McLennan was able to ride between booths with a dedicated transportation attendant (see bikini).       THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE! Freeriding, that is. The slackcountry market keeps heating up, with more of us getting off the lift and hiking for freshies. … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Ski geometry

Ski Geometry 101

Heart of the matter As the ski industry pushes its boundaries, skis, boots and bindings have followed suit. Behind every astounding pro trick, you’ll find an army of engineers looking to produce better-suited technology. The result is an ever-growing skier’s lexicon. Here’s some of base information on keywords like sidecut, radius and camber as well … More »

All Mountain 2011

All Mountain 2011.3

All-Mountain means just about everything. This is a ski that loves abuse and can just as easily carve hardpack as float through powder or provide stability in crud. Expect solid wood core skis jacked up with dampening technologies with a variety of hybrid constructions, many using a sidewall underfoot and capped extremes.   top row, … More »

Big Mountain 2011

Big-Mountain translates to huge underfoots, lots of rocker and graphic excess. It’s a much smaller segment than the ubiquitous All-Mountain category but this is where the ski strikes back, now influencing the snowboard industry with profiles that slash and smear rather than carve and grip. Big-Mountain boards are typically sold flat since riders can choose … More »

Ski Canada Test 2018 – Freeride

Freeride skis are inspired by deep snow, high speeds and big airs. These are the sticks the crazy guys and girls ski on in the movies. But that doesn’t mean you have to have their skill to handle them. Sure, some are dialed for negotiated Alaskan faces, but others are just as happy carving on … More »

Big Mountain

More than great window dressing, wide-girthed boards mean business. The Big Mountain category, along with its Alpine Touring (AT) subset, has grown steadily since the advent of rocker technology. With weight-saving improvements, refined sidecuts and task-specific profiling, the powder hungry get more of their fix riding these technical boards. Look for lightened cores this season, … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2014 – Gear For The Gods

  By Marty McLennan, Technical Editor The Citius, Altius, Fortius motto associated with this winter’s party in Sochi has little to do with early Olympians. The original team was led by power-hoarding Zeus. As far as he was concerned, mankind was dirt (clay, to be exact). The real hero of the story was Prometheus, who … More »

Big Mountain skis 2013

Big mountain, freeskiing, freemountain, you name it, these skis are made for getting deep— or at least skiing the deep. Wider boards with more float have made it easier to stay on top, democratizing the quintessential Western Canada ski experience. With the right technology underfoot, just about anyone can now ski this stuff. Look for some inspired designs … More »

All Mountain skis 2013

The lion’s share of R&D finds itself here in the All-Mountain category as ski manufacturers blend their top technologies into that perfect quiver of one. Competition for the 2013 ski season is fiercer than ever. Underfoot measurements in the 80s are now commonplace, but manufacturers are pushing the envelope beyond 100mm. And while ski manufacturers make sure you’re … More »

Gear News & Trends

Buyer's Guide 2013

Munich’s annual ski industry trade show ISPO is staggeringly massive. Thankfully technical editor Marty McLennan was able to ride between booths with a dedicated transportation attendant (see bikini).       THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE! Freeriding, that is. The slackcountry market keeps heating up, with more of us getting off the lift and hiking for freshies. … More »

Elan: Slovenian for common sense

W hen was the last time you put your skis on the wrong feet? It’s normally pretty well impossible to do, but I managed to swap my right and left unintentionally at a sneak peek of Elan’s new Amphibio line of skis not long ago—and immediately realized something was wrong. It also convinced me that Elan has got something right.   Other … More »

Ski geometry

Ski Geometry 101

Heart of the matter As the ski industry pushes its boundaries, skis, boots and bindings have followed suit. Behind every astounding pro trick, you’ll find an army of engineers looking to produce better-suited technology. The result is an ever-growing skier’s lexicon. Here’s some of base information on keywords like sidecut, radius and camber as well … More »

All Mountain 2011

All Mountain 2011.3

All-Mountain means just about everything. This is a ski that loves abuse and can just as easily carve hardpack as float through powder or provide stability in crud. Expect solid wood core skis jacked up with dampening technologies with a variety of hybrid constructions, many using a sidewall underfoot and capped extremes.   top row, … More »

Big Mountain 2011

Big-Mountain translates to huge underfoots, lots of rocker and graphic excess. It’s a much smaller segment than the ubiquitous All-Mountain category but this is where the ski strikes back, now influencing the snowboard industry with profiles that slash and smear rather than carve and grip. Big-Mountain boards are typically sold flat since riders can choose … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $15 + tax!

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