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One Helluva First Descent

With a one-in-four death rate, successfully climbing K2 on the Pakistan-China border, the world’s second-highest mountain, is a truly awe-inspiring feat. To ski down it, well, that’s never been done—until July 22 when Polish mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel successfully skied into the record books. Bargiel’s 3,000-vertical-metre solo run from the Savage Mountain’s 8,611m peak to Base … More »

Combo: Mont-Sainte-Anne & Salomon S/Lab X-Alp

Mont-Sainte-Anne Where: The resort perched above the St. Lawrence, northeast of Quebec City. Why: Not worrying about groomers or skiers plowing you over. Suggested ski:  Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Earn your on-piste turns and an extra helping of poutine on one of four dedicated uphill routes. Climbing both sides of the mountain, the marked skin tracks … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … 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 »

News and Trends From the Trenches

MORE U-FLEX Former World Cup racer and now Elan President and CEO Primoz Plestenjak made it clear when he told Ski Canada, “We can’t teach people to ski, but we can motivate them and get them the best gear to make it easy for them to enjoy the sport.” His company backs up this promise … More »

He Said, She Said

Heard at the ski trade show last winter “We’re a downhill, go-fast brand.” —Chris Vanderknokke, Head Winter Sports Manager “It’s the consumer that leads where the product is going.” —Virginie Murdison on Atomic’s move into the backcountry “We’re competing with computer gaming. With our built-in heaters, now you can go skiing and not freeze your … More »

Gear & Gadgets * Winter 2014

by Ray O’Reilly in the Winter 2014 issue   1.  Nice wheels! No, seriously, if you could add a motor to this bag, you’d drive it through an airport. Tough and durable, High Sierra’s Pro Series Trapezoid Wheeled Duffel (US$160) isn’t so heavy that half of your 23-kg airline limit is taken up just by … 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 »

Boots 2014

Upward mobility is the name of this season’s game. by Marty McLennan, Tech Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue   All-mountain booty We may have been playing on K2 toys for 50 years, but 2014 marks a huge step forward for the ubiquitous company with its launch into bootmaking. E3 (Energy Efficiency Engineering) is at … More »

How Safe?

Steven Threndyle examines what’s been done to ensure the safety of Ski Cross athletes since the tragic death of Nik Zoricic. Winter 2013 issue  Taking a tragic fall on a dangerous racecourse is not how you want to make a name for yourself on the World Cup circuit. When veteran Canadian Ski Cross competitor Nik … More »

One Helluva First Descent

With a one-in-four death rate, successfully climbing K2 on the Pakistan-China border, the world’s second-highest mountain, is a truly awe-inspiring feat. To ski down it, well, that’s never been done—until July 22 when Polish mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel successfully skied into the record books. Bargiel’s 3,000-vertical-metre solo run from the Savage Mountain’s 8,611m peak to Base … More »

Combo: Mont-Sainte-Anne & Salomon S/Lab X-Alp

Mont-Sainte-Anne Where: The resort perched above the St. Lawrence, northeast of Quebec City. Why: Not worrying about groomers or skiers plowing you over. Suggested ski:  Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Earn your on-piste turns and an extra helping of poutine on one of four dedicated uphill routes. Climbing both sides of the mountain, the marked skin tracks … More »

RYAN REPORT – Cool backcountry gear for next year

Backcountry is still hot. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show backcountry gear continued to dominate innovation in the ski industry. The annual gear show in Denver was dominated by boots with tech binding pins at the toe and heel, lightweight shells and weight loss focused on earning turns. Through it all a few products … 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 »

News and Trends From the Trenches

MORE U-FLEX Former World Cup racer and now Elan President and CEO Primoz Plestenjak made it clear when he told Ski Canada, “We can’t teach people to ski, but we can motivate them and get them the best gear to make it easy for them to enjoy the sport.” His company backs up this promise … More »

He Said, She Said

Heard at the ski trade show last winter “We’re a downhill, go-fast brand.” —Chris Vanderknokke, Head Winter Sports Manager “It’s the consumer that leads where the product is going.” —Virginie Murdison on Atomic’s move into the backcountry “We’re competing with computer gaming. With our built-in heaters, now you can go skiing and not freeze your … More »

Gear & Gadgets * Winter 2014

by Ray O’Reilly in the Winter 2014 issue   1.  Nice wheels! No, seriously, if you could add a motor to this bag, you’d drive it through an airport. Tough and durable, High Sierra’s Pro Series Trapezoid Wheeled Duffel (US$160) isn’t so heavy that half of your 23-kg airline limit is taken up just by … 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 »

Boots 2014

Upward mobility is the name of this season’s game. by Marty McLennan, Tech Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue   All-mountain booty We may have been playing on K2 toys for 50 years, but 2014 marks a huge step forward for the ubiquitous company with its launch into bootmaking. E3 (Energy Efficiency Engineering) is at … More »

How Safe?

Steven Threndyle examines what’s been done to ensure the safety of Ski Cross athletes since the tragic death of Nik Zoricic. Winter 2013 issue  Taking a tragic fall on a dangerous racecourse is not how you want to make a name for yourself on the World Cup circuit. When veteran Canadian Ski Cross competitor Nik … More »

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