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Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

Combo: Shames Backcountry & Raccoon Grizzly 116

Where: Beyond the lifts at Shames Mountain, a small ski area near Terrace, B.C. Why: Huge Coast Range terrain a short tour from the lifts. Suggested ski:  Raccoon Grizzly 116 Pull back from Shames on Google Earth and be prepared to drool. From the top lift, a ridge leads up into a network of huge … More »

Combo: Icefields Parkway & Elan Ibex 94 Carbon

Icefields Parkway Where: The famous highway through the Canadian Rockies between Lake Louise and Jasper. Why: Dry powder, amazing scenery and easy-access couloirs, even in May. Suggested ski: Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Something about the geology of the Canadian Rockies lends itself to creating skiable couloirs, and the Icefields Parkway is the best way of … More »

Test 2018 – Freeride Women Specific Models

by RYAN STUART in the Fall 2017 issue VÖLKL 100EIGHT W BEST FOR: Power skiers in deep snow   *   LENGTHS:  157, 165, 173   *   RADIUS:  16.7@165   *   SIDECUT:  141-108-124   *   $799   The first thing every tester noticed about the 100Eight W was its weight. For a 108mm-waisted ski, it only weighs 1.7 kg per ski. That’s … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Test 2018 – 14 All-Mountain skis

When pulling together a winter’s worth of feedback, we realized this new test has some valuable differences. The reviews are more thorough, personal and in-depth. The quality feedback allowed us to highlight what we think each ski is “best for.” BY RYAN STUART, TECHNICAL EDITOR in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue For nearly 40 years Ski … More »

Fat & Fabulous – Powder Skis Test 2017

The guides at Mike Wiegele’s were happy to ride these plus-sized beauties. I spent 14 glorious years as a heli-guide in the most majestic ski terrain on the planet at Mike Wiegele’s in Blue River, B.C., home once again to the Ski Canada Powder Test. And over the course of those years I’ve seen plenty … More »

Big Mountain Test 2017

UNTRACKED AND UNRESTRAINED Where All-Mountain skis skid to a stop—right around the edge of the cliff—Big Mountain takes over. These are the skis the pros ride when they’re slashing Alaskan faces or winning extreme-skiing competitions. If you aspire to the same, this is the category to get you there, with skis that offer plenty of … More »

Cruisers Test 2017

FUN SKIING ON MOSTLY GROOMED RUNS Think of this category of skis as your vehicle for a smooth Sunday drive. If a ski was tested that was too much for the category, we’ll let you know. Cruisers aren’t looking to weave through traffic, race around the track with the pros or explore much off-road. On these … More »

Slalom Test 2017

HIGH-PERFORMANCE SHORT-RADIUS TURNS These skis are designed to do one thing: make tight turns on hard snow. They can dabble elsewhere on the mountain, but are best confined to groomed runs under the guidance of expert skiers. In the right hands these skis will turn on a flake, hold an edge on ice and beg … More »

Combo: Chilkat Pass and Volkl VTA 98

Where: Northern Coast Range between Haines Junction, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska. Why: Wide-open ridges heading off in every direction. Suggested ski:  Völkl VTA 98 When the well-known spines of the mountains around Haines are socked in, the Chilkat Pass, just up the road and serviced by a good paved road, is often sunny and ready … More »

Combo: Shames Backcountry & Raccoon Grizzly 116

Where: Beyond the lifts at Shames Mountain, a small ski area near Terrace, B.C. Why: Huge Coast Range terrain a short tour from the lifts. Suggested ski:  Raccoon Grizzly 116 Pull back from Shames on Google Earth and be prepared to drool. From the top lift, a ridge leads up into a network of huge … More »

Combo: Icefields Parkway & Elan Ibex 94 Carbon

Icefields Parkway Where: The famous highway through the Canadian Rockies between Lake Louise and Jasper. Why: Dry powder, amazing scenery and easy-access couloirs, even in May. Suggested ski: Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Something about the geology of the Canadian Rockies lends itself to creating skiable couloirs, and the Icefields Parkway is the best way of … More »

Test 2018 – Freeride Women Specific Models

by RYAN STUART in the Fall 2017 issue VÖLKL 100EIGHT W BEST FOR: Power skiers in deep snow   *   LENGTHS:  157, 165, 173   *   RADIUS:  16.7@165   *   SIDECUT:  141-108-124   *   $799   The first thing every tester noticed about the 100Eight W was its weight. For a 108mm-waisted ski, it only weighs 1.7 kg per ski. That’s … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside

Nothing beats powder, but carving perfect arcs down virgin corduroy comes a close second: playing with physics, feeling edges bite and skis flex, the acceleration, the G-forces… Or maybe it’s cruising in perfect snow, enjoying the view, chatting with friends, basking in the sun—no rush to go anywhere. Whichever you choose, or somewhere in between, … More »

Test 2018 – 14 All-Mountain skis

When pulling together a winter’s worth of feedback, we realized this new test has some valuable differences. The reviews are more thorough, personal and in-depth. The quality feedback allowed us to highlight what we think each ski is “best for.” BY RYAN STUART, TECHNICAL EDITOR in Buyer’s Guide 2018 issue For nearly 40 years Ski … More »

Fat & Fabulous – Powder Skis Test 2017

The guides at Mike Wiegele’s were happy to ride these plus-sized beauties. I spent 14 glorious years as a heli-guide in the most majestic ski terrain on the planet at Mike Wiegele’s in Blue River, B.C., home once again to the Ski Canada Powder Test. And over the course of those years I’ve seen plenty … More »

Big Mountain Test 2017

UNTRACKED AND UNRESTRAINED Where All-Mountain skis skid to a stop—right around the edge of the cliff—Big Mountain takes over. These are the skis the pros ride when they’re slashing Alaskan faces or winning extreme-skiing competitions. If you aspire to the same, this is the category to get you there, with skis that offer plenty of … More »

Cruisers Test 2017

FUN SKIING ON MOSTLY GROOMED RUNS Think of this category of skis as your vehicle for a smooth Sunday drive. If a ski was tested that was too much for the category, we’ll let you know. Cruisers aren’t looking to weave through traffic, race around the track with the pros or explore much off-road. On these … More »

Slalom Test 2017

HIGH-PERFORMANCE SHORT-RADIUS TURNS These skis are designed to do one thing: make tight turns on hard snow. They can dabble elsewhere on the mountain, but are best confined to groomed runs under the guidance of expert skiers. In the right hands these skis will turn on a flake, hold an edge on ice and beg … More »

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