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Test 2019 – Volkl Mantra M5

 Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews FIXING WHAT AIN’T BROKEN When it came to refurbishing the super-popular Mantra, Völkl went for friendlier. To that end the fifth generation, the Mantra M5, is narrower and turnier. Waist width fell from 100mm to 96, and turn radius from 23m to 19. But the biggest change is the … More »

Test 2019 – Deviation The Ellipse

  Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews AN ATV FOR THE SNOW Deviation calls The Ellipse an ATV because of its go-anywhere abilities. Like all the company’s skis, it features purple heart, a super-tough, dramatically coloured wood. Laid along the edges, and tapered from tip to tail, with more purple toward the ends and more … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside Women Specific models

Test 2018 – Frontside Women Specific models by RYAN STUART in the Fall 2017 issue * price includes binding VÖLKL FLAIR SC E BEST FOR: Ex-racers  *  LENGTHS: 150, 155, 160, 165   *   RADIUS: 13.1@160   *   SIDECUT:  122-72-105   *   $1,049*   The E is key. That stands for efficiency and translates to 200 grams less per ski compared … 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 »

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 »

Carvers Test 2017

POWERFUL CARVING Skiing somewhere between the racecourse and the edge of the groomed, the skis in this category want to be skied hard, fast and down the fall line. In many cases manufacturers have taken World Cup race skis and tuned them so mere mortals can handle the power and edge grip they deliver. If … More »

Test 2019 – Volkl Mantra M5

 Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews FIXING WHAT AIN’T BROKEN When it came to refurbishing the super-popular Mantra, Völkl went for friendlier. To that end the fifth generation, the Mantra M5, is narrower and turnier. Waist width fell from 100mm to 96, and turn radius from 23m to 19. But the biggest change is the … More »

Test 2019 – Deviation The Ellipse

  Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews AN ATV FOR THE SNOW Deviation calls The Ellipse an ATV because of its go-anywhere abilities. Like all the company’s skis, it features purple heart, a super-tough, dramatically coloured wood. Laid along the edges, and tapered from tip to tail, with more purple toward the ends and more … More »

Test 2018 – Frontside Women Specific models

Test 2018 – Frontside Women Specific models by RYAN STUART in the Fall 2017 issue * price includes binding VÖLKL FLAIR SC E BEST FOR: Ex-racers  *  LENGTHS: 150, 155, 160, 165   *   RADIUS: 13.1@160   *   SIDECUT:  122-72-105   *   $1,049*   The E is key. That stands for efficiency and translates to 200 grams less per ski compared … 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 »

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 »

Carvers Test 2017

POWERFUL CARVING Skiing somewhere between the racecourse and the edge of the groomed, the skis in this category want to be skied hard, fast and down the fall line. In many cases manufacturers have taken World Cup race skis and tuned them so mere mortals can handle the power and edge grip they deliver. If … More »

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