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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 »

Adventure All Mountain – Test 2015

ALL-TERRAIN SKIING, MODERATE SPEEDS, MEDIUM TURNS You may have heard the terms “anytime, anywhere,” “midfats,” “all-purpose” or “one-ski quiver.” These are the names given to skis found in the Adventure All-Mountain category. Designed to perform in a variety of snow conditions over the entire mountain, these babies are the four-wheel drive in the lift line. … More »

On-Piste Cruisers * Test 2015

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GS-RADIUS TURNS A good On-Piste Cruiser makes carving easy, effortless and fun. Designed to perform on packed snow, many are versatile enough to play in the softer snow and small bumps. They’re identifiable on the ski rack with their curvy, Barbie-like figures—big on the top and bottom with a tight little midsection. Discover effortless … More »

Test 2015 – Big Mountain

LIKE THE NAME SAYS—AND BEYOND We’re all just a bunch of snow-hungry frothers—winter junkies who watch weather maps and plan important life events around the possibility of the big dump. Our sport is weather dependent and prone to subtle changes in environmental conditions. If temps warm up midway through a storm, a perfect powder day … More »

Testers’ Choice

With the tape used to mask the topsheets gone, we can reveal our testers’ favourite skis in each category (as well as their sponsors). It’s time to match your own height, weight, style and so on with our Ski Canada Testers to see which skis might be worth a personal demo from your favourite shop … More »

Test 2015 – Expert All Mountain

ALL TERRAIN CRUISING, LONG AND SHORT TURNS Expert All-Mountain skis are designed for aggressive, proficient skiers who rip down groomers, float through powder and cut through trees. With some born from a GS mindset, they have the ability to deliver amplified performance in all snow conditions, allowing you to fully experience the mountain on their … More »

Test 2015 – Slalom

PRECISE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE SKIS FOR SHORT TO MEDIUM TURNS Slalom skis are short, fast-’n’-furious, high-performance rippers for technical mutants and fearless athletes—and therefore, they’re ideally suited for the small-mountain, riverbank ripper or the ice-pack bump-bobbler. The blender smoothies offer precision and excitement with more sidecut than any other type of ski. Their construction provides greater torsional … More »

It’s Twins!

WRITTEN BY RON BETTS  *  TEST CO-ORDINATOR DYLAN SIGGERS  *  PHOTOS BY HENRY GEORGI  *  from Winter 2014 issue The Fernie Freeride Team proudly announces the arrival of some favourites from the twintip toybox. Okay, let’s face it, with slopestyle and halfpipe skiing joining well-established events like moguls and aerials as full-medal Olympic disciplines, freestyle skiing … More »

Test 2014 * Cruisers

MID-RANGE PERFORMANCE IN LONG AND SHORT TURNS I don’t mean to oversimplify here—obviously standing on a moving platform careening down a hill of frozen water at high speeds, while trying to maintain an illusion of control and style, takes skill. But the truth is, skiing isn’t rocket science. There are other things in life that … 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 »

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 »

Adventure All Mountain – Test 2015

ALL-TERRAIN SKIING, MODERATE SPEEDS, MEDIUM TURNS You may have heard the terms “anytime, anywhere,” “midfats,” “all-purpose” or “one-ski quiver.” These are the names given to skis found in the Adventure All-Mountain category. Designed to perform in a variety of snow conditions over the entire mountain, these babies are the four-wheel drive in the lift line. … More »

On-Piste Cruisers * Test 2015

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GS-RADIUS TURNS A good On-Piste Cruiser makes carving easy, effortless and fun. Designed to perform on packed snow, many are versatile enough to play in the softer snow and small bumps. They’re identifiable on the ski rack with their curvy, Barbie-like figures—big on the top and bottom with a tight little midsection. Discover effortless … More »

Test 2015 – Big Mountain

LIKE THE NAME SAYS—AND BEYOND We’re all just a bunch of snow-hungry frothers—winter junkies who watch weather maps and plan important life events around the possibility of the big dump. Our sport is weather dependent and prone to subtle changes in environmental conditions. If temps warm up midway through a storm, a perfect powder day … More »

Testers’ Choice

With the tape used to mask the topsheets gone, we can reveal our testers’ favourite skis in each category (as well as their sponsors). It’s time to match your own height, weight, style and so on with our Ski Canada Testers to see which skis might be worth a personal demo from your favourite shop … More »

Test 2015 – Expert All Mountain

ALL TERRAIN CRUISING, LONG AND SHORT TURNS Expert All-Mountain skis are designed for aggressive, proficient skiers who rip down groomers, float through powder and cut through trees. With some born from a GS mindset, they have the ability to deliver amplified performance in all snow conditions, allowing you to fully experience the mountain on their … More »

Test 2015 – Slalom

PRECISE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE SKIS FOR SHORT TO MEDIUM TURNS Slalom skis are short, fast-’n’-furious, high-performance rippers for technical mutants and fearless athletes—and therefore, they’re ideally suited for the small-mountain, riverbank ripper or the ice-pack bump-bobbler. The blender smoothies offer precision and excitement with more sidecut than any other type of ski. Their construction provides greater torsional … More »

It’s Twins!

WRITTEN BY RON BETTS  *  TEST CO-ORDINATOR DYLAN SIGGERS  *  PHOTOS BY HENRY GEORGI  *  from Winter 2014 issue The Fernie Freeride Team proudly announces the arrival of some favourites from the twintip toybox. Okay, let’s face it, with slopestyle and halfpipe skiing joining well-established events like moguls and aerials as full-medal Olympic disciplines, freestyle skiing … More »

Test 2014 * Cruisers

MID-RANGE PERFORMANCE IN LONG AND SHORT TURNS I don’t mean to oversimplify here—obviously standing on a moving platform careening down a hill of frozen water at high speeds, while trying to maintain an illusion of control and style, takes skill. But the truth is, skiing isn’t rocket science. There are other things in life that … 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 »

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