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If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … 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 »

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 »

What’s Trending

from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … 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 »

Big Mountain 2012

   Size matters in the domain of the Big Mountain—and it doesn’t get any bigger than here. Big Mountain means big snow, air, tricks and glory. It starts around a century underfoot and translates into something beautiful. These are the best-looking boards in the industry, with international artists penning their signatures left, right and centre. But there’s more to … More »

All Mountain 2012

All-Mountain Ski Canada Test 2012 – Expert All Mountain Versatility is the name of the All-Mountain game. These skis must perform everywhere under all conditions. Competition is steep—one of the most contested areas of the ski world. The biggest manufacturers are putting their R&D dollars here, while boutique ski makers tap into the domain. Wider … More »

High Performance 2012

There’s no better place than Germany to check out today’s highest performance technology. The industry show ISPO exceeded expectations, featuring a High-Performance revival. And the message was as clear as schnapps: the industry knows you’re a carving, frontside ripper; they’ve identified you as a connoisseur; and they’ve broken all the rules to please you: deconstructing … More »

Frontside 2012

The ski industry considers Frontside skiers as those who dream of sugar-coated waffles—corduroy bathed in a shimmering layer of fresh flakes. Their playground lies under and near the lifts, where access is best and fall lines are guaranteed. The innovations for these skiers come clearly in the form of rocker technology, which promises easier turn … More »

Big Mountain 2010

“Big-Mountain” means huge snow. Forget carve and grip; think slash and smear. Skis needpop, and tails that respond to that deal-breaking question: “Did he stick the landing?” K2’s BackSide line, sold flat (without bindings), is indicative of the trend throughout the industry, especially for the genre leader K2. Rossignol’s Phantom line does just the same, offering four … More »

If It Ain’t Broke, Tweak It – Volkl Mantra M5

It always amazes me to see how much manpower goes into making a pair of skis. Back in November I toured a Daimler-Benz plant near Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked as a teenager one summer a thousand years ago, before I hopped on a train south to the Völkl factory in Straubing, Bavaria. While my … 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 »

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 »

What’s Trending

from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … 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 »

Big Mountain 2012

   Size matters in the domain of the Big Mountain—and it doesn’t get any bigger than here. Big Mountain means big snow, air, tricks and glory. It starts around a century underfoot and translates into something beautiful. These are the best-looking boards in the industry, with international artists penning their signatures left, right and centre. But there’s more to … More »

All Mountain 2012

All-Mountain Ski Canada Test 2012 – Expert All Mountain Versatility is the name of the All-Mountain game. These skis must perform everywhere under all conditions. Competition is steep—one of the most contested areas of the ski world. The biggest manufacturers are putting their R&D dollars here, while boutique ski makers tap into the domain. Wider … More »

High Performance 2012

There’s no better place than Germany to check out today’s highest performance technology. The industry show ISPO exceeded expectations, featuring a High-Performance revival. And the message was as clear as schnapps: the industry knows you’re a carving, frontside ripper; they’ve identified you as a connoisseur; and they’ve broken all the rules to please you: deconstructing … More »

Frontside 2012

The ski industry considers Frontside skiers as those who dream of sugar-coated waffles—corduroy bathed in a shimmering layer of fresh flakes. Their playground lies under and near the lifts, where access is best and fall lines are guaranteed. The innovations for these skiers come clearly in the form of rocker technology, which promises easier turn … More »

Big Mountain 2010

“Big-Mountain” means huge snow. Forget carve and grip; think slash and smear. Skis needpop, and tails that respond to that deal-breaking question: “Did he stick the landing?” K2’s BackSide line, sold flat (without bindings), is indicative of the trend throughout the industry, especially for the genre leader K2. Rossignol’s Phantom line does just the same, offering four … More »

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