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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 this season.

Ski Canada Test 2015

SkiFinder

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WENDY ANDERSON

 ›TOP 3 Expert All-Mt: Nordica, K2, Line * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt: Elan/K2 (tie), Volkl * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Elan, Volkl, K2 * Personal ski: Völkl * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’2″, 115 lbs, 40 * Style: Technical, expert; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Minnesota * Home resort: Fernie

 DONIE BLUNDEN

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt:Atomic/Blizzard/K2 (tie) * TOP 3 On-Piste Cruisers: Blizzard, Elan, Kastle * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard/Elan/K2/Kastle/Nordica (tie) * Ski sponsor: Rossignol (Topshelf Whistler) * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 117 lbs, 52 * Style: Finesse, technical; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Chicopee, ON * Home resort: Whistler

 KATHY BRODERICK

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Völkl, Atomic *  ›TOP 3  Slalom:Atomic/Blizzard/Ogasaka/Völkl (tie) * TOP 3 On-Piste Cruisers: Salomon, Volkl, Atomic/Kastle (tie) * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Salomon, Volkl, Kastle * Ski sponsor: Völkl (Olympia Ski & Cycle) * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 130 lbs, 51 * Style: Cathartic; CSIA IV * Started at: Glenn Mt, PQ * Home resort: Silver Star

 GILLIAN BROWNING

 ›TOP 3 Big Mt: Blizzard/Völkl, Fischer/K2 (tie) * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Blizzard, Salomon, Line * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Fischer, Volkl, Blizzard/Ogasaka * Personal ski: Völkl * Ht, Wt, Age:5’8″, 130 lbs, 52 * Style:Playful; CSIA III, Course Conductor I, CSCF I * Started at:Field, BC * Home resort:Silver Star

 PATTY GOODHAND

 TOP 3 Big Mt: Völkl, Blizzard/Fischer (tie) * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt: Volkl, Salomon, Stockli * Personal ski: Völkl * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’4″, 145 lbs, 38 * Style: Technical, finesse, fast rocker; CSIA II, CSCF II * Started at: Snow Valley, AB * Home resort: Sunshine Village

 NINA GRETZMACHER

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Blizzard/Line (tie), Nordica *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Nordica, Blizzard, Atomic/Fischer/Völkl (tie)  * TOP 3 On-Piste Cruisers: Blizzard, Nordica, Elan/Salomon * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Blizzard, Ogaska, K2/Nordica * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: K2, Volkl, Kastle/Salomon *  Ski sponsor: Blizzard * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 135, 23 * Style: Aggressive; CSIA III, CSCF II, CADS I * Started at: Big White * Home resort: Silver Star

 SANDRA HAZIZA

 ›TOP 3 Expert All-Mt: Kästle, Fischer, Atomic/Salomon (tie)  * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Atomic, Head, Volkl * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Stockli, Head, K2 * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Fischer, Kastle, Atomic/Blizzard * Personal ski: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’4″, 125, 43 * Style: Sassy & fun; CSIA II * Started at: Grouse/Whistler * Home resort:Whistler

 SHELLEY JOHNSTON

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Atomic, Nordica, K2 *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Atomic,Blizzard/Völkl (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Crusiers: Volkl, Atomic, Kastle * Ski sponsor: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 155 lbs, 34 * Style: Racer; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Ontario * Home resort: Craigleith, ON

 KATIE JOYCE

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Blizzard/Salomon, Atomic *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Blizzard/Völkl, (tie) Atomic/Nordica/Salomon (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Head, Salomon, Fischer * Personal ski: Nordica * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 140 lbs, 34 * Style: Off-piste, race; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Mt Pakenham, ON * Home resort: Fernie

 BARB KUPFERSCHMIDT LINDER

 ›TOP 3 Big Mt: Fischer, K2, Nordica * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Elan/Head, Atomic/Ogasaka * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Line, Ogasaka/Stockli * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Ogasaka, Fischer, K2/Kastle/Nordica * Personal ski: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 145 lbs, 46 * Style: Power, technical, sneaky fast; CSIA III, CSCF I * Started at: Hidden Valley, ON * Home resort: Sun Peaks

 WENDY LUMBY

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Atomic, Fischer, Elan *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Völkl, Atomic/Salomon (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Elan, Nordica, Kastle/Volkl * Ski sponsor: Nordica * Ht, Wt, Age: 5′, 120 lbs, 47 * Style: Zena-Princess Warrior; CSIA II, CSCF III, Course facilitator, Olympian * Started at: Happy Valley, AB * Home resort: Nakiska

 WENDY READE

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Kästle, Head, K2 * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Kastle, Fischer, Atomic *  TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Salomon, Blizzard, Head * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard, Elan/Ogasaka * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’5″, 150 lbs, 55 * Style: Power-finesse; CSIA IV, CSCF III * Started at: Ayers, QC * Home resort: Fernie

 HEATHER ROBILLIARD

 ›TOP 3 Expert All-Mt: Nordica, Völkl, Blizzard * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Ogasaka, Head/Volkl * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Ogasaka, Volkl, Head/Kastle * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Fischer/Ogasaka, Salomon * Personal ski: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’3″, 141 lbs, 57 * Style: Finesse, technical athletic; APSI IV, CSCF II * Started at: Perisher Valley, Australia * Home resort: Silver Star

 JILL SAGAN

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Blizzard, Kästle/Salomon (tie) *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Atomic, Salomon, Ogasaka * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Ogasaka, Atomic, K2 * Sponsor: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 135 lbs, 37 * Style: Smooth/aggressive; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Fortress/Louise * Home resort: Silver Star

 ANNE TERWIEL

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Atomic, Fischer, Head/K2 (tie) *  ›TOP 3 Slalom: Fischer, Head, Atomic * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Head/K2, Fischer/Nordica * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 135 lbs, 50 * Style: Expert, athletic; CSIA IV, CSCF III * Started at: Caledon/Horseshoe, ON * Home resort: Sun Peaks

ALLY WAGORN

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Blizzard, Nordica, Fischer/Kästle (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Nordica, Fischer/Kastle * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Kastle, Stockli, Snoday * Ski sponsor: Blizzard * Ht, Wt, Age: 5′, 100 lbs, 25 * Style: Pocket rocket; CSIA III, CSCF I * Started at: Mt Pakenham, ON * Home resort: Sun Peaks

JOANNE YOUNKER

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Atomic, K2, Blizzard * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Atomic, K2/Volkl * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Kastle, Blizzard, Fischer * Personal ski: Kästle * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 145 lbs, 51 * Style: Athletic, finesse; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Innisfail SC, AB * Home resort: Whistler Blackcomb

 

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 KRISTIAN ARMSTRONG

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Völkl, K2, Blizzard *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Ogasaka, Atomic, Head * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Blizzard, Atomic, K2/Salomon * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Atomic, Salomon, Blizzard * Ski sponsor: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age:  6’1″, 185 lbs, 36 * Style: Fast&furious; CSIA IV, CSCF II, Level III Examiner * Started at: Snow Valley, ON * Home resort: Big White

JEREMY BADCOCK

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Kästle, Stöckli, Fischer * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Salomon/Stockli, Fischer * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Kastle/Salomon, K2 * Personal ski: Rossignol * Ht, Wt, Age:  5’9″, 180 lbs, 27 * Style: Powerful, aggressive; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Southampton, UK * Home resort: Marmot Basin

 MATT BARNES

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Stöckli, Atomic, Völkl * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Fischer/Salomon, Kastle/Nordica * Ski sponsor: Nordica * Ht, Wt, Age:  5’10”, 160 lbs, 24 * Style: Aggressive on-piste, playful off; CSIA IV * Started at: Morillon, France * Home resort: Panorama

 KELLY BLUNDEN

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Völkl, Line, Stöckli * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Elan, Atomic, Head * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Fischer, Kastle, Blizzard * Personal ski: Rossignol * Ht, Wt, Age:  5’11”, 205 lbs, 52 * Style: All-mt carver; CSIA IV, CSCF III * Started at: Snow Valley SC, AB * Home resort: Whistler

 DREW BRAGG

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt:Stöckli, Nordica, K2 * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Blizzard, Salomon, Head * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard, Salomon, Nordica * Ski sponsor: Salomon * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’11”, 150 lbs, 58 * Style: Technical, expert; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: St-Sauveur, QC * Home resort: Panorama

 CHRIS CANDOW

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Fischer, Völkl, Line/Stöckli (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Salomon, Atomic,Head/Ogasaka * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: K2/Salomon, Kastle * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Atomic/Fischer/Ogasaka * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’11”, 230 lbs, 52 * Style: Technical, smooth; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Labrador City, NL * Home resort: Whistler

 PAUL CUNNIUS

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Stöckli, Völkl * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: K2, Atomic/Volkl * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: K2, Atomic/Nordica * Ski sponsor: K2 * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 185 lbs, 47 * Style: Fast, expert; CSIA IV Examiner, CSCF II * Started at: Glen Mt, PQ * Home resort: Mt Norquay

 MIKE DEMPSEY

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Stöckli, Kästle, Blizzard * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Volkl, Blizzard, Elan * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard/Fischer, Head * Ski sponsor: 4FRNT * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’10”, 195 lbs, 56 * Style: Cross-hill carver; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Mont Rigaud, PQ * Home resort: Blackcomb

 PETER EATON

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Stöckli, Line, K2/Völkl (tie) * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Blizzard, Volkl, Atomic * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Salomon, K2, Fischer * Personal ski: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 6′, 155 lbs, 48 * Style: Athletic; CSIA III, CSCF I * Started at: Lake Louise * Home resort: Fernie

DAVE GOLLOGLY

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Stöckli, Völkl *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Völkl, Stöckli, Atomic/Blizzard/Fischer (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Salomon, Volkl, K2 * Ski sponsor: Völkl * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 145 lbs, 33 * Style: Freeride, smooth; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Ontario, Quebec * Home resort: Kimberley

 ERIN KEAM

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Atomic/Salomon, Völkl (tie) *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Atomic, Völkl, Blizzard * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Nordica, Blizzard/Salomon * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Salomon, Head, Elan * Personal ski: Salomon * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’9″, 197 lbs, 45 * Style: Off-road steamroller; CSIA IV, CSCF II * Started at: Mt Washington * Home resort: Whistler

 MARC LEDOUX

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Stöckli, Völkl, Atomic * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Volkl, Atomic/Kastle * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt: Elan, Fischer/Stockli * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard, Fischer, Volkl * Personal ski: Blizzard * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’6″, 140 lbs, 40 * Style: Technical, big-mt; CSP, CAA II * Started at: Eastern Canada * Home resort: Fernie

 CHRISTOPHER  NICOLSON

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: K2, Völkl, Stöckli *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Elan, Atomic, Blizzard/Fischer/Head (tie) * Personal ski: Völkl * Ht, Wt, Age: 6’1″, 205 lbs, 45 * Style: Technical/finesse; CSIA III, CSCF II, Nordic I, Tele I * Started at: Kemano Ski Club, BC * Home resort: Sun Peaks

 D’ARCY SEGO

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Kästle, Head, Atomic/Salomon (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Atomic, Ogasaka, Fischer/Head * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Head, K2/Nordica * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Head, Kastle, Nordica * Ski sponsor: Atomic * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 180 lbs, 40 * Style: Technical, freeskier; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Table Mt, SASK * Home resort: Mt Washington

 HANK SHANNON

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Head, Salomon *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Atomic/Blizzard/Salomon (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Blizzard/Head, Elan/Kastle * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Blizzard, Fischer, Atomic/K2 * Sponsor: Sporting Life * Ht, Wt, Age:5’8″, 175 lbs, 47 * Style: Expert, aggressive; CSCF II * Started at: Vallée-Bleue, PQ * Home resort:Blue Mt, ON

 MARK STEIN

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Head, Nordica, Stöckli *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Nordica, Atomic, Stöckli * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Salomon, Head, Stockli * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 6’3″, 205 lbs, 54 * Style: Expert, racer; CSIA II, CSCF III * Started at: Edmonton SC * Home resort: Marmot Basin

 FRITZ STEPHENSON

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: Stöckli, Elan, Line *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Fischer, Atomic/Blizzard/Head (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Volkl, Blizzard, Head * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Fischer, Nordica, Kastle * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’8″, 168 lbs, 42 * Style: Aggressive, technical; CSIA III, ÖSSV Level IV Examiner * Started at: Zell am See, Austria * Home resort: Sun Peaks

 JOHN STOREY

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt:Atomic/Head/Salomon (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Atomic, Blizzard, K2 * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Blizzard, Atomic/Elan/K2/Nordica * Personal ski: Dynastar * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’4″, 170 lbs, 50 * Style: Finesse, smooth; CSIA I, CSCF I * Started at: Smiggin Holes, Australia * Home resort: Silver Star

 GEORGE TERWIEL

 ›TOP 3  Big Mt: Blizzard/Head/Völkl (tie) *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Head, Fischer/Nordica (tie) * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Blizzard, Atomic, Fischer/K2/Salomon * Ski sponsor: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 6′, 185 lbs, 51 * Style: Technical, power; CSIA III, CSCF II * Started at: Grouse Mt, BC * Home resort: Sun Peaks

 JUSTIN TERWIEL

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Atomic/Elan/Völkl (tie) * TOP 3 Adventure All Mt.: Line, K2/Ogasaka * TOP 3 Easy Cruisers: Elan/Kastle, Ogasaka * Personal ski: Head * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’7″, 135 lbs, 28 * Style: Athletic; CSIA I, CSCF II * Started at: Grouse Mt * Home resort: Sun Peaks

 MIKE WEISS

 ›TOP 3  Expert All-Mt: K2, Atomic, Stöckli *  ›TOP 3  Slalom: Blizzard/Stöckli, Fischer * TOP 3 On-piste Cruisers: Volkl, Blizzard, Nordica * Ski sponsor: Rossignol * Ht, Wt, Age: 5’5″, 142 lbs, 61 * Style: Athletic, finesse; CSIA III, CSCF III * Started at: Ontario * Home resort: HoliMont, NY