Ski Canada Magazine

Buyer’s Guide 2022 Intro

  Look What’s Coming!  With all the gloomy predictions, who would have thought that last winter would prove to be an excellent one for the ski industry. Ontario excepted. Looking for an alternative to sun vacations, parties and mall time, lapsed and avid skiers bought passes and gear, often in record numbers. ULLR spread his … More »

Blizzard Phoenix R14 Pro – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLIZZARD PHOENIX R14 PRO * WOMEN * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: A skier who spends most of her time (but not all) on-piste. Few skis can please intermediate and experts alike, but the Phoenix emerged, not from the ashes but the fog and fresh snow, to show it’s possible. … More »

XO Ski 77 V7 – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 XO SKI 77 V7 * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking for a light but powerful carver.  Retired French World Cup ski racer Stéphane Exartier founded XO Skis to build the ski he wanted in retirement. Something light but stable, versatile but performance-oriented. Handmade in Switzerland, it lacks the metal … More »

Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 FISCHER RC4 THE CURV DTX * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Corduroy adrenaline hits, experts only  “Grip it and rip it,” summed up Steve Acciaroli of both the DTX and the slightly more approachable DTI that were tested. They have almost identical construction: a wood core with a carbon wrap … More »

Dynastar Speed 963 – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR SPEED 963 * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: Making fast, tight turns in firm snow. Judge this book by its cover. A deep sidecut, short stature and hefty weight suggested a tight-turning speed demon that can crush through anything. That’s just what testers found. “What a fun little firecracker,” wrote Steve Acciaroli. … More »

Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLIZZARD THUNDERBIRD R15 WB * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: A ripper at home on the frontside. To create a carving ski that’s not too demanding of its driver, Blizzard gave the Thunderbird the works. The wood core is a complex blend of beech and poplar to create a progressive flex: stiff under … More »

Comparables – Test 2021

Shopping for skis? Also consider a few of our favourite skis that are carryovers from last season. METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN Salomon Stance and Lumen: Two choice examples of the genre; the faster you ski the better they perform. Nordica Santa Ana: Its light weight counters the power of a sheet of Titanal for versatility and approachability. … More »

Volkl Blaze 86W – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 86W * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Skiing bell to bell, any day, any conditions “Ten points!” “I love this ski.” “Sold…to me.” These were the kinds of effusive comments the Blaze brought out of our usually straight-faced testers. Whether it was wiggling through tight … More »

Atomic Maven 93C – Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 ATOMIC MAVEN C93 * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Advanced all-mountain skiing.  The women’s equivalent of the Maverick, the Maven, proved to be a more versatile machine than its unisex colleague. Testers found its poplar core with carbon inserts (rather than the Maverick’s two titanium sheets) smoothly … More »

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Buyer’s Guide 2022 Intro

  Look What’s Coming!  With all the gloomy predictions, who would have thought that last winter would prove to be an excellent one for the ski industry. Ontario excepted. Looking for an alternative to sun vacations, parties and mall time, lapsed and avid skiers bought passes and gear, often in record numbers. ULLR spread his … More »

Blizzard Phoenix R14 Pro – Test 2022

Blizzard Phoenix R14 Pro Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLIZZARD PHOENIX R14 PRO * WOMEN * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: A skier who spends most of her time (but not all) on-piste. Few skis can please intermediate and experts alike, but the Phoenix emerged, not from the ashes but the fog and fresh snow, to show it’s possible. … More »

XO Ski 77 V7 – Test 2022

XO Ski 77 V7 Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 XO SKI 77 V7 * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking for a light but powerful carver.  Retired French World Cup ski racer Stéphane Exartier founded XO Skis to build the ski he wanted in retirement. Something light but stable, versatile but performance-oriented. Handmade in Switzerland, it lacks the metal … More »

Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX – Test 2022

Fischer RC4 The Curv Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 FISCHER RC4 THE CURV DTX * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Corduroy adrenaline hits, experts only  “Grip it and rip it,” summed up Steve Acciaroli of both the DTX and the slightly more approachable DTI that were tested. They have almost identical construction: a wood core with a carbon wrap … More »

Dynastar Speed 963 – Test 2022

Dynastar Speed 963 - Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR SPEED 963 * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: Making fast, tight turns in firm snow. Judge this book by its cover. A deep sidecut, short stature and hefty weight suggested a tight-turning speed demon that can crush through anything. That’s just what testers found. “What a fun little firecracker,” wrote Steve Acciaroli. … More »

Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB – Test 2022

Blizzard Thunderbird Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLIZZARD THUNDERBIRD R15 WB * ON-PISTE BEST FOR: A ripper at home on the frontside. To create a carving ski that’s not too demanding of its driver, Blizzard gave the Thunderbird the works. The wood core is a complex blend of beech and poplar to create a progressive flex: stiff under … More »

Comparables – Test 2021

Shopping for skis? Also consider a few of our favourite skis that are carryovers from last season. METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN Salomon Stance and Lumen: Two choice examples of the genre; the faster you ski the better they perform. Nordica Santa Ana: Its light weight counters the power of a sheet of Titanal for versatility and approachability. … More »

Volkl Blaze 86W – Test 2022

Volkl Blaze 86 - Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL BLAZE 86W * NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Skiing bell to bell, any day, any conditions “Ten points!” “I love this ski.” “Sold…to me.” These were the kinds of effusive comments the Blaze brought out of our usually straight-faced testers. Whether it was wiggling through tight … More »