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Turning the Big 4-0 – Blackcomb Mt

Celebrating BLACKCOMB through the years. The winter of 1980-81 in Whistler was notable for two events. On December 4, 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened for the first time. And a month later it shut down after one of the warmest and wettest periods in the resort town’s history. It was not the auspicious start the provincial … More »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well

Skiing on a snowboarder’s blindside often feels like the most dangerous place on the mountain. But according to a study by the B.C. Coroner Service, a skier is more likely to die from falling in a tree well than a collision with a boarder. “We don’t talk about drowning in the snow much,” says Brian … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

Ski Tuning – DIY or Pro?

You nailed a rock. You lose every race. You skid on firm snow. You haven’t waxed or sharpened your skis in weeks. Months? Whatever the reason, it’s time for a tune. But what does that mean? Can you DIY it? If not, how do you choose a good shop and what should you ask for? … More »

Renoun Atlas Ski Test

Renoun Atlas

SKI TEST 2021 RENOUN ATLAS * GROOMERS BEST FOR: Intermediate to advanced skiers weighing more than 150 pounds  Testers were unanimous in praising the Atlas’s ability to wander wherever the map led them. “Very stable at speed but also quick to turn in bumps and trees,” wrote Paul Laperrière, calling it his favourite ski of … More »

Good for Faceshots, Too

Since the death of the turtleneck, face coverings have long been a practical necessity of skiing. This winter, it’s mandatory. No ski country health authority has issued guidelines on what qualifies, but it’s safe to assume, like masks elsewhere, anything that covers from nose to chin will do. Snug-fitting neck warmers with two layers of … More »

Fischer Hannibal 106 Ski Test

Fischer Hannibal

SKI TEST 2021 FISCHER HANNIBAL 106 * POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Deep-snow touring missions Titanal is a rare ingredient for a touring-focused ski and almost unheard of in this weight class. In the redesigned Hannibal, Fischer added the metal alloy to its Air Tec construction, a milled-out wood centre that lightens the already … More »

Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Test

Blizzard Zero G

SKI TEST 2021 BLIZZARD ZERO G 85 * POWDER BEST FOR: Ski mountaineering and multi-day spring tours At first, this “skinny” ski may look as if you’re touring on “matchsticks,” as Heather MacMillan put it, but any concerns go away quickly, whether going up, down or across. There’s no denying the 85mm waist is considered … More »

Line Pandora 94 Ski Test

Line Pandora

SKI TEST 2021 LINE PANDORA 94 * POWDER * WOMEN BEST FOR: Ladies wanting a light all-mountain /freeride ski  Some resort skis are light enough for the backcountry. Others are touring skis with enough umph to hold their own inbounds. Line’s Pandora family covers the line between the two. Its construction marries Line’s playful freeride … More »

Turning the Big 4-0 – Blackcomb Mt

Celebrating BLACKCOMB through the years. The winter of 1980-81 in Whistler was notable for two events. On December 4, 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened for the first time. And a month later it shut down after one of the warmest and wettest periods in the resort town’s history. It was not the auspicious start the provincial … More »

Coming to a Ski Shop Near You

From the longest lift lines in memory to locked-down resorts to the continued rise in alpine touring, the one thing uniting skiers across the country is our hopeful look to next season. Gear brands are in the same gondola. (Wearing a face covering, of course!) Despite challenges with supply chains, manufacturing and prototype testing, plenty … More »

How to Survive a Tree Well

Skiing on a snowboarder’s blindside often feels like the most dangerous place on the mountain. But according to a study by the B.C. Coroner Service, a skier is more likely to die from falling in a tree well than a collision with a boarder. “We don’t talk about drowning in the snow much,” says Brian … More »

Be Smarter This Year

After their busiest summer ever, search and rescue (SAR) groups in B.C. are gearing up for an ominous winter. Calls to volunteer crews increased approximately 30 per cent during the spring and summer, compared to last year, as record numbers of people rushed to the solitude of the outdoors. They were able to keep up, … More »

Ski Tuning – DIY or Pro?

You nailed a rock. You lose every race. You skid on firm snow. You haven’t waxed or sharpened your skis in weeks. Months? Whatever the reason, it’s time for a tune. But what does that mean? Can you DIY it? If not, how do you choose a good shop and what should you ask for? … More »

Renoun Atlas Ski Test

Renoun Atlas

SKI TEST 2021 RENOUN ATLAS * GROOMERS BEST FOR: Intermediate to advanced skiers weighing more than 150 pounds  Testers were unanimous in praising the Atlas’s ability to wander wherever the map led them. “Very stable at speed but also quick to turn in bumps and trees,” wrote Paul Laperrière, calling it his favourite ski of … More »

Good for Faceshots, Too

Since the death of the turtleneck, face coverings have long been a practical necessity of skiing. This winter, it’s mandatory. No ski country health authority has issued guidelines on what qualifies, but it’s safe to assume, like masks elsewhere, anything that covers from nose to chin will do. Snug-fitting neck warmers with two layers of … More »

Fischer Hannibal 106 Ski Test

Fischer Hannibal

SKI TEST 2021 FISCHER HANNIBAL 106 * POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Deep-snow touring missions Titanal is a rare ingredient for a touring-focused ski and almost unheard of in this weight class. In the redesigned Hannibal, Fischer added the metal alloy to its Air Tec construction, a milled-out wood centre that lightens the already … More »

Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Test

Blizzard Zero G

SKI TEST 2021 BLIZZARD ZERO G 85 * POWDER BEST FOR: Ski mountaineering and multi-day spring tours At first, this “skinny” ski may look as if you’re touring on “matchsticks,” as Heather MacMillan put it, but any concerns go away quickly, whether going up, down or across. There’s no denying the 85mm waist is considered … More »

Line Pandora 94 Ski Test

Line Pandora

SKI TEST 2021 LINE PANDORA 94 * POWDER * WOMEN BEST FOR: Ladies wanting a light all-mountain /freeride ski  Some resort skis are light enough for the backcountry. Others are touring skis with enough umph to hold their own inbounds. Line’s Pandora family covers the line between the two. Its construction marries Line’s playful freeride … More »

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