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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Instinct Original Sender – Test 2022

Instinct Sender Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 INSTINCT ORIGINAL SENDER (O//S) * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Charging in big terrain. Instinct skis stand out. They’re one of the few with a contoured cap construction, versus the more common square sandwich. They always sport an eye-catching graphic—everything from Stealth-black to mountain scenes and the O//S’s ghostly image. When you pick … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

Dynastar M-Free 99 – Test 2022

Dynastar M-Free Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR M-FREE 99 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Playful feel of a freeride ski, with the versatility of an all-mountain ski. An addition to Dynastar’s M-Free line, a family of playful freeride skis, the 99 is the most versatile sibling. It shares its wider brothers’ poplar wood core bookended along the edges … More »

K2 Mindbender 108 Ti – Test 2022

K2 Mindbender Test 2022

SKI CANADA 2022 K2 MINDBENDER 108 Ti * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Frontside to backside, freeride ski for western resorts. The first run on this ski, Technical Editor Ryan Stuart skied a steep fall line he’d never tried before so confidently he started questioning his own skis. “So intuitive and stable,” he said. … More »

DPS Pagoda RP 112 – Test 2022

DPS Pagoda test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DPS PAGODA RP 112 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Tracking up the trees. DPS has three different constructions: Pagoda Piste, Pagoda Tour and, in between and redesigned this year, Pagoda. Then DPS has four different designs: powder-surfing Lotus, playful and versatile RP, freestyle-oriented Koala, and fall-line-ripping C2. At Mount Washington we had … More »

Black Diamond Impulse 104 – Test 2022

Black Diamond test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLACK DIAMOND IMPULSE 104 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Advanced and expert skiers looking for a slackcountry companion. There’s something addictive about the Impulse 104. Testers who loved it couldn’t get enough. “The more I put into this ski, the more it gave in return,” said Ryan Stuart. “I didn’t want to … More »

Head Kore 105 – Test 2022

Head Kore 105 test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 HEAD KORE 105 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver killer: mount a beefy touring binding and do it all. Since Head launched the Kore in 2016, it likes to think it’s become the standard all lightweight freeride skis should be measured against. In its first redesign Head didn’t mess with … More »

Salomon QST Blank – Test 2022

Salomon QST Blank test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 SALOMON QST BLANK * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: The no-compromise pow day ski. Nimble and easy-turning are not the usual descriptions for the widest ship in any brand’s fleet, nor a ski designed by pros. But that’s exactly what testers kept telling us when they reluctantly turned in the … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Instinct Original Sender – Test 2022

Instinct Sender Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 INSTINCT ORIGINAL SENDER (O//S) * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Charging in big terrain. Instinct skis stand out. They’re one of the few with a contoured cap construction, versus the more common square sandwich. They always sport an eye-catching graphic—everything from Stealth-black to mountain scenes and the O//S’s ghostly image. When you pick … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

Dynastar M-Free 99 – Test 2022

Dynastar M-Free Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR M-FREE 99 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Playful feel of a freeride ski, with the versatility of an all-mountain ski. An addition to Dynastar’s M-Free line, a family of playful freeride skis, the 99 is the most versatile sibling. It shares its wider brothers’ poplar wood core bookended along the edges … More »

K2 Mindbender 108 Ti – Test 2022

K2 Mindbender Test 2022

SKI CANADA 2022 K2 MINDBENDER 108 Ti * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Frontside to backside, freeride ski for western resorts. The first run on this ski, Technical Editor Ryan Stuart skied a steep fall line he’d never tried before so confidently he started questioning his own skis. “So intuitive and stable,” he said. … More »

DPS Pagoda RP 112 – Test 2022

DPS Pagoda test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DPS PAGODA RP 112 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Tracking up the trees. DPS has three different constructions: Pagoda Piste, Pagoda Tour and, in between and redesigned this year, Pagoda. Then DPS has four different designs: powder-surfing Lotus, playful and versatile RP, freestyle-oriented Koala, and fall-line-ripping C2. At Mount Washington we had … More »

Black Diamond Impulse 104 – Test 2022

Black Diamond test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 BLACK DIAMOND IMPULSE 104 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Advanced and expert skiers looking for a slackcountry companion. There’s something addictive about the Impulse 104. Testers who loved it couldn’t get enough. “The more I put into this ski, the more it gave in return,” said Ryan Stuart. “I didn’t want to … More »

Head Kore 105 – Test 2022

Head Kore 105 test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 HEAD KORE 105 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver killer: mount a beefy touring binding and do it all. Since Head launched the Kore in 2016, it likes to think it’s become the standard all lightweight freeride skis should be measured against. In its first redesign Head didn’t mess with … More »

Salomon QST Blank – Test 2022

Salomon QST Blank test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 SALOMON QST BLANK * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: The no-compromise pow day ski. Nimble and easy-turning are not the usual descriptions for the widest ship in any brand’s fleet, nor a ski designed by pros. But that’s exactly what testers kept telling us when they reluctantly turned in the … More »

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