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Bindings 2013

This year’s bindings make it most apparent that the ski world is breaking boundaries. Virtually all the R&D for this segment has gone into multi-tasking solutions for skiers heading beyond the ropes with bindings that walk. In many ways what’s old is new again: skiing’s beginnings were precisely backcountry in nature—as far as Ski Canada can decipher there were no groomed … More »

Boots 2013

The continued allure of the sidecountry and the growth of skiing variants have driven engineers back to their drawing boards. As can be expected, keywords include performance, comfort, feel, ease of entrance, weight (low, of course) and flex. Custom technologies like thermoforming have come into their own, no doubt in higher-end liners, but also in shells—with Fischer’s Vacuum system pioneering … More »

Frontside 2013

While carving is still king on the frontside, getting the perfect turn has become way easier. Enter rocker, an early-rising tip born out of necessity in the backcountry, but now ubiquitous wherever you ride—yes, even on corduroy. Expect a full integration of this technology throughout this season’s lineups. HOT PURSUIT Led by flagship Pursuit 18 Elite, Rossignol’s all-new skis-boots-poles-helmet-app, the … More »

Expert All Mountain * Test 2013

  Expert All-Mountain skis are designed to be the perfect companion for resort skiing in the west. In this category versatility is the name of the game. Think of your ski day: for a warm-up ripping some groomers, you want a ski that carves and responds with power, edge grip and stability; then up into the alpine and … More »

Big Mountain skis 2013

Big mountain, freeskiing, freemountain, you name it, these skis are made for getting deep— or at least skiing the deep. Wider boards with more float have made it easier to stay on top, democratizing the quintessential Western Canada ski experience. With the right technology underfoot, just about anyone can now ski this stuff. Look for some inspired designs … More »

All Mountain skis 2013

The lion’s share of R&D finds itself here in the All-Mountain category as ski manufacturers blend their top technologies into that perfect quiver of one. Competition for the 2013 ski season is fiercer than ever. Underfoot measurements in the 80s are now commonplace, but manufacturers are pushing the envelope beyond 100mm. And while ski manufacturers make sure you’re … More »

Slalom * Test 2013

Contrary to the belief of some living in western powder meccas, the death of the Slalom category has been greatly exaggerated. But for those used to eastern hardpack—and  especially the competitive ilk who dominate Ontario’s private ski club scene—Slalom skis are of particular interest and a far more realistic choice for a quiver. Slalom skis make you move, … More »

High performance

The frontside of the mountain at its very best. Racecourse technology trickles down to the consumer with the ski industry’s most powerful boards. Backed by decades of R&D on the World Cup circuit and this year’s most innovative technologies, expect impeccable power transfer, solid carving, and all the bells and whistles for solid performance on hardpack. from Buyer’s Guide … More »

The Categories Explained

And now, even more! A total of seven Ski Canada categories were tested at Fernie this year, with new kid-on-the-block Slalom making a comeback. Also tested at Fernie were: On-Piste Cruisers and Easy Cruising for groomed slopes at a range of speed limits; Big Mountain for those who want to test variable terrain and conditions; Expert All-Mountain and Adventure … More »

Gear News & Trends

Buyer's Guide 2013

Munich’s annual ski industry trade show ISPO is staggeringly massive. Thankfully technical editor Marty McLennan was able to ride between booths with a dedicated transportation attendant (see bikini).       THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE! Freeriding, that is. The slackcountry market keeps heating up, with more of us getting off the lift and hiking for freshies. … More »

Gear

Bindings 2013

This year’s bindings make it most apparent that the ski world is breaking boundaries. Virtually all the R&D for this segment has gone into multi-tasking solutions for skiers heading beyond the ropes with bindings that walk. In many ways what’s old is new again: skiing’s beginnings were precisely backcountry in nature—as far as Ski Canada can decipher there were no groomed … More »

Boots 2013

The continued allure of the sidecountry and the growth of skiing variants have driven engineers back to their drawing boards. As can be expected, keywords include performance, comfort, feel, ease of entrance, weight (low, of course) and flex. Custom technologies like thermoforming have come into their own, no doubt in higher-end liners, but also in shells—with Fischer’s Vacuum system pioneering … More »

Frontside 2013

While carving is still king on the frontside, getting the perfect turn has become way easier. Enter rocker, an early-rising tip born out of necessity in the backcountry, but now ubiquitous wherever you ride—yes, even on corduroy. Expect a full integration of this technology throughout this season’s lineups. HOT PURSUIT Led by flagship Pursuit 18 Elite, Rossignol’s all-new skis-boots-poles-helmet-app, the … More »

Expert All Mountain * Test 2013

  Expert All-Mountain skis are designed to be the perfect companion for resort skiing in the west. In this category versatility is the name of the game. Think of your ski day: for a warm-up ripping some groomers, you want a ski that carves and responds with power, edge grip and stability; then up into the alpine and … More »

Big Mountain skis 2013

Big mountain, freeskiing, freemountain, you name it, these skis are made for getting deep— or at least skiing the deep. Wider boards with more float have made it easier to stay on top, democratizing the quintessential Western Canada ski experience. With the right technology underfoot, just about anyone can now ski this stuff. Look for some inspired designs … More »

All Mountain skis 2013

The lion’s share of R&D finds itself here in the All-Mountain category as ski manufacturers blend their top technologies into that perfect quiver of one. Competition for the 2013 ski season is fiercer than ever. Underfoot measurements in the 80s are now commonplace, but manufacturers are pushing the envelope beyond 100mm. And while ski manufacturers make sure you’re … More »

Slalom * Test 2013

Contrary to the belief of some living in western powder meccas, the death of the Slalom category has been greatly exaggerated. But for those used to eastern hardpack—and  especially the competitive ilk who dominate Ontario’s private ski club scene—Slalom skis are of particular interest and a far more realistic choice for a quiver. Slalom skis make you move, … More »

High performance

The frontside of the mountain at its very best. Racecourse technology trickles down to the consumer with the ski industry’s most powerful boards. Backed by decades of R&D on the World Cup circuit and this year’s most innovative technologies, expect impeccable power transfer, solid carving, and all the bells and whistles for solid performance on hardpack. from Buyer’s Guide … More »

The Categories Explained

And now, even more! A total of seven Ski Canada categories were tested at Fernie this year, with new kid-on-the-block Slalom making a comeback. Also tested at Fernie were: On-Piste Cruisers and Easy Cruising for groomed slopes at a range of speed limits; Big Mountain for those who want to test variable terrain and conditions; Expert All-Mountain and Adventure … More »

Gear News & Trends

Buyer's Guide 2013

Munich’s annual ski industry trade show ISPO is staggeringly massive. Thankfully technical editor Marty McLennan was able to ride between booths with a dedicated transportation attendant (see bikini).       THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE! Freeriding, that is. The slackcountry market keeps heating up, with more of us getting off the lift and hiking for freshies. … More »

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Just $5.00 an issue!

1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.