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Line Pandora 110 – Test 2022

Line Pandora Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 LINE PANDORA 110 * FREERIDE/POWDER * WOMEN BEST FOR: Women’s powder ski that can still turn on the groomers. Wide, rockered and light left little doubt what Line designed the Pandora 110 for, and in Mount Washington’s deep and steep it made testers happy. “So much fun in the powder,” swooned … More »

Zag Slap 104 – Test 2022

Zag Slap

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 ZAG SLAP 104 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: A weapon for backcountry skiers focused on the down. Zag, a Chamonix-based ski manufacturer relatively new to Canada, calls the Slap family “freeride touring skis.” That about sums up this fun ski. It feels much lighter than its mid-weight 1,900g construction would suggest. The … More »

Volkl Rise Beyond 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Rise Beyond - Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL RISE BEYOND 96 * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Crushing vertical and ripping the down.  Weighing less than 1,300g per ski, we fully expected the Rise Beyond 96 to feel great on the skin track. What we weren’t ready for was how well it performed on the way down. … More »

Dynastar E Lite 9 – Test 2022

Dynastar E Lite Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR E LITE 9 * WOMEN * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Hard carving and fast skiing from first chair to last Not quite as wild as the unisex Speed, but it’s similar in build and personality. Our women testers found clicking into the E Lite 9 was like tapping … 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 »

Ski Test

Line Pandora 110 – Test 2022

Line Pandora Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 LINE PANDORA 110 * FREERIDE/POWDER * WOMEN BEST FOR: Women’s powder ski that can still turn on the groomers. Wide, rockered and light left little doubt what Line designed the Pandora 110 for, and in Mount Washington’s deep and steep it made testers happy. “So much fun in the powder,” swooned … More »

Zag Slap 104 – Test 2022

Zag Slap

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 ZAG SLAP 104 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: A weapon for backcountry skiers focused on the down. Zag, a Chamonix-based ski manufacturer relatively new to Canada, calls the Slap family “freeride touring skis.” That about sums up this fun ski. It feels much lighter than its mid-weight 1,900g construction would suggest. The … More »

Volkl Rise Beyond 96 – Test 2022

Volkl Rise Beyond - Test22

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 VOLKL RISE BEYOND 96 * FREERIDE/POWDER * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Crushing vertical and ripping the down.  Weighing less than 1,300g per ski, we fully expected the Rise Beyond 96 to feel great on the skin track. What we weren’t ready for was how well it performed on the way down. … More »

Dynastar E Lite 9 – Test 2022

Dynastar E Lite Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR E LITE 9 * WOMEN * ON-PISTE * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Hard carving and fast skiing from first chair to last Not quite as wild as the unisex Speed, but it’s similar in build and personality. Our women testers found clicking into the E Lite 9 was like tapping … 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 »

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