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Buyer’s Guide

Every January hundreds of international ski brands gather for their annual conference to showcase their latest gear, and Ski Canada is there to look, listen, poke, and prod. The result each year is our buyer’s guide to the best new alpine ski gear.

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Alpine ski & Boot Specs & Retail Pricing

Latest feature articles on ski gear:

K2 Disruption MTI Alliance

SKI TEST 2021 K2 DISRUPTION MTI ALLIANCE * WOMEN  *  GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Shredding firm snow on-piste, from bumps to groomers Turny and awesome appeared in just about every tester’s notes on the Disruption MTi Alliance. “Awesome power in the turn,” said Louise Draper. “Beautifulcarving ski on groomers and just as good … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021 Steep and Deep When the snow won’t stop, neither should you. Gear made for chest-deep blower starts with fat skis and ends with the clothing that keeps you warm and comfy no matter the weather. Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in … More »

Head Power Joy ski test

Ski Test 2021 Head Power Joy * women Best for: Cruising the groomers With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, … More »

K2 Disruption 82 Ti ski test

K2 Disruption

SKI TEST 2021 K2 DISRUPTION 82 TI * GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Railing from edge-to-edge at high speed Nimble, quick, turny, stable, fast. In other words, hold on. K2’s new on-piste ski family kept even the hardest-charging testers grinning. “The faster you ski, the better it gets,” wrote Chris Grover. “It loved to … More »

Head SuperShape E-Rally ski test

SKI TEST 2021 HEAD SUPERSHAPE E-RALLY * GROOMERS BEST FOR: Railing from edge-to-edge, groomers to tracked-up back bowls More than one tester described the e-Rally with car-racing metaphors. For instance, Steve Acciaroli wrote, “Edge and go; enjoy the ride with a sports-car feel.” Indeed, the SuperShape family’s heritage descends from Head’s race ski line, including … More »

Fischer RC4 CT ski test

Fischer RC4 CT

SKI TEST 2021 FISCHER RC4 CT * GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Expert racing, in and out of gates This is a World Cup ski in all but certification: RC stands for Race Cut. Plus, it’s glow-in-the-dark yellow and has a massive binding plate, a cut-out in the tip, and is narrow, turny and … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Groomers

Groomers photo Geoff Holman

  Powder may get all the press, but you know there’s nothing like the art and satisfaction of laying a perfect arc in an immaculate groomer. You might not admit it to your friends, but sometimes it feels better than powder. Cruising around the groomers, exploring the hill, hitting the gas pedal with confidence and … More »

Salomon Stance 96 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 SALOMON STANCE 96 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * EDITORS’ CHOICE* BEST FOR: Experts carving up the whole mountain The Stance rewarded the speedy. The faster our testers pushed this ski—whether it was on groomers, the bumps or chopped-up pow—the better it performed. “Once up to speed, it skis great,” noted Jade Keene from Ski … More »

Faction Prodigy 2.0X ski test

SKI TEST 2021 FACTION PRODIGY 2.0X * FREERIDE * WOMEN BEST FOR: Lettin’ ‘er loose in wide-open terrain This “freestyle all-mountain” ski wasn’t as playful and surfy or hard-charging as some Official Test Skis in this category. But it filled the sweet, middle ground in between with a lot of fun, riding on edge one … More »

DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP ski test

DPS Pagoda ski test

SKI TEST 2021 DPS PAGODA PISTE 90 RP * ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking to improve The Pagoda Piste is DPS’s take on a resort-focused ski. It mixes the carbon fibre laminate construction perfected by the Utah company, with a lively aspen wood core tip-to-tail, and damping ash laminate under the bindings. Then … More »

DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP ski test

Ski Tests

Buyer’s Guide

Every January hundreds of international ski brands gather for their annual conference to showcase their latest gear, and Ski Canada is there to look, listen, poke, and prod. The result each year is our buyer’s guide to the best new alpine ski gear.

Tech Talk

Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry

Alpine ski & Boot Specs & Retail Pricing

Latest feature articles on ski gear:

K2 Disruption MTI Alliance

SKI TEST 2021 K2 DISRUPTION MTI ALLIANCE * WOMEN  *  GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Shredding firm snow on-piste, from bumps to groomers Turny and awesome appeared in just about every tester’s notes on the Disruption MTi Alliance. “Awesome power in the turn,” said Louise Draper. “Beautifulcarving ski on groomers and just as good … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021 Steep and Deep When the snow won’t stop, neither should you. Gear made for chest-deep blower starts with fat skis and ends with the clothing that keeps you warm and comfy no matter the weather. Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in … More »

Head Power Joy ski test

Ski Test 2021 Head Power Joy * women Best for: Cruising the groomers With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, … More »

K2 Disruption 82 Ti ski test

K2 Disruption

SKI TEST 2021 K2 DISRUPTION 82 TI * GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Railing from edge-to-edge at high speed Nimble, quick, turny, stable, fast. In other words, hold on. K2’s new on-piste ski family kept even the hardest-charging testers grinning. “The faster you ski, the better it gets,” wrote Chris Grover. “It loved to … More »

Head SuperShape E-Rally ski test

SKI TEST 2021 HEAD SUPERSHAPE E-RALLY * GROOMERS BEST FOR: Railing from edge-to-edge, groomers to tracked-up back bowls More than one tester described the e-Rally with car-racing metaphors. For instance, Steve Acciaroli wrote, “Edge and go; enjoy the ride with a sports-car feel.” Indeed, the SuperShape family’s heritage descends from Head’s race ski line, including … More »

Fischer RC4 CT ski test

Fischer RC4 CT

SKI TEST 2021 FISCHER RC4 CT * GROOMERS * EDITORS’ CHOICE BEST FOR: Expert racing, in and out of gates This is a World Cup ski in all but certification: RC stands for Race Cut. Plus, it’s glow-in-the-dark yellow and has a massive binding plate, a cut-out in the tip, and is narrow, turny and … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Groomers

Groomers photo Geoff Holman

  Powder may get all the press, but you know there’s nothing like the art and satisfaction of laying a perfect arc in an immaculate groomer. You might not admit it to your friends, but sometimes it feels better than powder. Cruising around the groomers, exploring the hill, hitting the gas pedal with confidence and … More »

Salomon Stance 96 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 SALOMON STANCE 96 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * EDITORS’ CHOICE* BEST FOR: Experts carving up the whole mountain The Stance rewarded the speedy. The faster our testers pushed this ski—whether it was on groomers, the bumps or chopped-up pow—the better it performed. “Once up to speed, it skis great,” noted Jade Keene from Ski … More »

Faction Prodigy 2.0X ski test

SKI TEST 2021 FACTION PRODIGY 2.0X * FREERIDE * WOMEN BEST FOR: Lettin’ ‘er loose in wide-open terrain This “freestyle all-mountain” ski wasn’t as playful and surfy or hard-charging as some Official Test Skis in this category. But it filled the sweet, middle ground in between with a lot of fun, riding on edge one … More »

DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP ski test

DPS Pagoda ski test

SKI TEST 2021 DPS PAGODA PISTE 90 RP * ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking to improve The Pagoda Piste is DPS’s take on a resort-focused ski. It mixes the carbon fibre laminate construction perfected by the Utah company, with a lively aspen wood core tip-to-tail, and damping ash laminate under the bindings. Then … More »

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