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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:

Gear & Gadgets Vol 48.4

Gear & Gadgets APPLE AIRPODS PRO   Don’t crank the volume in a noisy gondola, at the gym or on a long flight, cancel the background clutter with a tap on Apple’s AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancellation or “anti noise,” an inverted-phase waveform invented in the ’80s to prevent ear damage in U.S. military … More »

Gear & Gadgets Vol 48 #3

Magic armour! Auclair’s Race Fusion ($225) glove might make gate bashing almost comfortable. Lining the back of the hand and fingers of its newest race glove is a layer of D3O. Most of the time the material is soft and flexible. But hit it and it instantly stiffens to absorb and dissipate impact energy. Auclair … More »

Kneebinding

Knee Deep in Research It’s never a good idea to end up in the back seat, but especially on skis. Add a bit of a twist, arms behind you, weight on the inside edge of your downhill ski and you’ve just created the prescription for tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, aka the most common … More »

How to Buy a Puffy Jacket

A better puffy Everyone needs a down jacket for staying warm at rest stops, on chilly summit tops or organizing in parking lots. Down on its own is fine, but the latest crop of puffies is giving the sleeping bags with sleeves a 21st-century upgrade. Marmot West Rib Parka: Marmot doubles down. First it stuffs … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket ($600) and Bib Pant ($475) offer minimum build and maximum features from a helmet-, backpack- and harness-compatible design to ergonomically correct pockets, all in Helly Tech Professional 3-layer, water/windproof breathable fabric. The durable pant’s three thigh-high pockets put everything in its … More »

How to Buy Ski Goggles

What you need to know about buying ski goggles     Here are three main variables to consider when goggle shopping. 1. Lens shape: Lenses are either spherical, curving horizontally and vertically, or cylindrical, only curving horizontally. Spherical has less distortion and glare. Making cylindrical lenses is a simpler process, so they are often less expensive. … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Editor’s Choice pt 2

Backcountry Gear 2020 pt 2 EXPEDITION The essence of backcountry skiing is exploring. It’s wandering up a valley to see where it will go, crossing mountain ranges to get to the other side, and climbing mountains because, well, they’re there. The distances are often far and the vertical gain is often high. Weight, breathability and … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »

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:

Gear & Gadgets Vol 48.4

Gear & Gadgets APPLE AIRPODS PRO   Don’t crank the volume in a noisy gondola, at the gym or on a long flight, cancel the background clutter with a tap on Apple’s AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancellation or “anti noise,” an inverted-phase waveform invented in the ’80s to prevent ear damage in U.S. military … More »

Gear & Gadgets Vol 48 #3

Magic armour! Auclair’s Race Fusion ($225) glove might make gate bashing almost comfortable. Lining the back of the hand and fingers of its newest race glove is a layer of D3O. Most of the time the material is soft and flexible. But hit it and it instantly stiffens to absorb and dissipate impact energy. Auclair … More »

Kneebinding

Knee Deep in Research It’s never a good idea to end up in the back seat, but especially on skis. Add a bit of a twist, arms behind you, weight on the inside edge of your downhill ski and you’ve just created the prescription for tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, aka the most common … More »

How to Buy a Puffy Jacket

A better puffy Everyone needs a down jacket for staying warm at rest stops, on chilly summit tops or organizing in parking lots. Down on its own is fine, but the latest crop of puffies is giving the sleeping bags with sleeves a 21st-century upgrade. Marmot West Rib Parka: Marmot doubles down. First it stuffs … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Gear & Gadgets Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket ($600) and Bib Pant ($475) offer minimum build and maximum features from a helmet-, backpack- and harness-compatible design to ergonomically correct pockets, all in Helly Tech Professional 3-layer, water/windproof breathable fabric. The durable pant’s three thigh-high pockets put everything in its … More »

How to Buy Ski Goggles

What you need to know about buying ski goggles     Here are three main variables to consider when goggle shopping. 1. Lens shape: Lenses are either spherical, curving horizontally and vertically, or cylindrical, only curving horizontally. Spherical has less distortion and glare. Making cylindrical lenses is a simpler process, so they are often less expensive. … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 – Editor’s Choice pt 2

Backcountry Gear 2020 pt 2 EXPEDITION The essence of backcountry skiing is exploring. It’s wandering up a valley to see where it will go, crossing mountain ranges to get to the other side, and climbing mountains because, well, they’re there. The distances are often far and the vertical gain is often high. Weight, breathability and … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »

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