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Ski Canada Test 2022

Gear, Ski Test // 2021-10-01 // By

Almost 40 years ago, Ski Canada was the first magazine in North America to test skis when we started doing laps on next year’s gear at Marmot Basin above Jasper. We’ve moved many times over the decades with Mount Washington on Vancouver Island now hosting all the hard workers. No really, it is work! Okay, we do enjoy it. But mostly we’re in it for you. Our ultimate goal with the ski reviews that follow is to help you have more fun when you’re out skiing.

Ski Canada’s tech editor Ryan Stuart intro to Test 2022

We believe finding the right ski will make you a better skier. To that end, last spring we researched all the new skis set to launch this autumn, handpicked the 40 most interesting new models, and gathered them together at Mount Washington. With the help of 30 testers—of every shape, style and ability—we skied them all, over two days and in a variety of conditions.

We wanted to cut through the marketing babble and find out for ourselves where each ski excels and what kind of skier would like it the most. You’ll find a summary of what we learned on the following pages for All-Mountain and On-Piste skis, and coming next issue, our favourites in Freeride and Backcountry skis.

Keep in mind, even with a quorum of testers providing feedback, our reviews remain suggestions. We recommend you use our opinions as a guide. Read through the reviews, be honest about your own needs and wants, and find the models that best fit your style and ability. Narrow it down to two or three skis and then demo them for yourself. Play around with widths, lengths, constructions and shapes, especially if you haven’t bought new skis in a while. Most ski shops have demo fleets for this purpose.

We think trying for yourself remains the best strategy for finding the right ski for you. And it’s our humble hope that our hard work on ski test day will lead to you having more fun every time you go skiing. To us, that’s a sacrifice worth making. Yep, we’re just that selfless.

All Test 2022 reports will post over the next few weeks

METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN SKIS

Metal is now one of the biggest trends in All-Mountain skis. Sandwiching one or two sheets of (typically) Titanal, an aluminum alloy, adds torsional rigidity and power. We like it in All-Mountain skis because it takes shapes that excel in powder and off-piste conditions, and adds hard-snow carving performance and stability to crash through crud. In other words, metal offers even more All-Mountain credentials. Of course there are costs: metal is heavy and stiff. So, while it adds thrill to any run, it demands fitness and technique. That’s becoming less of an issue as brands tune shape and materials to make metal skis more approachable. 

Atomic Maverick 100 Ti 

Blizzard Black Pearl * women

Blizzard Bonafide 97

Line Blade

Rossignol Experience 82 Ti * women

Rossignol Experience 86 Ti

Volkl Secret 96 * women

Volkl Mantra M6

All Test 2022 reports will post over the next few weeks

NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN

 This is the more traditional style of all-mountain ski construction, when it’s really anything but. The only thing these skis share is that they don’t have metal. Instead brands use complex mixes of different wood, carbon, rubber and other materials. The result is a diverse mix of performance and purpose. They tend to be lighter and easier to ski than metal skis, which make them suited to a wider range of skiers and purposes. From the Selkirk backcountry to Ontario resorts, these skis can do it all.

Atomic Maven 93C * women

Elan Ripstick Black Edition

Head Kore 85 X

Nordica Wild Belle DC84 * women

Rossignol Experience 82 Basalt

Salomon QST 98

Volkl Blaze 94

Volkl Blaze 86W * women

ON-PISTE

Sure, powder gets all the attention, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on an immaculate groomer—and far less competition for first tracks! These skis are optimized for holding carves and generation G-forces on firm snow. Some can give a race ski a run for the podium, while others happily hop through the bumps and rip up the tracked-up back bowls. They’re a diverse bunch and shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you’re looking to add hard-snow performance to your quiver.

Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB

Blizzard Phoenix R14 Pro * women

Dynastar Speed 963

Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX

XO Ski 77 V7

All test reports will publish by October 29

COMPARABLES – TEST 2021

from Buyer’s Guide 2022 issue

All Ski Tests

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Ski Canada Test 2022

Gear, Ski Test // // By


Almost 40 years ago, Ski Canada was the first magazine in North America to test skis when we started doing laps on next year’s gear at Marmot Basin above Jasper. We’ve moved many times over the decades with Mount Washington on Vancouver Island now hosting all the hard workers. No really, it is work! Okay, we do enjoy it. But mostly we’re in it for you. Our ultimate goal with the ski reviews that follow is to help you have more fun when you’re out skiing.

Ski Canada’s tech editor Ryan Stuart intro to Test 2022

We believe finding the right ski will make you a better skier. To that end, last spring we researched all the new skis set to launch this autumn, handpicked the 40 most interesting new models, and gathered them together at Mount Washington. With the help of 30 testers—of every shape, style and ability—we skied them all, over two days and in a variety of conditions.

We wanted to cut through the marketing babble and find out for ourselves where each ski excels and what kind of skier would like it the most. You’ll find a summary of what we learned on the following pages for All-Mountain and On-Piste skis, and coming next issue, our favourites in Freeride and Backcountry skis.

Keep in mind, even with a quorum of testers providing feedback, our reviews remain suggestions. We recommend you use our opinions as a guide. Read through the reviews, be honest about your own needs and wants, and find the models that best fit your style and ability. Narrow it down to two or three skis and then demo them for yourself. Play around with widths, lengths, constructions and shapes, especially if you haven’t bought new skis in a while. Most ski shops have demo fleets for this purpose.

We think trying for yourself remains the best strategy for finding the right ski for you. And it’s our humble hope that our hard work on ski test day will lead to you having more fun every time you go skiing. To us, that’s a sacrifice worth making. Yep, we’re just that selfless.

All Test 2022 reports will post over the next few weeks

METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN SKIS

Metal is now one of the biggest trends in All-Mountain skis. Sandwiching one or two sheets of (typically) Titanal, an aluminum alloy, adds torsional rigidity and power. We like it in All-Mountain skis because it takes shapes that excel in powder and off-piste conditions, and adds hard-snow carving performance and stability to crash through crud. In other words, metal offers even more All-Mountain credentials. Of course there are costs: metal is heavy and stiff. So, while it adds thrill to any run, it demands fitness and technique. That’s becoming less of an issue as brands tune shape and materials to make metal skis more approachable. 

Atomic Maverick 100 Ti 

Blizzard Black Pearl * women

Blizzard Bonafide 97

Line Blade

Rossignol Experience 82 Ti * women

Rossignol Experience 86 Ti

Volkl Secret 96 * women

Volkl Mantra M6

All Test 2022 reports will post over the next few weeks

NON-METAL ALL-MOUNTAIN

 This is the more traditional style of all-mountain ski construction, when it’s really anything but. The only thing these skis share is that they don’t have metal. Instead brands use complex mixes of different wood, carbon, rubber and other materials. The result is a diverse mix of performance and purpose. They tend to be lighter and easier to ski than metal skis, which make them suited to a wider range of skiers and purposes. From the Selkirk backcountry to Ontario resorts, these skis can do it all.

Atomic Maven 93C * women

Elan Ripstick Black Edition

Head Kore 85 X

Nordica Wild Belle DC84 * women

Rossignol Experience 82 Basalt

Salomon QST 98

Volkl Blaze 94

Volkl Blaze 86W * women

ON-PISTE

Sure, powder gets all the attention, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on an immaculate groomer—and far less competition for first tracks! These skis are optimized for holding carves and generation G-forces on firm snow. Some can give a race ski a run for the podium, while others happily hop through the bumps and rip up the tracked-up back bowls. They’re a diverse bunch and shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you’re looking to add hard-snow performance to your quiver.

Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB

Blizzard Phoenix R14 Pro * women

Dynastar Speed 963

Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX

XO Ski 77 V7

All test reports will publish by October 29

COMPARABLES – TEST 2021

from Buyer’s Guide 2022 issue

All Ski Tests

Tags: , , ,

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