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It’s In The Cards – backcountry risk management

A unique course teaches you how to make better decisions and minimize risk. Right until the snow starts to slide we are partying. It’s a weekday and we’re six dads playing hooky to shred knee-deep powder in the Vancouver Island backcountry. On our first run we expect the new snow to be touchy in spots, … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2022 pt 8 – Gear & Gadgets

Auclair Panorama

AVALANCHE SAFETY  Gear up for sliding beyond the ski area boundary with these essentials. Osprey Soelden Pro: Along with the women’s Sopris, this avalanche pack uses an electronic power source to inflate an air bag, increasing the likelihood of ending up on top of a slide, not buried in it. $1,700; ospreypacks.com Ortovox Diract Voice: … More »

Carving Up The Backcountry – Callaghan Country

There’s no better place than Callaghan Country to learn how to share. Ski fast. Take chances.” This is Guillaume Otis’s advice at the top of our first run in the Callaghan Valley. It also turns out to be the theme of our four days of ski touring in the backcountry area near Whistler. Among the … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 6 – skis

CELEBRITY SKI LINE  Over the last decade Kye Petersen has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best big-mountain skiers, stomping airs and bombing faces onboard planks made by several brands. Now he’s building his own, Kye Shapes, in collaboration with Johnny “Foon” Chilton. Out of Chilton’s Pemberton-based Foon Skis factory, Kye Shapes includes … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 4

Tecnica Cochise

50/50 BOOTS – ALPINE TOURING In order to see where skiing is heading, it’s often illuminating to watch where the energy and R&D are going. And much of that is flowing into boots designed for no-compromise downhill performance with the ability to tour. These four-buckle boots look as if they’re made for the resort, but … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Instinct Original Sender – Test 2022

Instinct Sender Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 INSTINCT ORIGINAL SENDER (O//S) * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Charging in big terrain. Instinct skis stand out. They’re one of the few with a contoured cap construction, versus the more common square sandwich. They always sport an eye-catching graphic—everything from Stealth-black to mountain scenes and the O//S’s ghostly image. When you pick … More »

Dynastar M-Free 99 – Test 2022

Dynastar M-Free Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR M-FREE 99 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Playful feel of a freeride ski, with the versatility of an all-mountain ski. An addition to Dynastar’s M-Free line, a family of playful freeride skis, the 99 is the most versatile sibling. It shares its wider brothers’ poplar wood core bookended along the edges … More »

DPS Pagoda RP 112 – Test 2022

DPS Pagoda test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DPS PAGODA RP 112 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Tracking up the trees. DPS has three different constructions: Pagoda Piste, Pagoda Tour and, in between and redesigned this year, Pagoda. Then DPS has four different designs: powder-surfing Lotus, playful and versatile RP, freestyle-oriented Koala, and fall-line-ripping C2. At Mount Washington we had … More »

backcountry

It’s In The Cards – backcountry risk management

A unique course teaches you how to make better decisions and minimize risk. Right until the snow starts to slide we are partying. It’s a weekday and we’re six dads playing hooky to shred knee-deep powder in the Vancouver Island backcountry. On our first run we expect the new snow to be touchy in spots, … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2022 pt 8 – Gear & Gadgets

Auclair Panorama

AVALANCHE SAFETY  Gear up for sliding beyond the ski area boundary with these essentials. Osprey Soelden Pro: Along with the women’s Sopris, this avalanche pack uses an electronic power source to inflate an air bag, increasing the likelihood of ending up on top of a slide, not buried in it. $1,700; ospreypacks.com Ortovox Diract Voice: … More »

Carving Up The Backcountry – Callaghan Country

There’s no better place than Callaghan Country to learn how to share. Ski fast. Take chances.” This is Guillaume Otis’s advice at the top of our first run in the Callaghan Valley. It also turns out to be the theme of our four days of ski touring in the backcountry area near Whistler. Among the … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 6 – skis

CELEBRITY SKI LINE  Over the last decade Kye Petersen has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best big-mountain skiers, stomping airs and bombing faces onboard planks made by several brands. Now he’s building his own, Kye Shapes, in collaboration with Johnny “Foon” Chilton. Out of Chilton’s Pemberton-based Foon Skis factory, Kye Shapes includes … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 4

Tecnica Cochise

50/50 BOOTS – ALPINE TOURING In order to see where skiing is heading, it’s often illuminating to watch where the energy and R&D are going. And much of that is flowing into boots designed for no-compromise downhill performance with the ability to tour. These four-buckle boots look as if they’re made for the resort, but … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

Instinct Original Sender – Test 2022

Instinct Sender Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 INSTINCT ORIGINAL SENDER (O//S) * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Charging in big terrain. Instinct skis stand out. They’re one of the few with a contoured cap construction, versus the more common square sandwich. They always sport an eye-catching graphic—everything from Stealth-black to mountain scenes and the O//S’s ghostly image. When you pick … More »

Dynastar M-Free 99 – Test 2022

Dynastar M-Free Test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DYNASTAR M-FREE 99 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Playful feel of a freeride ski, with the versatility of an all-mountain ski. An addition to Dynastar’s M-Free line, a family of playful freeride skis, the 99 is the most versatile sibling. It shares its wider brothers’ poplar wood core bookended along the edges … More »

DPS Pagoda RP 112 – Test 2022

DPS Pagoda test 2022

SKI CANADA TEST 2022 DPS PAGODA RP 112 * FREERIDE/POWDER BEST FOR: Tracking up the trees. DPS has three different constructions: Pagoda Piste, Pagoda Tour and, in between and redesigned this year, Pagoda. Then DPS has four different designs: powder-surfing Lotus, playful and versatile RP, freestyle-oriented Koala, and fall-line-ripping C2. At Mount Washington we had … More »

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