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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 »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

One Solitude – Two Takes

BY GREG HILL I love winter, but more than my love for winter is my insatiable desire for powder. It is surely one of the purest pursuits available to man. The moments we experience while skiing untracked slopes is akin to quiet meditation, far away from a world that is so frantic and nonstop. I … More »

Randonnée Days – Québec’s Chic-Chocs

Alpine touring in the Gaspé’s Chic-Choc Mountains left three boys from Ontario in awe of Eastern powder. STORY AND PHOTOS BY ADAM BUITENHUIS Chest-deep in powder and struggling to pull myself to the surface, frustration hadn’t quite morphed into panic. Acquiescent and exhausted, I admitted defeat and yelled to my ski-buddy Craig who was still … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

backcountry

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 »

Jane the Virgin

My friend Jane summed up the trip well: “Going back to skiing groomers with people whizzing past me at resorts will feel kind of dull,” she told me dreamily. “I think I’ll be spending more time in the trees and back bowls—and definitely there’s more AT in my future.” I remember telling her last autumn, … More »

One Solitude – Two Takes

BY GREG HILL I love winter, but more than my love for winter is my insatiable desire for powder. It is surely one of the purest pursuits available to man. The moments we experience while skiing untracked slopes is akin to quiet meditation, far away from a world that is so frantic and nonstop. I … More »

Randonnée Days – Québec’s Chic-Chocs

Alpine touring in the Gaspé’s Chic-Choc Mountains left three boys from Ontario in awe of Eastern powder. STORY AND PHOTOS BY ADAM BUITENHUIS Chest-deep in powder and struggling to pull myself to the surface, frustration hadn’t quite morphed into panic. Acquiescent and exhausted, I admitted defeat and yelled to my ski-buddy Craig who was still … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

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