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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 »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 7 – outerwear

LAYERING 2022  Staying comfortable on the ski hill is as much about staying cool as it is staying warm. Get sweaty and then sit on a chairlift for 15 minutes and you’ll probably feel cold, even with the best layering system. Add some cotton or a non-breathable jacket into the mix and it’s a recipe … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 5

THIN IS IN – NORDIC UPDATE   Politics may be more polarized than ever, but gone are the days of skiers hating snowboarders and both wondering about those hippy skinny skiers. Today we’re fans of anything that slides on snow. The aerobic workout of cross-country skiing may not be for every adrenaline-powered skier, but skate and … 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 »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Safer Gear – Buyer’s Guide 22

 We’re not the fun police or Astar, the Play Safe robot, but we also know injuries suck. The right gear can keep you skiing, instead of sidelined. Sweet Protection Grimner 2Vi MIPS Lots of helmets claim to prevent brain injuries better than others, but Sweet Protection is one of the few companies that can put … More »

buyers guide

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 »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 7 – outerwear

LAYERING 2022  Staying comfortable on the ski hill is as much about staying cool as it is staying warm. Get sweaty and then sit on a chairlift for 15 minutes and you’ll probably feel cold, even with the best layering system. Add some cotton or a non-breathable jacket into the mix and it’s a recipe … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 5

THIN IS IN – NORDIC UPDATE   Politics may be more polarized than ever, but gone are the days of skiers hating snowboarders and both wondering about those hippy skinny skiers. Today we’re fans of anything that slides on snow. The aerobic workout of cross-country skiing may not be for every adrenaline-powered skier, but skate and … 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 »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Safer Gear – Buyer’s Guide 22

 We’re not the fun police or Astar, the Play Safe robot, but we also know injuries suck. The right gear can keep you skiing, instead of sidelined. Sweet Protection Grimner 2Vi MIPS Lots of helmets claim to prevent brain injuries better than others, but Sweet Protection is one of the few companies that can put … More »

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