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Christmas in the Kootenays

Getting the cousins together for the holidays is easy when you plan four days at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. Being able to assess a situation, think on your feet and react immediately are universal and necessary qualities among professional ski guides. Take Kevin Marr, for instance, long-time lead guide and operations manager at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. … More »

Powder To The People

Most of us are never going to ski 45-degree Alaskan faces or nipple-deep powder like we see on Ski Canada covers and movies at après. In the first case, most of us aren’t good or brave enough. And in the second case, those nipple-deep shots are set up and taken on vanishingly rare days that … 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 »

What’s The Point of Keeping Track?

When it comes to skiing, I’ve never been one to keep score. Take ski racing, for instance—the one discipline of the sport that I’ve actively avoided all these years. I once “lost” a dual-slalom against a woman from Minnesota who was old enough to be my mother, and who charitably said, “You would have beaten … 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 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 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

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 »

powder

Christmas in the Kootenays

Getting the cousins together for the holidays is easy when you plan four days at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. Being able to assess a situation, think on your feet and react immediately are universal and necessary qualities among professional ski guides. Take Kevin Marr, for instance, long-time lead guide and operations manager at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. … More »

Powder To The People

Most of us are never going to ski 45-degree Alaskan faces or nipple-deep powder like we see on Ski Canada covers and movies at après. In the first case, most of us aren’t good or brave enough. And in the second case, those nipple-deep shots are set up and taken on vanishingly rare days that … 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 »

What’s The Point of Keeping Track?

When it comes to skiing, I’ve never been one to keep score. Take ski racing, for instance—the one discipline of the sport that I’ve actively avoided all these years. I once “lost” a dual-slalom against a woman from Minnesota who was old enough to be my mother, and who charitably said, “You would have beaten … 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 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 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

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 »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.