FRESH TRACKS - February 23, 2024

Christmas in the Kootenays

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Reading Time: 9 minutes 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 […]

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Powder To The People

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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

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Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 […]

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What’s The Point of Keeping Track?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 7 – outerwear

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Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 6 – skis

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Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 5

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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. […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 4

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

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One Thing to Remember in Powder

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Okay, you’ve put the miles in on the groomers, you’ve tasted them with fresh snow and even forayed into the trees beside the slope once in a while. Every instructional […]

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Kindred Rambler Ski Test

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes  If this were a beauty pageant, the Rambler would win. No question. The inlaid wood veneer graphics are spectacular, original and fit with the brand’s home near the base of […]

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Instinct Seeker Ski Test

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Reading Time: 2 minutes The Seeker is a big, beefy ski—115 underfoot and nearly 15 cm wide at the tip—but when we picked it up it felt like our eyes were deceiving us. Even […]

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Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

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Reading Time: 12 minutes Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking […]

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Fear of Freshies

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Powder? Pfft,” I mumbled to myself as my family, practically vibrating with excitement, hopped into a van and sped off to some untracked oasis. On this glorious bluebird day in […]

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RYAN REPORT – Powder porn to help ease the angst of spring

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Not ready for winter to end? I feel your pain. I spent far too much of my ski season in the office and not enough – never enough – on […]

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And Then They Were One – Park City & The Canyons

Reading Time: 9 minutes Big things really started to happen when Vail Resorts teamed up Park City with The Canyons. by RON BETTS in the December 2017 issue   Until recently, my favourite landing was […]

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RYAN REPORT – Panorama’s Monster Expansion

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Six days after the last snowfall I drop into The Monster and sink up to my waist. For the next 10 minutes I work my way down the steeps, trees […]

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RYAN REPORT – This is why bibs beat pants: Trew Trewth Bib

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m a bib man. Not because I spill down my front all the time, but because I hate snow down my pants. I’m talking bib ski pants, obviously. And while […]

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Ride the Stagecoach – Castle Mt.

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Reading Time: 6 minutes GEORGE KOCH’s tail-guiding experience at Castle Mountain’s cat-ski operation gave him a unique perspective on powder. in Winter 2017 issue I discovered some things about myself as a middle-aged skier: I […]

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Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

Reading Time: < 1 minutes In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing […]

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Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is […]

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Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend […]

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Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes It may seem too obvious, but powder snow is where wide skis actually make sense. The float provided by skis that are more than 100mm wide underfoot really do make […]

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