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Gear & Gadgets – Vol 50 #3

Racer

Goat power! With a 70:30 mohair-nylon ratio, Chamonix-based Black Crows promises its all-new, 100 per cent waterproof Pilus skins ($269) to be “the ideal partner for gliding serenely toward happiness.” The world’s most visibly recognizable skins have trimmed down in weight and beefed up durability all while using a greener (no fluorocarbon) manufacturing recipe. black-crows.co … 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 »

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 »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Groomers

Groomers photo Geoff Holman

  Powder may get all the press, but you know there’s nothing like the art and satisfaction of laying a perfect arc in an immaculate groomer. You might not admit it to your friends, but sometimes it feels better than powder. Cruising around the groomers, exploring the hill, hitting the gas pedal with confidence and … More »

How to Buy Ski Gloves

No body part is as susceptible to the cold as your fingers. The key to keeping them toasty is a tug of war between dryness and insulation. Moisture robs heat. Even when it’s relatively warm, fingers can go numb if they get wet. Water comes from two directions: outside and inside. Outside: Gloves and mitts … More »

RYAN REPORT – Spring Gloves

Last weekend at my local ski hill, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, it was classic March schizophrenic weather. Saturday started cold and quickly warmed up to full spring slush under a perfect blue sky. Sunday started mild and then swung back and forth as squalls and clouds pushed in and out. It was easy enough to … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016 intro

photo: ADAM STEIN * tester: Christian Armstrong  Part 1   Big Mountain  *  Expert All-Mountain  *  Slalom  *  On-Piste Cruisers  *  Easy Cruisers  *  Powder WRITTEN BY D’ARCY SEGO AND RON BETTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM STEIN TEST PIT CO-ORDINATION BY JOE GRIERSON It was pretty much a home run to Sun Peaks last February for the Ski … More »

50 Shades of White

Naughty or nice, Leslie Woit will whip your winter of 2015 into shape with some snowbound thrills. 1. Do it with a group Join a group lesson to improve your style and raise your social capital. Adults-only, intermediate plateau-er or powder perfectionist, sharing is the new independence. 2. Order a bedtime story Tantalizingly torpid after looking lovely … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016

Test 2016 at Sun Peaks Resort February 23 – 27, 2015 Test 2016 reports now online and in SkiFinder. * Expert All Mountain * Big Mountain category * Slalom category * Adventure All Mountain * On-Piste Cruisers * Easy Cruisers Ski Canada Test results from past years here and on SkiFinder. Use SkiFinder to input your skiing characteristics and … More »

All Teched Out

Whether or not your ski experience is going to be revolutionized, it sure is fun to play in the candy store.  by Ryan Stuart in Winter 2013 issue 1.  The Drift HD Ghost takes your average head cam and makes it dead easy to use with WiFi connectivity, a remote control with indicator lights, an … More »

Swany

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 50 #3

Racer

Goat power! With a 70:30 mohair-nylon ratio, Chamonix-based Black Crows promises its all-new, 100 per cent waterproof Pilus skins ($269) to be “the ideal partner for gliding serenely toward happiness.” The world’s most visibly recognizable skins have trimmed down in weight and beefed up durability all while using a greener (no fluorocarbon) manufacturing recipe. black-crows.co … 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 »

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 »

Buyer’s Guide 2021 – Groomers

Groomers photo Geoff Holman

  Powder may get all the press, but you know there’s nothing like the art and satisfaction of laying a perfect arc in an immaculate groomer. You might not admit it to your friends, but sometimes it feels better than powder. Cruising around the groomers, exploring the hill, hitting the gas pedal with confidence and … More »

How to Buy Ski Gloves

No body part is as susceptible to the cold as your fingers. The key to keeping them toasty is a tug of war between dryness and insulation. Moisture robs heat. Even when it’s relatively warm, fingers can go numb if they get wet. Water comes from two directions: outside and inside. Outside: Gloves and mitts … More »

RYAN REPORT – Spring Gloves

Last weekend at my local ski hill, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, it was classic March schizophrenic weather. Saturday started cold and quickly warmed up to full spring slush under a perfect blue sky. Sunday started mild and then swung back and forth as squalls and clouds pushed in and out. It was easy enough to … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016 intro

photo: ADAM STEIN * tester: Christian Armstrong  Part 1   Big Mountain  *  Expert All-Mountain  *  Slalom  *  On-Piste Cruisers  *  Easy Cruisers  *  Powder WRITTEN BY D’ARCY SEGO AND RON BETTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM STEIN TEST PIT CO-ORDINATION BY JOE GRIERSON It was pretty much a home run to Sun Peaks last February for the Ski … More »

50 Shades of White

Naughty or nice, Leslie Woit will whip your winter of 2015 into shape with some snowbound thrills. 1. Do it with a group Join a group lesson to improve your style and raise your social capital. Adults-only, intermediate plateau-er or powder perfectionist, sharing is the new independence. 2. Order a bedtime story Tantalizingly torpid after looking lovely … More »

Ski Canada Test 2016

Test 2016 at Sun Peaks Resort February 23 – 27, 2015 Test 2016 reports now online and in SkiFinder. * Expert All Mountain * Big Mountain category * Slalom category * Adventure All Mountain * On-Piste Cruisers * Easy Cruisers Ski Canada Test results from past years here and on SkiFinder. Use SkiFinder to input your skiing characteristics and … More »

All Teched Out

Whether or not your ski experience is going to be revolutionized, it sure is fun to play in the candy store.  by Ryan Stuart in Winter 2013 issue 1.  The Drift HD Ghost takes your average head cam and makes it dead easy to use with WiFi connectivity, a remote control with indicator lights, an … More »

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