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Sidetracks: Ice Climbing in Alberta

Trade skis for crampons and hike into an ice spire cathedral near the slopes of Alberta’s Lake Louise.

I strap nailhead-studded crampons called Icers over the soles of my winter boots and wonder just what I’ve gotten myself into. Others had raved about river-carved ice castles in Johnston Canyon, a notch in Banff National Park’s craggy peaks, so I’d signed up for a half-day hike as a midweek diversion for muscles weary from skiing Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise. Looking at the terrain ahead, though, I’m not sure how much of a break my weary muscles will get.

Marker Bindings 1999


Marker, the choice among many elite racers, is the Mercedes of bindings, employing some of the most sophisticated engineering and tooling in the world.

Pump Up Your Skiing


Want to ski better than ever? Take our preseason fitness challenge, and we guarantee you will.

Atomic Bindings 2003


A preview of Atomic bindings for the 2003 season.

Kid's Gear 2000: Boots and Bindings


Without a doubt, finding a boot that fits and flexes properly is the most important part of the equipment equation. Even a flawed ski can be overcome if a child has the right boot. We polled coaches and instructors, and the message was clear: Go soft, and

Powder Principles: Law 1-Equipment


Learn to conquer the powder once and for all. Two of the world's best powder skiers discuss everything from stance to gear and lay down the 6 laws of learning to ski the deep.

Powder Principles: Law 1-Equipment


The first law to conquer the powder.

Boot Camp


Step into the mountains in style this season. Eight fashion-inspired boots with cushy liners and snow-savvy soles.

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