Looking for skis where even the topsheet has your name written all over it? Snoday, based in small-town Cochrane, AB, tailor-designs and hand-builds all their skis and snowboards. Order one and you’ll also be involved in selecting the amount of flex, camber and rocker. Once the technical stuff is out of the way, you’ll just have to choose a graphic. Ever wanted to look down at your pooch, kitty or significant other while you ski? Here’s your chance. The company stands behind its work with a limited two-year warranty. Skis start at $895; boards at $750. snoday.ca.
Glide and grip
Looking to spend more of your cross-country time exploring woods, parks or snow-covered waters, well away from groomed trails? The new Rossignol Evo OT (as in off-trail) is a refined version of the company’s already popular Evo Tour. Wider dimensions, partial metal edges and smaller sizing give you all the stability you need to manoeuvre through a variety of snow conditions. $275. rossignol.com.
The Line Soulmate 90 give intermediate skiers more flex and stability on both familiar and tougher runs. Good value for what these skis offer. US$550. lineskis.com.
A backcountry luxury vehicle
Limited edition 4FRNT, from online retailer Backcountry.com’s Renegade line, give you the flex, full-rocker camber profile, and power reserved usually for professional models. Handmade in Salt Lake City, UT. US$800.
The two-trick Pony
The Burton Family Tree Trick Pony is a great beginner-friendly board that also allows experienced riders to do just about anything in most any terrain and condition. You can trust any board from this now-veteran company. Burton has been making them for both pros and amateurs since the 1970s. US$500. burton.com.
Custom-made skis and snowboards are made to your dream shape, length, sidecut, flex and composition in Prior’s factory at the base of Whistler. Each order takes about three weeks; if you can’t wait, Prior has some in stock. Skis start at $849; boards at $699. priorsnow.com.
Walking the winter trail
The limited-edition Blitzen snowshoes, made by Redfeather, are a stylish and affordable way to successfully cover most ground, be it ice or deep snow. US$100. redfeather.com.
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