ECO Style: Patagonia

This Spring, shop our selection of environmentally friendly products from Patagonia.  Patagonia is committed to building the best product while causing no unnecessary harm and using business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Now more than ever, it is important to consider our environment when choosing our clothing. We are proud to offer a variety of Patagonia products that are bluesign approved, fair trade certified and made with traceable down.

Reasons to Love Patagonia
  1. Eco-friendly brand
  2. Producers of numerous award winning pieces
  3. Gives back to many charitable initiatives to protect our planet
Why We Believe in Patagonia

Bluesign Approved
In 2007, Patagonia became the first brand to officially join the network of bluesign system partners. Patagonia employs methods and materials in their manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment. The bluesign system is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. Learn more about the bluesign system here.

Fair Trade Certified
Patagonia is out to change the industry. Fair Trade is a tool used by Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage. A premium is paid for every Fair Trade Certified item that carries Patagonia. That extra money goes directly to the workers at that factory, and they decide how to spend it. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management.

Traceable Down Standard
Patagonia down products contain only Traceable Down. This means that the company traces the source of down from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that birds are not force-fed or live-plucked. The Traceable Down Standard provides the highest assurance of animal welfare in the apparel industry.

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Celebrate International Polar Bear Day with PBI and Canada Goose

Knowledge is a catalyst for change and inspiration is more powerful than fear.

Celebrate wildlife on International Polar Bear Day with Canada Goose! Learn more about PBI and how you can make a difference in the conservation of polar bears and their habitats.

What is PBI?

Polar Bears International (PBI) is the only organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears. Founded in 1992, PBI knows polar bears – their habits, their ecology, their threats – and are recognized leaders in their conservation. Climate change is effectively annihilating the habitat of polar bears, and PBI’s small team of passionate conservationists, scientists, and volunteers exists to help secure a future for polar bears across the Arctic. PBI’s work extends beyond the plight of polar bears; they are fighting to combat the belief that it’s too late and to unify the world into action.

Learn more about PBI’s commitment to polar bear and sea ice conservation:

Where does Canada Goose fit in?

Canada Goose is a company that’s intertwined with the iconic nature of the northern landscape. They believe they have a responsibility to help secure a future for polar bears across the Arctic.

That’s why they are a long-standing partner with PBI, the only organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears, and a passionate team whose mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on through media, science and advocacy.

How can I help?

International Polar Bear Day is February 27th; this is a global day of action for the bears.

One easy way to contribute is to take part in the Thermostat Challenge! It’s simple: just lower your thermostat on February 27th to reduce your carbon emissions and help polar bears. And then make every day a polar bear day by buying and installing a programmable thermostat or taking extra steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.

“Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.” (Polar Bears International)

Another way to contribute? Purchase a jacket from the Canada Goose PBI collection!

The PBI Collection is a capsule of parkas, lightweight jackets and accessories for adults and kids, made in a signature colour – PBI Blue. This vibrant hue has become a symbol of the expert and important work being done by PBI scientists and conservationists to conserve polar bears and their habitats. Canada Goose donates $50 with each sale of a PBI jacket, which provides critical funding for polar bear and environmental research and advocacy.

Take the PBI pledge to exercise your rights as a citizen and speak up for bold action on climate—on Polar Bear Day and every day!
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Let Spring Fever Take Over!

Assiniboine Lodge

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

You can go to Google maps and know geographically where you’re going but you have to physically be there to let the journey shape your outlook and your feelings.

We can’t hold back our excitement when Spring rolls around – sunny days, longer nights and a change in the weather are enough big-time reasons to get us in the mood for a getaway.

Let Spring Fever Take Over.

Take a ski tour, snowshoe or cross country ski to let the fresh air of Spring fill your lungs and carry away the daily grind.

This is one fever you’ll want to catch – so book your trip now, have something to look forward to and feel the goodness when you try a new experience.

Fernie Alpine Resort

Places to take that first step. Book your Canadian Rockies region ski vacation with a twist.

Spring time is the perfect time to take a ski vacation into the Canadian Rockies region. Whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned shredder, pick a ski resort like Fernie Alpine Resort, in Fernie, British Columbia, or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, located in Golden, British Columbia, where you can easily ski to your door with on-mountain stays, along with a variety of other activities nearby to try.

  • Snow running, leisurely walks or snowshoeing make a great way to catch fresh air in your face and keep up on your cardio program, with the added benefit of nature time. Enjoy time in a log cabin, stay in Snow Creek Cabin, nestled in a cedar forest and snowshoe right out the front door. Or take the Mountain Heritage Snowshoe Tours offered by Fernie Alpine Resort’s Telus Winter Sports School, a guided tour that ends nicely with pasta and wine.
  • Nothing beats evening cross country skiing on the trails, after a day of fresh pow at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, return to your private ski cabin in the woods and check out the line up at Lush Mountain Accommodations. Kick and glide out the back door to the Golden Nordic Centre, offering a variety of trails to match your ability level.
Snowshoe Fernie, BC

Place to go wild.
Stay unplugged in a fly-in or ski-in only lodge in the wilderness.

Stride along.
Go old school with a classic cross-country ski vacation into a cluster of cabins that provide lodging, warm up next to the fire in the historic CPR cabin and enjoy homestyle meals at the Brewster’s Shadow Lake Lodge in Banff National Park. A bonus is that newly announced lodge managers, Katie and Leo Mitzel, are famous for service and incredible foodie experiences.

Assiniboine Lodge
Take beautiful steps deep into history.
Snowshoe trails abound here and the views can’t be beat with Mount Assiniboine looming above you – known as North America’s Matterhorn. After your tromp through the snowy meadows, kick back in the historic main lodge of Assiniboine Lodge, for the best social ever (unplugged, of course). After amazing food, grab hands and take a star-filled-sky walk back to your own private log cabin for your own version of story time. Your guides Claude and Andre are here to assist in providing memorable mountain time adventures, ready to break trail and share the joy.

First ski touring here.
Purcell Mountain Lodge, located high in the powder rich Purcell Mountains, a short heli flight from the alpine town of Golden, British Columbia, sets the bar high for luxury in the backcountry, with all the comforts of home. It is best to go with a guide when you are beginning the sport of ski touring. Ask for Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), like Ken and Stef, who will provide you with not only knowledgeable instruction, but to also include picking safe routes and discovering how to use the specific gear. They will make you feel like a champion on and off the slopes.

Fernie Alpine Resort
Adventure Gear Essentials

Wear a sweet helmet
The best helmet is the one you wear and the one by Sweet is a good way to go. Get the latest Sweet helmet with game-changer use of technologies combining lightweight, comfortable fit with the impact shield liner for safety.

Winter traction in the backcountry
Snowshoe easy, with the Tubbs new line up, allowing you to explore, providing a balanced and natural stance, making deep snow walks look and feel much easier.

Stay warm
Never forget the basics. Winter feels better when you wear base layers next to your skin. Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Pants and tops are perfect for all cold weather activities.

Poles matter
You can’t have any issues when you are out in the wilderness so get poles like G3 Via Carbon that are easy to adjust and most importanly durable.

Sticks that rip powder and the mountain
Rossignol Soul 7HD is hands down the best powder and all mountain play sticks you can put on your feet.

Build Forests
After ski or in the lodge, you’ll love the comfort and fit of a Tentree tee or sweatshirt and your doing good- as they plant trees for every item sold.

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day!

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Spring New Arrivals From Canada Goose

Featured: Women’s Campden Jacket

Spring is practically here; time to upgrade your outerwear wardrobe! Canada Goose is back for S18 with a new line of streamlined, technical jackets to keep you comfortable and dry through whatever weather comes your way.

New takes on tried & true silhouettes in classic black, soft neutrals and muted jewel tones make up a collection that is sure to bring the wow-factor this spring. Never sacrifice warmth or style with Canada Goose.

Featured: Women’s Portage Jacket
Women’s Brossard Jacket

The Brossard from Canada Goose is a slim fit, thigh length jacket that is adjustable and rugged for wind protection. This streamlined style features an adjustable hood that is reinforced to keep you comfortable in various weather conditions, as well as drawcords at the hem, waist and hood to create the perfect fit.

Men’s River Head Jacket

The River Head Jacket from Canada Goose is a fully seam sealed, waterproof rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and back venting, adjustable snap button cuffs and an interior drawcord at the hemline.

Women’s Campden Jacket

Styled with a relaxed silhouette, the Campden from Canada Goose is an ultra-lightweight jacket filled with warm down insulation and a water resistant shell. Minimal details, including the concealed front zip closure and flat welt handwarmer pockets, offer a streamlined look that moves from work to weekend with ease. A signature logo patch accents the upper left sleeve.

Men’s Cabri Hoody Jacket

The Cabri is a streamlined hoodie for ultra-lightweight warmth and versatility in transitional weather. This bomber-style design from Canada Goose features strategically placed down molds to your body for warmth without additional bulk and three layer stretch fabric at inner elbows adds natural movement and breathability.

Women’s Dore Hoody Jacket


This streamlined bomber-length jacket with strategically placed down-fill molds to your body for ultra-lightweight warmth. The Dore Hoodie from Canada Goose presents ultra-lightweight fill and construction, which means it packs down easily for versatility in unpredictable weather. Stretch rib knit cuffs with thumb loops help sleeves stay put and make layering easy for versatile wear in various weather conditions.


Featured: Men’s Voyageur Jacket


Men’s Voyageur Jacket

Patch flap pockets and simplistic details combine to achieve modern, military-inspired style in the Voyager Jacket from Canada Goose. This lightweight shell protects from rain and wind, featuring a removable zip hood, adjustable snap cuffs and interior drawstring waist, concealed two-way front zip closure and a signature logo patch at the upper left sleeve.

Women’s Wolfville Jacket

Built for maximum protection, the Wolfville Jacket from Canada Goose is a fully seam sealed, waterproof rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and back venting, adjustable snap button cuffs and multiple pockets for maximum storage.

Men’s Harbour Jacket

The Harbour Jacket from Canada Goose is a waterproof, breathable rain shell with functional details and a streamlined silhouette. Wear it as a stand-alone piece on milder days or as part of a layering system when temperatures start to drop. Notable features include underarm and side venting, adjustable scalloped edge cuffs and an interior drawcord at the hemline.


Women’s Portage Jacket

Patch flap pockets and simplistic details combine to achieve modern, military-inspired style in the Portage Jacket from Canada Goose. This knee-length shell protects from rain and wind, featuring a removable zip hood, adjustable snap cuffs and interior drawstring waist, concealed two-way front zip closure and a signature logo patch at the upper left sleeve.

Men’s Faber Bomber Jacket

A lighter take on the Chilliwack Bomber in rugged Dura-Force fabric for durable wind protection, the Faber is perfect for transitional wear. This classic style from Canada Goose features double reinforced elbows, mesh venting at the upper back and sleek ribbed knit trims.

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Our Norwegian Adventure With Norrona

This May, we were asked to visit Oslo, Norway where we would get the chance to learn about Norrona as a company and a manufacturer of goods that is new to Sporting Life. The plan was to start at Norrona headquarters, then proceed to live the life of a Norwegian in the fjords at the incredible High Camp Turtagro.

We flew out of Toronto Pearson Airport at 7pm, arrived at London Heathrow at 8am, and made a beeline to catch our next plane. We hopped on Scandinavian Air into Oslo, where we had the opportunity to take in the city. This city is one that no one should miss in their lifetime. It is a beautiful city that pairs old with new – stunning architecture surrounded by modern Norwegians riding bikes and living a healthy lifestyle. Not to mention the incredible food!

We met up with the Norrona gang and our rep Frode, who we lovingly call Thor (take a look at these photos and tell us you don’t agree!) We sat down to an excellent dinner before starting the next day’s adventures. The next morning, Frode picked us up from the hotel and we drove the 45 minutes to Lysaker – Norrona’s headquarters. The closest thing we can compare the vibe to is Muskoka – headquarters is surrounded by rocks, trees, evergreens, and a stunning waterfall. Getting into the adventurous Norwegian spirit, we climbed the rocks around the waterfall – because that’s just a normal day for a Norwegian. We so admire how they live and breathe the outdoors.

A tour of the Norrona facilities quickly revealed that their work environment is very unlike ours in Canada. The building is minimalist, but the culture is that of people who wholeheartedly believe in the brand. The office is made up of large rooms where all divisions work separately, but at lunch they all come together as a community. Jorn Jorgensen, the grandson of the founder of Norrona, mixes in and engages with the staff. He holds true to the values of the brand. The employees are there for each other as a team; the product is born from the outdoors, made for the outdoors by people who spend their lives outdoors. They build great quality product that is tested by tried and true outdoorsmen.

Norrona is the epitome of authenticity.

We saw the showroom; product from Winter 18 and beyond; Norrona testing facilities; colour swatches and patterns. Everything you could possibly learn about the brand is right there at your fingertips.

After our eye opening tour, it was time to pack up and go on our adventure. We loaded up the van and drove 6 hours outside of Oslo into the mountains. It is quite the trip to go from a beautiful summer climate to full on winter. On the drive to High Camp, we bonded with our Norwegian guides and learned that Norwegian culture is full of passion. Passion for activity, music, family, health. We shared music that means something to each of us, and shared stories and chats that we will remember for a lifetime.

As you get higher into the mountains, you hit a snow beltline where the snow walls get higher and higher. You suddenly realize how high up you are; completely away from all civilization. Our destination is only inhabited by 300 people, but the event we were attending brings people from all over the world. People camp on the roadside, put their skis on, and go!

We arrived at our basecamp for the next 3 days, from which we would skin 2100 vertical feet up the mountain. Then…we ski! We met people from all over the world; guests of Norrona, as well as people who signed up to experience the wonderment that the mountains provide. We were placed in classes based on ability, and each day we would gear up in our touring equipment, skin up the mountain, and ski back down.

This is where the need for properly fitted equipment becomes clear. The mountains leave no room for ill fitting equipment or improper layers. If you plan on hitting the slopes in any capacity, be prepared! In our case, there would be pressure on our feet, high altitude, and physical exertion. Our boots had to fit properly and our skis had to be freshly tuned.

When packing clothing for touring, remember one thing and one thing only: LAYERS. The weather can change drastically from the bottom to the top of the mountain, and the sun is no joke.

Norrona features lines- or “concepts”- named after some of the most beautiful Norwegian locations.

For example, the Lofoten island chain is famous for its beauty and harsh contrasting weathers, and its extreme elements represent the heart & soul of Norway’s outdoor life. The Lofoten concept was launched in 2004 and took freeride skiing in a radical new direction. This line is technical, durable, and practical – design and quality come first! Bright coloured Gore-Tex jackets and baggy ski pants will help you stand out on the slopes and enhance any mountain experience. The Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket (available for both men and women) offers breathable, versatile protection on the mountain. The women’s jacket is the brand’s warmest waterproof freeride jacket. Featuring PrimaLoft® Sport insulation, this season offers a more light weight jacket with a quieter face fabric, improved hood, and no underarm zipper for a softer, lighter and more compressible insulated jacket. The men’s jacket offers all the critical details you need for demanding conditions. It is light and highly breathable with superior ventilation, and weather-protective with a high level of comfort.

Looking for something a little more versatile? Falketind has got you covered: this line is made to function 365 days a year. Falketind is Norway’s most beautiful peak. While it appears inaccessible, the mountain in fact offers varied activities all year round. The outerwear line modelled after the mountain is equally as versatile. The men’s warm1 zip hoodie features a high warmth-to-weight ratio and quick drying properties. Wear it as a mid-layer or instead of a jacket without compromising on insulation and breathability. The unique construction of this fleece is perfect for different types of activities and changing weather conditions, as it traps warm air without inhibiting moisture transport.

The beauty of this experience was seeing nothing but passion for the outdoors. Despite our groupings based on ability, no one minded whether you were a professional skiier or a first timer at touring. We met extreme skiers who were happy to be present in the outdoors with likeminded individuals.

Our trip brought all kinds of unexpected twists and turns – early morning wake-ups, injuries, a rock concert, friends from the UK and all over the world! We also got to learn what Norrona is all about – celebrating nature and living among it. After spending a week with our friends at Norrona, we truly got the sense that when they make their product, they make it because they understand the details the garments need to have for you to be able to perform your activity. Norrona is passionate about not cutting corners, using the best materials, and being limited; these products are far from mass produced. The culture of the staff is inspiring to say the least; our Norwegian friends are phenomenal and work as a team. They have a mutual desire for the success of the company because they believe in it.

Coming back after 2 days of touring and 3 nights, it was a quiet drive home. Not only because we didn’t want to leave this beautiful place, but because of the people. The individuals we encountered on our journey were such happy people and loved being with other people.

After experiencing a scenic country with oceans, rivers, fjords, mountains, great food and even better people…we can’t wait to go back.

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Escape the City and Embrace BC’s Winter Mountain Culture

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain

Article by guest blogger Powder Matt.

Something special happens in the mountains as we optimistically look forward to spring: the mountain air and sunshine are a bit warmer and the days are longer. That means it’s time to ski, ride or try some new winter activities in the fresh snow of a beautiful day.

I recently skied with Mountain Man Cole, athlete and social media influencer. He reminded me with his sunny outlook that just getting outside and trying a new sport or activity can nudge your busy self into a stress-free, happy place.

“Optimism is very important for success both in sport and life,” says Cole, as we skied at Fernie Alpine Resort. While stopping abruptly and spraying powder in my face, he added: “It’s important make time to get outside, meet winter head on and challenge yourself to a new mountain activity.”

Sure, Cole is an accomplished athlete, but with a little effort and a can-do attitude, you can get more out of your winter. Try one –  or all – of these winter activities.

Whistler, BC. Photo: Andrew Strain
Nightlife, Nature, Luxury

Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort and village in North America, packs not only a peak skiing and riding experience, but a full lineup of activities and experiences, from pumping nightlife to serene snowshoes trails.

If you need anymore reason  to get here, Whistler Blackcomb has had its snowiest season of the past 10 years. Check out these statistics, which includes the fact that March and April are when the resort gets the most snow.

Powder Highway Magic

Kimberley Alpine Resort, Kimberley, BC: The laid-back vibe, mix of winter-loving folks and cool craft shops dotting a pedestrian-friendly downtown, make this place special. It’s a fantastic mashup for a stellar winter. It also includes a super-sized Nordic centre, fat bike trail network in one of Canada’s largest municipal parks, and a ski resort dotted with ski-in and ski-out lodging options. Kimberley Alpine Resort also offers a heart-pumping fall-line and powder-filled trees that will make you want to ski until the lifts stop every day. Families with small children will also find a private learning area, no through traffic, making first turns fun, safe and easy.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller

Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie, BC: Feel the power of being surrounded by tall rocky crags, walk a historic main-street filled with local shops and dining, and stand mountain top on the biggest vertical ski area in the Canadian Rockies. This is the real deal; it’s hard to top this mountain town with tons of trails for your winter exploring. Pick your pleasure: snowshoe, fat biking and even mountain-side yoga to start your mornings at Fernie Alpine Resort. Stay slopeside in your own private place, with a hot-tub, then hit Cirque Restaurant and/or the Canadian Rockies only Stoli Ice Bar at Lizard Creek Lodge. If you’re looking for the ultimate in seclusion, where you can ski to your door of your own private enclave nestled in tall cedars, check out Snow Creek Cabin.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Taylor Michael Birk
Add one of these activities to your ski vacation

Thinking of trying something new? Take that first step with a lesson. You’ll be sliding, stepping or pedaling in no time.

Take a guided snowshoe tour to get up to speed quickly, learning simple steps that will have you feeling like a pro in no time. Many sessions also offer lunch or a hot beverage along the trail.

Cross Country
Take a lesson from professionals who will will show your classic strides or skate-style. Pick your own pace as you can head out for peace on the trails.

Fat Biking
Try the fast-growing sport of fat biking with a guided tour or with friends. Similar to mountain bikes, they have beefier tires to give you the ability to ride anywhere – and not just in snow but also in sand and mud.

Get More Adventurous
Check out the Backcountry Basics workshop at Fernie Alpine Resort. The two-day course provides coaching on how to use ski touring gear, uphill travel techniques, mountain environment awareness and snow safety.

Try Some Top Gear

Snowshoes: Check out Atlas Snowshoes, perfect for your city and mountain snow walks to pump up your fitness program. Don’t forget to bring your G3 poles; they’ll provide the added balance assistance.

Backcountry: If you’re getting started with backcountry ski touring this winter, try the new G3 climbing skins to make humping up that slope so much easier.

Stay warm: Enjoy you piping, hot coffee longer with a Yeti Rambler cup. It fits nicely in the drink holder of a or in the side pocket of your backpack.

Stay cozy: Nights out on the town feel comfortable along the Powder Highway or browsing the Whistler Village, in your free and easy Tentree Hoodie.

Pack it: Load up your gear in style with the Herschel Supply Parcel Luggage Bag, perfect for a multi-day sporty holiday.

Fernie, BC. Photo: Powder Matt Mosteller.
Start planning your BC winter getaway here.
Learn more about what to expect along the Powder Highway and at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.

PowderMatt-250x300Powder Matt is hooked on Powder! Skiing has been part of his life for 40yrs! From ski racing to backcountry touring there is not a part of skiing that he does not like- in fact he will often say that spending a day in the mountains ‘Life is good when you do what you enjoy’ or refer you to his motto Eat.Sleep.Ski . He has been working in the Ski Resort business for over 20 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Resort Experience, at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to your comments. Make it a Powder Day!

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rossignol

“We aim to be known as the most progressive and authentic mountain brand on the market.”Rossignol

Known as a leader in the ski industry, Rossignol is one of our go-to ski brands year after year. Having been around for 110 years, Rossignol continues to innovate and defy expectations in their manufacture of skis, boots, bindings and apparel. Learn more about what makes the brand unique and how it has stood the test of time.

  1. After Abel Rossignol made his own pair of downhill skis in 1907, a brand was born. This makes Rossignol the oldest surviving brand name in skiing, and also the oldest surviving factory in skiing!
  2. Rossignol skis were used in the 1936 Winter Olympics – the first Games to include alpine ski events!
  3. While Rossignol did not invent the concept, the company’s first laminated ski, the Olympic 41, was an advance in design. In only ten years, production of the ski quickly climbed to several thousand per year.
  4. Rossignol has been associated with the biggest names in the ski industry such as Emile Allais, three time world champion in 1937. Allais worked in partnership with the brand to design notorious ski models like the Allais 60: the first metal ski used to win an Olympic gold medal!
  5. Rossignol’s first ski made out of fibreglass was the Strato 1. It featured a woodcore laminate stuck with epoxy resin and had an innovative shape with sidecuts to enhance turns. This was by far the best selling ski in Rossignol’s history.
  6. When the company was incorporated as Skis Rossignol S.A. in 1972, Rossignol had become the world’s best-selling brand of ski.
  7. By the year 2000, almost 40% of all downhill skis sold throughout the world were manufactured by Rossignol.
  8. The brand’s motto is Another Best Day, which says it all. Rossignol wants to offer to all skiers of all experience levels great products featuring modern technologies and high quality materials.
“Rossignol’s wish is simple: to share with you our passion for the wonderful world of winter sports.”
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Buyers Picks: The Best Boards for 2018

The buyers have spoken! Our team has worked tirelessly to choose the best of the best for this season’s equipment selection. Read more about why we love these 5 snowboards – which board will be your ride of choice for 2018?


When it comes to the best boards, we can always look to Burton. The Deja Vu is a favourite of our team, year after year. The board’s smooth rocker profile surfs through deep powder, while subtle camber underfoot and a true twin design keeps you in control no matter which way you point it. Not to mention – we love the graphic!


The Ladies Choice is one of our tried and true ladies’ snowboards; it seems like everyone that rides it loves it! Designed by pro boarder Jamie Anderson, this board will always be there for you – whether for jaw dropping manoeuvres in the park, heart opening resort ripping, or taking on new frontiers in the backcountry.


When it comes to Yes, you can’t say no! The Basic was built by snowboarders, for snowboarders. Its primary function is to allow the rider to do anything they focus their mind on. Whatever line, trick, direction or surface they want to shred, the Basic is designed to make this as intuitive as possible.


If it has Mark McMorris’ stamp of approval, we are totally on board. He loves it for for its twin freestyle playfulness and all-terrain prowess, and we couldn’t agree more. With a softer flex, the Process is suited to the freestyle rider, but is still capable of ripping the entire mountain as proven by the pros who push it.


Yet another board created by one of the greats. Travis Rice has designed a versatile proven freestyle/freeride snowboard that will allow you to push your limits and be there when it’s all on the line, but is still fun and playful enough to be a perfect daily ride.

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Skiing Coast to Coast

Austin Ross, Retallack, BC, Canada. Photo: Adam Clark

Snow sports are an inherent part of what it means to be Canadian – living the Sporting Life is what we do! Depending on where you choose to ski, it is important to choose the right equipment and apparel to ensure the best possible day on the slopes. Learn more about what makes Eastern, Western & Backcountry skiing different and what you need to conquer any weather conditions.


We may not have the Rockies, but skiing in Eastern Canada is a completely different ballgame than it is out west. Most ski resorts are ski lift assisted with shorter runs and fewer protected lifts. There’s no warming up in a gondola here! Winter means something different in Ontario than it does in Alberta – for one thing, cold means cold! Chances are the weather won’t change so drastically in one day that an entirely different outfit is needed.

Staying warm and dry is what it’s all about for Eastern skiing. In your suitcase, you will want to pack your tried and true ski necessities: moisture wicking base layers and breathable, waterproof outer layers. What makes dressing for Eastern skiing different is that it requires less versatility. As the weather is much less variable on this side of the country, your best bet is to dress in fixed insulation product – something that will provide maximum warmth for those frigid days on the mountain.

The perfect ski for Eastern skiing is the Salomon XDR 84 Ti Ski. Perfect for everything from high speed groomers to fresh powder, this ski will help you squeeze every ounce of fun from the resort. C/FX keeps the ride damp and stable, but is very light to save energy for the last chair of the day.

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Le Massif, Quebec


The home of some of the best skiing in North America! The Rockies are what Canadian skiing is all about. Unlike the lift system in Eastern Canada, expect to hop on a protected lift or gondola to get to the peak. Runs here are longer – you could spend the majority of your day navigating the mountain at Whistler! On these longer, tougher runs, your body will generate more heat. Paired with the high altitude and variations in climate conditions, you are much more likely to run into rain, snow, and wind.

You don’t want to freeze or overheat from exertion during your ski – layering is your friend! Our tried and true baselayers are always needed, but what goes on top is much more intricate than what Eastern skiing requires. Stock up on lightweight layers, an insulated jacket as well as a waterproof shell. The ability to shed layers as it gets warm and bundle up as temperatures drop is absolutely crucial. The higher up the mountain you go, the trickier the weather can get. Be prepared!

One key way to be prepared is with the right ski. The Salomon QST 99 Ski offers soft and hard snow performance and great terrain adaptation – ideal for those changing conditions we mentioned!

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Fernie, British Columbia
Kicking Horse, British Columbia

Learn more about the best skiing on the Western Canadian Powder Highway from our friend Powder Matt!


Much like other Western skiing, backcountry weather is as unpredictable as can be. Both backcountry and alpine ski touring are done off piste either within a resort or off the beaten trail. Backcountry skiing is done in the most remote areas of Canada – much of which is only accessible by climbing, snowcat and/or a helicopter!

If you are a backcountry skiier, chances are you know exactly what you need to stay safe on your trip. The need for layering is much greater than the resort skiing we mentioned before. With higher levels of exertion and likelihood of more extreme conditions, the phrase “Be Prepared” is even more crucial! Layers, breathability, waterproofing, hydration, and accessories are all of the utmost importance.

On top of appropriate apparel, be sure to have the best equipment for your backcountry adventure. The Volkl 100Eight Ski is the perfect ski to make the most of your alpine adventure. Powerful and predictable, this ski will help you take advantage of all aspects of the mountain – no matter the conditions.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Red Mountain, British Columbia
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Chic Chocs, Quebec
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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All About the Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index (TEI)

Canada Goose is known for making some of the warmest jackets on the market – the selection is so expansive, how is one supposed to choose? That’s where the Thermal Experience Index (TEI) comes in. Learn more about what TEI means and how it can help you find the warmth you want for the experience you seek.

“Lightweight for active pursuits.”
Not ideal for the kind of weather we’ve been having lately, but a TEI 1 coat has its time and place. A lightweight Hybridge Lite jacket is the perfect layering piece for spring, fall, chilly summer nights and mild winter days. Winter jogging, cross country skiing
“Ultimate in core warmth, comfort and versatility.”
All you need for a typical Canadian winter day, TEI 2 styles will keep you warm during almost any winter activity. Put a shell on top and you have the perfect storm of waterproof insulation!
“Fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use.”
TEI 3 is evidently the most popular warmth for a Canada Goose coat. Heavier fabrics and increased down allow these coats to handle colder, harsher climates. Bonus points for coats like the Kensington, which feature interior shoulder straps to make for easy carrying when temperatures change quickly.
“Inspired by the Arctic and made for enduring daily warmth.”
For long hours spent outside in less than ideal temperatures. TEI 4 coats are perfect for both harsh winter winds and city elements, but still feature sleek silhouettes to maintain a cool (more like warm) look.
“Field-tested for the coldest places on earth.”
We’re looking at you, Winnipeg. Don’t let the coldest days of winter keep you indoors! Get outside and live your Sporting Life, but stay safe with a TEI 5 coat.


It’s important to remember that everybody experiences temperature differently and the designations above are guidelines only. They’re intended to help you select the right Canada Goose jacket for your particular need.
When applying our TEI rating, please consider if you are a person who is typically cold, or warm, or very warm normally, and combine that with how you layer your clothing, your level of hydration, amount of sleep and level of activity to determine if this temperature rating would apply to you.

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