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Jasper’s Ski Shops: Cutting-Edge Winter Wear & Gear

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Thinner, Lighter, Stronger Skis

“They ski remarkably well, yet weigh nothing,” enthuses Edge Control owner Blair Timmins after taking Völkl’s 2015 V-Werks Katana for a test drive. Cutting edge composites, multi-layered wood cores and full carbon jackets are combined with rocker construction and innovative taper shapes. These new generation skis are stable at speed, and easy to turn and control in all snow conditions.

Not ready to commit? All local ski shops rent skis and snowboards. Competition means that novice packages are priced low, the world’s best gear is available for demo rental and services like hotel pick-ups are offered. If you rent from the downtown Marmot Basin Sales Centre or their website your gear will be waiting when you arrive at the ski area. Plus, “we’ll store your rentals overnight,” says Erin Reade of Marmot.

Anatomy of a Ski Jacket

Good ski jackets like the Halti FIS model at Totem Ski Shop have contrasting features: warmth and cooling, breathable yet waterproof, fashionable and functional. Features include:

  • DrymaxX All Weather denim and FR Recy stretch materials
  • Moisture wicking Microtherm insulation and liner
  • Detachable, adjustable hood
  • Zipper ventilation openings
  •  Lift ticket and hand warming pockets (plus others)
  •  Lycra cuff with thumb hole

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