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5 Must-Have Items When Skiing or Snowboarding

​Are you brand new to alpine sports, having just purchased your skis and poles, boots, or a snowboard, and wondering what else you need? Or maybe you already know how to ski, but are finding your outings less than enjoyable, and feel like you are missing some small but crucial equipment? Ski equipment is not limited to just your snowsuit, your head wear, and what goes onto your feet. There are many other small pieces of gear that can greatly improve your comfort, warmth, and general happiness. With this in mind, listed below are five must-have items that every skier…

BEHIND THE SCENES : How Detachable Ski Lifts Work

​In this video, Martin Rochon, Mountain Director at Station Mont Tremblant, takes us on a tour of the Duncan Express (Doppelmayr Quad Detachable Chairlift), explaining the major principals of how detachable ski lifts work, as well as the major systems. You will also see inside Tremblant's Express Gondola (Doppelmayr 8 Passenger Detachable Gondola).Lifts are very complex machines, stretching over vast distances and climbing mountains with ease. Detachable lifts posses the technology to allow a faster speed up the mountain, thanks to their capability of detaching from the cable at the base and summit of the lift. When detached inside the…

BEHIND THE SCENES : How Snowmaking Works at Ski Resorts

​We often take for granted the snow on the ground, but ski resorts are not in a position to do the same. Snow is essential to their operation and success. With the ever unpredictable weather received in winter, which includes thaws, rain and worse, ski resorts need to "weather-proof" their operation as much as possible. One way to accomplish this is through snowmaking.Snowmaking allows a mountain to offer great ski conditions from the beginning to the end of a season, stepping in when nature presents issues, or helping touch up the ski slopes.In this video, made in collaboration with Calabogie…

Fitness Training for Long Distance Hikes

You are ready for your first hiking trip of the year. You have organized well and done your research. You know daily distances and elevation gains. You purchased a good pair of boots and know what you are going to put in your pack. But are you really ready? Backcountry hiking is not a walk in the park. Is your body trained for the rigors of a rugged trail? Without adequate physical training and preparation, your hiking excursion can turn into a torturous and exhausting grind.The Importance of Fitness for HikingWhy is fitness so important? There is a direct relationship…

How To Choose the Right Mountain Bike for you

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Matt Polson of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of selecting a mountain bike, ensuring maximum action and performance.

How To Choose the Right Skis and Bindings for you

Downhill skiing is an exciting sport and a fun activity, but as with any sport it is important to choose the right equipment. Downhill skiing requires a different type of equipment than cross-country, snowboarding and other wintertime activities. Newcomers to the sport are often daunted by the sheer number of choices available, but there are some guidelines available to make selecting the perfect skis a bit easier.What's Your Skiing StyleBefore you can choose the perfect downhill skis, you first need to evaluate your skiing style. What type of terrain are you most familiar with? Do you prefer the groomed runs…

How To Fix a Flat Tire on a Bike

In this video, Peter Kunstadt of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process of replacing a flat tire on a bike, while out on the trails.

How To Properly Fit and Size Ski Boots

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the process they use to fit a skier to a ski boot, thus ensuring comfort and maximum performance.

How To Select the Right Ski Boots for you

In this video, Peter Kunstadt and Krista Bellinger of Kunstadt Sports, will guide you through the many choices of ski boots available, as well as the process of selecting the proper ski boot for you.

How To Ski Without Breaking the Bank - Part 1 : Lift Tickets

Skiing has long been regarded, along with hockey and golf, as one of the most expensive sports. Lift tickets, equipment, and travel to faraway destinations: all of these costs add up and make skiing a strain on one's wallet. Increasingly, however, there are many ways to save serious money without giving up very much. By spending a few extra minutes or making a few tiny sacrifices, you can have the same skiing experience for significantly less coin. Since the majority of costs associated with skiing are lift tickets and equipment, this two-part series will focus on these expenses. Part 1…

How To Ski Without Breaking the Bank - Part 2 : Equipment

Since its widespread emergence in eastern Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, skiing has been considered one of the most expensive sports for Canadians to pursue. Today, however, faced with climate, population, and recreational changes, the ski industry is increasingly adapting to 21st century realities, and making skiing more affordable for the customer. This series, which focuses on the two main costs of skiing, lift tickets and equipment, discussed new (and not so new) ways to save your hard-earned cash when purchasing lift tickets in Part 1. In Part 2, it will explore methods to save money when buying equipment,…

How to Tune your Skis at Home

Properly maintained skis are essential for maximum performance, and skier satisfaction. Expert Peter Kunstadt gives you a great tutorial on how to do this essential task on your own equipment, thus making sure you are always at your best on the slopes with properly tuned skis.

Orbit Pole : The Must-Have Accessory for Action POV

A unique POV camera pole, that gives you total control of the camera angle, with the movement of your thumb, anywhere and anytime.Watch this video interview with co-founder Tim Jodoin and discover the next must have accessory for POV film makers and GoPro enthusiasts everywhere.Most action camera POV videos have only one angle, either from the helmet or on a pole. The angle and shot is set before the action starts and stays that way until it ends. With the Orbit Pole, a simple move of the thumb enables you to rotate the camera, allowing for a new angle and…

Proper Use of Trekking Poles, the Key to Longer Hikes with Less Fatigue

Did you know that the proper use of trekking poles will reduce your fatigue at the end of a day's hiking, and enable you to hike farther? Correct adjustment of your hiking poles is the key to getting maximum benefit from them.The most common adjustment position is for flat terrain. The poles should be extended so that your forearms are level with the ground. Most poles have loops at the handles, providing extra oomph. The loops should be placed at the base of the wrist, just tight enough so that you can feel support from them when pushing down and…

Ski Tracks, one of the essential ski apps for your smartphone

Available for Apple iOS and Android, Ski Tracks is a great app to have, to get the lowdown on all the stats of your latest ski outing, or adventure.Utilizing GPS tracking built in to your smart device, it will record your position, altitude, speed and much much more.Using it is simple, after you install the app, just open it up, and click START. The app will then record your GPS information as you go through your ski day. In the end, you will have access to a multitude of stats, not limited to:-How many runs you did.-How many vertical metres…

Skiing: The Benefits of Family Snow Holidays

Written by : Bridget Webber. Snow holidays are great for families for a variety of reasons. From time to play and enjoy each other's company, to staying fit and healthy, family skiing is an opportunity for pleasure and health combined. Both adults and children can marvel at the wonder and beauty of ice-clad mountain ranges and snow topped peaks. They can zoom across a soft, white bed of snow with the wind in their hair and smiles on their faces. Add to this positive social aspects of vacationing as a family, and the opportunity to stay fit during the winter when…

Walk more: a resolution worth making

Over the last few weeks, you've probably eaten a plate or two of shortbread cookies, enjoyed a few too many glasses of wine, had far too many late nights, and even with all the running around that comes with the season, done more sitting than you'd care to admit.It's no wonder millions of Canadians are busying themselves once again, making resolutions that next year they'll take steps to be happier, healthier, and to do things a little differently.If you're among those "taking steps," you may in fact have stumbled onto the very resolution that can serve you best of all.…
 
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