Originally Posted by beyond
Ski Canada, by a mile. Besides the useful, non-cutsie summaries for each ski, and graphs comparing each ski to all the others in the category for appropriate conditions and skier style, they have individual ski scores in a variety of categories (like SkiPressWorld used to) for the quant freaks among us, and best, rundowns on each tester (background, size, style, sponsors if applicable, and top three individual skis tested). Nothing else comes even close in terms of info to sift through. Which is the point of these things, not actually agreeing.
Agreed, Ski Canada's ski testing is superb. I really like the bar graphs that they use such as ski flex: soft to stiff; ability level:beginner to expert; turning radius, ease of turn initiation, stability, ideal for:soft snow to hard snow, etc. Some of the ski tester comments are entertaining as well. They also list every model of ski for sale in Canada. Last year there were 1000 different ski models which imo is way too much choice.
They have some really interesting contributing writers who are usually a good read. They did a really good article a few years ago about the incident at Kicking Horse where a Quebec couple went under a rope and were lost and wandered around outside KH's boundary for a week with the wife dying from exposure before the rescuers found them.
Ski Canada also has a great Spring issue every year called "The Best of Skiing in Canada" which is both informative and funny. Anyone can invent a category and submit it to the magazine with rankings and perhaps photos and they will likely print it. Some of the categories from the past include Best Powder, Best Tree Skiing, Most Snow, Best Apres Ski, Biggest Vertical, Best Grooming, Best Off Piste, Friendliest Locals, Best Skiing Weather, (I don't recall a Most Fog or Most Wind but then they are trying to promote the sport), Most Like Skiing in Colorado, Most Gnar, Best Cafeteria Food, Best Place to Party, Get Married, Get Lost, Kids Program, Race Training Program, Trail Signs, Trail Names, Parking, Pizza, Cinnamon Buns, Ski In/Out, Lift Accessed Hike to Back Country, Non Ski Activities, Ski With a Celebrity etc. It is my favourtie issue.