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Appreciate winter in a new way—outdoor sports. At Altitude Sports, we are all-in on skiing. And we’ve got as much ski apparel and gear for you as we do advice: groomed trail skiing, backcountry powder, cross country skiing, resort skiing and snowboarding. You’ll find the best alpine brands, our reviews of helmets, goggles and accessories, tips on how to choose baselayers, and you can read all about our ski adventures here in Canada and abroad.

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Best Ski & Snowboard Jackets For Kids

Best Ski & Snowboard Jackets For Kids

The mountains covered with snow makes for happy skiers and snowboarders. But we're here to make sure no child gets left behind. While you peruse the best ski jackets...
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Best Ski & Snowboard Jackets For Kids

The mountains covered with snow makes for happy skiers and snowboarders. But we're here to make sure no child gets left behind. While you peruse the best ski jackets and snowboard apparel, turn your thoughts to your little ones. After all, they want to play too, and you'll delight in passing down tips and tricks as your kids progress.  Taking on the mountain requires wearing the right apparel for everyone, so let's get into the best ski jackets for kids. From boots to ski pants, socks, sweaters and mittens, bundling up the right way makes all the difference. Whether they're

How to set up snowboard bindings

Snowboarders young and old, novice and expert, here is the article you've been waiting for: the secrets to mounting the bindings on your new snowboard!Following these few easy steps will make this process successful:Preparing for the installationHow to install your snowboard bindings?How to position your bindings?Adjustments to Make to Your Bindings 1. Preparing for the installation Gather all the parts and pieces of equipment you'll need, and put on your favourite playlist. Setting up your bindings is a fun way to spend time with your snowboard. You will needThe discs or screw inserts (what holds your binding to your board),

Best Ski Jackets for Women & Men

Whether you’re looking for a ski jacket to accompany you in the backcountry or the resort, finding the perfect one can be challenging. Altitude Sports has you covered though, with this list of the best ski jackets for this winter season and the insightful buying guide on what to look for when buying a ski jacket. Included are two-layer and three-layer models (2L and 3L), insulated jackets with real and synthetic insulation, and hard shells. The best ski jackets on this list strike a balance between warmth, ventilation, waterproofing, and breathability. Best all-around ski jacket Best budget ski jacket Best

Best Ski & Snowboard Helmets

Besides your skis or snowboard, a helmet is the most important piece of gear. A head-injury sustained while speeding down a mountainside can result in a life-changing (or even life-ending) injury. That said, much of the risk can be mitigated by choosing the right helmet. Every year, helmet technologies improve, maximizing durability, ventilation, and protection, while minimizing weight. Plus, many of today’s styles, finishes, and colors elevate the helmet to the status of fashion accessory. Though it goes without saying, all outdoor adventures involve some degree of risk. But don’t take unnecessary ones—because you never know what’s lurking beneath the fresh

What to Wear Cross-Country Skiing

Your friends hit the downhill slopes every weekend, but have you always wanted to try cross-country? You're not alone—cross country skiing is booming in 2021! Cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to keep fit in winter. It's a cardio activity, but it's also quite peaceful (imagine skiing through the woods!) and suitable for the whole family. And with the right cross-country ski clothing, it's easier than you might think. While it often costs hundreds of dollars to buy new downhill ski equipment, cross-country ski equipment and clothing is much more affordable. However, it's not always easy to know

Best Ski Gloves for 2021

As a skier, the number one thing you want to avoid is icy fingers on the mountain. To keep your fingers warm and dry, you’ll need waterproof hand protection. Though all ski gloves may seem relatively similar, there are significant differences in comfort, features, and design. There are also considerations such as your preference for gloves or mitts, leather or softshell, and heavy-duty or ultrathin builds. We’ll admit it: there are technical challenges in choosing the best ski gloves. But Altitude Sports has you covered with this round-up of the best ski gloves for 2021. After extensive review, we found

Best Ski Goggles for Winter 2022

I've been in the skiing game for a long time, and when I took a group of novice friends on a trip to the mountain, it gave me a whole new perspective on things.  Most of my friends were equipped pretty basically—but in some cases pretty poorly. Despite blue skies and fresh powder, equipment problems can cut short the fun on a perfect day out, and even drive people from the sport altogether. And first things first—without the best ski goggles for you, your time spent having fun will be pretty short. So I've put together a list for you

Our Most Popular Oakley Ski Goggles

When the snow starts to fall and the wind starts to blow, having a clear field of vision is essential whether you're skiing or snowboarding. For those of you on the hunt for a new pair of goggles, we've put together a list of our most popular Oakley goggles. We know shopping for goggles can be overwhelming, so add some ease to your shopping experience by using our helpful goggle guide to assist you in how to choose the right goggles for you. Oakley's Prizm Lens Technology Oakley's Prizm technology is designed to accentuate colour contrast to help you see

Best Gifts for Ski Bums & Snowboarders

Climbing skins, avalanche transceivers, GORE-TEX shells, essential accessories...understanding industry jargon can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you're shopping for a backcountry enthusiast or snowboarder with distinctive tastes. Fortunately, our own team of ski and snowboard enthusiasts has put together a selection of the best products to perform, ride with style, and stay safe. Discover the best gifts for skiers and snowboarders, all available at Altitude Sports.The Best Skiing & Snowboarding Gifts for Winter 2022Our collection of downhill and backcountry gifts for skiers and snowboarders is equipped with the latest technology. Our selection, meticulously chosen by our snow sports experts,

How to Choose the Right Ski Goggles

Winter is here and the slopes are buzzing with winter spirit and rosy cheeks. Epic snowstorm or not, a great day in the mountains begins with the right gear. While your snow pants and jacket, gloves and additional equipment are key, knowing how to choose the right goggles can make or break your day. We can all agree that the mirrored, black tinted lenses may look ultra badass but sadly, they aren't ideal for all weather conditions. When it comes to goggles, it is important to shop for comfort and functionality as opposed to style because being able to see your line

Best Ski Pants & Bibs for Winter 2022

Ski pants are one of the most critical pieces of equipment you wear while skiing. We’ve created this curated list of the best ski pants and bibs to fit every style and budget. If you’re a resort-goer, you’ll probably want snow pants with insulation for chair lifts and a hard outer shell. If you’re a backcountry skier, pants with a softshell that provides mobility and breathability will be the winner. However, the best ski pants or bib are fit for both the backcountry and resort. We found the best ski pants overall to be the Black Diamond Boundary Line Insulated

What to Wear Downhill Skiing

Preparing For A Day in the Mountains It can get cold in the resort. We know that and the brands that specialize in downhill skiing know that too. With so many collections and products designed to keep you warm and protected from the wind on the lift, there's really no reason to spend head to the chalet early.Winter weather is unpredictable, and that's even truer in the mountains. If the bright sun is warming the air when you make your first runs, that doesn't mean the wind won't pick up when you get back from lunch. So pack an extra

What To Pack For A Ski Trip

Skiing with family or friends at your local resort is fun, but nothing compares to discovering new mountains. I've traveled to France, Western Canada, the Gaspé Peninsula and Japan in search of powder, so I know a little about ski travel. Whether you're heading to the Rockies, the Chic-Chocs or overseas, make sure you don't forget anything with our ski trip packing list. Essentials Duffel Bag Outer layer: Ski Jacket & Pants Base Layers: Top, Bottom & Ski Socks Mid Layer Ski Goggles Gloves, Mittens & Neckwarmers Ski Helmet Ski Backpack Skis, Ski Boots & Ski Poles The often-forgotten items

The Best Snowboarding Jackets of 2022

The real ones know it's true: snowboarding has nothing to do with skiing. Yes, there are some similarities, and maybe going down on two slabs isn't very different from going down on one, but in a much larger sense, snowboarding and skiing have as much in common as Brits and Canadians—very little. That being said, here's our selection of the best snowboard jackets for riding in style this winter.Best snowboarding jackets (women, men, and kids)Buying guide: what to look for when buying a snowboard jacketBest snowboarding brands ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Best Overall Jacket Brand Name | Product Type Product Name Price: 0.00$

Ski Goggle Care: How to Clean, Store & Repair Them

Ski goggles are essential for taking on the mountain. Like your jacket or snow pants, they protect you against the elements–in this case by shading your eyes from the sun or blocking the wind. While they are built to be durable, they still require some upkeep and care. To make sure you get the most out of your goggles for years to come, here's our guide on how to care for and properly maintain your goggles. How to clean ski goggles How to store ski goggles How to repair ski goggles 1. HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GOGGLES Keeping your goggles

Best Backcountry Ski Backpacks

The ski season is fast approaching and, depending on where you live in Canada, some lucky ones have already made their first tracks in the fresh powder snow. For those who haven't had snow yet, now is a great time to shop for ski gear - and that includes choosing one of the top backcountry backpacks for your future adventures.Let's break down the essentials:Selection of the best ski touring backpacksHow to choose your backpackImportant featuresAdvice on size ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente OUR SKI TOURING BACKPACK SELECTION Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name

Why Are My Ski Goggles Foggy & How Do I Fix Them?

The search for the perfect pair of ski goggles needs to take in one important aspect: fog. Although most goggles on the market nowadays are treated with an anti-fog coating, there are instances where your goggle lenses can become foggy. Understanding why your goggles are fogging up will help to prevent it from happening more often. Below we offer a few tips and some problem-solving techniques which may shine a light on your foggy goggle disaster. Yes, goggle defects do occur but user error is the most common culprit.Goggles fogging explainedFoggy goggles management tricks :Do not tuck your face mask

Backcountry Guide for Beginners

Like many, I'm relatively new to backcountry skiing, a discipline that was once reserved for the most daring and motivated.Over the past few years, backcountry skiing has become so popular that many ski resorts now offer access to backcountry trails that allow skiers to leave the chairlift behind and put their legs to work.The idea is not so far-fetched when you think of the benefits of this sport for those who enjoy it: it allows you to stay active during the cold season, avoid line-ups at the lifts and save your hard-earned money, since the cost of accessing the slopes

How to Mount and Adjust Ski Bindings

Good news! Starting this season, Altitude Sports, your trusted retailer for technical clothing and accessories, will be selling ski equipment: all the essentials you need to complete your winter wardrobe and sports gear inventory in one place.Let's dive into the heart of the matter: your ski gear. When it comes to shopping for ski equipment, the first things that come to mind are the skis and boots. Choosing bindings is (too) often relegated to second place. However, bindings are an essential part of the trifecta. Once you’ve determined the right type of bindings for the style of skiing you want

How to Choose Snowboard Bindings

Bindings transmit energy between the boots and the snowboard: each movement passes systematically through this essential piece of equipment. Bindings that are adapted to your riding style will provide you with more control, precision, and comfort.Here are the main elements to consider when choosing snowboard bindings:Binding compatibility with your snowboard Flex and riding styleTypes of binding systemsTechnical features1. Choosing bindings that are compatible with your snowboard The first thing to consider is your bindings’ compatibility with your snowboard’s installation system, as well as the snowboard bindings size compared to the size of the board.Installation system compatibilityFirst, figure out what kind of installation

How to Choose Snowboard Boots

In order to maximize your fun on your snowboard, you need to find the snowboard boot type that best suits your riding style. Just like choosing a snowboard,  determining your preferences as a snowboarder makes for a consistent choice.The boots are the connection between the body and the snowboard. It is therefore essential to choose boots in which you can feel everything under your feet and on the snow. Again, it's all a matter of personal preference. The following are the main factors to consider when choosing your snowboard boots:Find the right boot sizeSelect a model according to your budgetChoose your

How to choose ski boots

When buying ski boots, it' s critical to try them on before settling on a pair. If you choose to buy ski boots online, make sure you choose a retailer that allows you to wear your boots at home for at least a few hours before deciding if they are right for you. Good thing Altitude Sports has a 90-day return policy. That's plenty of time to test your new boots before the ski season starts! But that doesn't mean you have to make a blind guess. Before deciding on a new pair of ski boots, it's important to measure

How to choose the right skis

If there is one reason to be excited for winter, it is the start of the ski season! To enjoy the slopes, however, you need the right equipment. After selecting your ski boots and bindings, you'll need to choose the right pair of skis to go along with them. Let's explore the different criteria to consider in order to make the purchase of your new companions easier - and choose the right skis for your needs.Whether it's your first pair of skis or not, buying skis is a big deal! There are a multitude of models and types of skis

How to Choose your Snowboard

There are many elements to consider when choosing a snowboard. It’s important to ask yourself the right questions before you buy. Hopefully, this article will help you to better understand the choices you have to make.It helps to have a funnel-like mindset so you can close in on the important parameters and select THE board: the one that will enable you to progress as a boarder while having a blast on the hills. Each of the following sections should help you narrow down your choice.Choosing your board according to your technical skill levelPreferred terrain and riding styleWhat size snowboard you

How to Choose Ski Bindings

What are ski bindings for and how do they work?When we think about our ski equipment, we often forget an essential element: the bindings. Skis don't just magically attach to your boots. It is the bindings that do the job of keeping you firmly anchored to your skis. Bindings are made up of two sections: the toe at the front, and the heel piece at the back. They also have springs that hold your boot in place, which are also designed to allow the boot to be released in case of a fall. The elasticity and release force required to free

Best Cross Country Skiing near Edmonton

Cross-country skiing may look slow-motion to those used to the speed of downhill, but in fact it’s a tranquil way to get outside and exercise - and far more demanding physically than you might think. What’s more, it’s widely accessible, with low-cost gear and trails that anyone can reach by public transportation. In The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide, our own Stéphanie Major shares her best tips and opens up about how cross country skiing helps her with seasonal depression. With many favourite activities cancelled or postponed due to COVID, and people getting more sedentary in winter anyways, there’s never been

Best Cross Country Skiing near Calgary

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been cross-country skiing for years, Calgary is an excellent place to explore on skis. With beautiful aspen-lined trails and sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, cross-country skiing in Calgary is nothing short of exciting. Beginners can check our The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide to get started, then pop on over to our What To Wear Cross-country Skiing blog before you go.This guide to the city’s best cross-country ski spots includes parks and courses in town, as well as areas that make for a fun day trip not far outside of town. Beginner,

The Best Places to go Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa

No need to go off the beaten path to discover snowy landscapes and trails that cut through the woods. The Ottawa and Gatineau regions are full of places to practice cross-country skiing– alone or with the family, beginners and experienced skiers alike have plenty to choose from. Whether you're in town or in the country, hundreds of kilometres await you if you're looking to get out into nature. Below you'll find our team's favourite places to go cross-country skiing in winter 2021. If this is your first outing, don't forget to check out our guide on how to dress for

Best Spots to Cross Country Ski Near Montreal

Increasingly popular in recent years, cross country skiing is enjoying a meteoric success in this pandemic year, and there is no shortage of places to cross country ski near Montreal. Some, well known to the general public and particularly popular with families and Sunday skiers, are much busier this year. Others, more hidden-away, offer a snowy paradise for skiers. No need to rush to the P'tit Train du Nord! This short article reviews five of our best places to cross-country ski in the Montreal area. And to find out how to dress for your outing, check out our head-to-toe guide.

The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide

Wednesday morning, 7:15 AM. The sun struggles to break through the clouds scattered here and there in the dawn sky. In just a few minutes, over to the east, it'll suddenly set the horizon ablaze, and I'll be able to turn off the headlamp lighting my way along the cross country ski trail. In less than two hours, I'll be back at work, at home in front of my computer. What makes a sane person leave the warmth of their bed so early, brave the biting cold, all to to get lost in the woods at this time of night

Top 5 Places for Cross-Country Skiing in Quebec

Gaspésie National Park The Gaspésie National Park, located in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, is a dream spot for those seriously tough skiers. There, you will find 3 groomed trails and six un-groomed marked trails for Nordic skiing. There are also 17 shelters that allow you to go for longer treks. By the way, if you like long treks with a group, you may be interested in la traversée Gaspésie Aiguebelle National Park Do you dream of breathtaking landscapes, and quiet serenity? Escape to the north and enjoy all that winter has to offer. Abitibi-Témiscamingue has 30 km of marked trails for nordic skiing

10 Ski Clothing Brands You Should Know for 2021

The fourth season, for many, is winter, when the temperature drops to subzero and the snow starts to fall. But there are many who live to see that first snow for different reasons–the beginning of ski season. It's the time of year when we gladly go to the back of our closets, size up our ski clothing and dust off our ski gear. While you keep yourself active the remaining three seasons of the year, we all know you’re really just waiting to strap on your boots and kick them into your bindings before tearing down white powdery trails. For