Winter

When the mercury tumbles and cold weather moves in, we all turn to winter warmth, whether a lightweight down-filled jacket, a longer puffy city coat or a parka that stands up to all seasonal weather. This year’s new models, breathable shells, the best jackets and warmest boots for all your favourite winter sports—we’ve got guides, reviews and top lists to sort it all out for you. Shop urban, outdoor and technical for mountain adventuring and warm urban comfort.

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5 Best Winter Hiking Boots for Staying Warm & Dry

5 Best Winter Hiking Boots for Staying Warm & Dry

Hiking in the winter is a beautiful and serene experience - the fresh snow, the blue skies, the snow-capped peaks in the distance. But hiking in winter also comes...
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Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2021

They’ve become a regular sight over the past few years, moving from high-altitude expeditions to the fashion-savvy winter jacket of choice. The puffer jacket is here to stay, and no wonder, with great insulation, flattering styling, and coming in lightweight and warm. Puffer jackets have a distinct, “quilted” design with sections that look puffy between the stitching. Rather than bulky and unflattering, the styles in this review range from boxy to slimming. Many are packable, ultra-warm, and resistant to sleet, wind, and snow.Our best overall favourite on the list was the North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, which combines exceptional

Sorel Black Friday Sale and Deals

After long months stuck in your living room, the call of nature and wide open spaces is being heard. To answer, get a good pair of boots—and it's a good thing we have Sorel Black Friday discounts!Which brand makes better winter boots than Sorel? None. So you'll be happy to know that you can get your hands on the best boots at a DISCOUNT during our Black Friday sale. sorel black friday This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021, but you can take advantage of sweet deals as of Monday, November 22. Black Friday also continues until Cyber

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,

Most Popular Winter Boots for Women

Looking for the best women's winter boots to take on the infamously cold Canadian winters? The choice is not easy. The warmest winter boots for women are not necessarily the biggest or thickest. There are many things to consider, such as the look, the purpose (for walking, everyday life, snowshoeing, etc.), the sole, and more. This year's winter is gearing up to look a little different than we are used to. We'll probably be spending more time at home, plowing snow, playing outside with people or finally trying out winter sports, now that we have a little more time. We

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 while

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 jacket Best snowboarding brands ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Best Overall Jacket Brand Name | Product Type Product

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

How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

What Kind of Winter Jacket Do You Need? There are three main types of winter jackets. To find the right one for you, think about the activities you plan on doing. Do you need a jacket for walking around town and going to work, or are you looking for something to wear in the backcountry? ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Technical Winter Jackets Product Name Mixed down and Coreloft insulationDurable Water Resistant outer fabricWarm and light Shop Product Name 2-in-1 construction550 down fill liningLifetime warranty Shop Product Name GORE-TEXHydrophobic 800 downVery warm and light Shop Product Name Coreloft insulatedBreathable and compressibleHelmet-compatible hood Shop Product

The Best Alternatives to the Arc’teryx Alpha SV

Arc’teryx is known for producing some of the most durable and dependable outerwear on the market. Their success is a combination of exceptional design philosophy and cutting-edge technical innovation. The pinnacle of this combo comes in the form of the highly coveted Alpha SV.The Alpha SV is neither average nor an everyday hardshell. In fact, the SV was designed with rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and Big Wilderness expeditions in mind. So, yeah—it’s quite the beast. But is it the beast? To find out, we’ve narrowed down our search to three alpine hardshells that hold their own across three

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

Merino Wool Fabric & Clothing Guide

Can you imagine wearing the same jersey on a summer hike as you would on a ski trip to the world's highest mountains? If that sounds far-fetched, Merino wool promises exactly that type of versatility. Softness, warmth, odour and moisture resistance and more, the wonder fibre is making a big splash in the outdoor world. It is one of the best performing fibres on the market. what is merino wool? A quick look at the science checks out. Merino wool is made up of proteins like amino acids and other natural compounds. The very biology of the wool gives it

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 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

Cabin Essentials for a Winter Weekend Getaway

A weekend out in the woods at the cottage is a golden opportunity to get out and do some winter activities. All it takes is a snowman and a crazy carpet to turn you into a kid again. And proper winter clothes like boots, mitts, jackets, pants and the rest let you take full advantage. It's fun outdoors—but equally fun hibernating inside. For those so inclined (like yours truly), I've put together a list of my essentials for a cozy cabin life. Cozy Nest Essentials The first thing to do once at the cabin is to settle in. Unpack the

Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket Review

" Fantastic Weather Protection with a Smart Design " When you’re facing harsh winter elements, you want the appropriate armour to protect you. Norrøna, a Norwegian brand known for its high-performance hard shells, is worn by pro athletes and casual skiers alike. Their Lofoten collection is named after the Lofoten islands in Norway, a frigid coastal region with frequent rain and snow. Today, we’re reviewing the Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket, a 2-layer shell with Primaloft insulation and vents for temperature control. We put this jacket to the test and were impressed with its durability, weatherproofing, and ski-ready features. Below is

Best Insulated Water Bottles

Choosing the right insulated water bottle doesn't have to mean choosing the most expensive one. Try to focus instead on picking a water bottle that best meets your needs, whatever they may be. Embarking on a day hike? Going camping with your family? Leaving on a kayak expedition? Mountaineering with your best friend? No matter what you're doing, there's a water bottle for it. The majority of insulated water bottles stay hot for 6 to 12 hours and stay cold for between 6 to 24 hours. Choosing a water bottle also comes down to the size of your backpack, car

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 6 Best Winter Sleeping Bags for Camping Adventures

If you’re like me, you may be experiencing a special kind of melancholy this year; an unfortunate synergy between your run-of-the-mill winter blues and the novel coronavirus blues. Most days we’re stuck indoors, counting down till summer, trying to catch but a glimmer of sunlight through the short, overcast days. But while there’s many ways to deal with this bummer, here’s one you haven’t considered: Winter camping. Really—what better time to hit the trail? It’s the pinnacle of social distancing! Best of all, you’ll have the lovely woods all to yourself. There’s no better way to recharge your body and

What to Wear Winter Cycling

From insulated shoe covers and three-finger gloves to windproof cycling pants and comfortable mid-layers, the right cycling clothing for winter is all you need to spend the cold season on two wheels. We've prepared a guide to winter cycling clothing to help you prepare for the cold. Winter Cycling Jackets Finding the right winter cycling jacket or jackets is key for cycling to work in winter. It is your protection from the elements and the source of warmth that your muscles need when the frigid, winter winds bite. Because winter brings with it a variety of conditions, you may be

The Complete Guide to Cold Weather Running

For all of winter’s dazzling beauty, there’s something sinister about it. Yes, that fluffy, festive season is a special kind of bummer for runaholics. Friends might say Why don’t you just join a gym? Maybe they’ll even advise you to “take up indoor sports.” But they don’t get it—not really. For you, nothing can replace the simple elegance and steady rhythm of a good ol’ run.But this year is going to be different. Because this is the year you take running back from winter.We present you with the complete guide to cold weather running. By the end of this article,