Kootenay Adventure & Gear Testing
It’s always a treat to go to Nelson, BC for the weekend. A nice short road trip and a boat ride from Revelstoke, and you find yourself in this great little community of keen skiers. This weekend lined up to be simply perfect for the annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival. The ingredients for the perfect trip recipe were simple; sunshine and powder, a ski mountaineering race, great company, and a shiny new gear set up from G3 (2014/15 ION binding on Synapse 92 skis).
How could we go wrong? As per usual, Whitewater had set-up quite the race course for the 8th annual ROAM Randonnee Race. It was great to see familiar faces at the start line but also new ones! The race course took us all around the resort through nice powdery descents & super nice bootpacks in a steep couloir; basically all the ingredients for a fun event were in place. Finishing the race, I was stoked to take the 1st place but I just had one thing in mind… I could not wait to literally “change gear” to go play on the new G3 toys! I really wanted to test the skis and bindings in resort hardpack conditions because I feel that’s where you get to know your gear the best. In any case, from broken powder to moguls to groomers to icier slopes, the new 2014-15 G3 Synapses were put to the test. The super fun shape of the ski makes then very responsive and stable at high speed. Even if quite stable, I found them really easy to turn in tight trees and in moguls. The slight regular camber underfoot makes them snappy enough when needed and when carving on fast groomers. Let's just say I was very pleased after the first resort test.
Now onto more serious business…. could they ski well in backcountry powder? With that in mind, and a craving for some pow, I brought my new G3 backcountry best friends for a tour on Sunday. I was charmed by how light the Synapse/ION combo was on the way up. Effortlessly, I got to the top of the untouched 1st run of the day. I was very pleased with the surfboard feel of the skis. As for the ION bindings, I think it’s gonna be the next new “Hot” thing out there next year. The bindings are very easy to use, very easy to step-in, light and compact. And they are simple to change modes even without bending over. More days will tell on the durability, but for now they are trust inspiring and well designed. People, get excited, this binding is awesome!
Well I guess some may say this was a successful weekend! Myself included. The good news is there’s much more fun to come in the next few weeks: more powder, more racing, more ION and Synapse days and more road trips!
Cheers to endless winter!