We pull back the curtain on our industry-leading ski test.
We know how this sounds, but testing skis is challenging. It requires a racer’s technical skills to differentiate between models, plus a writer’s verbal skills to articulate those differences clearly—not to mention a shop guy’s knowledge of the equipment. Does a ski that slings you across the fall line get its power from a stiff tail? A sharp tune? A sheet of titanium? Also required: quads of steel. In the 2012 test at Snowbird we tested a total of 131 skis over five days, averaging upwards of 30,000 vert per day.
For skiers that like to go hard and fast, here's a few of our favorite 73-87 mm skis.
When the snow isn't falling and all you have it corduroy, you may as well hit it hard. Below are a few of our favorite skis for those hardpack days from our 2013 Buyers Guide. Read all Hard Snow ski reviews in our 2013 Buyers Guide on newsstands September 25, 2012.
Comfortable fits, but with increasingly high performance (102 mm plus).
Opting for a wider boot doesn't mean you have to sacrifice performance. These boots by Head and Rossignol offer a roomier fit with the same power and precision as a narrow boot. Read about all of the medal-winning wide-fit boots in our 2013 Buyers Guide.
When buying pants, keep this in mind: Once they’re on, they’re on. You can’t layer up or down—at least not easily—as you can with your jacket, so pick a pair that will keep you comfy first chair to last call. These two earned top honors in our 2013 Buyers Guide, available on newsstands now.
Sneak Peek: See what our testers tagged as their go-to skis for skiing the East. Get full results in this year's Buyers Guide, on sale now.
Eastern skiing is cold and icy (when it's not raining). Or so the stereotype goes. Our Eastern editors are just fine with that because when the next nor'easter blows in, they'll be at Sugarloaf crushing Snowfield laps while we Coloradans are burning up clutches in the I-70 gridlock. The skis here do make concessions for Eastern conditions, with narrower waists that cope better with firm stuff (and wind-blasted lift rides). But like Eastern skiers, they're built for occassional powder days too!
Sneak Peek: Our tester's top picks in the 2013 Mixed-Snow category. Check out the full results on newsstands now.
We continue to preview our Buyers Guide this week with the top two men's and and top two women's skis from our Mixed-Snow (West) category. You know them as mid-fats or all-mountain skis. Whether the forecast calls for powder or crud, these sticks are your best bet for skiing the West's varying conditions. You can see full reviews of the top 2013 skis in our Buyers Guide.
Sneak Peek: Here are the top two men's and women's powder skis from this year's test. Check out the full results on newsstands now.
We're just one month away from releasing our 2013 Buyers Guide with the results of our annual ski and boot tests. Consistently regarded as the best in the industry, our test puts 137 skis and 96 boots through the wringer. Only 119 products performed well enough to earn a coveted SKI Magazine Gold Medal.