The Salomon Quest W is an AT boot. But it doesn't ski like one.
Last season, I bought a very stiff, high-end alpine boot. A telemarker by trade, I was wary to jump headlong into stiff, uncomfortable boots. But I did. And I hated them. Like a wuss, I had to stop in the lodge to take them off— multiple times a day. I just couldn't get used to those boots.
A vintage aesthetic with modern tech specs (750-fill goose down insulation and articulated sleeves) to keep you stylish and warm. Available in hot pink/white, black/white, white/collegiate blue, kelly green/white, black and collegiate blue. $189; spyder.com
Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.
Where the AfterShock features K2’s “all-terrain” rocker, its little brother the Rictor gets “speed rocker.” Just the forward 10 percent is rockered—the rest is traditionally cambered. K2 pairs that profile with a huge tip and aggressive sidecut for an 80-mm ski that carves with enthusiasm but never talks back. It gets excellent marks in forgiveness—truly an everyday frontside ski an a worthy successor to the late, great Apache Recon.
With the 2010-2011 ski season fast approaching, we at SKI know that many of you are like us and aren’t lucky enough to own a ski-in ski-out spot. This means we’re driving, usually long distances, to get to the slopes. With that in mind, we decided to give you a quick review of the cars and SUV’s we think are the best equipped for the job. All models reviewed have some form of 4WD or AWD, and all perform exceptionally well in snow. Cars were scored on a 1-5 point scale.