Ski testing is hard work. Long hours, little sleep, daily meetings, stacks of paperwork. That's our story, and we're sticking to it. OK, if pressed we'll admit it has its perks. Like slopeside lodging, just steps from the lifts; enjoyable company, including some of the best skiers in the country; days spent cruising the trees, bumps and impeccably groomed cruisers of Beaver Creek; free lunch, free lift tickets and, best of all, a fleet of the best new skis, hand-tuned and waiting to be tried. We even get paid. Want in? Then start burnishing your ski credentials. The Beaver Creek testers may be the best ski-test team in the world, including many former racers, who are always reliable equipment analysts, but also a number of instructors—talented skiers who know what their clients need—and industry veterans, who just plain know ski gear. Click on the slideshow below to find out who we are. Pick a tester with whom you can identify, and let them help you pick your new skis.
Dates: April 7—10, 2005
Location: Beaver Creek, Colo.
Conditions: Mostly sunny, 4 inches of wet snow on Day 4
Categories: All-Mountain Expert, All-Mountain Cruiser, Aspiring Expert, Race
Rating Scale: 1—5
Beaver Creek Resort,The Inn at Beaver Creek, Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service,The North Face apparel, Smith eyewear, Scott poles, Kombi gloves, Bula hats