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How We Test Skis

How We Test Skis
How We Test Skis
Here are the ins and outs of how we conduct the best ski test in the industry.

Consensus can be merciless. And when the results are in, we often have some tough phone calls to make. But for every brand that tanks in the test, there’s a brand that shines, and we want readers to know which factories are on their game.

What we shouldn’t have to say is that objectivity rules our test, but we know what goes on at some other tests. So we’ll say it: There’s no “pay-to-play” fee for entry. No medals are exchanged for ad dollars. No palms are greased.

SKI mag's 2013-14 Ski Test at Snowbird: May the Best Skis Win

SKI testers start pounding the snow today as part of the week-long evaluation of next year's skis in the industry's toughest test. And eight inches of fresh doesn't hurt a bit...

Today is the first day of SKI testers cranking out big vert as the industry's most comprehensive week of gear tests starts at Snowbird, Utah. That means hundreds of test cards, lots of sore quads and, well, passionate shop talk deep into the night. And there's even eight inches of fresh at the 'Bird. Here's the final list of skis we’ll test.

Why We Test at Snowbird

How to ski Snowbird
Snowbird annotated map
SKI Magazine wraps up a week of testing skis at our favorite venue.

If you’re a red-blooded skier, you’ve heard how fun Snowbird is. While funness may be the biggest reason SKI and Skiing conduct our annual ski tests at Snowbird, it’s not the only one. The Bird is also convenient. To get here from out of state, catch an early morning flight to Salt Lake and grab a shuttle up Little Cottonwood Canyon. You’ll be clicking into your bindings within two hours of leaving the luggage carousel. Next, Snowbird’s terrain diversity is mind-boggling. Within one run, a tester can thoroughly work a test model through groomers, trees, chutes, powder, and bumps.

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