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New Year, New Gear

From the Top

People who get uptight about things like calendars will tell you the new year doesn't start until the first of January. But skiers know better.

Boot Test 2003: How We Test Boots

Features

Pause for a moment, next time you're atop the Wildwood Express, and look around. From our boot-test headquarters in the Wildwood Smokehouse, two miles high, the view in all directions is stunning. At our feet lay an unlimited choice of terrain, and on day two, 10 inches of spring powder made for perfect Freeride testing. How could it be any better? Two words: Free lunch.

Junior Gear Test Team Roster

Gear

The Junior Gear Test Team Roster.

Junior Gear 2002: Small Wonders

Gear

Never send a grown-up to do a kid's job. SKI Magazine's junior testers went to work on this year's gear-and got results.

Are You In Control?

Turning Points

Do like former Olympian Dave Currier and use your whole body to take control of your skis. When you do, you'll instantly notice a power shift in your favor.

Energy To Burn (And Skis That Keep Up)

Gear

We turned 12 junior rippers loose on the slopes of Sugarbush, Vt., and got the kid-approved lowdown on this year's best skis.

Ski Testing: Dream Job?

Gear

Sure, it sounds like the best possible way to spend a winter week. But it's harder work than you might think.

FourSTARS

Gear

Beg, borrow or steal these skis. They're an awesome foursome, and truly skis of the century. When we bestow Skis Of The Year honors, we do so carefully, because perfection isn't easy to define.

Are You In Control?

Instruction

You can't just stand on your skis and ride 'em. You have to lead the way.

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