April 6, 2011
This week we're at Aspen Highlands testing next year's AT skis and bindings. Here's a look behind the scenes at the ski test, and a peek at some 2011-12 goods.
October 8, 2010
A versatile ski for women who live where abundant soft snow falls, the Rosa has a deep sidecut that makes quick, snappy turns on groomers and feels responsive and secure on steep aspects. The rockered tip and tail release turns easily and enable the ski to wiggle deftly through trees and bumps. Testers remarked on the Rosa’s lightweight feel and thought it would make a good Western touring ski. It’s forgiving and won’t overpower intermediates.
October 6, 2010
This floaty powder board is compliant, easygoing, and surprisingly adept at carving on firm snow. Lots of rocker at the tip and tail makes smearing easy and also facilitates flow from one turn to the next. The tips remain straight for a few inches before the sidecut begins, a quality that enhances steering. Testers were astounded that such a wide ski could be so versatile and ready to carve. It enjoys being pushed but doesn’t require much work.
October 6, 2010
With a unique combination of floaty width, wide tips, and deep sidecut, the Crusade surfs powder and junk but rips quick turns on hardpack. Despite its carving ability, this ski is easy to steer and isn’t the least bit hooky—a function of the sidecut starting a few centimeters back from the tip. (Most skis in this sidecut range tend to initiate sooner.) It’s a good choice for a strong, technical skier who knows how to back off and smear. Its quickness and agility suit it well to tree skiing.
April 12, 2010
We asked manufacturers to make the case for their best low-cost, high-performance models. As you read, keep in mind that the prices listed are suggested retail prices. Shop around and you’ll likely find these skis for a couple hundred bucks less than what’s listed.