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Skiing Magazine's 2009 Gear Guide


Decide which category of skis and boots is right for you from the list below, and then delve into gear heaven.

All-Mountain Expert Skis
A pair of these versatile boards should be at the core of your quiver. They’re ready to handle most conditions, most of the time. Are you?
  • Unisex
  • posted: 08/21/2008


    Decide which category of skis and boots is right for you from the list below, and then delve into gear heaven.

    All-Mountain Expert Skis

    A pair of these versatile boards should be at the core of your quiver. They’re ready to handle most conditions, most of the time. Are you?

  • Unisex
  • Women’s


    Big-Mountain Expert Skis

    You’ve heard it before: Fat skis work only in powder. And now you’ve heard this: It’s a bunch of crap. Big-mountain skis have become versatile sticks, ready for anything in the West.

  • Unisex
  • Women’s


    Frontside Expert Skis

    These are the season’s best carving skis. Easterners – or anyone who enjoys arcing face-flapping turns down groomers – look here.

  • Unisex
  • Women’s


    Powder Specialty Skis

    If you can legitimately use this ski for everyday skiing, you’re probably a heli guide. For the rest of us, these skis are reserved for two-foot dumps or more.

  • Unisex


    All-Mountain Advanced Skis

    You like to hit everything on the mountain, but you don’t want a ski that’ll overpower you. Look no further. These skis will go anywhere.

  • Unisex
  • Women’s


    Frontside Advanced Skis

    You aren’t an expert, but last season you linked a few perfectly carved turns. Now you wake up at night breathless from dreams of scribing clean parabolas down virgin corduroy. These will help.

  • Unisex
  • Women’s


    All-Mountain Twin Tip Skis

    You hit the park but only after the pow is tracked. So you need a ski that won’t let you down on rails but can handle the rest of the mountain. These are for you.

  • Unisex


    Park-Specific Twin Tip Skis

    These skis hold an edge in the pipe, ski solidly in reverse, and don’t act like sails when you leave the ground.

  • Unisex


    Ultra-High Performance Boots

    The stiffest, baddest boots readily available to non-World Cuppers.

  • Unisex


    Frontside High Performance Boots

    For expert or strong advanced-intermediate on-piste skiers.

  • Unisex


    Freeride High Performance Boots

    Precise, expert-level boots with freeride-specific tweaks.

  • Unisex


    Women’s High Performance Boots

    Frontside- and freeride-style boots for expert or strong advanced-intermediate female on-piste skiers.

  • Women’s


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