Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.
Get all sorts of gear-buying tips from the experts at SKI’s annual gear test, including hints on fitting a boot to your foot, dissecting the Buyers Guide, and using the “try before you buy” method.
Have an appetite for big mountains and big snow? SKI’s Director of Instruction, Michael Rogan, takes a closer look at the expert ski categories from the magazine’s 2008-09 Buyers Guide. Check out this clip and see which skis are right for you.
If you’re looking to push yourself beyond blue runs and venture off the groomed, check out this clip. Michael Rogan, Director of Instruction for SKI, helps define the ski categories that the magazine uses in its 2008-09 Buyers Guide.
Test Director Joe Cutts guides you through the inner workings of SKI’s annual gear test at Deer Valley, Utah. Find out who writes the reviews for the magazine’s Buyers Guide, how the testers push each ski to its max, and what inspires them.