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Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

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.

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SKI Magazine’s 2008-09 Gear Test: How the Test Works

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.