Our expert gear testers—World Cuppers, Olympians, top instructors, retailers and SKI staffers—hit the slopes at Deer Valley, Snowbird and Stratton to put more than 200 skis and boots through the ringer...and the trees, pow, bumps, crud and corduroy. To see what passed the test, click on our gear galleries.
No surprise—the Supershape, an unabashed carver, was Head’s most-requested model. New Englanders still like to set an edge, and aren’t embarrassed to admit it. The Peak 76, a little wider and a little less demanding, also garnered interest—and enough test runs to earn a rating.
Elan was busy, sending out lots of test skis over the weekend. We apparently had some racers among our testers, and they B-lined for the Elan tent and cranked out a healthy number of test cards on the SLX and GLX race skis (mostly quite favorable, though we won’t deal with race skis here). Meanwhile, the Speedwave 14 and the 888 were the most-tested—apparently folks weren’t deterred by the 88 waist on the latter. Among skis that got enough test runs for a valid result, here are the rankings: