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Snowbird Powder Test

Testing Powder Skis at Snowbird

On Friday, Snowbird, Utah, reported 19 inches in the past 24 hours. Skiing magazine was there for our annual ski test—to collect reviews for our fall Gear Guide—and used the conditions to test next year's powder skis. Here's a sneak peek.

Racer ready

Ski Test Outtakes: 2010

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.

Floatacious Powder Skis

Floatacious Powder Skis

Fat skis have redefined the way we ski powder. Once rare, now they’re mainstream—and only getting fatter.

iSupershape Magnum (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Head

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.

Black Magic (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Elan

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: