Last summer, we headed south to Chile for the Eye of the Condor photo contest. This shot sealed the win for the young gun, underdog Dubsatch team. 

2011 Photos of the Year

Over the course of 12 months we come across a lot of stunning images, but some of them stand out above the others. These are the best things we've seen all year.

10-11 ski opener

Fat Skis: 2010-2011 Preview

Skiing Magazine had a chance to ski a few of next year’s skis at the SIA On Snow Demo Days at Winter Park. Due to the huge amount of skis available and the little time we had, we limited ourselves to fat skis. We tested a handful of new, redesigned and carryover models between 95mm and 115mm underfoot. Although certain skis did better in certain conditions, there really wasn't a bad ski among them.

Martin Winkler at Nordpark

Austrian Ski Photos

We sent Tom Winter to Austria to see if he could become an Austrian, or at least grind skis in some factories or fit boots in some shops. Turns out, all he did was ski powder. Here are shots of his trip.

La Sportiva's first foray into skis is pretty impressive. We skied their biggest ski, the Hi5, and were impressed by how easily it busted through crud.

Next Year's Skis and Gear: Outdoor Retailer 2011

We've been trolling the floor at this year's Outdoor Retailer trade show, checking out next winter's gear. So far, the story has been about the sidecountry, and ski, boots, packs, and jackets that are designed to be used in the backcountry just as well as the resort. We also saw beefy but lightweight bindings, multiple airbag packs, a bunch of waterproof, breathable fabrics. Here's what you'll be coveting next fall.