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Name: Heather Hansman, online editorAge: 26 Height: 5'9" Weight: 135Dream Skis: Couple of big steps for me this year: I’m going to buy a fatty pow ski, and I’m letting go of my long-held bias against  women-specific skis (what? I’m tall). The ski that’s breaking down all those walls? Volkl’s Kiku. It’s 106 underfoot with an early rise tip,   plus, it’ll be nice to have pretty skis for a change.Preferred Terrain: Trick question? Powder, either trees, or open steeps. A-Basin’s East Wall has my heart. Your go-to ski for the last few seasons, and why you ski it day after  day, year after year: Could be my East Coast roots, but I like a stiff ski with some side cut, so the Volkl Mantra is my go-to.  It rails on groomers and floats in just about everything. Maybe not a blower Alaska ski, but it’s a solid, fast, stable  everyday ski.  One ski goal for the season: Crested Butte Extremes, the tele edition. Also, wear my helmet every day.

Dream Skis: The Editor's Edition

As Skiing editors, we have some pretty strong opinions about what we want to ski on. Here are the skis we're each lusting after, along with where we ski 'em and what we have been skiing on. Because maybe you're like us, and they're your dream skis, too.

Mother bought me this jacket for Christmas and I’ve worn it every ski day since, rain or shine, backcountry or lifts, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho. It kept me dry, blocked the wind, and looked wicked stylish while doing so. It took a lot of abuse this season but I’m pretty confident it will continue to do so for years to come. www.flylowgear.comKevin Luby, Associate Editor

Our Favorite Gear of the Year

We get to try out a lot of gear around here, but the stuff we truly love can be rare and hard to come by. These are the goods, from boots to barbecue sauce, that we abused the heck out of this winter. We like this stuff a lot, and there's a good chance you might too.

Nordica Nemesis

Our Favorite All-Mountain Skis

Sure, everyone wants a quiver of skis, with an option for every condition, but a pair of all-mountain boards, which bust crud, carve groomies, and can still float a little, can be the key to sustained (and not super expensive) happiness. Here are the all-mountain skis that scored highest in our ski test.

I’ve only skied the Mastrale a hand full of times at demo days but in my opinion, it offers the best lightweight-to-downhill-performance ratio of any touring boot on the market. It’s an everyday boot for someone that prefers skin tracks over lift lines and wants to do more than swish turns in tennis shoe touring boots. Kevin Luby, assistant editor $599; scarpa.com  

Editors' Gear 2011-12

One of the perks of our jobs as editors is that a lot of shiny new gear comes through our office. It runs the gamut from baselayers that we barely ever take off to who-the-hell-came-up-with-that junk like spangled fur mittens. This is the gear that’s getting us really psyched this season. The stuff we personally use, because we think it’s the best.