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Essential iPhone Apps for Skiers

While a T-Pain-voice generating app is pretty much as useful as a pair of skis in July, here’s a round-up of iPhone apps that will help you stay ahead of conditions, keep track of your friends, and curb the chairlift lull.

Top Kids Gear of 2015

Top Kids' Gear of 2015

Just because your grom is little, doesn't mean she should wear subpar gear. So we've rounded up some of the best kids gear of 2015.

SKI Magazine Gear Makeover

In for Alignment

The best skiers are already perfectly aligned—skeletons that stack up in perfect balance over a carving edge. The rest of us—the bow-legged, the knock-kneed—muddle through with skis that feel either too edgy or not edgy enough. The solution: Take your body in for an alignment. We did just that with two guinea pigs, to see if even longtime skiers can still improve their game with a simple equipment fix. And yes, they can.

2011 Volkl Gotma

Volkl Gotama (2011)

The original backcountry twin-tip returns with minor modification this year. It’s fully, but subtly, rockered, with a long, gradual tip-to-tail bend. Völkl takes care to make sure rocker and sidecut work together: Tip a Gotama up on groomers, and there’s plenty of edge-to-snow contact for easy carving. But it’s built for soft snow. It surfs and smears readily in powder and smoothly manages crud. There were more dynamic skis in the test, but the Gotama won accolades for versatility and mellow user-friendliness. “A versatile tool for powder and crud—even carves on hardpack; fun and easy,” said Casey.