Gear Guide 2018: Women's Indie Skis

These brands are small, nimble, and innovative - meaning you just might find something out of the ordinary.

Testing took place on the legendary steeps of Colorado’s Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where over three days, testers were treated to a full complement of conditions—from over-the-boot powder to late-day slush—and everything in between. These were the ladies' favorite skis for anything the mountain threw at them.


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Gear Guide 2018: Men's Indie Ski Reviews

Innovation, guts, and “cool factor” are what indie brands are all about. These skis also happen to perform at the top of their class.

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Gear Guide 2019: Women's Indie Skis

These are the skis of the future, and you don't have to be a cool kid to enjoy them.

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Gear Guide 2019: Men's Indie Skis

These independent brands are pushing the big guys to innovate, change, and just be better.

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Gear Guide 2018: Women's Value Skis

Six inexpensive lady-specific skis that absolutely rip.

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Gear Guide 2018: Indie Ski Test Highlight Gallery

Eleven brands, fifty-five models, a dozen dazzling testers, and lots and lots of big vert.

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Gear Guide 2018: Women's All-Mountain Narrow Skis

Skis are getting narrower across the board. This category, however, was ahead of the game. They’re wide enough to play around in the soft stuff but still let you arc whenever you feel the need for speed.

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Gear Guide 2018: Women's Powder Skis

The only thing better than skiing the deep stuff is slaying it on the proper skis. These fat-body boards happily embrace their girth. When the storm cycle hits, you’re good to go.


The Gear Guide 2018: Full Scoresheet

A breakdown of all the scores from the 2018 Ski Test at Deer Valley Resort.