Indie Ski Test 2012 - Ski Mag

Indie Ski Test 2012

Smaller brands build great skis. We set out to find the best.
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Early last April, Skiing Magazine set up shop at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, for the 3rd annual Independent Ski Test. It was an open invite. Any brand that wanted to put their skis through the ringer could show up. We set up camp on A-Basin's infamous beach, fired up the grills, and stocked the coolers for three days of rigorous testing. We brought testers in from around the country and skied almost 80 models from 20 brands. Of the 80 skis, 45 rose to the top and were selected to appear in the Indie Gear Guide in the November issue of Skiing, available now on newsstands across the country (or buy subscriptions here).

A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors:

Arapahoe Basin, Helly Hansen, Odell Brewing Company, Boulder Sausage, Dakine, Etón Solar, Kelty, Key to the Rockies, Probar, Skiing Business, Sierra Designs

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And thanks to the brands that participated:

Bluehouse, DPS, Faction, Fat-ypus, Folsom Custom Skis, G3, Goode, Grace Skis, H20 Outdoor Gear, Hart, Icelantic, KLINT, Lib Tech, Liberty, Meier, Moment, Movement, Rocky Mountain Underground, SkiLogik, and Wagner Custom Skis.

Check out the gallery here.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what went down at the test.

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