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Indie SKI Test 2018: The Gallery from Loveland Ski Area

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Jenny Wiegand at Loveland
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Jenny can really see where she’s going thanks to Native Eyewear.

Lift at Loveland
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Rachel Ryan, Nick Loomans, and Renée Geary on the lift at Loveland.

Jenny Wiegand at Loveland
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Tester Jenny Wiegand rocking a sweet Buff.

Rachel Ryan at Loveland
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Tester Rachel Ryan hikes the Ridge at Loveland.

Nick Loomans at Loveland
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Tester Nick Loomans finds some soft snow off Loveland’s Ridge.

Renee Geary at Loveland
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Renée Geary tests some DPS Skis

Nick Loomans at Loveland
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Nick Loomans exploring Loveland on some Sego Skis.

Test Crew at Loveland
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Jenny, Renée, Nick, and Rachel take a breather from testing skis but keep warm thanks to Buff.

Jenny Wiegand at Loveland
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Jenny tests the snow-spraying abilities of the 4FRNT MSPW 99.

Todd Casey at Loveland
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Tester Todd Casey works his way down from Loveland’s Chair 1.

Picking out skis at loveland
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Tester Stephen Sebestyen gets a grip with his Gordini Gloves.

Skis at Loveland
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Beautiful skis and beautiful skies.

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It’s not all fun and games during the tester debrief.

Blue skis at Loveland
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Testers Jessi Hackett and Jenny Wiegand enjoy après with Sufferfest beers

Apres at Loveland with Sufferfest
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Some Gordini Gloves dry during après at Loveland.

Sufferfest beer and one day's list of skis
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Making sure every ski was tested is thirsty business.

Jon Sexauer and Shane Furman at Loveland
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Testers Shane Furman and Jon Sexauer listen in on what another tester thought about the Sego Wizard 0.5.

Jon Jay at Loveland
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Indie SKI Test Manager Jon Jay can’t read real good, but he likes Sufferfest beer.

Nick Loomans, Jenny Wiegand, Renee Geary, and Rachel Ryan at Loveland
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Testers Rachel Ryan, Renée Geary, Jenny Wiegand, and Nick Loomans hike the Ridge at Loveland.

It’s hard to think of a more independent minded ski resort in Colorado than Loveland Ski Area. Despite being surrounded by Epic and Ikon pass resorts, “the Luv” upholds a strong local vibe sympathetic to independent ski areas that are becoming harder to find during the age of Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company. Loveland’s endless hospitality during the Indie Test outshined the great weather and the big smiles testers had all week long. We can’t wait for its new high-speed quad this season to help get us to the goods faster, too.

Similarly, the test’s sponsors came through in a big way. Native Eyewear kept our testers stylish with goggles like the DropZone, Gordini Gloves kept their digits warm with gloves like the AERIE, Buff kept necks and faces protected with their multifunctional headwear, and Sufferfest Beer kept everyone happily buzzed after long days of testing.

Finally, a test without the testers would hardly be a test at all, so we owe thanks to their endless stokage and enthusiasm to ski, judge, and rank each ski’s best traits. Testers: Todd Casey, Michelle Connacher, Xanthe Demas, Shane Fuhrman, Renée Geary, Jessi Hackett, Jon Jay, Nick Loomans, Rachel Ryan, Stephen Sebestyen, Jon Sexauer, Rex Wehrman, and Jenny Wiegand.