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Inside the 2014 Ski Test

It's a hard job testing next year's skis, but someone has to do it.


Tester Jeremy Benson catches some air during the fourth day of the ski test at Snowbird.

Tester Jeremy Benson catches some air during the fourth day of the ski test at Snowbird.

Doing our ski test at Snowbird year-after-year gives us an idea of where to find good snow days after a storm.

Doing our ski test at Snowbird year-after-year gives us an idea of where to find good snow days after a storm.

Gordy Megroz slays some groomers during day 4.

Gordy Megroz slays some groomers during day 4.

Tester Tim Dyer still gets after it in some hidden pockets while testing mixed-snow skis at Snowbird.

Tester Tim Dyer still gets after it in some hidden pockets while testing mixed-snow skis at Snowbird.

Getting on an early tram has its perks, and this small group of testers knows it.

Getting on an early tram has its perks, and this small group of testers knows it.

Mike Britt finds untouched snow while testing a pair of 2014-15 DPS skis.

Mike Britt finds untouched snow while testing a pair of 2014-15 DPS skis.

Early morning corduroy is one great place to test mixed-snow skis.

Early morning corduroy is one great place to test mixed-snow skis.

After finding some good snow stashes, we turned our attention to some groomers to test mixed-snow skis.

After finding some good snow stashes, we turned our attention to some groomers to test mixed-snow skis.

Ski tester (and boot test director) Mark Elling picks up speed while slicing through crud-busting mixed snow skis.

Ski tester (and boot test director) Mark Elling picks up speed while slicing through crud-busting mixed snow skis.

Tester Robin Barnes enters a zone of skied powder while testing mixed snow skis on Day 3.

Tester Robin Barnes enters a zone of skied powder while testing mixed snow skis on Day 3.

Mark Elling tests the veracity of mixed-snow skis on day 3 of the test.

Mark Elling tests the veracity of mixed-snow skis on day 3 of the test.

Mike Rogan, a PSIA-certified ski instructor finds crud to test a pair of Volkls during Day 3.

Mike Rogan, a PSIA-certified ski instructor finds crud to test a pair of Volkls during Day 3.

Tim Dyer sends it on the second day of testing.

Tim Dyer sends it on the second day of testing.

Testers (from left to right) Jeremy Benson, Kevin Luby, Scott Basso, and Mark Elling take time to hash out ski test cards while riding the lift.

Testers (from left to right) Jeremy Benson, Kevin Luby, Scott Basso, and Mark Elling take time to hash out ski test cards while riding the lift.

Hold my calls. I will be in the white room until further notice.

Hold my calls. I will be in the white room until further notice.

Tester Tim Dyer takes a tight line down a tree trail while putting a pair of skis to the test during the second day of testing in Snowbird.

Tester Tim Dyer takes a tight line down a tree trail while putting a pair of skis to the test during the second day of testing in Snowbird.

Tester Scott Basso keeps his focus in deep conditions whilst atop a pair of K2 skis.

Tester Scott Basso keeps his focus in deep conditions whilst atop a pair of K2 skis.

Jenny MacArthur fills out a test card in the pits before stepping into another pair of skis and doing another lap.

Jenny MacArthur fills out a test card in the pits before stepping into another pair of skis and doing another lap.

Tester Jeremy Benson charges downhill.
Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Tester Jeremy Benson charges downhill.

Kristi Brown visits the white room on day 2 while testing fat skis.

Kristi Brown visits the white room on day 2 while testing fat skis.

Testers carved hard snow on the 'Bird's frontside.

Testers carved hard snow on the ‘Bird’s frontside.

High marks for hard snow skis? Wait and see.

High marks for hard snow skis? Wait and see.

Nordica and Kastle skis, among 14 other brand's boards, take a breather.

Nordica and Kastle skis, among 14 other brand’s boards, take a breather.

#SkiTest2014 on-snow HQ, where techs adjust and tune.
Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

#SkiTest2014 on-snow HQ, where techs adjust and tune.

Testers dish out ratings for the hard snow skis. Up next: mixed conditions and pow.

Testers dish out ratings for the hard snow skis. Up next: mixed conditions and pow.

Gordy Megroz carves arcs.

Gordy Megroz carves arcs.

It's Ski Test 2014 time. Narrow-waisted boards sit ready to rip some groomers on Day 1 at Utah's Snowbird. In all, we're checking out 160 of next…

It’s Ski Test 2014 time. Narrow-waisted boards sit ready to rip some groomers on Day 1 at Utah’s Snowbird. In all, we’re checking out 160 of next year’s models.

Tester Mike Britt rips a groomer.

Tester Mike Britt rips a groomer.

Kristi Brown and Georgie Bremner get ready for another lap at the base of GadZoom. Get more behind the scenes here.
Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Kristi Brown and Georgie Bremner get ready for another lap at the base of GadZoom. Get more behind the scenes here.