Join the Pros—Test Next Year's Gear!

Help us test next year’s ski equipment, March 2 - 6 at Snowbird, Utah. The all-inclusive package (lodging, tickets, meals, gift bag) is just $3000, limited to the first eight skiers to qualify.

Ready to make turns with some of the best skiers in the world, ride next year’s skis before anyone else, and have your reviews included in our annual gear issues?

SKI and Skiing magazines are opening up their annual gear test to eight experienced skiers. The first eight to qualify will ski the same equipment as our professional testers, fill out the same reviews, and discuss the latest and greatest gear with former US Ski team, World Cup and Olympic athletes, as well as the editors of SKI and Skiing. The guest testers’ ratings will be included in our fall gear guides.

The guest tester program is open to the public, and eight qualified participants will be selected from all applicants. Those selected will spend 5 nights/4 days in Snowbird, Utah from March 2-6. The cost of the program is $3,000 per person. Lift tickets, lodging, meals and après festivities are included (transportation to Snowbird is not included).

To apply to be a guest tester, please email a history of your skiing experience along with any applicable photos by February 26th.


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Next Year's Summer Gear

Last week, gear companies were all at the Outdoor Retailer trade show showing off the summer gear they'll be releasing a year from now. Our guy on the floor got a sneak peek at the coolest gear coming out in 2012. Take a look.

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Next Year's Gear

Twice a year, gear companies meet behind closed doors to preview next year’s gear. You’re probably not allowed in. But don’t worry—here's a sneak peek at new, game-changing outdoor product. Commence drooling now.