Print Corrections

We make mistakes sometimes. Here's where we atone for those sins.
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Despite the fact that the magazine goes through multiple rounds of editing and fact checking, things occasionally slip through the cracks. We feel bad when that happens. Here are a few things we've screwed up this season. Found anything we need to feature here? Email


On page 35, The Phar North Hoody pictured is the EcoCycle Hoody, not the Nuclear Winter Hoody. It costs $50 and is made from 100-percent-recycled, American-made materials.

On page 104, the price of the Head Crest Brim helmet was incorrectly listed as $430. It's actually $130.


None that we're aware of...yet.


On page 34, we published the following sentence in the BCA Float 130 airbag pack summary: "Unlike airbag systems that deploy a wing on each side of the pack, BCA's bag inflates behind your head and neck to offer extra protection in a slide." There is no statistical evidence that shows that airbags which inflate behind your head and neck actually provide extra protection. We regret the misinformation. Additionally, some readers interpreted the sentence as a suggestion that the only brand using two separate, wing-type airbags—ABS—manufactures packs that are not as safe as those with single, head-and-shoulders-type airbags. The suggestion was wholly unintentional and we regret the imprecise wording.

On page 41, we listed Tag Along Tours as the guide service for the La Sals. Turns out they don't guide trips there.



The Approach

Sometimes you just have to zip up the tent on mother nature. Close her out. This is one of those times.

Tester's Choice '12

2012 Tester's Choice Skis

If you only read one thing about skis this winter, this should be it. This year, we tested 150 skis, reviewed 86, and picked nine as our favorites. Here are those skis. Start dreaming.

#2: Alta/Snowbird, Utah

Contest Crazy

Is it just us, or has the ski world gone contest crazy? Including us. Here are six cool contests where you can win free gear, lift tickets, season passes, and more.

126)/136/115/133/(123) | $900 The new shape of powder skiing debuted in 2008–09: camber and sidecut underfoot; rocker and reverse sidecut tip and tail. The result: loose, slashy, floaty, get-after-it goodness—fresh as ever as the JJ heads into its fourth season. Testers still love it. Everyone loves it.  Lengths: 165, 175, 185 Turn Radius: 14 at 185ABOUT ARMADAHe weighed only about 140 pounds, but when seven-time ESPN Winter X Games gold medalist Tanner Hall stomped his landing on the burgeoning new-school scene, the ski world shook. The Montana-bred Hall, never comfortable with authority, promptly ditched Rossignol and banded with other luminary park skiers to form Armada in 2002. The concept was brilliant: Star athletes would run the show, pimp the brand, design the skis they wanted, and control the message. Sales immediately took off, and now Armada, the giant of indies, rivals some of the mainstream brands for U.S. market share.

The Best Indie Skis

Dozens of new ski companies have sprouted in the last decade. Are they making good skis? Last spring, we went to Aspen to find out. The answer is yes, and here are our favorites.

Ian McIntosh at Revelstoke, BC, by Blake Jorgensen.After a warm and foggy day, the clouds settled enough for photographer Blake Jorgensen and skiers Ian McIntosh, Kye Petersen, and Lynsey Dyer to ride to the top of British Columbia’s Revelstoke Mountain. Revelstoke, which sits in the Columbia Valley, is notoriously foggy during winter. But unless it’s storming, ascending a few thousand feet is all it takes to poke through to sunshine. “It was warm and the snow was getting pretty manky, so I set up under the cliff in this cave,” says Jorgensen. “Water and ice were dripping all over me and my gear.”


The Focus section of our magazine is where we showcase some of the best photographs of the year, and the stories behind how they were taken. Here is a collection of those images.

Gear Guide 2010

Find the Right Skis

Consider where you ski most, factor in your ability, and pick the category that suits you best. Use the category descriptions below to examine the ski-width ranges and averages within each category of skis we review.