SKI Magazine's Best Gear of 2008-09

New designs in hardgoods that push the envelope, plus a few consistent overachievers: We give you the best of 2009.
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Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.

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SKI Magazine's Top 30 Resorts for 2008-09

Learn from the experts: SKI Magazine's readers. Use SKI's 21st annual survey as a guide to North America's top resorts, then hit the snow and start your research. Find more complete reviews, check out trail maps, and custom search for resorts using our ResortFinder, available at www.SkiNet.com/resortfinder.