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Ski Test 2013: Behind the Scenes

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This year we tested at Snowbird, UT. The skis were fat (and phat) and the powder was deep (and deep like Deepak Chopra). Come with me, on this magic…

This year we tested at Snowbird, UT. The skis were fat (and phat) and the powder was deep (and deep like Deepak Chopra). Come with me, on this magic carpet ride.

Skis weren't lonely for long as they were constantly being swapped.

Skis weren’t lonely for long as they were constantly being swapped.

The fat boards sit waiting on Day 1 of the ski test.

The fat boards sit waiting on Day 1 of the ski test.

Ski testers never rest, but skis do.

Ski testers never rest, but skis do.

Ski tester Mike Britt of Aspen, Colorado, gets deep at Snowbird on the first day of testing.

Ski tester Mike Britt of Aspen, Colorado, gets deep at Snowbird on the first day of testing.

Testing frontside and all-mountain skis today at the Skiing Mag ski test at Snowbird, UT. This is the Rossi Pursuit HP, which won ski of the year at…

Testing frontside and all-mountain skis today at the Skiing Mag ski test at Snowbird, UT. This is the Rossi Pursuit HP, which won ski of the year at last spring’s test.

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Each ski is given a alpha-numeric code that testers use when rating each one.

Each ski is given a alpha-numeric code that testers use when rating each one.

It’s the greatest thing that happened to ski testing. A 3.5 minute ride, seriously good wind buff, and pow skiing.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013:…

It’s the greatest thing that happened to ski testing. A 3.5 minute ride, seriously good wind buff, and pow skiing.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Editor Kevin Luby, formerly clad in canary yellow, rocks a classic Nevica one-piece on day 4 of the Skiing Mag ski test at snowbird, UT. Behind the…

Editor Kevin Luby, formerly clad in canary yellow, rocks a classic Nevica one-piece on day 4 of the Skiing Mag ski test at snowbird, UT.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Testing East coast skis today. The flat light is perfect for it.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Testing East coast skis today. The flat light is perfect for it.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Amber Gale crushing an early tram photo session during test week. Photo: Jeremy BensonBehind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day…

Amber Gale crushing an early tram photo session during test week. Photo: Jeremy Benson

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Skiing senior ed Kevin Luby rocking a canary yellow onesie testing the Blizzard Bonafide. Photo: Jeremy Benson.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013:…

Skiing senior ed Kevin Luby rocking a canary yellow onesie testing the Blizzard Bonafide. Photo: Jeremy Benson.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Salomon's Travis Tomczak fixes a scuff on the edge of the new Q90.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Salomon’s Travis Tomczak fixes a scuff on the edge of the new Q90.

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With a few bay leaves.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

With a few bay leaves.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Women testers sort it all out in the Cliff. (Yeah, they don't take themselves as seriously as the guys do.)Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1…

Women testers sort it all out in the Cliff. (Yeah, they don’t take themselves as seriously as the guys do.)

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Brain trust of male testers at the end of the day in the Cliff Lodge.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Brain trust of male testers at the end of the day in the Cliff Lodge.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Some goofballs at the Ski Testers party on day 4.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Some goofballs at the Ski Testers party on day 4.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Who knew Geddy Lee was testing for Skiing Mag?Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Who knew Geddy Lee was testing for Skiing Mag?

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Nate the binding tech, aka #cockman.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Nate the binding tech, aka #cockman.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Head's Andrew Couperthwait stealing some skis.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Head’s Andrew Couperthwait stealing some skis.

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Testers Scott Basso, Jeremy Benson and Dan Withey riding hard in the wind buff off Little Cloud lift.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day…

Testers Scott Basso, Jeremy Benson and Dan Withey riding hard in the wind buff off Little Cloud lift.

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Blizzard's Jed Buke.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Blizzard’s Jed Buke.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Sweet ski. Lousy Bean-town hat.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Sweet ski. Lousy Bean-town hat.

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Derek may be camera shy but Volkl's skis are decidedly not.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Derek may be camera shy but Volkl’s skis are decidedly not.

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Each ski is evaluated in nine categories. It's kind of like a dating service: Playfulness, Flotation and Crud Performance are always key…

Each ski is evaluated in nine categories. It’s kind of like a dating service: Playfulness, Flotation and Crud Performance are always key characteristics in a relationship.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Tester Josh Povec eats the head of tester Gordy Mergroz for dinner at Snowbird's Lodge Bistro.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day…

Tester Josh Povec eats the head of tester Gordy Mergroz for dinner at Snowbird’s Lodge Bistro.

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Skiing Testers Tim Dyer (left) and Mike Britt filling out test cards between runs.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Skiing Testers Tim Dyer (left) and Mike Britt filling out test cards between runs.

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Deep thoughts with Kelli Gleason and Amber Gale on the Gadzoom Quad. Testers evaluate skis in nine categories, from Flotation to Forgiveness to…

Deep thoughts with Kelli Gleason and Amber Gale on the Gadzoom Quad. Testers evaluate skis in nine categories, from Flotation to Forgiveness to Versatility. They also record their overall impressions of the on-snow performance, and what type of skier the particular model is best suited for.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Morning of day one at Skiing Mag Ski Test 2013 at Snowbird. 8 to 10 inches of fresh and the powder boards are waxed, tuned and waiting for testers to…

Morning of day one at Skiing Mag Ski Test 2013 at Snowbird. 8 to 10 inches of fresh and the powder boards are waxed, tuned and waiting for testers to show.

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Ski tech Darnell Rose adjusts the bindings for Skiing editor Sam Bass.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2

Ski tech Darnell Rose adjusts the bindings for Skiing editor Sam Bass.

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Tester Greg Guevara samples the wind buff off Snowbird's new Little Cloud high-speed quad.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 |…

Tester Greg Guevara samples the wind buff off Snowbird’s new Little Cloud high-speed quad.

Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

A groomed portion of the test run before the lifts opened. Minty fresh and clean.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

A groomed portion of the test run before the lifts opened. Minty fresh and clean.

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Filling out Skiing test cards on Gadzoom chair. 19 runs per day, for 5 days.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2

Filling out Skiing test cards on Gadzoom chair. 19 runs per day, for 5 days.

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Tester Amber Gale finds Snowbird's Race Hill a perfect hard-snow test venue.Behind the scenes of Ski Test 2013: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Tester Amber Gale finds Snowbird’s Race Hill a perfect hard-snow test venue.

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Late-day stashes for the final few test runs of the day in Snowbird's under-rated Gad Valley, christened Chowder Town by one of the East-Coast based…

Late-day stashes for the final few test runs of the day in Snowbird’s under-rated Gad Valley, christened Chowder Town by one of the East-Coast based testers.

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Tester Tim Dyer drops in on the freshness. Testers will put 150 or so skis through the grinder at Snowbird this week. Dryer, a ski shop manager from…

Tester Tim Dyer drops in on the freshness. Testers will put 150 or so skis through the grinder at Snowbird this week. Dryer, a ski shop manager from New York who’s been a regular on the test team for years and cranks bootleg Dead every morning to fuel the stoke, is all in.

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Andy Beekman gets ready to go on Day 1 of the ski test.

Andy Beekman gets ready to go on Day 1 of the ski test.

Two ski techs kept the skiers moving after a quick binding adjustment for each ski.

Two ski techs kept the skiers moving after a quick binding adjustment for each ski.

Rossignol's Thor Verdonk tunes Dynastar skis as a pair of Heads waits.

Rossignol’s Thor Verdonk tunes Dynastar skis as a pair of Heads waits.

Each binding needed a quick adjustment before testers went out again.

Each binding needed a quick adjustment before testers went out again.

Video Editor Tucker Neary recorded tester's immediate reactions to skis.

Video Editor Tucker Neary recorded tester’s immediate reactions to skis.

Ski tech Darnell Rose readies the next binding.

Ski tech Darnell Rose readies the next binding.

Lunch, ski corral, ski techs, base station.

Lunch, ski corral, ski techs, base station.

Making sure ski edges are regularly tuned.

Making sure ski edges are regularly tuned.

Ski testers are paid in burgers and chips.

Ski testers are paid in burgers and chips.