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Mark Elling testing powder skis and Swiftwick socks at Deer Valley.
Testers Mark Elling and Luke Larsen making sure their Uvex goggles work in flat light (they do).
Kim Beekman keeping warm in a Chaos beanie.
Kim prefers the Skida strawberry neckwarmer.
All these skis were tuned and ready to rock.
So were these ones!
The man who created our digital testing cards did so good we let him take a few laps. SKI’s tech, Nate Miller, get Stephen Sebestyen’s bindings adjusted.
Tester Tim Dyer approves of these powder skis, and his Bern helmet.
Marina Knight splashes some snow on her Helly Hansen outerwear.
Tim Dyer gets a grip with his Flylow gloves.
Kristi Lovell, Georgie Bremner, and Marina Knight enjoying the beauty of Deer Valley.
“Boy, these Under Armour baselayers are great, huh?”
Kristi Lovell gets her Helly Hansen-clad hip on the ground…
…and gets ready to strike thanks to her uvex-assisted vision.
Deep under all that powder is Mark Elling.
Robin Barnes cracks a smile under her Skida neckwarmer.
Robin Barnes, still smiling.
Kim Beekman tests some women’s all-mountain narrow skis.
Marina Knight definitely not getting sunburned thanks to Beyond Coastal.
Jon Jay launches into on of Deer Valley’s expert-only chutes.
Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson really loves testing skis.
Nate Miller working hard on Luke Larsen’s boots.
Mark Elling was pretty happy with that last all-mountain wide ski!
Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson takes some Salomon skis for a spin.
Luke Larsen weighs the Best in Test Bonafides from Blizzard.
Jon Jay tries to hide behind some soft snow at Deer Valley.
Robin Barnes gets first tracks.
Robin Barnes gets not-first tracks.
Matt Shiller wears black everything when given a choice.
Mike Rogan tries to get his Helly Hansen-clad hip on the ground.
Matt Schiller drops in.
Mike Rogan, still trying to get that hip on the ground.
Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen looks through the trees with her Uvex-enhanced vision.
Plenty of après options for Marina Knight.
Georgie Bremner, Marina Knight, Katy Green, and Kristi Lovell still not getting sunburned thanks to Beyond Coastal.
Jesse A-Y enjoys a cold Upslope Lager.
Bob Gleeson, Tracey Gibbons, Todd Casey, and Matt Schiller race to finish their test cards before the lift ends.
Mike Rogan filling out a digital test card.
Todd Casey, Mike Rogan, and Nate Miller at Deer Valley.
Luke Larsen shows off his Flylow gloves.
There really is no ski area in the USA quite like Deer Valley Resort. Yes, the amenities are some of the best in the world, but what you don’t hear about is the incredibly diverse terrain. From steep, tight chutes to wide open bowls to scenic groomers with views for days, Deer Valley should be on everyone’s short list of places to ski in the near future. And the turkey chili is world famous for good reason.
Additionally, keeping two dozen testers happy is no small task, so we have to give special recognition to the SKI Test sponsors, including Beyond Coastal for sunburn prevention, Helly Hansen for the threads, Uvex for the eye protection, Under Armour for the baselayers, Bern for the brain buckets, Swiftwick for the socks, Skida for the neckwarmers and headbands, Flylow for the gloves, Chaos for the hats, Deuter for the backpacks, STANLEY for the mugs, and Honey Stinger for the snacks.