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SKI Test 2018: The Stoke Gallery from Deer Valley

Testing skis is hard work, but luckily our crew knows how to have fun.

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Mark Elling skiing at Deer Valley
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Mark Elling testing powder skis and Swiftwick socks at Deer Valley.

Mark Elling and Luke Larson at Deer Valley
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Testers Mark Elling and Luke Larsen making sure their Uvex goggles work in flat light (they do).

Kim Beekman at Deer Valley
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Kim Beekman keeping warm in a Chaos beanie.

Kim Beekman at Deer Valley
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Kim prefers the Skida strawberry neckwarmer.

Skis at Deer Valley

All these skis were tuned and ready to rock.

Skis at Deer Valley
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So were these ones!

Stephen Sebestyen and Nate Miller at Deer Valley
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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.

Tim Dyer at Deer Valley
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Tester Tim Dyer approves of these powder skis, and his Bern helmet.

Marina Knight at Deer Valley
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Marina Knight splashes some snow on her Helly Hansen outerwear.

Tim Dyer at Deer Valley
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Tim Dyer gets a grip with his Flylow gloves.

Kristi Lovell, Georgie Bremner, and Marina Knight at Deer Valley
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Kristi Lovell, Georgie Bremner, and Marina Knight enjoying the beauty of Deer Valley.

Marina Knight, Kristi Lovell, and Georgie Bremner at Deer Valley
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“Boy, these Under Armour baselayers are great, huh?”

Kristi Lovell at Deer Valley
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Kristi Lovell gets her Helly Hansen-clad hip on the ground…

Kristi Lovell at Deer Valley
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…and gets ready to strike thanks to her uvex-assisted vision.

Mark Elling at Deer Valley
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Deep under all that powder is Mark Elling.

Robin Barnes at Deer Valley
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Robin Barnes cracks a smile under her Skida neckwarmer.

Robin Barnes at Deer Valley
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Robin Barnes, still smiling.

Kim Beekman at Deer Valley
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Kim Beekman tests some women’s all-mountain narrow skis.

Marina Knight at Deer Valley
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Marina Knight definitely not getting sunburned thanks to Beyond Coastal.

Tim Dyer at Deer Valley
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Tim Dyer pondering if he prefers Suerte Tequila or Wyoming Whiskey after a hard day of testing skis.

Jon Jay at Deer Valley
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Jon Jay launches into on of Deer Valley’s expert-only chutes.

Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen at Deer Valley
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Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson really loves testing skis.

Tech Nate Miller at Deer Valley
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Nate Miller working hard on Luke Larsen’s boots.

Mark Elling at Deer Valley
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Mark Elling was pretty happy with that last all-mountain wide ski!

Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen at Deer Valley
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Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson takes some Salomon skis for a spin.

Luke Larsen at Deer Valley
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Luke Larsen weighs the Best in Test Bonafides from Blizzard.

Jon Jay at Deer Valley
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Jon Jay tries to hide behind some soft snow at Deer Valley.

Robin Barnes at Deer Valley
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Robin Barnes gets first tracks.

Robin Barnes at Deer Valley
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Robin Barnes gets not-first tracks.

Matt Schiller at Deer Valley
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Matt Shiller wears black everything when given a choice.

Mike Rogan at Deer Valley
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Mike Rogan tries to get his Helly Hansen-clad hip on the ground.

Matt Schiller at Deer Valley
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Matt Schiller drops in.

Mike Rogan at Deer Valley
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Mike Rogan, still trying to get that hip on the ground.

Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen at Deer Valley
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Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen looks through the trees with her Uvex-enhanced vision.

Marina Knight at Deer Valley
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Plenty of après options for Marina Knight.

Georgie Bremner, Marina Knight, Katy Green, and Kristi Lovell at Deer Valley
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Georgie Bremner, Marina Knight, Katy Green, and Kristi Lovell still not getting sunburned thanks to Beyond Coastal.

Jesse Ambrogi-Yansen at Deer Valley
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Jesse A-Y enjoys a cold Upslope Lager.

Bob Gleeson, Tracey Gibbons, Todd Casey, and Matt Schiller at Deer Valley
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Bob Gleeson, Tracey Gibbons, Todd Casey, and Matt Schiller race to finish their test cards before the lift ends.

Mike Rogan at Deer Valley
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Mike Rogan filling out a digital test card.

Todd Casey, Mike Rogan, and Nate Miller at Deer Valley
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Todd Casey, Mike Rogan, and Nate Miller at Deer Valley.

Luke Larsen at Deer Valley
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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.

Perhaps most importantly, we owe a big shout-out to Upslope Beer, The Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine, Suerte Tequila, and Wyoming Whiskey for the fun juice and “good vibes only” help.