Last week, Skiing Magazine’s Indie Ski Test went down at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Despite the thin season in Colorado, conditions were excellent thanks to five inches of fresh snow that arrived the night before the test. Base camp was set up on A-Basin’s infamous Beach. It was the perfect venue to test skis and enjoy the beautiful spring weather with everyone involved.
Over the course of three days, testers skied over 80 skis from 20 different brands that will be available next fall. The results of the test will appear in the November issue of Skiing Magazine. There are plenty of skis to get excited about next season. The following brands participated. You might recognize a few of them, but some brands are a bit more under the radar.
Bluehouse, DPS, Faction, Fat-ypus, Folsom Custom Skis, G3, Goode, Grace Skis, H2O Outdoor Gear, Hart, Icelantic, KLINT, Lib Tech, Liberty, Meier Skis, Moment, Movement, Rocky Mountain Underground, Ski Logik, Wagner Custom Skis
Tester Andrew McWilliams gets ready to try out Lib Tech’s 2012-13 Fully Functional Five
A-Basin’s Beach is about grilling and enjoying a few libations. Skiing Business editor Ryan Dionne tapped his Wisconsin roots and fired up tasty beer brats par-boiled in Odell Brewing Company beer. A big thanks goes to Odell Brewing Company and Boulder Sausage for sponsoring the test.
After a snowy day one, the sun and warm temperatures returned. Luckily testers could retreat to some shade under sunshades provided by Kelty, the official tailgate outfitter of the Indie Ski Test.
Skiing Magazine editor Kevin Luby tests carvability at A-Basin.
Tester Claire Tabolt is fitted for another pair of skis by ski tech Brian Eggleton. Each tester skied nearly 20 skis per day.
Tester Ashley Magnuson makes the incredibly difficult job of ski testing look good.
Each day ends in a debrief session. This is where testers decide on the best skis of each day.
Day’s ended with a few après beers from Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. Nothing builds a thirst like ski testing. Nothing quenches that thirst like Odell beer.
We had a great crew for an excellent event. We look forward to doing it again next season. Be sure to check out the results of the Indie Ski Test in the November issue of Skiing Magazine. Another huge thanks goes out to Arapahoe Basin for providing the test venue, Helly Hansen for providing the outerwear, and Odell Brewing Company for bringing the beer. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Kelty (sunshades, camp chairs, coolers), Boulder Sausage (bratwurst), Eton Soulra (solar-powered stereos), and PROBAR (whole-food energy bars).