Test Gallery 09-15-11 - Ski Mag

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John, Chris, and Jeremy in the backcountry sporting their Trew Gear.

Trew Gear (Gallery)

Tripp Frey and twin brothers John and Chris Pew grew up skiing and snowboarding together on garbage-mound mountains just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though life often took them in separate directions, they’ve recently found each other back in the snow.

Seth Morrison dosen't mess around. Not skiing and not in terms of glove design.  His input is visible in his tough, warm and stylish Hestra Pro model. Also comes in a three-finger glove. www.hestragloves.com; $165

Glove Gallery

Gloves often get ignored in favor of sexier pieces of outerwear, but frozen fingers can quickly ruin pow days. Here are some choice handwarmers from lightweight spring gloves to warm-in the-depths-of-winter mitts.

Griffin Post in La Parva

Chile (gallery)

It may be August, but that doesn't mean there isn't powder skiing to be had somewhere in the world. Here's a collection of shots taken from La Parva and Valle Nevado, Chile, by Drew Stoecklein and Spencer Francey.

What do most skiers say when they arrive at the Start Haus for their boot appointment?  "Hey man, where are your boots?" Oh, there are plenty of boots—they just aren't on display. The fact that there is no traditional boot wall in this race-focused bootfitting operation highlights the Start Haus philosophy that the boot-buying and bootfitting experience should be entirely athlete-based.  Everything starts with an initial assessment of both the athlete's performance needs and a close evaluation of their foot, lower leg and biomechanical range of motion that determine which boots will be considered for try-on.  According to owner/operator and board-certified pedorthist Jim Schaffner, what starts with a bit of trepidation quickly turns to full cooperation as the shoes and socks come off. "We're not about leading with specific products, instead we let the athlete's story dictate the direction we go," Schaffner said.  All high-performance boot fitting services are available at Start Haus (which is known for its excellent ski tuning services as well) and their in-house stance alignment services are augmented by on-snow partnerships with ski teams and trainers like those found at affiliate North American Ski Training Center, run by former national PSIA demo team member Chris Fellows. 10990 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee CA  (530) 582-5781 Jim Schaffner, Jim Fowler and crew www.starthaus.com

The 15 Best Bootfitters

We spend a lot of time reminding you to see a good bootfitter—got wide feet? See your bootfitter. Narrow? Bootfitter. Gotta have custom footbed? Bootfitter again. Stance alignment? Hot spots? Heel lift up? You get the picture. We figured that it was about time we gave you some help in finding a good one. So we teamed up with the pros from America's Best Bootfitters and Masterfit University, who help run our annual boot test, to help you start your quest for happy feet this season.