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Cruising through the gates for a couple of early runs? A big old backpack is overkill, don’t you think? So does The North Face; hence the PGV. Originally designed for the Snowbird Ski Patrol, the vest distributes the weight of your gear more evenly than a half-full pack, which means your light-and-fast mission will feel a little lighter and get a lot faster. They don’t call it slackcountry for nothing. [$189; thenorthface.com]

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Snowbird Powder Test

Testing Powder Skis at Snowbird

On Friday, Snowbird, Utah, reported 19 inches in the past 24 hours. Skiing magazine was there for our annual ski test—to collect reviews for our fall Gear Guide—and used the conditions to test next year's powder skis. Here's a sneak peek.