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Tester's Choice '12

2012 Tester's Choice Skis

If you only read one thing about skis this winter, this should be it. This year, we tested 150 skis, reviewed 86, and picked nine as our favorites. Here are those skis. Start dreaming.

Age: 28Height:5'5"Weight:125Home Mountain:SnowbirdOccupation:Marketing assistant and alpine race coachSkiing Background/Accomplishments:Ski raced through college at UNR for NCAA division 1 team. Competed in big mnt comps for a few years, usually fell but when I didn't was mostly top 5.How would you describe your style of skiing: I like to ski fast, I like good scenery and creativity as much as good snow!Favorite On-mountain Snack: trailmixFavorite Beer/Cocktail: anything from utah's epic brewery

Meet the Testers

We carefully pick our testers based on their industry knowledge, skiing skills, and ability to call a spade a spade.


The Wasatch Fault: A Ski Tester's Dream

We just wrapped up our annual ski test at Snowbird, Utah and it couldn't have been better. But it had nothing to do with testing skis on a little thing like the “greatest snow on earth” or having great testers. We take a look at what really makes testing skis in the Wasatch extraordinary.

Rocky Mountain Underground

Design a Ski Contest: Win Rocky Mountain Underground Skis

Rocky Mountain Underground, a small, independent Colorado ski manufacturer, needs your help coming up with a ski topsheet design for one of their backcountry skis for next year. The winner gets their design on the ski—and a new pair of their signature skis to take home.