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.

Never not good. Costume involves a saucer (duh), neon, Jack Daniels, various mountaineering accoutrement (doesn’t need to be in working order), and a Shane-like presence.

Skiing Halloween Costumes

Halloween is next week and if you’re like us you probably don’t have anything planned and are going to be rummaging through your closet to throw together a zombie/eighties/ghost mash-up. But you can do better. So, we’ve rounded up the best skiing-related costumes we can think of and thrown in some video to help you get the mannerisms and outfits down pat.


Win a Sportube Series 1 from Skiing

Checking, shipping or driving, the Sportube Series 1 is the best, most dependable ski case on the market. They can hold one pair of Alpine skis and poles or two pair of XC skis and poles. Adjustable up to 212 cm long and 140mm wide, it can handle the biggest skis you can find.

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.