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Women's Ski Test

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For years, manufacturers paid insulting lip-service, at best, to female buyers.

Women’s skis—or rather, “ladies’ skis,” as they continued to be called long after it was appropriate—were usually defined by their graphics only. Finally, that’s changing, and manufacturers are making meaningful concessions to the performance needs of women. In assembling a team to test these new creations, we’ve relied on the top women in the ski industry. They know better than anyone what works in the real world. Cute graphics? Bring ’em on. But make no mistake: these ladies rip.

THE DETAILS

Dates:

April 5—6, 2005

Location:

Beaver Creek, Colo.

Conditions:

Mostly cloudy; scattered snow showers

Categories:

All-Mountain Expert/Freeride, All-Mountain Cruiser, Aspiring Expert

Rating Scale:

1—5

Special Thanks

Beaver Creek Resort, The Pines Lodge at Beaver Creek, Marmot apparel, Scott poles, Uvex eyewear, Pistil hats, Gordini gloves

September 2005