The 2012/13 Freeskier Microbrew Ski Test kicks off at Aspen/Snowmass

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The 2012/13 Freeskier Microbrew Ski Test kicked off at Aspen/Snowmass today. Testers enjoyed 10 inches of fresh snow as they made the rounds on the first batch of many, many skis.

For the next three days, we'll be putting skis made by some of skiing's smaller brands to the test—hence the Microbrew name. Skis will be rated in categories that include versatilty, stability, carving, float and playfulness. March 5-9, we'll roll straight into our All-Mountain Ski Test. During that week, we'll be rocking skis made by skiing's bigger brands.

At the end of the Test, we'll have compiled hundreds upon hundreds of test forms. Testers will have scored skis in each of the aforementioned categories on a scale of one to five—one being the lowest, five being the highest—in addition to jotting comments and critiques on each of the products. Those test forms will later serve as the basis for our ski reviews in the 2013 Freeskier Buyer's Guide.

Stay tuned throughout the next nine days as we'll be posting updates, photos, action videos and product preview videos. Also, for up-to-the-minute news be sure to follow the hashtag #FreeskierFest on Twitter.



Leah Fielding makes her way through the glades. Photo by Jeremy Swanson—Aspen/Snowmass.



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