FREESKIER’s 2019 Backcountry Ski Test wraps up with prime spring conditions

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FREESKIER’s 2019 Backcountry Ski Test wraps up with prime spring conditions

The sun shined high in the blue sky for day two of FREESKIER’s 2019 Backcountry Test presented by POC. Temperatures rose to near 50 degrees in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, making for delectable corn-snow conditions in the morning that transitioned to soft slush in the early afternoon.

We continued testing the best 2019-2020 touring skis from 4FRNT, Armada, Atomic, Blizzard, DPS, Faction, Fischer, G3, Icelantic, K2, Line, Salomon and Völkl; and once again we were aided by POC’s Obex Spin helmet and Orb and Fovea goggles, along with G3’s Alpinist+ skins and Scarpa’s new Maestrale XT boot. All of the products on-site should draw the attention of backcountry shredders the world over when it comes time to hit ski shops this fall. Check out the photos below, for highlights from the test, and stay tuned for a preview of next year’s best touring skis this week.

Yum, wind buff. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Skinning amongst the majesty of the San Juans. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Tester Chris Manning summits a San Juan peak in the new Scarpa Maestrale XT. Excuse him for flirting, but he’s always liked showing a little leg. Photo: Donny O’Neill
FREESKIER’s Philip Welsh enjoying the spring conditions. Photo: Donny O’Neill
FREESKIER Publisher Damian Quigley enjoying the San Juan steeps. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Tester Phil Krening slashes some slush on the DPS Wailer 106. Photo: Donny O’Neill
Chris Manning, all smiles in the POC Orb Clarity goggles and Obex SPIN helmet. Photo: Donny O’Neill
Tester Tess Strokes entering a short San Juan couloir. If you look closely, you’ll see her handy sun hat in tow—perfect for sunny days in the alpine. Photo: Donny O’Neill
Kelly Mackenzie making moves under the sun. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Tester Phil Krening navigating a San Juan chute. Photo: Donny O’Neill