It’s a full-on corn harvest at FREESKIER’s annual Backcountry Ski Test

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It’s a full-on corn harvest at FREESKIER’s annual Backcountry Ski Test

FREESKIER’s 2019-2020 Backcountry Ski Test, presented by POC, kicked off on Red Mountain Pass, in Colorado’s beautiful San Juan Mountains today. Based out of the incredible Red Mountain Alpine Lodge, located just north of the pass summit, our group of 16 trekked into the high alpine in search of spring corn snow on the best touring skis of 2019-2020.

Thirteen brands provided our testers with planks, including 4FRNT, Armada, Atomic, Blizzard, DPS, Fischer, Faction, G3, Icelantic, K2, Line, Salomon and Völkl. Our testers were kitted out in POC’s Obex SPIN helmets, along with Fovea and Orb goggles, both outfitted with the brand’s clarity lenses. With the sun as bright and high as it was today, we needed ’em. Testers utilized G3’s Alpinist+ Universal and Glide skins, which aided our climbing in snow conditions that ranged from frozen wind-board to afternoon slush.

The testing crew was able to try out Scarpa’s highly-anticipated Maestrale XT boot, the next evolution of the brand’s best-selling Maestrale series. The lightweight, super stiff touring boot received high praise from our group, be on the lookout for it this fall.

The day was marked by high-alpine corn skiing in the United States’ closest rival range to the Alps, in terms of sheer relief and magnificence. Don’t @ us, the San Juans f*cking rule.

The selection of POC products ready to be grabbed by our eager testers.
POC’s Ben Coates explaining the SPIN technology found in the Obex SPIN helmet to tester Phil Krening.
Assistant Editor Erin Spong cuts a pair of G3 Alpinist+ skins for our testers.
A full arsenal of Scarpa Maestrale XT for testers to step into.
From left to right: The G3 SEEKr 100 and FINDr 94; Atomic Backland 102 W and Backland 107; Line Vision 108; Armada JJ 116 Ultralight; Fischer Hannibal 96; DPS Wailer 106; Blizzard Zero G 105 and Zero G 95; Faction Agent 2.0x and Agent 2.0
From left to right: Völkl V-Werks Mantra and VTA 108; Icelantic Mystic 107 and Natural 111; K2 Wayback 96 and Wayback 106; Armada Tracer 98; Salomon Stella 106 and QST 106; 4FRNT Raven and Hoji
Assistant Editor Erin Spong on the up and up.
Tester Adam Moszynski ripping off his new G3 Alpinist+ skins.
Publisher Damian Quigley sporting the all-new POC Obex Backcountry SPIN helmet.
Tester Chris Manning ripping down from the summit of Red Mountain 3.
Tester Adam Moszynski on the 4FRNT Hoji.
Tester Kelly Mckenzie on the Fischer Hannibal 96.
Tester Tess Strokes ripping down on the Faction Agent 2.0x.
FREESKIER Philip Welsh enjoying the corn harvest.