All roads lead to Aspen: The FREESKIER Ski Test brings the funk to Colorado’s most iconic resort

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All roads lead to Aspen: The FREESKIER Ski Test brings the funk to Colorado’s most iconic resort


In its 18th year running, the FREESKIER Ski Test returns to Aspen, Colorado, bigger and better than ever. Today, our horde of ski testers and representatives from over 30 brands reached the infamous ski town, bringing with them more than 300 pairs of next year’s skis—freshly waxed to perfection—fashionable hot tub attire, Ziploc bags full of pocket bacon, and an attitude that translated to: “Let’s Party.”

It’s a tough job—but someone’s gotta do it. For the next week, we’ll be rippin’ and dippin’ on Aspen’s Ajax Mountain, reaping the benefits of its 675 acres of terrain and 3,267 feet of vertical, finding out which skis you need to find an excuse to ride next season. Don’t worry—everyone testing skis ranks and reviews each pair on-the-spot, so we can compile the most accurate information possible. It’s all in preparation of our annual Buyer’s Guide, our biggest, baddest magazine of the year, complete with gear reviews and expert advice on how to find your dream setup.

Thanks to the brand-spankin’ new W Aspen hotel, we’ll be stationed just steps from the gondola, the perfect place to catch First Chair; to Dragon Alliance for providing goggles and sunglasses to then entire squad; The Ski Monster for giving us a classic ski shop experience in modern digs, an online and brick-and-mortar marketplace to buy our favorite new piece of gear; Darn Tough for making f*ckin’ comfy ski socks with a lifetime guarantee; and, of course, to Aspen Snowmass for hosting the biggest party of the year.

Below, take a peek at our first night in Aspen—the load-in process and the Welcome Party—and stay tuned online for complete coverage all week long. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, check out the hashtag #FREESKIERFEST for more, and be sure to subscribe to the print-version of the magazine to see the complete results from the 18th annual FREESKIER Ski Test land on your doorstep in the fall.

Next Year’s Skis at Aspen Mountain

Welcome Party @ the W Aspen

Aspen Snowmass under the lights. Tomorrow is going to be a good day.
Snow falling outside the W Aspen.
The snow is stacking up outside the W Aspen.
Big thanks to our sponsors The Ski Monster, Dragon Alliance and Darn Tough.
Darn Tough socks from the future.
Every tester in the fleet got a pair of Dragon goggles.
Welcome to the W Aspen.
Level Gloves keepin’ our digits warm.
Tester Jojo Coffey is stoked on the new Dragon goggles.
Picking out Pret Helmets.
The Ski Monster with the cheeky stickers.
The PHOOZY, the perfect gift bag item to keep your phone warm and battery alive.
FREESKIER and The Ski Monster stickers for the win.
Showin’ off those new Darn Tough socks.