Behind the scenes of the 2017 FREESKIER Ski Test

Behind the scenes of the 2017 FREESKIER Ski Test

Our 2017 Ski Test could not be going any better. Period. The first couple days were graced with tons of powder and, ever since, it’s been absolutely money conditions that are prime for testing every single type of ski. Admittedly, we’ve been doing some partying, too, because that simply goes hand-in-hand with the Ski Test culture. Below, check out a ton of photos from the action—from both on the hill and at the parties—and get stoked for our 2018 Buyer’s Guide, now available for a ridiculously low price.

Photos from the greatness that is the 2017 FREESKIER Ski Test:

(Photos by Erik Seo unless otherwise noted)

Conditions have been so darn good all week.

Pro shredder Dale Talkington made a guest appearance; he was psyched to spin many awesome laps with our ski testers. Here’s Dale sending it into the pow leftover from Monday’s 14″ storm, following 75+ inches in last week’s storm cycle. Photo by Evan Williams, of Nordica.

Dale Talkington, yet again, blowing through a massive pile of pow. Photo by Evan Williams, of Nordica.

It’s DEEP out there, folks.

Well over a foot of snow this week means epic turns on top of epic turns.

Retro run! Look at that spread eagle!


Truly doesn’t get any better than this ????.

K2 Skis brought an awesome variety, such as the Pinnacle series and others pictured here.

Just a few of 4FRNT‘s many, many offerings here at the Ski Test.

Just a taste of next year’s Faction products—including the Dictator 2.0, Prodigy and others.

Tester Willie Nelson slurps down a FREESKIER x Avery Brewing Company collab Pow Day IPA after a long day on the hill.

Fashion. Beer. Yes.

The greatest couch on Earth.

FREESKIER x Avery Pow Day IPAs for the squad.

Sierra Quitiquit made a guest appearance, and proceeded to grind up on a Strafe mannequin.

Flying Bud Lights!


Hello, ladies!

We celebrated International Women’s Day with our #GirlCrew of badass, ripping lady ski testers. Sending a big shout-out to ski-loving women around the world.

Thanks to Pret Helmets for protecting our testers’ noggins.

Whip it! Whip it good!

Awesome to have our friends from Ski Utah on-site this week, proponents of “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

Ski tester Katrina DeVore crushing the piñata, first go.


So. Serious.

One word: Fashion.

Unce, unce, unce.

Thanks, YETI, for keeping our beverages nice and cold all darn week.


Shout out to our talented Brand Reps!

Glug, glug, glug.

FREESKIER Editor-in-Chief, Henrik Lampert, enjoying an après brew. w/ YETI, Strafe Outerwear and Phunkshun Wear.

Icelantic‘s Scotty VerMerris executing the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.

DJ Hot Dogg!

Jason Levinthal of J Skis showing off some impressive new product.

Tester Katrina DeVore came dressed to impress at the pool.

The appropriate reaction to winning our “YETI A Day Giveaway” here at the
Ski Test is smashing beers into one’s forehead, of course.

Pit Viper‘s Chris Garcin capturing the pool party epicness.

Icelantic‘s Scotty VerMerris cannon-balled into the hot tub in his Strafe Outerwear and it was amazing.

Pure joy.

Best. Week. Ever.

Social media epicness:

Happy #internationalwomensday out shredding with frands! Go ladies!!!! #freeskierfest

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@chrisgarcin has no fun at #freeskierfest whatsoever. #beer #budlight #hottub ???? @bucksnorts

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Did the ice bucket challenge today during #FreeskierFest for my man @garywyman to help raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and encouraging people to help support Gary's journey as he was recently diagnosed with this devastating disease. You can help by going to his website www.teamgarbear.com Please read below for his story, info, and ways to support. ???? Gary was recently diagnosed with ALS. He received the news in December, a little less than 4 months after getting married to his wife Katie ( @batlashes ). What began as seemingly minor symptoms of twitching, weakness in the hands, and slurred speech, has now revealed itself as a full blown terminal illness for which there is no cure. For those unfamiliar, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects the motor neurons in a person's brain and spinal cord, causing muscles to rapidly waste away. ALS patients don't, however, experience any deterioration of the mind, and instead must endure remaining totally aware as the disease robs them of all bodily functions. Unfortunately, after only a few months after diagnosis, Gary is already experiencing major deterioration in his speech, his ability to walk and accomplishing simple daily tasks. While there's hope for treatment and remission for those suffering with cancer, there is no stopping ALS. Once it hits it keeps progressing until the person afflicted is paralyzed and unable to communicate entirely. Gary's life expectancy is 2-5 years. He will soon be wheelchair bound and will require the care of an in-home nurse to assist him in making sure his needs are met while his wife is at work. The medical bills will continue to pile up. We ask that you join us and make a donation and please visit the website link in profile. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. In addition @icelantic_skis and friends will be hosting a fundraiser in Denver in April so please come to the Ogden on April 13th at 7:00 PM for music and raffles to raise awareness. If you work for a company that is able to make a donation of cash or products to auction, please email them through the website and let them know. WWW.TEAMGARBEAR.COM. Love you so much Gary!

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Another insane day at @snowbird. Here, local legend @sanderhadley goes real big in the Gad Valley. #FREESKIERFEST

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"Great day to go slow and get some sun at the bottom," said no one at #freeskierfest, ever.

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@ahmetsbrother learned us the powdah! @freeskiermagazine test #freeskierfest @uvmcatamounts @williamsevan

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Powder day No.2 ???? #Alwaysgoodtimes #Elanskis SnowbirdUtah #freeskierfest

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Im trying to remember how to ski ????: @mfilander #freeskierfest

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Checking in from Pow Town, USA ???????? #freeskierfest

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@alexfryhunt starting the week off right here at @snowbird for the @freeskiermagazine #freeskierfest test.

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