Freeskier Fest Park Test Hits Keystone, CO

Freeskier Fest Park Test Hits Keystone, CO

The last couple years of Park Tests could’ve been our powder test, as we’ve been blasted with snow. But this year is different as blue skies and summer-like temperatures have greeted us at Keystone for the first two days of the test.

Grant Savidge prepares for a day of testing.

Our test pool is vast this year: Collin Collins, Steele Spence, Grant Savidge, Josh Bishop, Stephen Smith, David Lesh, Dania Assaly, and a guest tester popping in here and there are the ones responsible for putting all the skis from all the companies to the test. After each two runs on each ski, each tester fills out a test form rating all aspects of the ski’s performance. Those aspects are then added up to create an overall stoke, which is what you’ll see in the 2011 Buyer’s Guide, dropping this September.

Collin Collins tests the speed on the jumps early yesterday.

So far, we’ve tested Salomon, Scott, Rossignol, Head, Liberty, Atomic, Moment and Line. With three days to go in the test, the rest of next year’s skis will be slayed on jumps, rails and, of course, groomers. Let’s just hope this sunshine sticks around. NOAA.gov is reporting otherwise, but we’re keeping it positive.

RAW Helmet Cam Footage from Today

Park Test Staple: In-Air Follow Photo

For part of today, Josh Bishop and Grant Savidge followed each other over the big jump line with my camera in hand to snap some photos. Here are a few:

Check out the full photo gallery here.

Check in again later in the week for more about next year’s skis and the testing there-of.

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