Gallery: Next year’s skis, as seen at our 2017 Ski Test

Gallery: Next year’s skis, as seen at our 2017 Ski Test

Design by Gunter Jones

We’ve been testing next year’s skis for the past week at Snowbird and couldn’t be more psyched to show you all the full-fledged reviews in our 2018 Buyer’s Guide (available for a stupid-good deal right now). But, in the meantime, we want to provide a sneak peek at what’s been on the racks because we love you, our readers, so very much. Below, check out some of the awesome ski companies that are joining us—and just a small selection of the hundreds of skis here—as well as a bunch of other radical photos from The Bird.

(Photos by Erik Seo and Sarah Sherman)


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.

Prepping 4FRNTs for another test run!

Faction showed up in style, both clothing-wise and ski-wise. These new boards are frickin’ rad, folks.

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

Our love for Fischer continued this week via top-notch offerings for winter 2017-18. Here, we display just a few.

So. Many. Skis.

Just a smidge of HEAD‘s massive ski collection here.

LINE‘s newest fleet of Sick Day skis and others have had testers totally psyched here at The Bird.

Sego arrived with a wide variety of kickass boards—here are just a few of ’em!

Models from Völkl like the Mantra, 100 Eight and many others are all present here at Snowbird.

Chamonix-based Black Crows is making its way into the US market like crazy right now and we know exactly why: their skis, like the ones pictured here, are insanely fun to ride. And these are just three of ’em.

FREESKIER’s Online Editor, Connor Davis, with next year’s Blizzard Rustler 11, a Pret helmet and a Phunkshun facemask. In other words: some of the hottest products out there.

Blizzard‘s Pearson Neal with some of next year’s fleet.

Alex Hunt of DPS with his pride and joy for winter 2017-18.

Dynafit ain’t just a touring brand, folks; we tested these boards all over Snowbird on gnarly terrain and had a frickin’ blast.

Elan brought some rippin’ boards to the test, meaning they have plenty to smile about.

Icelantic, as expected, showed up with some top-performing skis covered in amazing graphics.

J Skis in the house, ladies and gentlemen.

The wizard stick graphic from J Skis is too good…

Just a couple of KÄSTLE‘s impressive skis for winter 2017-18.

Lib Tech came in hot with a wide variety of models, including the Wreckreate series, UFO 115 and more.

Liberty and justice for all! These skis—and the many other Liberty models not pictured—will make you feel free-as-can-be out on the hill.

Nordica‘s new boards—like the Enorfcer and Santa Ana series—came dressed to impress. Not pictured: tons of other dreamy Nordica boards.

Prior Skis out of Whistler, British Columbia is at the FREESKIER Ski Test for the first time and we couldn’t be more psyched.

These Salomons, though…
Testers are having a blast on the brand’s QST and Lumen series—some pictured, some not—all week.

Mame’s Burritos have been keepin’ the crew mega-fueled.

Hydrate or die! FREESKIER’s Online Editor, Connor Davis, crushing the H2O via his Vapur water bottle.

Happy tester, Willie Nelson!

That Strafe onesie 👍.

Skiing in costumes = Best time ever.

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[caption]Marcus Caston arcing the dreamiest of turns on his Blizzards—showing the racers how it’s really done.

Living legend Pep Fujas has been hangin’ with the crew. Chasing him down the mountain sure is fun.

Getting those bindings dialed for another hot lap with LeVel Gloves and Blizzard.

Ski talk is the best kind of talk.

Shout out to Outdoor Technology for keeping us charged all week!

Local legend Will Wesson tosses a huge backy for the boys and girls.

Yay costumes!

Beer! Skis! Yahoo!

Rolling in for après with the “Bud Latte.”

End of the day, enjoying ice-cold FREESKIER x Avery Brewing Company collab Pow Day IPA—kept cold in a big ol’ YETI cooler.

Social media greatness:

@asianrickross likes beer! #freeskierfest @slcbudevents #budweiser 📷 @tlampert

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Off to happy hour with #freeskierfest at @snowbird

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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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