Testing “big-mountain freestyle skis” on day two of the All-Mountain Ski Test

Testing “big-mountain freestyle skis” on day two of the All-Mountain Ski Test

After a great start to the All-Mountain Test on Monday, our team of testers kept the ball rolling, putting another big batch of skis to the test on Tuesday. While testers worked with powder specific skis on day one, Tuesday’s collection was of the big-mountain freestyle* designation. This category of skis was a favorite among testers, as it gave them good reason to hunt for jump zones on the mountain.

Testers found an assortment of drops and natural takeoffs, and spent much of the day in flight. Some also returned to a few of the perennial favorites: a windlip at the base of Walsh’s Run and a cliff drop on Blazing Star, dubbed the Hollywood Cliff, as your performance is judged by those passing by on the Ajax Express chair.

In addition to enjoying some great skiing, we’ve stayed true to our tradition of shenaniganery here at #FreeskierFest. After all, it ain’t called #FreeskierFest for nothing! An assortment of games are in play at all times, including the “Mine” game—explained in the video below. We’re also promoting mandatory après at the Sky Hotel pool. There, we enjoy our daily hot tub soak, indulge in some libations and mingle with the gang, free from the rigors of the on-hill testing.

Two days down, three to go. Stay tuned.

Playing the game of “Mine” at #FreeskierFest

*The ski categories (e.g. big-mountain freestyle) are pre-determined by our staff. The categories are created to clarify and enhance the breakdown of skis in the annual Buyer’s Guide, and thereby to assist you in your purchasing decision. Brand reps determine which of their skis are placed into the respective categories.

This week only, in honor of #FreeskierFest, we’re offering a super subscription deal on Freeskier magazine. Between now and March 16 you can get one year of mags for $4, two years for $7 or three years for $9. Be one of the first to get the 2014 Buyer’s Guide (complete with the results of our ski tests) delivered to your mailbox.


– See 22 photos from day one of the 2014 All-Mountain Ski Test
– Behind the test: How we use technology to simplify ski testing
– Highlighting the 2013/14 Microbrew Ski Test at Snowmass Mountain
– The 2014 Microbrew Ski Test comes to a close in Snowmass, CO



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