We’re currently testing hundreds of next year’s skis at Snowbird with a stacked crew. The products that perform best will grace the pages of our next Buyer’s Guide, ultimately helping you, our wonderful reader, to find boards that’ll make your 2017-18 season one to remember… Want to know how we test all these skis? Read below to find out and take advantage of our awesome magazine subscription deal going on right now.
Photos by Erik Seo, Jay Dash and Sarah Sherman
1. Evaluate our custom testing app via your phone and see which skis need reviewing.
2. Go grab your ski of choice from the racks.
3. Consult the corresponding brand rep and get the details on what to expect out on the hill.
4. Have one of the on-site technicians adjust the ski’s bindings to your boot sole. Don’t want to lose a shoe out there!
5. Hop on the lift and go let it rip! Snowbird’s endless terrain provides for pristine testing conditions; get after it, baby.
6. On the hill, consider the following categories to rank the ski properly: versatility, carving, stability, float and playfulness. Keep those notes in your head as best as you can.
7. Don’t forget to have fun on your way down because that’s what skiing’s all about!
8. Hop back on the lift with a new pair of skis and get ready for another rippin’ run of testing.
9. While on the lift, rate the ski you just tested. It’s important to log your opinions right away while they’re still fresh in your head.
10. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Social media greatness from the 2017 Ski Test:
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!