We’re testing next season’s park skis at Aspen Snowmass right now—get a sneak peek

We’re testing next season’s park skis at Aspen Snowmass right now—get a sneak peek

It’s one of the best events of the season: FREESKIER’s Annual Park Test. Going off at Aspen Snowmass, our badass ski testers are out here flipping, buttering and spinning on next season’s park skis and reviewing them via our ski test app. The best of the bunch will then be featured and reviewed in our 2018 Buyer’s Guide.

Photos by Rachel Bock.

Ray D’Naffrio putting some Lib Tech skis to the test.

Different than our Annual Ski Test, our park test is solely dedicated to the skis that you’d want under your feet when hitting rails or massive jumps. Skis are reviewed on their playfulness, versatility, stability, and carving (no float ranking, here) as testers take laps on Snowmass’ Coney Glade lift, ripping through Makaha Park. The park is fully loaded with hundreds of features and, with our insanely talented group of skiers, sunny skies and good vibes all around, it couldn’t be going any better.

Check out photos from the madness that went down today and then learn more about why we love testing in Aspen so much, below.

The Völkl Revolts in action.

Tester Bailey on the new Line Honey Badgers.

Straight outta Ohio, tester Kyle Delong tests the Head Frame Wall skis.

The crew cruising through the top of Makaha Park.

A perfect day to test skis at Aspen Snowmass.


Tae Westcott getting some air.

Some testers taking hot laps on the Coney Glades lift.

Tester Sam Ferguson.

Noah Colvin testing the Line Chronic skis.

Some of the crew fueling up on Perky Jerky and FREESKIER x Avery Brewing Pow Day IPAs after a long day of testing.

Line‘s new lineup of skis.

The J Skis Vacation, Allplay and Whipit skis all up for testing.

Lib Tech‘s park ski offering.

The new Völkl park skis.

Sego Skis‘ Tater Tot.

That new new from K2 Skis.

The Fischer Nightsticks.

The new Head park skis.

We could not be more stoked to be testing our skis at Aspen Snowmass. Aspen is a truly magical place and if you haven’t experienced it for yourself yet, you need to.

To get you started, here are some of our favorite places to eat and sleep in Aspen. You can also learn more about where to eat, sleep, ski, après and more via our Ultimate Resort Guide.

Where to eat and sleep in Aspen, Colorado


Best dinner spot in town: Maru has a great local vibe and it’s cheap(ish). It’s a farm-to-table type of place. Grey Lady also has some damn good East Coast-style seafood. Kenichi serves up the most affordable sushi in town. Matsuhisa is another must-visit sushi spot, but, expect to pay handsomely for your fine dining experience. Also, check out Hops Culture, a popular destination for craft beer, wine and “elevated comfort food.” For more, see our full run-down, here.


Best place to stay for fancy digs: The Little Nell is widely regarded as top dog. The St. Regis is also quite swanky. Best place to stay for affordable digs: St. Moritz—it’s the closest thing to a hostel, but it’s not even close. Of course, the Sky Hotel is always a FREESKIER favorite. See more lodging options and read all about ’em, here.

See our custom trail map with more info on where to ski, here.

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