HOW WE TEST
What do you get when you mix 21 of the biggest ski industry influencers, 142 models of new skis, and a week of skiing Deer Valley’s phenomenal terrain? You get one of the most thorough, intense, and fun ski tests imaginable. Our testers have experience working with Olympians, creating the curriculum for professional ski instructor certification, competing at a national level in college in a variety of disciplines, and, most importantly, they live to ski from first chair to last, dance until last call, and get up to do it again everyday. These skiers have literally grown up on skis, and during that time they figured out how to dissect a pair of planks from the core to the tune. Our testers know what works and what doesn’t.
Only the highest-ranked skis make it into the following pages to earn an “Official Selection” award. Each category’s highest-scored ski will earn “Best in Test,” and the ski with the best performance-to-price ratio earns “Best Value.” Read each review and the scoresheet carefully to find skis that match your style and you’ll be rewarded for years to come. Don’t see a ski you’re looking for? Check out SKImag. com/skis to find the test’s Honorable Mentions.