HOW WE TEST

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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.

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