GEAR

Value Skis

SKI - - CONTENTS - By Jon Jay and Kim­berly Beek­man

These top-per­form­ing skis won’t bust your bud­get.

Ev­ery day at the an­nual SKI Test, held last March at Deer Val­ley, Utah, testers have a de­brief about their fa­vorite skis of the day. There is usu­ally con­sen­sus around the best, the worst, and the big­gest sur­prises. This year, nearly ev­ery dis­cus­sion heard the phrase “I can’t be­lieve that was a value ski!” The scores re­flected it: Most of the fol­low­ing skis would have been ranked in the 2019 Gear Guide, but luck­ily for skiers on a bud­get, these boards were in the Value cat­e­gory.

There are a few rules for this cat­e­gory: The MSRP must be at or be­low $660 (or $850 with a bind­ing), and the ski has to per­form on par with the rest of the mod­els at the SKI Test. Any type of skis are wel­come. To gen­er­ate the value score, we take the ski’s test score, mul­ti­ply it by 1,000, and di­vide that num­ber by the re­tail price.

Nab these blue light spe­cials be­fore they’re gone.

Ski tester Mark Elling finds value in Em­pire Canyon at Deer Val­ley Re­sort, Utah.

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