I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time up in the Ogden Valley last week testing skis with Backcountry Magazine at Powder Mountain. I’m pretty sure the entire magazine crew had doubts about whether the Utah snow we all love would deliver. Well, it didn’t deliver like we know it can, but it did deliver a few inches here and a few inches there, and If you couple that with the outrageous terrain accessible from the area it made for some great conditions for testing gear.
Isn’t this really every skiers dream, have an endless quiver you can draw from, rip a few runs and then come back for a fresh pair. I’d start throwing out everything I loved (K2 Sidestash), but I’ll leave that to the magazine editors. The crew tested for 5 solid days, very close to 30 testers! I was really pleased to see the detail that went into their testing, you should take the advise published in the Septembers Gear Guide as the gospel and use it for your purchases next season. In the end, I only tested for 2 days this year, but had a wonderful experience the days I did help. Already looking forward to next years testing!