To stand out in Snowbird’s socially competitive tram dock, it helps to throw out lines like, “Yeah, I’m just here testing skis for Outside. Did I mention I’m a ski tester?”
More than 20 brands submitted 150 models (many in multiple lengths) for our test.
Tester Gabe Glosband sees how next winter’s boards handle this winter’s wind buff in Snowbird’s Cirque.
Chad Jacob in the thick of the ski-test daily grind. Grab a pair of skis, hop on the chair, burn a lap, fill out a test card, repeat 18 to 22 times.
Another pitted bro: Longtime tester and ski tech Greg Peruzzi takes a turn in the pit adjusting demo bindings. Brady Newton heckles him for the effort.
Get back to work. Testers Nick Loomans and Stephie Kasun dog it above the ’Bird’s Mineral Basin.
Loomans rips Puckerbrush.
Plenty of skis shred powder. Fewer stand out on leftover alpine chalk. Loomans descends Bonar’s Pass, Little Cloud.
Alta ski patroller and tester Andrew McCloskey finds some wind buff near Tower Three off the Cirque.
Newton builds his personal skis from salvaged railroad ties, rebar, and angle iron, but he likes the stiffest Germanic brands, too.
In the warmer months, tester Mark “Smash” Carroll tosses 75-pound totes of calamari out of the hold of his commercial fishing boat. In Utah, he makes product managers nervous.
Thomas Forcier, Justin Salvas, and Newton organize test cards while waiting for eggs benny at Snowbird’s Forklift restaurant.
“These skis have some nice pop to them.” Ski tester Krista Crabtree hops off Little Cloud.
Western corduroy: Crabtree and Loomans get their synchro-skiing on.
Crabtree and Loomans gang-ski a Little Cloud chute.
Après-après: Part of the crew tests margarita pitchers at El Chanate in Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge at the end of day two.