Ski Equipment Reviews and Recommendations
Ski, boot and other ski equipment reviews help you get the right gear while cutting risks of costly mistakes. Our reviews provide you with accurate pictures of how a given ski performs and how that will relate to you, pictures drawn from the experiences of dozens of skiers of varying abilities and technical styles—recreational skiers and pros alike—who test skis and other ski equipment from Vermont to California between January and May.
The well-respected 30-Second Ski Reviews in this public section (links above) are distilled from more comprehensive reviews in our Member Section, which has, say members, "the best ski reviews available."
After reading our Member reviews, you’ll be able to select ski models to try or perhaps we’ll give you that extra bit of information that makes you realize you want this or that ski right now. If you're considering skis from a past season, chances are we have those reviews as well in our 3000+ review archives dating back to 1999.
5 Fallacies of Skiing
from our newsletter archives
Most skiers who aren’t professionally involved with the sport at the granular level cling to any number of misconceptions about equipment and technique. Just how some of these fallacies became came to be embedded in the skiing public’s zeitgeist is unclear, but friends and family are the usual culprits when it comes to cementing bad ideas in place. To help you shed the shackles of ignorance, we hereby expose five fallacies that hinder pursuit of the quality ski experience.
1. Wax makes you go faster.
It’s the pattern in the base structure—tiny cuts in the polyethylene base imparted by a diamond stone—that gives the ski its glide properties. Wax helps ...more
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We'll help you get the most fun per ski dollar. Whether you are just starting, a sometimes leisure skier, venerable veteran or working pro, we can help you find the best skis and other equipment and help take your skiing to a higher level, often saving money in the process.
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We know from experience the folly of trying to fit boots long distance —say, via the internet—and can tell you all you need to know about boots, including their role in how well you’re able to ski on any ski, but because we want you well served, we urge you to visit a specialty ski shop with veteran personnel who know their craft.
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