Ski, boot and other ski equipment reviews can be effective research tools for skiers planning their next ski or equipment purchases, but not all reviews are created equal. Our Member Section full ski reviews give you complete pictures of how skis perform and how that performance matches your needs and expectations. This picture is compiled from the experiences of many dozens of individual testers—pro and non-professional skiers alike—who test and evaluate skis and boots at industry-sponsored on-snow events and private test sessions across the country between January and May.
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30-Second Ski Reviews© are distilled from comprehensive reviews in our Member Section, which has, say subscribers, "the best ski reviews available anywhere."
We trust the ski reviews, blog entries, technical articles, product stories and video clips here will prove useful. Much more is available by subscription; this public section has about 10% of the content of our Member Section.
After reading our Member Section full reviews, you’ll be able confidently to select ski models you want to try or perhaps we’ll give you that extra bit of information that makes you realize you absolutely must have this or that ski right now.
We also maintain ski review archives of more than 2000 models, dating back to 1999/2000.
Beyond comprehensive reviews—with links to retailers who stock recommended models— we have articles on custom boot fitting, ski sizing, binding placement, equipment tuning and maintenance, top accessories, high performance ski technique and more, including 1-on-1 personal consulting. Got a ski related question? Top pros answer it.*
Ski equipment, like skiing itself, is expensive—it's best to avoid costly mistakes. We'll help you get the most fun per ski dollar. Whether you are just starting, a casual leisure skier, venerable veteran or working pro, we can help you find the best skis and other equipment and can help take your skiing to a higher level, often saving money in the process.
We know from years of experience how to fit boots properly and realize the folly of trying to fit boots long distance with any degree of confidence. We can tell you everything else you need to know about boots, including their paramount role in determining how well you’re able to ski, regardless of whatever ski you use, but because we want you taken care of properly, we urge you to visit a specialty ski shop with veteran personnel who know their craft.
For ski models reviewed this year, including more than 200 skis from the most popular brands, we direct you to authorized dealers who provide not only skis and boots but all the additional services and equipment skiers need.
If you are not already aware of the differences between specialty ski shops and mass merchants, let us remind you that there are no actual authorities at Sports Authority—or any of their clones. On the other hand, we know ski equipment design, selection and fitting as well as anyone on the planet— and our recommended specialty shops are among the best in the land.
If you’re a skier, you’re our friend. We want to help our new friends —and returning fans—enjoy our sport even more this year through our upgraded site. In particular, we want our ski and ski equipment reviews to be entertaining, informative and even easier to use and understand.
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