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Ski, boot and other ski equipment reviews help skiers purchase the right equipment while minimizing the risk of costly mistakes. But, not all ski reviews are created equal.

Our reviews provide you with complete, accurate pictures of how a given ski performs and how that performance will relate to you, pictures drawn from the experiences of many dozens of skiers of varying ability levels and technical styles – recreational skiers and pros alike – who test and evaluate equipment each season from Vermont to California between January and May.

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