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Ski Magazine September 2018

Ski is the original, largest and most recognized ski publication in the world. Passionately committed to helping readers decide where to ski, what to ski and how to ski, Ski is the authority on resorts, equipment and instruction.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

in this issue

1 min
2019 gear guide

The days are getting shorter, the temps are cooling down, and winter is in the air. Best of all, the walls at your favorite ski shop are full of shiny new toys, begging for your attention. Before you spend your hard-earned money on gear, learn what’s new, what rips, and what’s really worth it this season. We’ve partnered with Reveel throughout this year’s Gear Guide to offer up more detailed product info and the chance to buy your most coveted pieces with a simple tap. Intrigued? Go to Reveel.it to scan pages for more info and to buy gear.…

4 min
2019 trends report

BOOTS Easy bake, lightweight, high-performance alpine boots Ski boot technology took a step forward this season with super light, easy-to-fit boots that perform phenomenally well. K2’s Recon and Luv series and Salomon’s S/MAX line were certainly different than any other boot tested in their respective categories, but the fact that they are easy to get on, easy to customize (the shell and the liner get baked at your local shop) and skied so well put them right up there with the old guard brands of the ski boot world. Forget punching and grinding, just bake ’em and go. SHOWN: K2 Recon 130, K2 Luv 110, and Salomon S/MAX 130 Carbon WAX Wax on, wax off How many times a season do you hear “I have the wrong wax,” or “these skis haven’t been waxed in years!”…

1 min
the results

THE TESTERS Each tester brings a unique perspective and lives to go bell-to-bell every day. Read more about their stories and styles at SKImag.com/testers. JESSE AMBROGI-YANSON Age: 32 5’3”; 130lbs ROBIN BARNES Age: 52 5’6”; 135lbs KIMBERLY BEEKMAN Age: 42 5’4”; 115lbs GEORGIE BREMNER Age: 44 5’4”; 145lbs TODD CASEY Age: 48 6’3”; 210lbs ERME CATINO Age: 37 5’11”; 160lbs TIM DYER Age: 44 5’8”; 170lbs MARK ELLING Age: 48 5’11”; 185lbs TRACY GIBBONS Age: 51 5’4”; 138lbs BOB GLEASON Age: 66 5’11”; 175lbs KELLI GLEASON Age: 32 5’2”; 110lbs KATY GREENE Age: 22 5’6”; 130lbs STEPHANIE HUMES Age: 45 5’8”; 135lbs JON JAY Age: 30 6’0”; 200lbs MARINA KNIGHT Age: 40 5’4”; 128lbs LUKE LARSEN Age: 36 5’10”; 200lbs KRISTI LOVELL Age: 48 5’9”; 133lbs GORDY MEGROZ Age: 42 5’7”; 155lbs MICHAEL ROGAN Age: 50 5’10”; 185lbs MATT SCHILLER Age: 46 5’6”; 150lbs JON SEXAUER Age: 31 5’7”; 155lbs…

5 min
men’s groomed

UNDER 85MM SHOP MEN’S SKIS Scan at www.Reveel.it WHO Frontside lovers who know how to bend a ski WHAT World Cup tech with consumer-friendly sidecuts WHERE Race gates, pristine corduroy, and man-made snow BLIZZARD Firebird WRC AVG. SCORE 3.87 $1,320 with binding D: 115.5-68-98.5 // R: 18.5M (180) // L: 170, 175, 180, 185 STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Quickness WEAKNESS: Forgiveness The Firebird WRC made fast and beautiful turns quicker than testers could think. With two unique carbon technologies—one that maximizes edge hold and stability through the turn, and another that increases rebound and creates powerful transitions—this ski rewarded testers who invested power into it. Elling: “Get your helmet on, grab these skis and get up early to destroy the groomers.” STÖCKLI Laser AX AVG. SCORE 3.79 $1,199 flat, $1,399 with binding D: 124-78-111 // R: 15.9M (175) // L: 154, 161, 168, 175, 182 STRENGTHS: Forgiveness, Crud Performance WEAKNESS: Stability…

7 min
men’s all-mountain narrow

86-95MM SHOP MEN’S SKIS Scan at www.Reveel.it WHAT Narrower planks with a penchant for groomed, crud, and even pow WHO Those who explore the entire mountain with ease in all conditions WHERE Ski areas where fresh snow is measured in inches, not feet HEAD Kore 93 AVG. SCORE 4.24 $750 D: 133-93-115 // R: 16.4M (180) // L: 153, 162, 171, 180, 189 STRENGTHS: Versatility, Forgiveness WEAKNESS: Stability at Speed Once again, the Kore 93 dominated this category. Showing off for testers, this ski could perform a variety of turn shapes at a variety of speeds in ways that can make intermediate skiers advance and expert skiers smile. Made with graphene, a Nobel-prize winning compound that is super light and strong, fused with a karuba wood core layered with KOROYD, this ski wowed testers in all conditions. Larson: “So solid and stable, nothing comes close.” NORDICA…

1 min
how we test

What do you get when you mix 21 of the biggest ski industry influencers, 142 models of new skis, and a week of skiing Deer Valley’s phenomenal terrain? You get one of the most thorough, intense, and fun ski tests imaginable. Our testers have experience working with Olympians, creating the curriculum for professional ski instructor certification, competing at a national level in college in a variety of disciplines, and, most importantly, they live to ski from first chair to last, dance until last call, and get up to do it again everyday. These skiers have literally grown up on skis, and during that time they figured out how to dissect a pair of planks from the core to the tune. Our testers know what works and what doesn’t. Only the highest-ranked…