It’s hard to beat the feeling of getting a new pair of skis. Bringing them home from the local shop, giving each one its first flex and hearing the oh-so-sweet snap, crackle and pop sound, strategically positioning them in a place of honour, and gazing at them longingly throughout the fall in the lead-up to the ecstasy of opening day. But prior to basking in the arousing anticipation this feeling brings, deciding which ski to buy can be a daunting prospect for some. While literally every brand in the sport makes terrific skis, and there’s a ton of tantalizing options to choose from as a result, not every ski is perfect for every skier, so possessing the knowledge to purchase the right one can make the difference between a superb or so-so experience on the slopes.
Red Mountain Resort, B.C. Photo by Ashley Voykin
To lend a helping hand, your friends at Forecast are proud to present the another installment of The People’s Ski Test. For the third winter in a row, we returned to Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia to curate reviews on 30 pairs of skis from 12 individuals, who (with the exception of our editor) work regular, everyday jobs outside of the ski industry, and pay full price for skis. Instead of enlisting professional athletes or sponsored ski instructors as testers, we recruited a school principal, hardware store owner, highway operations manager, rope access technician, climate risk analyst, MRI technologist, tree planter, electrical engineer, arborist, geologist and journalist to spend six weeks (as opposed to six runs) putting some of the year’s top skis through the paces in a wide variety of snow conditions and terrain. Then, once the sun set on the ski season, we asked them to share their unbiased and impartial thoughts on the skis they liked best in both written and video form, complete with POV footage of them testing the skis, plus detailed product shots and added technical information.
To view all of this year’s reviews from The People’s Ski Test, and discover which ski may just be perfect for you, visit forecastski.com/blogs/gear.