It’s hard to beat the feeling of getting new skis, but deciding which pair to buy can be a daunting prospect for some. So to lend a helping hand, we’re proud to present the 2024 Buyer’s Guide, which is supplemented by the suitably-named People’s Ski Test. For the former, we took to the slopes of Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C. last winter 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 putting some of the year’s top skis through the paces in a wide variety of snow conditions and terrain. Then, once the lifts stopped turning, 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. Check out the results below, and discover which ski may just be perfect for you. 

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THE ART OF RECREATION

THE ART OF RECREATION

In conjunction with Level 1 Productions, Laurent De Martin and Sampo Vallotton have released The Art of Recreation, a visual and riding experience.

THE ART OF RECREATION

In conjunction with Level 1 Productions, Laurent De Martin and Sampo Vallotton have released The Art of Recreation, a visual and riding experience.

THE FACTION COLLECTIVE - ABSTRACT: A FREESKI EXHIBITION

THE FACTION COLLECTIVE - ABSTRACT: A FREESKI EX...

Faction Skis, in co-production with Red Bull Media House, has released its fourth feature-length film, Abstract: A Freeski Exhibition.

THE FACTION COLLECTIVE - ABSTRACT: A FREESKI EX...

Faction Skis, in co-production with Red Bull Media House, has released its fourth feature-length film, Abstract: A Freeski Exhibition.

STORM WARNING

STORM WARNING

Watch Joe Schwartz and friends surf and ski on the same day on Vancouver Island, B.C. in a new edit presented by Strafe Outerwear, Storm Warning.

STORM WARNING

Watch Joe Schwartz and friends surf and ski on the same day on Vancouver Island, B.C. in a new edit presented by Strafe Outerwear, Storm Warning.

PEAKS & PASSAGES - EPISODE 2

PEAKS & PASSAGES - EPISODE 2

KGB Productions has released the second episode of Peaks & Passages, presented by Flylow.

PEAKS & PASSAGES - EPISODE 2

KGB Productions has released the second episode of Peaks & Passages, presented by Flylow.

THE DEAD BARBIES - PINK DUCT TAPE

THE DEAD BARBIES - PINK DUCT TAPE

Following their breakout performance at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C., The Dead Barbies have released Pink Duct Tape, an unplanned and raw look at their first...

THE DEAD BARBIES - PINK DUCT TAPE

Following their breakout performance at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C., The Dead Barbies have released Pink Duct Tape, an unplanned and raw look at their first...

BLANK COLLECTIVE FILMS - FORTUNE HUNTERS

BLANK COLLECTIVE FILMS - FORTUNE HUNTERS

Watch Blank Collective Films strike it rich and bring home the spoils in its ninth feature-length ski movie, Fortune Hunters.

BLANK COLLECTIVE FILMS - FORTUNE HUNTERS

Watch Blank Collective Films strike it rich and bring home the spoils in its ninth feature-length ski movie, Fortune Hunters.

FROM THE PEAK - FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

FROM THE PEAK - FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

Watch Dave Keenan ski his way from the top of Polar Peak to the base of Fernie Alpine Resort in a new edit from Dylan Siggers.

FROM THE PEAK - FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

Watch Dave Keenan ski his way from the top of Polar Peak to the base of Fernie Alpine Resort in a new edit from Dylan Siggers.

UNIFIED - HEAD FREESKIING TEAM MOVIE

UNIFIED - HEAD FREESKIING TEAM MOVIE

Head, in conjunction with Jeff Thomas Creative, is proud to present Unified, Head Freeskiing's inaugural, feature-length and must-see ski film.

UNIFIED - HEAD FREESKIING TEAM MOVIE

Head, in conjunction with Jeff Thomas Creative, is proud to present Unified, Head Freeskiing's inaugural, feature-length and must-see ski film.

WATER THE PLANTS

WATER THE PLANTS

Joey Kraft’s Water The Plants, which brought home the awards for Amateur Film of the Year and Amateur Skier of the Year at the iF3 Festival, is now live.

WATER THE PLANTS

Joey Kraft’s Water The Plants, which brought home the awards for Amateur Film of the Year and Amateur Skier of the Year at the iF3 Festival, is now live.

PEAKS AND PASSAGES - EPISODE 1

PEAKS AND PASSAGES - EPISODE 1

In the first episode of Peaks and Passages, a new video series by KGB Productions supported by Flylow, skiers and filmers/photographers Sophie Danison and Leslie Hittmeier talk about mentorship, community,...

PEAKS AND PASSAGES - EPISODE 1

In the first episode of Peaks and Passages, a new video series by KGB Productions supported by Flylow, skiers and filmers/photographers Sophie Danison and Leslie Hittmeier talk about mentorship, community,...

PEAK AND PASSAGES TEASER

PEAK AND PASSAGES TEASER

KGB Productions is proud to present the teaser for the first season of a new film series that celebrates doing life your own way—no matter how hard that may be.

PEAK AND PASSAGES TEASER

KGB Productions is proud to present the teaser for the first season of a new film series that celebrates doing life your own way—no matter how hard that may be.

TANNER HALL - XL

TANNER HALL - XL

To celebrate his 40th birthday, one of the biggest icons in the history of freeskiing, Tanner Hall, has released his latest short film, XL.

TANNER HALL - XL

To celebrate his 40th birthday, one of the biggest icons in the history of freeskiing, Tanner Hall, has released his latest short film, XL.