Ski Reviews

Ski of the Week - Atomic Automatic

Each week we're showcasing a piece of a great gear. Check out this week's feature ski, the Atomic Automatic, here.

The Voile Vector BC: A Game Changer
Vector BC

We received prototypes of Voile's new Vector BC a couple of weeks after we reviewed the innovative crop of wide, waxless skis available last year. The Vector is a game changer, and it quickly became apparent in testing that splay—fully-rockered tips—carried the day.

Light Touring Gear Reviewed
Light touring skis tested

Waxless Wonders: Thrill on the hill

Metal-edge waxless touring skis are making a resurgence. Following the success of the Karhu Guide, companies like Madshus, Rossignol, Fischer and Marquette are jumping full on into the light-touring scene. This January, we put the latest gear to the test, and here are the results.

2011 Editors' Choice Selections - Skis

Backcountry unveils a few of the best skis in this week's Editors' Choice Sneak Peek.

2009 Editors Choice Selections - Skis
2009 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice - Skis

Colorado to California, Massachusetts to Montana; more than 40 men and women testers from ten states converged on the slopes of Powder Mountain, Utah for Backcountry’s biggest—and-best ski test ever.

Ski Test 2007

If Editor Adam Howard is a tip man, Associate Editor Jonah Cantor is all about hips. “What’s the first thing you notice about a ski?” Howard asks. “The tips.”

Woman's Ski Test 2007

In 2003, we reviewed 35 skis—only one was women’s-specific. This year we tested nearly 80 tele and AT dedicated skis, with 11 designed for women.

Ski Test 2006 - Tribal Rights

With the ski test, it’s the same crisis each year: how to make it better, more inclusive, more answerable to all the variables of snow and terrain that comprise the backcountry. That and get every damn new and second-year ski in every size. And get them mounted on time, with proper adjustments for twin-tips and fatties.

Ski Test 2005

"Enter the next generation of shorter, wider skis...enter the new breed of skis that cruise through off-piste snow with the ride of a Cadillac yet change direction with the alacrity of a Ferrari." Nearly a decade ago when this ran in Backcountry's premier issue, we were talking cutting-edge wide bodies, sporting 70mm waists and new cap technology.

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