Endurance ski testing
The 2012 OntheSnow.com ski test is a wrap. As one of the more widely visited online ski websites, with an equally popular annual ski review, it was an awesome opportunity to be one of the testers this year. Over the course of three days, about a dozen of us each skied and evaluated over 60 different skis on Aspen Mountain. If that sounds like a lot…it was.
The skis were scored on versatility, carving, playfulness, stability, and float/powder. Detailed comments on their performance in these five categories were also required, as were overall impressions. One of the more challenging aspects of this was trying to distill unique thoughts for so many different skis and put them into words on the short chairlift ride back up.
Because there were so many skis to test, it was easiest to do quick laps up top on Chair 3 (Ajax Express) and switch to a different pair after each run. It made for a busy three days. On Day 3 I tracked my skiing with the new Aspen/Snowmass app and here’s what my day looked like-
30,000+ vertical feet and more than 60 miles traveled up and down to Chair 3, that’s definitely a record. It actually felt like a sort of endurance event at times.
And the top ski was…
I can’t go into details of the brands and models tested and how they scored, but I will say there are a lot of cool, new skis to hit the slopes next year. The reviews will be published next fall, before the start of the 2012/13 ski season, which will probably prove to be just enough time for the staff at OnTheSnow.com to sort through the massive amount of review data.
I look forward to seeing how it all shakes out in the final review, which I’ll pass along as soon as it’s announced.