Ski Test Director: Marc Peruzzi | Camera Sherpa: Dave Cox
Here’s a novel idea. We actually tested this year’s crop of backcountry skis going both up and down hill. For phase one of our testing, our Colorado test crew of eight headed to nearby Loveland Basin ski area in April. Last winter didn’t quit until May, and we found pure midwinter conditions on the inbounds backcountry terrain off the 13,010-foot Ridge. Eight inches of windbuffed to wind-buttered snow (with a few pockets of windboard to keep us honest) made for ideal conditions to tour and then run the following 95mm to 120mm skis through their natural habitat. Then we packed up the gear and sent it north to Montana and the Bell Lake Yurt (see “It Tolls For Thee“) for the next round of up and down skiing. Here’s what we found.
Ultimate Setup: Backcountry Essentials
Backcountry Ski Reviews 2015
Best in Test | K2 Coomback 104 • Atomic Backland Drifter • Fischer Hannibal 100 • La Sportiva Vapor Nano • G3 Synapse 109 • Salomon Q-BC Lab • Armada Declivity • Dynafit Denali • Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt • Völkl V-Werks BMT 94 • Voile V8 • Dynastar Cham HM 97 • Rossignol Soul 7
AT Ski Boots
From the Early Winter 2014 issue, also available on iTunes. Special thanks to ski testers Jeff Burke, Dave Cox, Olivia Dwyer, Sydney Fox, Steve Gilson, Rich Halle, Rob Hudson, Eric Janssen, Ryan Krueger, Marc Peruzzi, Drew Pogge, Eric Sorenson, Nick Truitt.