Category: Gear / Tech

Warm Gloves and Mittens – Astis New Collection

Astis celebrates a time-honored approach to leather artistry. Everyone is looking for warm winter gloves and mittens – Astis handcrafts each individual pair using natural materials; therefore, each pair will possess slight variation in the look of the cowhide pattern, beadwork, and fur trim. Astis embraces these subtle differences and views them as unique pieces more akin to works of art. Astis combines today’s technology and natural materials with the tradition of handcrafted artistry. Their leather mittens and gloves provide a comfortable feel, superior warmth and breathability, waterproofing, and beautiful aesthetics. They are versatile enough to wear backcountry skiing or ... Read more

Bollé Integrated Visor Helmet

Helmets with integrated visors are here to stay and the Bollé Integrated Visor Helmet is joining in on the fun. For over 125 years, Bollé has been looking out for our vision and safety all over the world with eyewear and helmet products for snow sports, water sports, golf, tennis, cycling and outdoor, as well as eyewear that meets everyday needs and styles. Now, modern technology combines vision and protection in this integrated visor ski helmet. Having to match the shape of your goggles to your helmet and worrying about goggle-gap is all in the past. These new and revolutionary designs ... Read more

Wagner Custom Skis 2017 2018

Based in Telluride, Wagner Custom skis promises to create the perfect ski to take your skiing to the next level by focusing on their Skier DNA fitting process. Wagner Custom utilizes a skier’s weight, strength, agility, aggressiveness, body type, boot size, preferred terrain, skiing behavior and more to create a unique ski that ensures you reach your highest potential on snow. This translates into better comfort and control in challenging terrain, less stress on the body, greater confidence, more consistent performance, improved endurance and more fun on the slopes. Each ski varies in length, width, sidecut, tip/tail shapes, rocker/camber profiles, ... Read more

Descente Ski Wear Collection 2017 2018

SNOW received a special sneak peek into the new ski wear collection from Descente for the upcoming 2017-2018 winter season. The collection features an array of garments that offer the best technical features to suit active wear in all conditions, ensuring technical performance without the compromise of style or durability. The mission and the duty of DESCENTE Brand is to gather their imagination and technological strength and create value always looking one step ahead. What Descente most treasures is to incite those who love the sport. Brand narrative pursues design with intention down to detail, creating well-honed functional beauty. Descente wear ... Read more

Best Visor Helmets – CP Helmets

“Excellence in Elegance” is the motto of Swiss helmet manufacturer CP. For more than 10 years, CP has stayed true to this, developing winter sport helmets for the discerning user. The Swiss helmets are made in Italy, placing top priority on outstanding process technology know-how and selection and use of materials for the optimal results. Although it is true that the traditional ski helmet still has a large fan base, the all in one visor helmet is clearly the product of the future. CP all in one visor helmets open up a new dimension on the piste. State-of-the-art construction technology ... Read more

Best Skis 2017 – 2018 – Stöckli Stormrider 95 All-Mountain Ski

SNOW magazine had the chance to put the new Stöckli Stormrider 95 to the test on the slopes of Aspen Mountain for our annual Boutique Ski test. Testers found this ski to be a great option for carving at high speeds on groomers and for the advanced skier looking for an all mountain rip stick. Versatile enough for off-piste terrain and perfect for powder days, The Stormrider is you perfect weapon to brave a snow storm. Mike Shea calls it a ski with “very good edge hold in short and long radius turns but that requires attention, this ski is not ... Read more

Best Skis 2017 – 2018 – Völkl Kenja Women’s All-Mountain Ski

Our testers found the 2017 – 2018 – Völkl Kenja Women’s All-Mountain Ski to be stiff enough for carving on the groomed runs but versatile to be able to go in the bumps, slush and powder. A true one-ski quiver for the ladies to rip on. Susan Kinstler said this ski was “one of my favorite skis, fun on the groomed and in Nastar. Holds carve with confidence, floats in slush and is great in bumps”. A great women’s specific ski by Völkl, perfect for hard charging ladies but also stiff enough for lighter males according to PJ McGovern. From Völkl: ... Read more

Best New Skis 2017 – 18 Season – Meet the Testers

SNOW Magazine hosts a ski test every year on Aspen Mountain. We choose a select group of the top ski industry professionals, from ski buyers, to ski pros, ex racers, etc. Meet the group of testers for the Best New Skis 2017 – 18 Season. Dave Stapleton US ski team 1976 – 1981 Former Jr skier of the year Nor-Am overall champ 1978 Best WC finish  3rd Combined Wengen DH  SL Turned pro 1982 – 1992 Owned, operated Stapleton Ski  1992- 2009   Georgie Bremner Aspen Ski Instructor and Trainer I like long pistes through trees coated in fresh powder, ... Read more

Best Skis 2017 – 2018 – Head Monster 88 All-Mountain Ski

SNOW magazine ski testers reviewed the best skis 2017 – 2018 – Head Monster 88 on the slopes of Aspen Mountain to review this new model for our readers. The results were great first impressions along with sustained positive comments across the board. A great option for Carving super fast turns on groomers while versatile enough to brave the off-piste and bumps.  Tester Georgie Bremner says: ” My kind of monster. Mans up and give me lots of powerful moments, then happily lets me finesse and samba my way in the bumps or schmeer some performance short turns.” From Head: Built ... Read more

Best Skis 2017 – 2018 – Kaestle LX85 All-Mountain Ski

Each year SNOW holds a ski test on Aspen Mountain to find the Best Skis 2017 – 2018 Kaestle LX85 All-mountain ski got put to the test. The results were smiles all over, testers found this ski to be a very responsive flexible ski that can perform well for different level skiers in a variety of conditions including crud and bumps, slush and carving on piste. This is one of the best skis 2017 – 2018 – Kaestle. Here is what tester Megan Bourke, she pro and past PSIA Demo Team member had to say: “Holy Cow! What a fun ... Read more

How To Test Skis – Top Pros Test Best New Skis 2017 – 2018 Season

How to Test Skis and find the Best New Skis 2017 – 2018 Season. Finding a ski you love it is key to having a great time on your ski vacation. Many people don’t really know how to test skis. SNOW Magazine held a ski test on Aspen Mountain in Colorado at the end of March. We gathered a group of top ski pros, ex racers, equipment buyers, and other ski fanatics to test the Best New Skis 2017 – 2018 Season. Each tester had something different to say regarding how to see if a ski will make the cut and ... Read more

Chic Waterproof Women’s Fashion 2017

Strut out to the rhythm of the falling rain in this fashion rainwear collection that will have you singing with delight. From the best in rainboots to the latest in waterproof jacket technology we have you covered head to toe in functional fashion. See the newest essentials from Helly Hansen, Parajumpers, Colmar, and Kjus. Helly Hansen: W Vierland 2 Graphic These stylish women’s rainbows offer comfort and weather protection without compromising your fashion. Helly Hansen has produced weather protective gear since 1877, and rubber boots have always been at the core of our business. The women’s Veierland tall wellies effortlessly combine style, comfort, and weather ... Read more

SNOW Ski Test Preview – Best New Skis 2017 – 2018

Ski Test Preview – Best New Skis 2017 – 2018 This March a group of top ski pros and ex ski racers gathered on Aspen Mountain to test the best new women’s skis and all mountain skis that are some of the best new skis 2017 – 2018 Season. The test was led by ex World Cup ski racer David Stapleton. Testers included Dairinn Bowers, Nick Hill, Joanie Valentine, Jill Doerkin, Megan Harvey, Georgie Bremner, Jared Ettllinger, Mike Shea, Trent Jones, PJ McGovern, Lindsi Bradbury, and Susan Kinstler. The group tested the skis on perfect groomed packed powder on Aspen ... Read more

Spyder active wear – Product Test Drive

Skiers have known Spyder ski wear for years, but the Spyder Active Wear collection is new on the scene. It made quite a stir in Aspen when local skier, mom, and beauty professional Casey Fisher took it for a test drive. Casey is a Colorado native growing up in the mountains of Durango, living an active lifestyle daily. She was a competitive gymnast and went to college in Denver and Boulder and spent every free minute skiing and playing soccer. She moved to Aspen which she now calls home and says, “Aspen is a place that fuels every one of ... Read more

Best New Skis 2016 – 2017 – XO by Exonde

Best New Skis 2016 – 2017 – XO by Exonde Swiss made XO by Exonde get put to the test by the SNOW Magazine team of testers. At 87 underfoot, this ski is light and responsive without compromising stability and power. With a slightly rockered tip, it makes the entry into the turn easier and transitioning from piste to off-piste easier. Even though these skis lack metal in it’s core, they offer a solid foundation, making carving on piste stable. Our testers recommend it for the average skier looking for an easy playful ski that will deliver. Good for the ... Read more