Category: Gear / Tech Reviews

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

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 – 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

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


Bomber AM Timberline ski review 2017 from SNOW's annual Snow Ski Test last April on Colorado’s Aspen Mountain.

Luxury Ski Gear Review – Zai Franco & Testa Skis 2017

Luxury Ski Gear Review – Zai  Franco & Testa Skis 2017 SNOW magazine testers put the Zai Franco and Testa skis to see how they paired up to other luxury boutique ski brands. The results were smiles all-around, highlighting the skis stability and responsiveness on piste. These skis show their personality best on short and medium radius turns guaranteeing a smooth and stable ride. Founded in 2003 by leading Swiss ski designer Simon Jacomet, from the start Zai aimed at building a ski that did not compromise on quality, materials or performance. Zai skis are handcrafted in the Swiss Alps ... Read more

Base Layer Product Testing – WoolX 100% Merino

Base Layer Product Testing – WoolX 100% Merino WoolX 100% Merino prides itself on being the softest base layer you will ever wear. They even have a No-itch Guarantee, so if you wear it and wash it and find it isn’t the softest and most itch-free Merino Wool clothing you have ever worn, you can send it back for a full refund and they even pay the shipping. How’s that for standing behind their product. The wool from these little lambies comes from Merino Sheep bred mainly in Australia and New Zealand. Their wool fibers are less than 24 microns ... Read more

Helly Hansen 2016 Ski Jacket Test Drive

Helly Hansen 2016 Ski Jacket Test Drive  The best way to see how this Helly Hansen 2016 ski jacket works is to take it out on the hill for a test drive. Filmmaker and ex pro skier Danny McGrath took the Helly Hansen Racer Jacket out for a test drive at Aspen Highlands. The jacket features Helly Tech® and H2Flow(tm). It is a high performance jacket that is waterproof and breathable. It is a stylish jacket inspired by high altitude and high speed!

Snow Gear: Tour de Force

SNOW GEAR: Tour de Force VERSATILE GOODS TO MAKE EARNING TURNS A LITTLE EASIER 1. Osprey’s Kode 38 pack comes with wet and dry compartments,plus back-entry access that lets you get to your goodies without caking the harness with snow. 2. The Black Diamond Justice ski is light enough for the uphill, but fat enough to carve big lines through powder, crud, and variable snow on the downhill. 3. The GoLite Cady jacket is plenty toasty, yet smashes down to nothing in your pack — and the cleverly positioned media pockets let you rock out on the uphill slog. 4. The Fritschi Diamir Eagle ... Read more

Snow Tech: Safety Firsts

SNOW TECH: Safety Firsts TRICKED-OUT TECH TO KEEP YOU OUT OF THE SLED 1 Völkl’s Attiva Aurora women’s skis have narrow tails to reduce the load on joints during turns; the bindings provide a more balanced stance. 2 The POC Spine Ergo offers serious protection, with a lightweight hard shell and snap-on extensions to shield the oft-overlooked neck and coccyx. 3 Fischer Soma Viron 95 boots allow feet to retain their natural,relaxed ffo set V position,resulting in better power transfer and happier knees. 4 The Knee Binding provide sa patented lateral heel-release point, allowing the heel to twist out just ... Read more

Cold Car Facts: Shifting Perceptions

COLD CAR FACTS: Shifting Perceptions A lot of what you think you know about cars is wrong — and mostly, that’s a good thing By Michael Frank My father taught me plenty about cars, some of his no-nonsense advice has proved invaluable over the years, like how to dislodge a stuck jalopy from a snow-filled ditch by rocking it with the transmission, quickly shifting back and forth between first gear and reverse. But my father — and a good many other people —put stock in some automotive folk wisdom that either was never true or has been rendered obsolete by new ... Read more

How Elan Turned Green

Get the inside scoop on how Elan turned green. Live from the Aspen World Cup in 2014, SNOW gets the details on how it all went down. Check out their website to see all the great new products they have on the market this season.