Day zero of Gear Test Week started as a trickle. By noon, just a few dozen skis had been dropped off as the wind kicked up, blowing a gray, biting cold front across Eden, Utah and nearby Powder Mountain, where we’ll be testing skis, boots and bindings all week. An early afternoon phone call up to Powder revealed that the winds had shut down the lifts for the day.
Then it began to snow.
So began this year’s Gear Test Week, our annual pilgrimage to Powder Mountain, Utah where more than 40 testers will evaluate some 200-plus skis and 100 AT and telemark boots. For five days, we’ll ski it all to create an unmatched volume and quality of feedback that will land in next fall’s 2015 Gear Guide.
A few hours later, the garage at our Northstar Lodgings condos was stuffed with more than 150 skis and several hockey bags of boots. Testers began streaming in from Crested Butte, Salt Lake and Vermont, and snow began to fall heavily after the wind died. And the snow should keep up all night, coating Powder Mountain in a fresh coat for day one of testing.