Test the latest skis and snowboards from leading brands this autumn.
Ski testing on early-season snow is a popular way to try before you buy. Tickets can be purchased as part of short-break deals, priced from €67 per person. We've compiled a list of some of the biggest ski testing deals in the Alps.
Saas-Fee, Switzerland offers ski testing packages for two, three, four, or five nights priced from CHF272 per person. The package includes accommodation, ski testing, and lift tickets for the pistes as well as the Kingdom Snow Park with its half-pipe, kikers, and rails. Ski testing takes place from Oct. 1 to Nov. 27; choose any days between Friday and Tuesday each week. More . . .
Zermatt, Switzerland offers a two-day ski testing package priced from CHF300 per person. The package includes two nights' accommodation, two days' ski testing, and tips and tricks from licensed skiing instrutors. Ski testing takes place from Oct. 30 to Nov.30; choose any two days between Thursday and Saturday each week. More . . .
Val Thorens and Val d'Isere in France host the Ski Force Winter Tour in November each year. Accompanying the event is a two-day ski testing package priced from €67 per person in Val Thorens, €99 in Val d'Isere. The deal includes two days' accommodation, a ski pass, and access to equipment from top ski manufacturers and expert advice. The date of this year's event hasn't yet been finalised, but it's likely to be mid-end November. More . . .
Schnalstal, Italy offers a four-day ski testing package as part of its Active Skiing Days offer, priced from €225 per person. The package includes four nights' accommodation, ski pass, and free testing of ski equipment. Ski test packages are available Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 4-8. More . . .
A range of accommodation and meal options are available for each resort, from four-star superior hotels with meals to self-catering apartments.
Brands available to test include Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, Head, K2, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, and Volkl. Note: most ski testing events don't supply ski boots, poles or ski clothing.