Although we’re always joking that ski testers lead a rough life, there’s a pretty high level of diligence that comes with three days of game-on Snowbird skiing, lapping Gadzoom run after Gadzoom run when Mineral Basin is right there, beckoning “Come rip me, I won’t tell.”

Trumping that temptation, the next pair of planks summoned our ski testers toward the base even louder—reminding them that getting down and onto the next pair is the only way we’ll fulfill our obligation to review nearly 120 skis, from the likes of 17 brands. And it took 20 testers 40 mechanical pencils, more than 700 test cards and fuel from 68 lunches to properly review them all. Where would we be without our two binding techs and support from countless manufacturers, taking care that our test skis were in tip top? On our faces, that's where.

anon. optics had us feeling safe and seeing clearly with helmets and goggles; Casio Pro Trek kept us on time with watches; DonJoy knee braces put some pep in our step; Eider jackets and pants matched each skier's style to a T; Bud Light quenched our thirst during the OnTheSnow après; and SmartWool beanies and socks had us covered and comfy, head to toe.