The OnTheSnow 2012/2013 Ski Test begins today in beautiful [R25R, Aspen], Colo. We're here to test out over 100 of next year's best frontside, all mountain, powder and park and pipe skis.

Ski Test Day One

Ajax awaits the 2012/2013 OTS Ski Test. Shot from the rugby field outside of the Limelight Hotel. Photo by Tim Shisler.

Ski manufacturers from around the world have descended on the Roaring Fork Valley with the boards that they believe our readers will want come next season. We've lined up a stellar group of of both male and female testers — ranging from racers to rippers to regular joes — who will put each board through the ringer, ensuring that you get the most-comprehensive Gear Guide in the industry.

Ski Test Day One

Loading up the cat for Day One of Ski Test. Photo by Tim Shisler.

Last night, we loaded up a snowcat full of skis, snacks and test forms and sent it to the top of Ajax Mountain. After that, ski test head Krista Crabtree gave us the lowdown on the test at our home away from home for the week: The Limelight Hotel in Downtown Aspen. Following our meeting, each skier got a swag bag full of gear and grub from our ski test partners: Dakine, Good 'N Natural, Gore, H20 Overdrive, Scott and Wigwam.

Ski Test Day One

Krista Crabtree made sure all of the testers were prepared for OTS's 2012/2013 Ski Test. Photo by Tim Shisler.

The test gets started in earnest today with frontside skis. Make sure to check our Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest Ski Test updates from Aspen. Let the fun begin...