The town of Aspen and Ajax Mountain have been the perfect setting for the OnTheSnow ski test. The sun rolled in and out for the first day of the test on Wednesday and conditions were bluebird on Thursday.
The sun really softened up the snow on Thursday allowing testers to push a bit of the white stuff around. Photo by Tim Shisler.
The testers have been great — averaging 15 to 20 skis tested a day. We focused on frontside skis on Wednesday and moved into all mountain and powder boards for Day Two. The Aspen Mountain ski patrol were able to open up some closed terrain for us on Thursday to test out the fat skis on deeper, softer snow.
We have a wide range of testers in Aspen—from male to female and from racers to regular joes. Photo by Tim Shisler.
Many of the trends we've seen in recent years will continue into next season. Rocker (or reverse camber) continues to dominate most manufacturer's skis that have a waist of 85 mm or more. Since rockered skis tend to ski a bit shorter, we're also seeing the return to lengthy skis—with some companies submitting skis over 190 cm long into the test. Another trend is fatter female skis—with many women's all-mountain skis checking in at over 90 mm underfoot.
Surrounded by aspen trees and baked by sun, Ajax has been the perfect setting for this year's ski test. Photo by Tim Shisler.
Hosting the test in Aspen has allowed us to take in everything that this little slice of heaven has to offer. OTS held a party on Wednesday evening at the historic Hotel Jerome. Fat Tires were consumed, wine was poured, sliders were devoured and conversations lingered into the evening. We've taken in great meals all over town—proving that Aspen's culinary scene rivals that of any major North American city. The aprés scene at the 39 Degrees Lounge on the patio of the Sky Hotel was going off on Thursday afternoon. Pitchers of beer and margaritas were passed freely, beauties were bathing in the outdoor hot tub and the fire roared.
After two long days on the mountain, our testers needed some serious R and R on the 39 Degrees Lounge patio.
It's hard to believe the test is nearing it's end. Even if we do need to pack our bags and leave Aspen in a few days—it's been a great week of hard work on the hill and plenty of play in town.