The sounds of ski patrol avy bombs in the distance before the alarm goes off can only mean one thing: POWDER DAY. Sure enough, 11 inches of fresh, dreamy, Utah blower awaited our test team, with snow falling at a free-refills clip. This blizzard had testers happy they held out for the fattest, float-worthy Powder skis with waist widths that start at 100 mm and stretch beyond that.
Some testers were tasked with taking skis from the All-Mountain Back (AMB) category for a spin, but the test fleet left among the racks at any given point would indicate that most waited until after making their mark on the mountain and laying down a few fresh tracks. At 90–106 mm underfoot, however, AMB skis are designed to hold their own in deep conditions, and what a day to put them to it!
The nonstop snow did present one challenge: filling out test cards on the lift. But our yurt provided the perfect sanctuary for ski reflection between runs while the soundtrack of woops in the distance and snow zipping off the roof overhead fueled the mojo to get out for more. A much deserved happy hour capped off a leg-burning day two, what was no doubt one of the best days of the entire ski sesaon.