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Preview: SkiTalk.com's 2024 Ski Reviews Are Live!

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The 2024 SkiTalk.com ski reviews are live. We have well over 225 reviews live of the 2024 reviews and we are proud to say that more than half of the reviews are either women specific skis or offered in sizes for women which makes it one of the most extensive offerings on the web.


The industry as a whole is still suffering from a long Covid lag in that the supply chain is still behind and some product was nonexistent for review. Almost a dozen key new offerings for this coming season were either not available or limited to more limited sizing than we have seen in past years at industry demo events. If you read our preview that we posted in the spring, “2024, What’s hot and whats new”, you will read that we were expecting a plethora of new skis for this season and we were unfortunately disappointed in the limited new offerings or even updates, which makes me hope “next year” … which is what I said last year. I am hoping this year is not like last year and next year will eventually arrive and, from the whisperings on 2025 early releases, I am hopefully optimistic for the future.

For those new to SkiTalk and how we review skis (or those who have been following us), this will be new information or a reminder. First of all, we do NOT use a number rating for skis. In reality, what is the difference between a 8.7 verses an 8.6 rating? That could be a tune, the snow conditions the ski was tested in, or it could be that the tester was just not "on" that day. You will also notice we don’t do a “Ski of the Year”. We could ask 10 people from each region and get 15 different viable skis that could be “Ski of the Year” and all would be worthy winners in their own rights. Instead, we bestow our coveted “Tester’s Choice” award on skis that one or more testers feel are a step above the competition.

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Who do we use as testers? We use skiers like you, skiers who, as we say, have “achievable skill sets”. We don’t use top level racers or high level instructors who, quite frankly, could get on two 2x4’s and ski better than the average skier. The main thing we look for in a tester is someone who can discern the differences and nuances of a ski and, most importantly, be able to explain who that ski is for and who will get the most out of it … along with who should avoid it. SkiTalk tester range from returning advanced skiers to coaches to racers so you get a wide range of opinions on most skis.

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What you won’t find in SkiTalk’s reviews besides numerical ratings are manufacturers rhetoric or bot/Ai generation reviews. SkiTalk’s reviews are interactive so you can actually communicate with the testers and ask them questions and get actual opinions that will be geared towards your need. Skitalk’s reviews not manufacturer influenced. While we do have manufacturers advertising with us, we are very fair in reviews and review every ski that is available to us, either at industry demos or direct from manufacturers or manufacturer reps.
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I started skiing in the mid-70s in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania; from then on, I found myself entrenched in the industry. I have worked in various ski shops from suburban to ski town to resort, giving me a well-rounded perspective on what skiers want from their gear. That experience was parlayed into my time as a Gear Review Editor and also consulting with manufacturers as a product tester. Along with being a Masterfit-trained bootfitter I am a fully certified self proclaimed Gear Guru. Not only do I keep up with the cutting edge of ski gear technology, but I am an avid gear collector and have an extensive array of bindings as well as many vintage skis.

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