The best skis, boots and bindings in the world, as selected by 15 real skiers
During POWDER Week, our annual ski session in Jackson Hole, we invited passionate skiers to be in our Fantasy Draft-a group of 15 skiers from all backgrounds and ages. The 30-plus brands in attendance were given two promises: that more than 200 skis would get a fair shake on the biggest, baddest mountain in the country; and by the end of the week, everyone's legs would be begging for mercy.
Their picks, and everyone else's from the Fantasy Draft, appear in the following pages. Each of the 15 skiers was asked to choose their favorite ski from four categories, two boots, and a binding. Following a draft format, if a product had already been selected, it was off the board and the skier had to pick something else. This year, however, we allowed them to highlight their top ski choice, regardless of its selection order, so that you-the reader-could identify any standouts. We think you'll be surprised how infrequently our team had to compromise.
The reason we asked for two boots-one for their everyday resort choice, and a second as a touring or sidecountry choice-was to address the growing category of boots that further blur the lines between backcountry and inbounds use. - Matt Hansen
San Clemente, Ca
Salt Lake City, Utah
Age: Very Old
Hampton Falls, Nh
Lake George, New York
North Hampton, Nh