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The Best Week of the Year

The foundation of next year's Buyer's Guide, the 16th Annual Powder Week brought skiers together at Big Sky, Montana

A strong claim, I know. But when I walked into the tent at Big Sky, Montana, smelled the scent of ski wax, high-fived the buddy I hadn’t seen in a year, and stepped up to a rack stacked with crazy fun skis only to have my pick of the lot, that’s what I was thinking. When I buckled my boots, zipped up my jacket, stepped outside to a brisk Montana morning, and drank in the view of Lone Peak, that’s what I was thinking. When I found a sweet zone of wind buff and lapped it all afternoon with a dozen friends, heckling them from the chairlift, that’s what I was thinking.

I cherished many a moment at the 16th Annual Powder Week at Big Sky, Montana, as did the other skiers the event brings together. But Powder Week is more than an excuse to ski with your friends. It’s the foundation of the Buyer’s Guide, a huge part of what we do at POWDER.

The three dozen skiers on the Powder Union come from all walks of life. They are teachers and raft guides, ski techs and boot fitters, writers and photographers. But above all else, they are skiers and they know their skis. Their mission of the week: Step into as many skis as possible and provide honest, real feedback. We were interested in real opinions, as in, this ski was the best thing that happened to me all season. Or: Help! My Knees!

Hundreds of skis were submitted for review. Which ones will rise to the top? Stay tuned for the 2017 Buyer’s Guide, coming to a newsstand near you in August.