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Welcome to Powder Week

Live from Big Sky, Montana—the best week of the year

The POWDER staff, including its many esteemed correspondents, are hosting the best ski brands in the world at Big Sky, Montana, this week to take notes for the 2018 Buyer’s Guide. Follow along for updates each day. PHOTO: David Reddick

It didn’t take long for things to get weird. During the welcome party on Sunday night, people lost their minds. By 10:30 a.m. the next morning, they lost their clothes. One particularly determined POWDER Union member—that is those who try the new skis and take notes for the magazine—ditched his clothes for an early morning lap in the Big Couloir in the buff. He didn’t waste any time reminding everybody exactly what the best week of the year is about: skiing hard, having fun, being free… and maybe a little naked.

While the morning was clear and blue as a baby’s ass, weather moved in by the afternoon. Flakes swirled and visibility grew limited. No matter. Pockets of fast skiers sought the many pockets of soft, buffed snow all over the mountain. Excited rumors of the best new standout skis already had the Union sharing notes like it was the best mid-term ever, but what stood out the most from day one of the 17th Annual Powder Week above all else was just how good it felt to get this particular ski community back together again. It’s going to be a good week.