For the most current gear reviews, visit the 2020 Gear Guides here.

The 2018 Buyer’s Guide

Skiers use a lot of gear, most of it highly technical. Before you go into your shop to get suited up this season, we want to help you do your research. This guide is the result of a year's worth of effort to find the best ski equipment out of more than 200 skis and 150 jackets and pants. Thanks to the help and feedback of the Powder Union, we found the best skis to recommend for deep conditions, for the backcountry, for hitting jumps and kickers inbounds. Sixteen skis were clear standouts above all categories—those are the Skis of the Year.