Last winter, our crew took to the mountains and tested 97 pairs of the prototype skis, 20 of the latest snowboards, and a handful of accessories in a full range of conditions, including ice, man-made, groomed trails, and powder. We whittled down the entrants to the ski selections you see here (and snowboards here).
BEST FOR POWDER
The Gunsmoke is perfect for those just beginning to feel comfortable in deep powder. A basic wood core lets these skis absorb terrain, while exaggerated tip and tail rocker keeps them afloat in deep stuff. Sure, they rattle at high speeds, but in trees and moguls they're quicker than most. [$700; sturtevants.com]