Last year, we asked our reviewers the One-Ski Quiver question: If you had to choose a single ski to handle every and any condition, what would you pick?
This year, we decided to make things slightly less painful and ask these Two Ski Quiver questions:
1) Which two skis would you choose for each of the following locations: Taos, Alta, Jackson Hole, Niseko, Canterbury Club Fields? (You’re allowed to pick a runner-up.)
2) What skis were the most difficult to leave off your list?
3) What skis do you imagine have the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski them, or get to ski them more?
And finally, the Ultimate, End-All-Be-All, No Caveats, Bottom Line, Two-Ski Quiver Question:
4) If you had to choose two skis to use for the next three years, regardless of location, which two would you choose?
THREE RULES, ONE NOTE:
1) We’ve only considered what we’ve actually skied.
This should, of course, be obvious, but the ski review world is a funny place. Some review publications give awards to stuff that they’ve hardly tested. We don’t. If you want to brush up on how we do things around here, check out the BLISTER Manifesto.
2) Selections must be of current skis. So Jason Hutchins can’t pick the old Rossignol Sickle, and I can’t pick the old Bibby Pro. However, skis that have undergone minor tweaks and are still currently available are fair game.
3) No company has paid us to get their ski on this list.
Blister is different. We don’t accept any money from any of the manufacturers we review. We don’t allow them to buy advertising on our website, and we don’t charge them a fee to review their skis. (Maybe that’s why our reviews don’t read like everybody else’s….)
Note: This isn’t a list of the “Best Skis Out There,” it’s a list of the best pairs of skis, as we see it. Dozens of great skis, therefore, aren’t on this list.
Next: The Selections
• Jonathan Ellsworth