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Jackson has played more roles in the ski trade than Eskimos have words for snow: Ski designer, binding and boot product manager, freestyle competitor, retail salesman, lecturer on risk management, ski instructor, marketing director, feature writer, ski and boot tester and more. He is editor at RealSkiers.com and a regular contributor to...

Jackson has played more roles in the ski trade than Eskimos have words for snow: Ski designer, binding and boot product manager, freestyle competitor, retail salesman, lecturer on risk management, ski instructor, marketing director, feature writer, ski and boot tester and more. He is editor at RealSkiers.com and a regular contributor to Snocountry.com.

 

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RealSkiers: Why Haven't Better Skis Produced Better Skiers?

Better skiers?When I orchestrated equipment reviews for Snow Country Magazine 25 years ago, all skis looked similar but the quality of the on-snow experience was all over the map.  

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RealSkiers: Best Way To Demo Skis

Ski Test CardT’is the season we in the ski evaluation racket look forward to all year, when we can take run after run on new ski after new ski, soaking in the sensations each ride imparts.

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RealSkiers: A Dispatch From The Trenches

Ski TestingI’ve recently concluded four days of intensive ski testing at Mt. Rose, Nevada and Mammoth Mountain, California. Naturally, the first question posed during this ski fetishists’ festival by a fellow fanatic is, “What do you like?” 

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RealSkiers: A (Slight) Swing Back Toward Sanity

RealSkiers Last week I spent three days immersed in the annual ski show in Denver and, like many of my brethren, almost as much time trying to travel home. 

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RealSkiers: Saving Skiing One Skier At A Time

Boot fittingThis week the American branch of the world ski market reconvenes in Denver at the annual Snow Industries America show.  While the engine that drives the show is commerce, its machinery is oiled and fueled by personal relationships that are often decades old.  

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RealSkiers: Magic Isn't All In The Numbers

Real Skiers TracksEvery ski catalog, brochure and review includes a smattering of statistics meant to encapsulate some aspect of the subject ski’s behavior.  Many, if not most, ski tails likewise sport summaries of design details.

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RealSkiers: The 10 Worst Skis Ever

Worst skis everThe New Year brings with it the opening of ski test season and the first public revelations of what new skis we’ll be putting through their paces in the weeks ahead.  As RealSkiers.com prepares to peer into the future, we pause for a moment to revisit past trials and tribulations along the ski test trail. 

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RealSkiers: Top Female Racers Since 1950

Anne Marie Moser-ProellAs was the case with our men’s picks last week, we were unable to limit our selections to ten.  We also arbitrarily cut off our qualifying field to skiers competing after 1950.

 

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Real Skiers' Top Male Skiers Since 1950

Stein EriksenNot everyone will agree with our definition of “skiers,” as we’ve peremptorily eliminated Pipe & Park athletes, aerialists and acrobats in favor of what we regard as the most demanding of disciplines, alpine racing.

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RealSkiers: Expand Your Sphere Of Awareness

crowded slopesExpert skiers don’t worry about falling.  But they do worry about collision. A lot. As in, all the time. 

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RealSkiers: Where We Stand On Skis

Standing on skisFor as long as skiing has been a sport, skiers have squabbled over the ideal location of the skier on the ski.  

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RealSkiers: The Second Most-Asked Question Is 'Where To Buy?'

Boot fittingThe question most commonly asked by the new ski buyer, whether in person or via the Internet, is, to no one’s surprise, “What ski should I buy?”  When this query is posed on line, the second most frequent question is, “Where should I buy it?”

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RealSkiers: Beat The Bad Bootfit Blues

RealSkiers not montageThe device responsible for making skiing an accessible sport instead of a risky form of recreation is the alpine boot. If it isn’t set up to function properly, the expensive slat it’s meant to control and the binding to which it’s connected won’t operate as their designers intended. 

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RealSkiers: How To Judge A Boot Fit

boot fitting real skiersWhenever a bootfitter slips what he or she knows to be the correct size on a prospective customer, it’s standard procedure to intone, “You will feel your toes at the end of the boot; please try not to panic,” or some such admonition.  

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