Lots of good info here. It is interesting that no one has cited any of the ski magazine web sites as useful places to go. Probably becasue they aren't very good. Have the magazines (in print form) become superfluous now that people are relying on on-line info and sites like this one and the ones listed here to get current, credible content? It seems to me that if I want hard, objective input about ski products and where to ski, the last place I look is at a ski magazine. They sell a skiing lifestyle and attitude, but there's darn little useful meat on their bones. I like to look at the cool ski photos in the magazines, but they all start to look the same after a while.....face shot, big air, blue sky, big mountain, hey, that guy's flying though the air upsidedown and backwards.... Their ski tests don't appear to have much credibility in these parts nor among those people who are intimately involved in skiing who post here. It seems that the industry is (as always) talking to itself in the consumer magazines and trying to convince one another that they are more core with the hot, wide-plank crowd than the next guy. It leaves the rank and file, lift ticket buying skiers on the outside looking in (with some degree of envy and aspiration the magazines suppose) at the big mountain rippers and twin tipped jibbers. If I go to any ski area, I see a lot of not very good skiers just out having fun and few locals working very hard at being, well....local. The magazines are always trying to sell the dream, but I don't think they have a good handle on what that dream is for most of the skiers on the hill. Since all of the main ski pubs are owned by big publishing conglomerates, they are quite removed from the skier on the hill and the people working in retail ski shops. Instead they tend to focus on the market as envisoned by their advertisers, which is an elite segment of the market at large. The great unwashed (the loyal, weekend skiing, night skiing, lift ticket buying stiff) is not part of their world. To me, these folks are hungry for credible information and sites like epic ski and TGR have far more to offer than all the magazines combined. I can learn more in a quick visit to these sites in a matter of minutes than I can in a year's worth of magazine reading. Granted you can't take everything posted as gospel because a lot of folks don't know what they're talking about. But you can quickly filter out the garbage and come away with tons of useful information that will help you make better decisions. Let me know if I'm out in left field on this one. The landscape of the ski world has certainly changed, but I don't think that the traditional print media side of that world has been able to change along with it.