While I agree the profusion of "cheap China-made shaped skis" (K2 is rumored to make many of their models in China) will bring affordable skis to the masses...All is not lost.
While the wars about "Magazine Buyer Guides and Reviews" will always rage on...I have been quietly documenting the explosion of independent ski makers who have some really interesting skis to offer...
My biggest problem with the ski buyer guides is they stick to the standard manufacturers:
Maybe they stick in an exotic ski like "LINE" or "Stockli"...but it's rare..
Have a look at my list (I am not spamming you...just trying to get you to see the list) at:http://www.exoticskis.com
There are more than 100 ski/snowboard manufacturers out there!
There are some ** really brilliant ski designers ** out there making beautiful skis.
Why don't the ski magazines search these guys out and get pairs for their tests? Are they content to make phone calls to the "big manufacturers" and let them ship skis for the tests...and not try to get pairs from these independent fabricators? From what I have seen, some of these new fabricators have some ripping skis and need to be noticed!
I particularly like comparing the ski magazine buyer guides and reviews for the same skis...some say "great all around ski"...others say "Good for groomers..but tempermental in crud"...for the same ski...oh well...the reviews are a good way to expose the public to new boards....just remember they are only opinions...
Besides...the magazines usually have some nice pictures of the new graphics...always cool to look at... I say "keep the reviews coming"...but try to include some non-mainstream manufacturers !!!!