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Callling all gearheards!...Contest to be a guest Tester at Snowbird this year

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Join the Pros—Test Next Year's Gear

Help us test next year’s ski equipment, March 2 - 6 at Snowbird, Utah. The all-inclusive package (lodging, tickets, meals, gift bag) is just $3,000, limited to the first eight skiers to qualify.

Ready to make turns with some of the best skiers in the world, ride next year’s skis before anyone else, and have your reviews included in our annual gear issues?

SKI and Skiing magazines are opening up their annual gear test to eight experienced skiers. The first eight to qualify will ski the same equipment as our professional testers, fill out the same reviews, and discuss the latest and greatest gear with former Olympic athletes, current big-mountain competitors, film stars, gear manufacturers as well as the editors of SKI and Skiing. The guest testers’ ratings will be included in our fall gear guides.

The guest tester program is open to the public, and eight qualified participants will be selected from all applicants. Those selected will spend 5 nights/4 days in Snowbird, Utah from March 2-6. The cost of the program is $3,000 per person. Lift tickets, lodging, meals and après festivities are included (transportation to Snowbird is not included).

To apply to be a guest tester, please email a history of your skiing experience along with any applicable photos by February 26th.


Gang,

I saw this and thought I'd pass it along.  
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That reads like the very worst skiing deal I have ever heard. Contest? right....rip off more like it. A person could demo a lot of 010 skis for a portion of half that dough and ski when the conditions are good on any date, and if you're telling me that so many skis are changing dramatically (not top sheets, but performance) that they need to be demoed instead of current models, I'm going to have to disagree.

No gripe with you passing it on, just saying.....jeez!
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Yep...i'm just the messenger.  You have to pay to play.  It would be cool if they paid your way.   I guess some people would pay for the right to hang with the supposed star skiers that will be there.  Let us know if someone decides to do it.  I also don't really believe that the reviews of the guest testers will be used.
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Concur: should be free, thus the incentive to be in a contest. wierd.

Just skiing Snowbird, a skier is rubbing shoulders with some great ones.
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Concur: should be free, thus the incentive to be in a contest. wierd.
 
I'd say I disagree 100%.

This is a ski test, not a ski "demo/rental... I don't want to ski my own skis so I'll rent a pair of yours while I ski around at a mountain I don't know".

If the 'contest' were a free trip to Snowbird then all kinds of people would enter. Once they got to Snowbird they would pick a pair of skis they wanted to ski all day and be gone to check out the mountain... not at all the point. This is for people who would like a chance to see what the Ski/Skiing magazine test is all about. People who might like to spend a few days testing skis and giving feedback on their opinion about that gear. This entails skiing the same terrain over and over changing skis often and paying attention to the gear, not trying to explore the mountain.

It's probably not something you would enjoy, that doesn't make it invalid. I don't like golf... a trip to watch the Masters wouldn't appeal to me, but it probably would be a dream come true for some people.

Different strokes, ya know?
post #6 of 8
If not one skier takes them up on this opportunity, does that then make it wierd?
The way you put it, it's not only expensive, it's a job. wierd. sorry. IMO, of course. have at it.
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The way you put it, it's not only expensive, it's a job. wierd. sorry. IMO, of course. have at it.
I will not be entering, it's not my idea of a good time either. Just sayin' that the contest would attract an element of skiers that would be counter-productive if it was a 'Free Trip to Snowbird' vs. a 'chance to come to the Ski Mag Test for $3000'. Everyone would like to ski Utah for a few days, not everyone (but probably some) would like to spend a few days filling out evaluation cards and getting bindings adjusted.
post #8 of 8
I think you've got your finger on the pulse now. Talkative know it alls with gold-plated opinions reaching for their 15 minutes in the limelight.
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