The Best Ski Reviews on the Net

The primary focus of is helping skiers find their perfect ski. Using data collected from 25 Test Centers around the country, provides Power and Finesse scores for over 100 Recommended models every season. More importantly, employs a clear methodology to help each skier identify that special ski that meets his or her specific requirements.

You won’t see any ads on because the site is member supported. members tap into a vast library of information about how ski gear works, including archived ski reviews going back more than a decade. Because the enjoyment of any ski depends on one’s boots, also covers all you need to know about how boots should fit and how to find your perfect pair.

One Member benefit you won’t find anywhere else is free, one-on-one consultation with Jackson. Every Member query earns a detailed reply, often within 24 hours.

While Members automatically receive the weekly Revelation of the Pontiff of Powder, non-Members can also sign up to receive a regular dose of Jackson. The topics range from how to buy alpine ski gear to how it feels to step into the gravity stream, whether it’s to test and rate 100’s of skis every season, or just for the unbridled joy of it all.

About Jackson Hogen

Jackson has played more roles in the ski trade than Eskimos have words for snow.

Ski designer, binding and boot product manager, freestyle competitor, bootfitter, lecturer on risk management, ski instructor, marketing director, resort feature writer, ski tester for 30 years and boot tester for 20, OLN and RSN television show host, extreme camp coach, Desperate Measures co-creator, 4X Warren Miller screenwriter, R&D chief, honorary Canadian, college racer, 2X personal therapist to Greg Stump, regular contributor to at least ten different ski magazines, and in his guise as Pontiff of Powder, married Paul Hochman and Carrie Sheinberg in all ways but legally.

Members Get More!

Everything you need to know is here on our free, public site; everything else you want to know is inside our ANNUAL members’ section:

  • A library of Realskiers essays on equipment, technique, buying advice, bootfitting and everything else that matters
  • Expanded reviews of all 2019 Recommended skis, organized by genre and ranked according to skier style using our own Power and Finesse scores
  • Additional model reviews of 2019 models under our extensive brand profiles
  • Instruction from Hall-of-Fame member John Clendenin and Harald Harb
  • And most valuable of all, one-on-one consulting directly with Jackson

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A little over a week ago, I was skiing. A little over a week ago, I was recruiting Mt. Rose instructors for a women’s test that would have rolled out yesterday. A little over a week ago, I was pulling together a dream team of Non-FIS Race ski testers, to
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