Monica Prelle, Backcountry Magazine - Online
March 27, 2011

Last night’s party was one to remember. The powder day celebration started with a few casual beers in the jacuzzi. Testers sat shoulder-to-shoulder and recapped powder turns and the best gear of the day. Later, the beermingo arrived and the night took a change for the better—or worse, depending on how you look at things.

A competitive game of cups broke out in the dining room while a tele-grass blues jam band, comprised of three Telemark Skier Magazine guys playing five instruments, harmonized an impromptu rendition of Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back.” And an innocent game of (homemade) Twister eventually turned into a late-night beer slip ‘n’ slide.

Needless to say the testers were a little hazy this morning. But after a few recovery laps on the groomers, everyone was back out looking for leftover stashes and evaluating the remaining skis, boots and bindings. We all came to Powder Mountain to determine the best backcountry gear of next year and as the test week winds down, a few favorites are starting to stand out.

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