SIGB Ski Test Day 2
Day 2 of the Snowsports Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) ski test in Kuhtai, and once again the sun didn't let us down. We woke to clear blue skis as we had all-mountain skis to test and the category needed finishing before we could move on.
First thing and the pistes were groomed and beautifully smooth, with the off-piste a mix of packed powder and soft bumps – ideal testing conditions. With no lift queues we could not have asked for more.
The moon hung low in the sky as we found fun powder pockets and bumps off-piste.
By midday there were some clear winners. These decisions aren't decided until at least 3 different testers have skied them and made comparisons based on price and specification. Once again Salomon came out very strongly on the men's all mountain carve skis and Atomic for the women, but there were a few surprises too. News on these will follow!
In the afternoon the groups switched testing, with some focussing on piste and the others moving on to wider all-mountain offerings. There were lots of familiar favourites returning again like the Atomic Theory and the Blizzard Bushwacker, but we’ve also found new skis to really shake up both categories.
The test isn't all about skiing, and when the lifts close at 4.15 there’s usually something else going on. Tuesday is traditionally the Atomic Highland Games, piped in by Finley Mikael, and featuring various classic highland-esque challenges – we can confirm that Ellis Brigham didn’t win!
As the games finished the sun was setting, making a beautiful walk back to Hotel Kristall from another great day.
But even then the work isn’t done. After dinner, the day's results are discussed and the plan for the next day is finalised.
The Atomic Highland Games are a somewhat chaotic end to the second day of testing!
Miss Day 1? Read about it here.
All photos courtesy of Marcin Wiklik.