Alpine Ski Test Program

The Jans’ Alpine Ski Test Program has been designed to instill confidence in your ski buying process, and in your final decision, by taking the guess work and confusion out of buying a ski. Through a series of questions that address your strengths, terrain preferences, turning style, and skier level, our Experts prequalify you to test a personalized selection of skis that will give you what you are looking for and help you be a better skier.

Stephanie Humes | Park City, UT

All of our test skis are carefully tuned and waxed for optimum performance, so you’ll get to ski them at their best. The end result is owning a ski that you have tested and determined is just right for you, and this increases your confidence and fun factor on the mountain.

Every year our Experts work together as a team to determine what skis we will sell for the upcoming season (hey, it’s tough but somebody has to do it.) During this process, five to six of our testers test each ski, discuss the nuances of each ski and identify the targeted skier profile.

We’re not just ordering skis off the trade show floor or from a manufacturer’s product catalog. If a ski is on our wall, it has gone through our extensive on-snow testing process, and it’s been debated, analyzed, and compared. It is also in our demo center for you to test for yourself. Whether you need a powder ski, an all mountain ski, or a carving ski, we will help you find the best ski for you.

Now more than any other time in skiing history, there are many ski manufactures and ski categories. We want to help you build a knowledge base and find skis that make your days on the mountain the best they can be. To make sure you can make the right decision, our Experts will deduct up to three days of your test fees from the retail purchase price of your new skis.

Jans Test Program customers are provided with unlimited ski exchanges throughout the day, dependent upon the availability of specific Test Ski sizes and models. Should you decide to buy, we will credit up to three paid Test Program days toward the purchase price of a pair of new, full priced skis (receipts required).


Carving skis are traditionally what most people ski, especially on the East Coast and in the Midwest. They are narrow underfoot, from 64 mm to 80 mm, so they transition from edge to edge quickly, and they are torsionally stiff so they hold an edge even on firm snow. The narrow waist is an asset on the groomed runs, but becomes a liability in deep snow. With a turning radius of generally less than 16-17 meters, carving skis will rail turn after turn.


All-mountain skis range from 80 mm underfoot to 90 mm, and they are designed just like the moniker says – to go happily anywhere on the mountain. And, they do. Narrow enough to carve and behave beautifully on the groomed runs, but wide enough in the waist to provide some floatation for those stashes of powder you find a day or two after a storm. All-mountain skis are the most useful overall skis on the hill. For most people who only want one ski in their quiver, it should probably come from the all-mountain genre.


Fat skis range from 90 mm wide underfoot to 100 mm. It used to be that skis of this width were strictly for powder, but over the last few years, especially with the addition of rocker and better manufacturing techniques which provide more torsional rigidity, fat skis are just as happy plowing through crud and cutting occasional trenches in the corduroy as they are floating through powder. While carving skis and most all-mountain skis will be more fun if you stick mostly to the groomers, most fat skis will be well behaved when you hit the runouts at the base of the mountain, and they will be delightful when the snow rises above your boot-tops.


Powders skis range from 100 mm to an astronomical 130+ mm underfoot, and most of them aren’t very happy on anything other than steep and deep, especially the ones with zero camber or reverse camber underfoot. But, get them in their element, and powder skis are a dream come true. Almost all have rocker (early rise in the tips) to help the skis float in the deep snow, and to make them easier to turn. Powder skis rise above the snow so they are very easy to turn in the tight trees, and quite stable making big long arcs in open bowls.