Early last April, Skiing Magazine set up shop at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, for the 3rd annual Independent Ski Test. It was an open invite. Any brand that wanted to put their skis through the ringer could show up. We set up camp on A-Basin's infamous beach, fired up the grills, and stocked the coolers for three days of rigorous testing. We brought testers in from around the country and skied almost 80 models from 20 brands. Of the 80 skis, 45 rose to the top and were selected to appear in the Indie Gear Guide in the November issue of Skiing, available now on newsstands across the country.Test sponsors:Arapahoe Basin, Helly Hansen, Odell Brewing Company, Boulder Sausage, Dakine, Etón Solar, Kelty, Key to the Rockies, Probar, Skiing Business, Sierra DesignsParticipating brands:Bluehouse, DPS, Faction, Fat-ypus, Folsom Custom Skis, G3, Goode, Grace Skis, H20 Outdoor Gear, Hart, Icelantic, KLINT, Lib Tech, Liberty, Meier, Moment, Movement, Rocky Mountain Underground, SkiLogik, and Wagner Custom Skis.