Trunk In The Trunk

The Skier’s Edge

The Big Mountain Series machine is the new trainer for skiers. No, really.

The big mountain series, for big mountain offices like ours. PHOTO: SKIERS EDGE

As soon as our intern Kade set up the machine, presumptions deflated. You’ve heard of Skier’s Edge and probably seen one in action. Picture an older, fit guy sporting a Russell Athletic headband sliding from side to side in the corner of the gym, visions of virgin groomers at Deer Valley in his sights. That’s what we had in mind. But since testing out the T5 Big Mountain Series edition, our Skier’s Edge stereotypes have changed.

After sitting in the basement of POWDER HQ over the winter, the machine was finally pieced together in a swift 15 minutes. The team placed it in the middle of the office, and knocked out a sorry 30-second workout. After walking to the break room for water, we found members of the BIKE and SNOWBOARDER magazine staffs dropping in.

How many snowboarders does it take to figure out the Skiers Edge? PHOTO JOHN STIFTER

The machine mimics skis in the sense that the foot paddles are relatively loose and force the skier to be centered. The workout is surprisingly intense, no matter if you’re on the easiest setting (1) or most strenuous (18). It requires a tremendous effort to slide back and forth, without hunching over and relying too much on the cross-country length poles.

Skier’s Edge not only acts as the bicycle trainer of skiing, but it will become the dryland trainer for the U.S. Freeskiing Team, not just the U.S. Ski Team. Yes, that’s right; slopestyle jock Bobby Brown and pipe empress Jen Hudak should use this thing in preparation for Sochi in 2014.

To the chagrin of the various magazine staffs in the building we had to send the machine back. Much like an office skate ramp, the Big Mountain Series provided a welcome reprieve from the silicon screens. It also ignited dreams of trenching groomers and making Skier’s Edge claims in the lift line.

“Wow, you’re skiing so fast and you look so fit!”

“Why thank you. It’s the product of countless Big Mountain Series sessions. It’s all in the slide, man…”

Even if you hate gyms and groomers, this thing proves that judgments should be thrown out until tried. That’s right, Bobby. Your jump-to-jump transitions will no doubt be smoother after a healthy dose of sliding on these rubber power bands. Perhaps they’ll even make a Freeskiing Series? Just be sure to rock that Under Armour headband.

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  • Ron

    Kind of a lazy review. Would like a lot more detail, before I invest in it. As a matter of fact, I find it hard to find out the price for this. Why is it a secret?

  • TheShader

    Exactly Ron. No mention of price because even Skier’s Edge doesn’t want to mention price, they want to sign you up on a mailing list and then send you tons of Junk rather then answer the simple question… How much does a T5 cost or in my case how much does a QS5 Big Mountain cost? Seriously 5 minutes of evasive, well if I sign you up for our DVD and brochure.. it’s like a Time-Share program where they hide everything as if we can’t simply check online and google other people’s statements.

    Perhaps they are worried that a $1,000 price tag will scare people away, I know for me it wouldn’t; but what did make me reconsider my possible purchase this summer was the slimey car-salesman tactics to hide this stuff. Supposedly the only benefit of signing up for their brochure is to ignore their mailings until they finally send you a discount, then you buy and save essentially 4 lift tickets worth of dough.
    The other thing is Powder should’ve mentioned the Difficulty 18 setting is ONLY available on either the WorldCup edition or by paying extra money to get the additional power band that takes the top resistance from 11 to 18. And for us bigger skiiers it’s recommended as a must have since 11 offers little resistance to us especially if you’re a big mountain powder or a mogul skier.
    Seriously this fluff piece is more of an ad than anything to help powder’s readers decide on if it’s a good purchase or not.
    I expect more from Powder which is one of the 3 ‘MUST HAVE’ buyer’s guides in the fall to help me show people what is a good fit in the office; I hope they do more deep dive on the new skis for next year so I can trust their advice for the skis I don’t ski (park, groomers) when helping colleagues buy good gear for their familiies.

  • ZeGerman

    I agree with the other Comments – not much of a review, and certainly not on par with other Powder reviews. Also agree that the marketing style of the Skiers Edge company is extremely annoying – essentially hiding the price and just bombarding everyone with commercials who signs up for their newsletter. They should leave the ’80s behind and move on to the 21st century … Now all that said, I bought a Skiers Edge last year, a used T4 World Cup plyometric. Paid 800 bucks including the powder / mogul platform and RTM platforms. And the machine itself is surprisingly good – makes a big difference especially for getting into decent shape before the first days out (i.e. to avoid injuries). Also helps a lot to make more aggressive turns – especially the powder module is great to improve strength. I used the machine a lot prior to season and in early season; once I had done 20 days out in the snow I set it aside essentially. Now started again for next season, and it is fun. Would I have paid the $3.5k the machine would have cost new with the accessories I have – no. For the price I got and perhaps even a few hundred bucks more, I get a lot of value out of it – avoiding those “my legs are burning I need to slow down” afternoons during the first days out. And I really hope the company changes out their marketing department – they must be up for retirement soon …

  • Jim

    It was a lazy review. It didn’t even compare competitors. Shader – agree with you about the marketing aggravation at SE. I gave up on waiting for the right SE promotion and bought the machine they kept calling a “cheap knockoff” (Pro Ski Simulator). I’m not sure why I expected the Skiers Edge people to actually tell the truth about a competing product. Silly me. SE reps – shame on you for the lies. Anyhow, for budget reasons, I bought the PSS and thought I would just return it immediately if it didn’t measure up. Fortunately, I really liked (still like) the PSS. It is bigger and heavier than the Skiers Edge and it is quiet. I also never liked the weird, short side to side travel distance of the Skiers Edge (my exposure was limited though to time on a unit at the Marriot in Park City). The skiform website seems to be the US distributor of the Pro Ski Simulator (which appears to be made in Europe). Anyhow, found them when price hunting for used machines and ended up with a better deal on new. I have one season of use on it (about 3x/ week) and it did help my endurance quite a bit (surprising, since I run marathons and bike to work). Still looks as good as new. I’m a happy camper with my choice.

    • Brian

      Jim are you still happy with the PSS it’s design looks better to me than the SE. Thanks

      • Jim

        Very happy still. The PSS has been the best thing for my knees and keeps my endurance up in moguls and on big powder days. The PSS quality is much better than I expected and has yet to disappoint me.

        • Jon

          I’m amazed nobody has brought out a cheap version of either of these machines, I’m really tempted to just make my own for a tiny fraction of the price.

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