Skialper Buyer Guide 2017 Prodigious Ski Touring Information

Post by blogger | November 9, 2016      

For the buyer guide reviewed below, the link:

Cover, Skialper 2017 Buyer Guide.

Cover, Skialper 2017 Buyer Guide.

Last year’s apoplexy inducing drop of the first Skialper Buyer Guide in English was exactly that. The book was so good, I fainted due to heart palpitations — then I went shopping.

The new 2017 edition follows along. It appears even slicker, with excellent descriptions of their test categories, bonus articles, and so much more. English translations are improved, though still a bit rough. It’s all understandable if you read between the lines a bit. To visit the Skialper website, browse to (We’re not doing a live link due to researching some issues.)

Check out this year winner boots, 'Ski Touring' category. The two most innovative shoes out there win the prize.

Check out this year winner boots, ‘Ski Touring’ category. The two most innovative shoes out there win the prize.

Shopping the amazing plethora of today’s ski touring gear can be like choosing a pasta restaurant in Rome — then ordering. To make it easier, the industry divides ski touring gear into product categories. Skialper follows along. All the Buyer’s Guide reviews (skis, boots, bindings) are done in “chapters” based on categories. While things do overlap, most shoppers will probably be in the center of their category. If not, it’s easy to discern where your desires might shift into the overlap. For example, some of the lighter Freetouring boots with good cuff mobility could overlap into the Touring category. On the other hand, the divisions are surprisingly clear, based mostly on weight and in the case of skis, width & weight. (With a nod to us here at WildSnow, when Skialper gets into their “Ski Touring” skis category, they talk about the now legendary “one kilo” goal in weight per plank.)

Race (What it is.)

Speed Touring (Racing without timing gear.)

Ski Touring (The sweet spot, what is oriented to. Boot weights 1,000 to 1,400 grams.)

Freetouring or Free Touring (Ski touring with a bit more emphasis on downhill performance and playful downhill style.)

Freeride (Cross-over, ski lifts are frequently used. Blends with regular alpine skiing.)

More, as I mentioned last year this shopping book makes all others bow down. What other magazine or website details nearly every backcountry ski boot available, with metrics such as measured interior last width and maximum ankle width? Who else gives you nearly every ski metric you can imagine, including the ever useful weight vs surface? Yep, 384 pages of gearhead bliss. A whole winter of reading!

Full metrics on nearly every backcountry ski boot available (current retail models).

Full metrics on nearly every backcountry ski boot available (current retail models).

How to get your WildSnow discount (Good for 48 hours)

DIGITAL PC/MAC (Lou has tested this, it worked for him.)
1) Browse to
2) Select English, use Google site translate if you encounter untranslated Italian.
3) Add the digital edition to the shopping cart.
4) Checkout.
5) At the top of the page insert the coupon: Wildsnow_reader
6) Complete the registration and the checkout with the credit card…
…Your total amount will be modified from 7,99 € to 5 €
7) Enjoy your flipboard.
8) Double click for zooming, click the video, links and photo galleries when you see the specific icons.

App iOS or Android
1) Download the (free) app Skialper from iTunes or Google Play
2) Tap on the menu on the top left of the page.
3) Tap on Account.
4) Tap on coupon and insert: Wildsnow_reader
5) Complete the payment in-app.
6) Your total amount will be modified from 7,99 € to 5 €.
7) Double tap for zooming, you can tap the video, links and photo galleries when you see the specific icons.

Last year Skialper printed the paper edition in dual languages, but distributing the 400 page publication internationally was too tricky. This year, the digital versions are dual language but the paper version is all Italian.


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79 Responses to “Skialper Buyer Guide 2017 Prodigious Ski Touring Information”

  1. See November 9th, 2016 8:46 am

    Hi Lou. For what it’s worth, my antivirus software really doesn’t like the purchase link.

  2. Matus November 9th, 2016 9:09 am

    Just purchased it. Well… the user interface is horrible. It is even worse than last year ‘s issue – and last year it was really bad. No bookmarks, no search. No index. No hyperlinks. Lots of manual work… I am really disappointed. I would rather pay 15 euros for better reading platform!

  3. Matus November 9th, 2016 9:29 am

    Tip: Alphabetical list of items is on page 44. Clicking on an item will take you to the page with the review of this item. You need to be patient and precise.

  4. Lou Dawson 2 November 9th, 2016 9:48 am

    Matus, I do have high praise for the project, but totally agree with you on the flip book, it is indeed rather limited. I liked it at first due to it being so simple, but then, I was thinking I’d have a paper copy eventually. Since that’s not going to happen, I need something that indeed can be used as a reference tool, the flipbook falls short of that. Perhaps the iOS version is better? That’ll be available tomorrow, if anyone grabs the iOS ver, please let us know. I’ve got an iPad but I don’t have an account on it. Lou

  5. Will November 9th, 2016 10:40 am

    Just a heads-up…
    at this time the iOS app version is Italian only, there is NO English translation – no dual language like last year. Possibly this will change in an update to the download.

  6. Will November 9th, 2016 10:57 am

    (update) There is a separate English download in the “supplements” section within the iOS version of the app. The app version is really well done – it’s slick.

  7. Lou Dawson 2 November 9th, 2016 11:39 am

    Will, they said they wouldn’t have the full iOS English done until tomorrow, but I guess they got it going? Perhaps I’ll get it on my anonymized iPad somehow… Lou

  8. Lou Dawson 2 November 9th, 2016 1:00 pm

    See, it would be a big help if you could share details of what you’re seeing your AV do. I’m running AVG with browsing protection, along with Google Chrome with browsing protection turned on, and neither alerts me to a bad link… Let me know. Thanks, Lou

  9. Skialper November 9th, 2016 1:45 pm

    Hi guys,
    at first thanks a lot to Lou to review our Buyer’s Guide on
    We’re proud of that.
    Please write us at for any technical request.
    To talk about skis, boots, bindings and other gear, we are happy to partecipate to the discussion here on Wildsnow.

    PS it’s not our fault, but Apple is late with the review ogf the english version for smartphone and tablet.
    We hope tomorrow it will run.

  10. Skialper November 9th, 2016 1:46 pm

    @Will – tomorrow, if you want, when the english tab will be working in the iOS app, you can purchase it on your iPhon or iPad.

  11. Skialper November 9th, 2016 1:53 pm

    You can try with this direct link:

  12. VT skier November 9th, 2016 2:04 pm

    I just bought the digital version, before I saw your discount code. Too bad.

    I think this years guide is better than the 2016 guide. English translations of the Italian text is much better, and the text is only English on each page, which makes the page less cluttered. Zoom function is better, with pop-up scrolling page numbers available at the bottom.
    The listings for all skis, boots and bindings is “clickable” on page 46 and 47. So you can go directly to any selection quickly. Not so with the 2016 Guide.

    I am reading this on a PC running Firefox , WIn XP, with a 29 inch monitor, looks great.

  13. Armie November 9th, 2016 2:18 pm

    I’ve downloaded the android version. I can see the English version but can’t seem to open it, only the Italian. Anyone else managed it?

  14. Skialper November 9th, 2016 2:21 pm

    @Armie – it’s the same problem with the iOS app. When it will be working you will see the english version too.

  15. Arnie November 9th, 2016 2:28 pm

    Thanks Skialper! Sorry I’d not read all the comments…it really looks a beautiful piece of work.

  16. See November 9th, 2016 2:41 pm

    Norton anti virus reports “Dangerous Website Blocked… This is a known dangerous website. It is recommended that you do NOT visit this site,” when I click on the link. It reports 21 “virus threats,” at least ten of which are “Bloodhound.Exploit.281.” (Apparently “Bloodhound” is the label Norton applies to files it considers suspicious based on “heuristic analysis.”) Hope this helps.

  17. VT skier November 9th, 2016 3:58 pm

    Are you going to a third party credit card site to complete the purchase? I purchased the digital edition with PayPal.
    No “Dangerous Website Blocked” message came up with my Norton Antivirus..

  18. Jason November 9th, 2016 5:31 pm


    Great recommendation!The English online version works well on my old iMac.

    Skialper named the “Salomon Mtn Lab” Best Freetouring boot of the year. Any plans to do a review of this boot?


  19. See November 9th, 2016 5:56 pm

    VT, nope. It’s the above link getting blocked. Same thing on two different computers, one mac and one windows.

  20. Lou Dawson 2 November 10th, 2016 5:09 am


    I changed the links to plain text until Skialper fixes the warnings or verifies they are a false positive (and still fixes them, as we can’t have any links that lead to sites on security warning lists).

    I suspect the Norton warnings are a false positive, but no way I can tell for sure. Better they just get it fixed. Sad. But typical of the state of the world wide web these days.

    If you guys are curious about the warnings, browse to the following security scans. You can waste hours researching all the different issues these scans come up with (smile).

    For what it’s worth, my browsing is defended by both AVG Link Scanner, AVG Online Shield, and Google Chrome browsing protection. I am able to browse the Skialper links with no warnings. What is more, my server-side security scan did not tag those links. So something must be up.


  21. SteveR November 10th, 2016 5:44 am

    There’s something very odd about the results of their release testing of bindings.

    My, none TUV approved, Kreuzspitze GT bindings receive a score of 10/10 for lateral release, while the TUV approved Marker Kingpins score 2/10 for lateral release.

  22. Lou Dawson 2 November 10th, 2016 6:28 am

    Hi Jason, yeah, we’ll probably review. I’ve got quite a few friends who ski it. Excellent boot, totally agree it deserves accolades. Also of interest, Salomon is pushing their X Mountain touring boot with press events soon, to be touted at trade shows, and available next fall. It’s rumored to be based along the lines of the Arcteryx Procline, which also won top honors with Skialper.

    Here is our first look:

  23. Lou Dawson 2 November 10th, 2016 6:52 am

    Steve, I am studying page 338-339, technical intro to the Skialper binding testing. I’m also in communication with them. I’ll see if I can clarify a few things. Thanks for asking.

    My recollection is that the score is simply based on how close the binding tested release values are to the numbers printed on the binding housing.

    This is something we’ve been harping on endlessely; setting indicator numbers printed on the binding are just a guideline. If you tested the same model tech binding with different boots, you’d get a variance as well.


  24. Lou Dawson 2 November 10th, 2016 7:27 am

    Yes, the binding release histograms are simply the data from the Winter Steiger binding release test machine. A score of 10-10 means the binding release indicated by the settings on the binding housing closely matched the force the machine applied to release the boot from the binding. As the ratio drops, that means the results are farther and farther off. Main takeaway is a binding such as Kingpin might clearly need to be evaluate in the ski shop, on a test machine, if you expect to use it to protect your legs from injury.

    BUT, overall the histograms support our assertion here at WildSnow that nearly all tech bindings can have somewhat whacked out performance when it comes to setting release values. We’d recommend at the least that a user attempting to set up a touring binding as a “safety” binding do a hand check on the workbench, and a carpet release test. Best, do three tests: hand check, machine check, and carpet test.

    Reality, as expressed in Skialper pages 338 339, it’s difficult to use tech bindings as “safety” bindings the way we use alpine ski bindings, and most users (at least in Europe) know that and still ski with the bindings locked in touring mode, under the philosophy that it’s “better to lose a leg than a ski.” Which could be true in many situations, especially on glaciers and steep terrain. But the opposite in an avalanche, of course!

    Skialper also alludes to the “binding wars” that we have constantly covered for years, in that the victor will create a frameless binding that consistently passes all “safety” release checks, is significantly light, resists accidental release, and so forth. Has that happened yet? Trab TR2 is perhaps the closest thing yet? Or how about Beast 14? Indeed, we need to get more on the case with Trab. And then there is Fritschi. If they add some vertical elasticity to the Vipec heel they could have a winner.

    In fact, bindings that release to the side at the heel (most classic tech bindings etc) might never improve much at this point, since release forces with such bindings are similar to the same forces you apply when skiing. That’s one reason nearly all alpine bindings release to the side at the toe, not the heel.

    Thus, we have TR2 and Fritschi, if they refine, they might win. At least for now (smile).

    Then, there is reality. Millions of people ski tour on classic tech bindings, and aside from issues with skis coming off in avalanches, tend to go for remarkable years and numbers of days without hurting themselves. That could have to do with a lot of factors (less time on the downhill than lift skiing, for example) but it’s real and is the reason why many of us pick bindings based mostly on weight, ease of use and durability, without obsessing on safety.

    (And yes, I know of at least one friend who’s had a tib-fib break on tech bindings. And several with knee injuries. But more often I hear of people skiing tech bindings, pre releasing, and getting hurt or worse…)


  25. See November 10th, 2016 8:49 am

    Jeff Campbell’s recommendations against using touring boots with frame bindings ( makes me wonder about the Kingpin. As I understand it, the Kingpin presses the lugged rubber boot heel down against the afd on the brake, which has its own spring pushing up, and lateral release involves the boot twisting out at the heel.

  26. Josh November 10th, 2016 9:00 am

    I did get the Italian version to download from the newsstand app in iOS but the English supplement won’t download. I take it that’s being fixed?

    Having bought a pair of Salomon Mtn Lab boots, I’m glad they scored well in the test!

  27. VT skier November 10th, 2016 9:24 am

    Re: SkiAlper links
    Just ran Norton “Power Eraser”, a powerful Root Kit search tool on my computer, and nothing came up.
    I didn’t get any warnings from NIS when I clicked on the SkiAlper links, though I never enter credit card numbers on unknown sites. I use PayPal.

  28. Alex November 10th, 2016 9:26 am

    I’m from Europe and trying to buy the EN guide (iOS). Problem is that I have NO option for entering the discount coupon. If I want to buy it I have to pay for a year subscription (€39,99).

  29. Lou Dawson 2 November 10th, 2016 9:54 am

    Hi Alex, I think you’re probably in the wrong place on their website? In any case, thanks for leaving observations here but you need to use the links on their website for shopping support, that is unless Skialper wants to comment here, which is fine.

    Please let us know how it goes. It always amazes me how difficult publishing on the internet can be, and how simple if you just go all-in with content management software and a full flung website, rather than trying to get fancy with things like flipbook. On the other hand, if you want to sell content as well as receive advertiser support, the flipbook type stuff is the way.

    What’s disappointing is that the Skialper advertisers apparently don’t see the value in simply sponsoring a website that publishes the buyers guide as html web pages. This could so easily be done, and if the advertisers were uncomfortable with the banners, native advertising would be totally appropriate in my opinion, as the full page ads in the magazine are right there along with the content anyway, so doing so on the web wouldn’t be any different…

    Have to admit, however, that last year’s Buyer Guide, paper version in English and Italian, is simply so excellent to hold in your hands and read at leasure. There is a reason they invented paper-ink books.


  30. Rodney November 10th, 2016 10:06 am

    I can’t get the coupon to work on iOS – not sure if I am doing something wrong – but I am using “Wildsnow_reader” as you suggest. I am from the UK – so not sure if that is the issue?

  31. Alex November 10th, 2016 12:48 pm

    @Rodney I have exact the same problem. Lou advise is to use the links provided on the Skialper website. I’m gonna give it a try.

  32. Alex November 10th, 2016 12:52 pm

    Bummer! The only digital version available on the Skialper website is the PC/Mac version. If you want the iOS/Android version it is available through a in-app purchase.

  33. Skialper November 11th, 2016 3:52 am

    Hy guys,
    we verified the problem and everything is ok with Norton now.
    It’s a simple situation: the website of our publisher ( control the e-commerce and the adv on the sites of all magazines published. Norton recognize like a potential spamming of adv, because they see it’s publishing adv on other websites with different domains.
    So no problem for nobody clicking links, be sure of that.
    We contacted Norton and the problem seems to be fixed.
    Please write us if you have some troubles (


  34. Skialper November 11th, 2016 3:57 am

    @SteveR – We agree, there is something odd in that. But that’s the result of the certified machine, in the same conditions and with the same boots. We have the original tickets printed by the machine a that’s exactly the situation!

  35. Lou Dawson 2 November 11th, 2016 5:17 am

    Regarding the binding results, nothing odd about that at all. Our testing here at WildSnow for the last 20 or more years has shown the exact same thing, only informally. Sometimes we’ve had boots that wouldn’t release at anything below about DIN 18, other times they would pop out at around DIN 5 when the binding was set to 8, and so on. I’ve covered that plenty of times, mostly by my constant yammering about how important it is to somehow “test” your tech binding release if you expect any sort of functional release, and to learn how to ski tech bindings at “normal” settings, unlocked, without accidental release due to operator error. Lou

  36. Lou Dawson 2 November 11th, 2016 5:19 am

    Thanks Skialper.

    ALL, please note that any security issues were apparently a false positive. I’d agree, since my own extensive browser security settings did not fire any warnings.

    I’ve never been impressed with Norton, for what it’s worth. I’ve been fiddling around with this stuff for decades.

    Due to Securi scan still triggering warnings, I can’t make the Skialper links live for now, but as of this morning in North America it’s safe to browse to them.

    By the way, some of you may not have seen our WildSnow Security information page. It’s here:


  37. Alex November 11th, 2016 7:10 am

    The guide may be killer, but the distribution mechanic (actually buying it!) for mobile devices (iOS/Android) sucks big time.

  38. Lou Dawson 2 November 11th, 2016 7:43 am

    The Skialper guys work really hard on this, and they’re nice folks, but I agree the online availability system is so far terrible! I think what happened is I pushed a little bit to get it going and we should have collaborated first on a few days of beta testing.

    The false positive security warning issues were a big surprise for everyone.

    In my case, I believe this publication is so overall useful and interesting for our readers I probably get way too excited about it and want to see it get out there yesterday!


  39. Tom Gos November 11th, 2016 11:19 am

    So I purchased the Android version through the Google Play store. I entered coupon code as described, did nothing to change price – so I paid a couple extra bucks which I can live with. Bigger problem is that the English version won’t download. I’ve made liberal use of Google Translate to try to figure it out , but it seems that the “Ripristina” (restore) button does nothing. Maybe that’s not actually a button? Any one had success with getting the English version to download? What’s the trick?

  40. Skialper November 11th, 2016 1:06 pm

    @Tom Gos – Ciao Tom, the problem is fixed, the English version was in review from Apple and it blocked the pubblication on our devices. Now finally is ok! If you write us to we will provide you a free coupon to download the english one.

  41. Armie November 11th, 2016 2:30 pm

    I’m up and running on android in English
    Grazie Skialper!

  42. stephen November 12th, 2016 7:06 am

    Just downloaded the Android app from google play, but all is in Italian and io non capisco…

  43. Pietro November 12th, 2016 7:28 am

    If your compare bindings test results, the Marker Kingpin has very surprising data… Not very good.. It confirmes your previous post video from the Mechanical Engineer.

  44. Lou Dawson 2 November 12th, 2016 7:49 am

    Pietro and all, be careful how you interpret the Skialper bar charts for binding release. They are simply comparing actual release “force” to that indicated by the scale printed on the binding housing. MAIN POINT with this, thanks to Skialper, if they show a binding that goes far out of gamut, if you choose to use such a binding do a variety of function and release checks, including the use of a machine such as Wintersteiger, before you go out and ski. Unless something is really wrong (like an incompatible boot shape), you simply adjust the binding using the machine to verify settings, not the scale printed on the binding.

    This is super important. If any binding is giving you release-retention values that are whacked out, you could be skiing at DIN 3 when the binding is set to DIN 8, for all you know. The DIN/ISO binding “safety” system (meaning the standards, combined with human behavior) is designed to work with ski shops who test the bindings. Clearly, that system is broken regarding touring bindings, but it’s a valid approach if you choose to partake.

    As I’ve stated before, it is my belief that experienced skiers with hand skills can evaluate binding release and retention with home testing procedures. But it’s best if the skis can be slapped onto a machine that gives some actual measurements.

  45. Lou Dawson 2 November 12th, 2016 8:08 am

    Just to add grist to the mill, during my testing of pintech toe characteristics using my force gauge instrument, I set up a reasonably configured system that used a boot I pulled out of the binding toes, simulating a lateral release without any use of a heel unit. My results were surprisingly inconsistent, theoretically due in part to wear on the boot toe fitting as I released it over and over again. I went to a lot of effort to build a testing machine that eliminated the boot. This resulted in much more consistent results. I’m thus concerned about how all these published tech binding release tests are done. It would seem to me there are only two valid ways to compensate for toe fitting wear or inconsistency:

    1. Use hundreds of boots, releasing each one only a few times.
    2. Use a specially built dummy boot sole, machined from a solid block of steel and hardened to the point of being similar in hardness to high speed tool steel or better.

    Above requires a dimensional standard for the boot fittings, which exists in the industry but is not an “official” standard.

    This was my first testing system, got understandable results but I felt it needed more accuracy.

    Latest system is much better, eliminates the boot:

    Remember, this is not a “release” testing setup, it’s intended to compare binding toe jaw clamping strength.


  46. Jim Milstein November 12th, 2016 10:47 am

    Just got the digital English version of Skialper’s Buyer Guide. Purchase was quick and easy using PayPal. The user interface is tolerable, but scrolling around a zoomed page is deeply annoying. In effect the cursor moves the window, not the page, and any cursor movement in the window results in scrolling. Counter-standard! Contents are impressive though.

    The translation to English is often good, much better than last year’s, but is also often puzzling. Skialper should hire a native speaker of Coloradan to correct the translation. I humbly offer myself, except for powder days.

  47. Joel November 12th, 2016 2:24 pm

    Very cool guide, any ideas on how to increase the font size/page size (if possible)- or is zooming each page the answer?

  48. Alex November 12th, 2016 3:15 pm

    They solved the problem with the iOS version. This guide is beautiful.

  49. Jim Milstein November 12th, 2016 5:05 pm

    Seems that buying the digital Buyer’s Guide does not entitle access to the iOS version. Why not? I’ve never seen otherwise. Maybe I missed something due to faking Italian with high-school Latin.

  50. Dan November 12th, 2016 10:48 pm

    Great guide yet again – thanks Skialper!

    I made most of my purchases for last season on the basis of this guide, and was never disappointed. I’m liking the look of the Atomic Backland 85 UL, and the Salomon S-Lab Minim – hope to have them both in my quiver before the start of the next southern ski season.

    Has anyone skied the Procline? They gave it a rave review…how does it compare to the TLT6 from last season, and the TLT7?

    It’s great that there is a publication like this; seems like everyone else is focusing on things like Kingpins and Technica boots, as though we are all fat Americans dabbling in the side country.

    As an aside, those Skialper guys seem to find DPS skis underwhelming.

  51. Lou Dawson 2 November 13th, 2016 7:50 am

    Dan, you nailed it with your comment, we feel like Skialper is the publication that comes closest to our own focus here at WildSnow, in terms of “ski touring” gear being central and orbited by race gear on the one side and freeride on the other. Our success as a publication indicates we’re not living in fantasy land.

    One might ask, where does all the emphasis on freeride come from? For starters, it’s a valid approach if that’s what you care for. But on the economics side, it’s where the ski companies saw an untapped niche so they’ve been expanding into it and placing PR dollars. And so on.

    DPS? It’s probably about “average” ski style which in Europe is somewhat more edgy and carve oriented. Thus, a playfull heavily rockered ski is not going to be as highly rated. This especially true when you consider that the Alps have a lot more “ice” conditions than we do on average here in North America.

    It’s all fun to watch and be involved in, most certainly?


  52. Jim Milstein November 13th, 2016 2:12 pm

    Okay, why no Vipec review? Swiss Alps are not far from Italian Alps. Is it because the Vipec mechanism so different from TLT that their tests would not be relevant? Gear up, guys!

  53. SteveR November 14th, 2016 3:51 am

    @ Jim Milstein – I’ve read on the web that SkiAlper were not able to print a review of the Vipec due to an ongoing law suit in Italy concerning that binding.

  54. Skialper November 14th, 2016 4:46 am

    @Jim @SteveR
    It’s correct. There is a lawsuit in Italy concerning some copyrights and it’s forbidden for everyone publishing in our country to talk about that product. Sorry, we wanted to test the Vipec, we hope that in the next edition the situation will be unblocked

  55. Alex November 14th, 2016 12:48 pm

    @Lou the Freeride scene in Europe is gaining popularity. In stead of bootpacking many freeriders switch to lighter freetour options. 3 hour hikes are no exception, so skinning is more comfortable than bootpacking with ski’s / board strapped to your pack.

  56. Tom Gos November 14th, 2016 9:55 pm

    The folks at Skialper got my issue sorted out and I’m enjoying reading what seem to be much more informative reviews than we get from the American ski mags. Two thumbs up.

  57. Lou Dawson 2 November 15th, 2016 6:46 am

    I suppose the EU and Italy have a much different “freedom of the press” than we do here in the U.S.? Thing is, they don’t seem to hold back on covering politics, but then a couple of binding companies have a feud and they get zippered? Anyone know the real story? Is it true that in the EU someone in authority can tell you not to write about a viable and existing product? Lou

  58. Skialper November 15th, 2016 7:36 am

    Ciao Lou. It’s not a question of freedom. Maybe I’m not able to explain in english. Until the end of the lawsuit the product is not on the market in Italy. To receive it for the test we have to contact the italian distributor and that’s stopped from the authority. We can not bypass it to ask the bindings directly to the producer because there is a contract of commercial rights for our country.
    So we’re stopped in each sides.

  59. Lou Dawson 2 November 15th, 2016 7:49 am

    Ok Skialper, that makes sense. Apologies for my immediate thinking it was something to do with press freedom. Easier to write about Italian politics than ski bindings? Apparently so, which means we respect you guys even more (smile).

    But next time, perhaps go over the border to test the Vipec so you can include.

    Seriously however, it is unpleasent to contemplate that an unfinished legal action results in the public not seeing the binding, a viable product on the market, included in a magazine. That is just plain wrong.


  60. Jim Milstein November 15th, 2016 8:17 am

    No, it does not make sense. If a skier were to bring his own diamir vipecs into Italy to ski, would he be stopped? Almost certainly not, and we all know why. No customs inspections on the borders of EU countries. You could “borrow” the bindings in order to respect legal niceties, if needed. It sounds like the lawyers are insanely cautious.

    In the hoped for binding review the Vipecs could be referred to as “the bindings known in other countries as Diamir Vipec but which presently have no name in Italy”. In that way Skialper would not be taking sides in the legal case.

  61. Skialper November 15th, 2016 9:33 am

    Ciao Lou, ciao Jim, sometimes to avoid problems to other people you risk to seem fool… I promise you that in the next edition we’ll do everything possible to include Vipec too…

  62. Ed November 15th, 2016 6:01 pm

    So bought the guide OK but after a break for dinner, opened up Safari and can’t get back in. This may be because of cookies being deleted on my browser after every session – guess if they use cookies, they aren’t persistent cookies, just session cookies??? Any way to get back in anyone knows about?? Logging into skialper account didn’t help either. May ask an Italian friend in Milan to email them on my behalf tomorrow.

  63. skialper November 16th, 2016 2:10 am

    Ciao Ed, maybe you need to log in to the website with the same username and password used to buy your copy!

  64. Ed November 16th, 2016 7:55 am

    Thanks – change in initial Safari cookie settings, laptop outside our firewall and password reset all worked this morning in both Safari and Opera. Neat publication – I’d love to see an English print version! Ora pro nix . . . . .

  65. Bruno Schull November 16th, 2016 8:55 am

    Unfortunately, I’m having the same problem. I live in Europe. One week ago, I bought a paper copy in Italian (which I hope is in the mail) and a digital copy in English. I have not been able to open, download, or otherwise access the digital copy. I did have a very positive and friendly email exchange with somebody at Skialper/Mulatero. Right away, they emailed me a link that worked for two days, but then it stopped working. The problem is not that I am not logged into Mulatero–I am logged in, and I can view my account, with the two recent orders, labeled, “In Lavoriazionne” or “Processing.” I use a Macintosh laptop, with Mozilla Firefox as a browser, and I played around with my settings, cookies, and so on, but I confess that I don’t know much about how best configure my computer to access this material, nor if my computer is actually to blame. I think the problem is a mixture of 1) some kind of technology interface issue with the Skialper/Mulatero platform, mixed with 2) being somewhat unprepared for the volume or orders they received, mixed with 3) issues they have no control over, like people’s browsers, updates from Windows or Mac, and so on. I feel bad to even post this, because I did have a very nice interaction with Skialper/Mulatero staff, but it is frustrating not to be able to access the content, and I am afraid other people may have the same problems. Let’s crowd sources the funds to print hard copies in English! It is a great guide, and certainly seems unique in the ski world.

  66. ken November 16th, 2016 2:29 pm

    After lots of trouble accessing my 2016 copy at times last year,, I was happy to see how easy it was to get into the 2017 copy. Or at least for the 2 days I was able to browse it. Then when I would click on the magazine cover to browse, I could not get in.No email address of anyone to correspond with to work this out. Frustrating, and won’t be buying this again.

  67. Bruno Schull November 16th, 2016 2:53 pm

    I have resolved my Skialper access issues with great customer service from Mulatero/Skialper. Maybe other people are having similar problems, so here’s what happened in my case. As usual, it was operator error, another way of saying it was my mistake. To review, I live in Europe, and bought both a print and digital issue online, using Paypal for payment. I don’t know if that matters, but maybe. When I bought the material, I made a username and password for Mulatero. Now, if I log in to Mulatero, using the same username and password, I can access the “My Accounts” page. At the top there is a horizontal menu. One of the options is “Digital.” Be careful–don’t just click on “Digital.” This will only bring you to another page with buying options. Instead, click on the small gray arrow or pull down menu next to the word “Digital.” You should get an option, “Skialper-Digital edition.” If you click that, you should get to the page where you can choose to “Browse” the contents. It could probably be easier, but I imagine that creating all this digital content for varying devices/platforms is no easy task. And as I said before, I would definitely prefer paper.

  68. Lou Dawson 2 November 16th, 2016 4:57 pm

    Paper, you just, read it. Ahhhhhh. And they say AI is just around the corner. I call BS on that! I’ll believe in AI when they make a shopping cart that’s as easy as pushing a cart around Walmart then checking out with a checker person. Glad you got it figured out. Lou

  69. Lou Dawson 2 November 16th, 2016 5:00 pm

    Ken, I think you have to be logged into your Skialper account, or at least have logged in withing a certain time period. I think doing so drops a cookie, which expires, then you can’t access the digital without redoing the login… sorry to hear it went poorly. The Skialper content is worth a bit of hassle. ‘best, Lou

  70. ken November 16th, 2016 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the help bruno………for some reason my subscription was “being processed”. When I entered my order number which had been given to me after payment, the web site seemed to remember me once again., strange, but I am happily reading the mag again………ken

  71. skialper November 17th, 2016 11:07 am

    mmm your feedback are very interesting for us. We’re seriously thinking to opt for a website solution for the international edition in english 2018. Maybe it will definitely solve the problem.

  72. VT skier November 23rd, 2016 8:36 pm

    Getting a very irritating pop-up ad now from Joomag, the digital platform for this SkiAlper Buyers Guide, when I open my digital English 2016 buyers guide. Right side of page, vertical banner ad.
    “Create your own gorgeous magazines, distribute them across all devices”

    Ad blocks right hand side of page, can’t be closed. So I can’t zoom in on ski or binding reviews on right side of pages.

    No banner ad on 2017 Buyers Guide , yet.

  73. Lou Dawson 2 November 24th, 2016 7:41 am

    VT skier, sorry to hear about the popup. That’s bogus. I’m glad you didn’t see one on! If you did, something bad would be happening as I’d never have a popup ad on any of my websites, as I think you know.

    What browser are you using? I keep the popup blocker turned on in all my browsers, which eliminates most of that type of advertiser stupidity.

    Worst I have is Safari on my old iPad, best seems to be Chrome.

    ‘best, Lou

  74. VT skier November 24th, 2016 8:15 am

    Well I am only getting this pop-up ad on right side of page when I open the 2016 SkiAlper Buyers Guide. The ad is for JOOMAG, the digital platform for the Ski Guide. So it appears they have added their banner ad to the digital buyers guide they host!!

    When I close the 2016 Buyers Guide, this ad disappears. I am using Firefox, and have AdBlockerPlus running at all times. Both 2016 and 2017 Buyers Guide load and display properly on this Win desktop and my Win laptop. Never see a pop-up ad on any other sites, including WildSnow. I do have ABP turned off on your home page..;)
    I sent an e-mail to about this too

  75. Lou Dawson 2 November 24th, 2016 9:02 am

    Appreciate you turning off ABP on Wildsnow. Too much ad blocking just means more sponsored content, and we do have rather polite advertising. That said, I do understand the need for ad blocking if a person does much web browsing. And sadly, most people don’t turn it off for polite sites. It’s beginning to be a problem financially.

    Europeans seem to have a different overall take on the web, and what’s acceptable. For example, you’ll still find incredibly slow loading Flash sites when browsing European sporting goods and that sort of thing. Perhaps they have faster web connections than we do…

    Strange the ABP doesn’t block the SkAlper ad. Perhaps I’ll have to study up on that (smile).

    ‘best, Lou

  76. Geewilligers April 28th, 2017 10:19 am


    Is there any way to get your normal course issues here in the US? I’m working on learning Italian and would like to learn mountain jargon from you.

  77. Lou Dawson 2 November 13th, 2017 12:44 pm

    2018 English version is available online, much better HTML based website than before.

  78. Jim Milstein November 13th, 2017 12:52 pm

    Is Skialper offering a WildSnow discount this year?

  79. Lou Dawson 2 November 13th, 2017 3:02 pm

    Hi Jim and all, WildSnow discount coupon is wildsnow2018

    10% off

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