November 5th, 2014

After months of dryland preparation you’ll be thankful for your strong legs out on the slopes this season.  But if you crave traversing the sidecountry and treking to the back bowls as much as you do carving up the groomers, you may want to consider a pair of freeride and off-piste skis for your next adventure.  We’ve compiled a list of top women’s ski reviews for this season with widths around the 100mm underfoot range to make every day count.  So check them out or try or famous ski finder.  Think snow.

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Our SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s Freeride and Off-Piste Skis Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Salomon Q-103 Stella

best downhill alpine freeride skis for women

Floatation to handle the deep days and also the stability and edge grip for groomers.

The Salomon Q-103 Stella is recommended for intermediate to expert adult women skiers looking for an everyday freeride ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste).  This ski is first in the lift line for a powder day and the honeycomb tip gives it a lighter swing weight to easily carve turns on the frontside.  At 103mm underfoot, it is better suited for Western resorts.

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Video Review | Radius: 23.3m (127-102-119mm) | Lengths: 158, 165, 172cm | Other Review


Volkl Aura

intermediate to expert women powder ski

Stiffer big mountain ski with titanium core and two sheets of metal.

The Volkl Aura is recommended for intermediate to advanced female skiers, this is the ‘ladies first’ freeride ski rebuttal to the perennial powerhouse, the Mantra (50% frontside/50% off-piste). Ski this on the East or West coast with full confidence. The width and rocker allow for soft snow play, while the metal core and side-cut retain the skis versatile, hard snow performance.  A true all mountain ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.3m (132-100-118mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170cm | Other Review


Blizzard Samba

new powder ski technology for women

Exceptionally versatile in softer snow and mixed conditions.

The Blizzard Samba is recommended for advanced to expert adult women as a wider freeride ski for Western resorts (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  A bit softer flex than the male version (Kabookie), but a rockered tip and traditional camber make the Samba perfectly suited for bumps, trees and resort powder days.

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Video Review | Radius: 19m (131-98-116mm) | Sizes: 152, 159, 166, 173cm


Head Venturi 95

alpine freeski recommended for high performance on the hardpack

Best suited for skiers who know they’ll ski as much hardpack as powder.

The Head Venturi 95 is recommended for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for big mountain adventures (65% frontside/35% off-piste). Testers found the Venturi 95 great for carving and average for playfulness, commenting on the ski’s quickness and stability. Tech details include impact-resistant sidewalls and a sandwich cap construction that’s a combo of world cup sandwich with a cap that wraps over the sidewall tops only. When pushing it on the hardpack this provides stability under foot, quick on edge-to-edge control and a lively tail. Back off the gas and it’s perfectly adept at squirreling around in trees in search of powder.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.0m (139-94-125mm) | Sizes: 161, 171, 181, 191cm

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Women’s Top Freeride and Off-Piste Skis was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Alex Felix

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