Downhill Skis Ultimate Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

November 12th, 2014

We are pleased to introduce the 2016 SkiGenie Supernatural Awards buyer’s guide and reviews for downhill skis.  As Fall slips away and the first snow starts to blanket the high peaks of ski resorts across the U.S., we have been busy crunching technical specs, collecting ski reviews and researching the best ski equipment available for the upcoming season.  With 1000’s of this year’s top ski models and ski gear housed in our ski finder and browse sections, respectively, we are second to none in our quest to accurately match you with the perfect ski equipment.  At SkiGenie, we focus on customer centric ski reviews and analysis to identify the key characteristics that determine why a pair of skis is right for you.  Let our industry expertise grant you some magic for the mountain.  Our selections are organized by Men’s and Women’s downhill skis under the categories powder or backcountry, freeride, all mountain, twin tips and carving.

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Men’s Downhill Skis

Bent Chetler

Men’s Powder & Backcountry Skis

The secret stash is calling.  When selecting the best powder skis it is important to consider the type of terrain you plan to ski.  All these skis will provide sufficient float on the deepest of powder days but if you are looking for something that transitions well in and out of bounds the lower half of the list (less than 115mm underfoot) is recommended.  If you prefer to stick to the big mountain or slip off into the backcountry, go big (in length and width) and try one of the top dogs greater than 115mm.

 

Line Supernatural 100 downhill skis

Men’s Freeride Skis

Freeride ski equipment is the hottest new ski category.  As a cross between powder and all mountain skis, the freeride category is a favorite among advanced and expert skiers who have mastered the mountain.  These skis are generally 100-110mm underfoot, with a 20-25m radius, torsional stiffness, carving ability and plenty of surface area to float through the powder and cut through the crud.  We recommend you choose a size longer than you might with a traditional pair and go with an early rise tip or moderate rocker.

 

Blizzard Brahma top all mtn pick

Men’s All Mountain Skis

Tackle the corduroy, ice, tree lines, bumps and occasional powder!  If you are planning to do a handful of ski trips this year wouldn’t it be nice to have a new pair of all mountain skis in your quiver?  Unless you are lucky enough to live in a 24/7 powder paradise, these  all mountain skis can handle just about any conditions mother nature throws at you — and ski it well.  For east coasters, try something in the 90mm underfoot range and for west coasters go big or go home and get yourself a pair of ~100mm skis.

 

Salomon Rocker2 100

Men’s Twin Tip Skis

Looking to boost the tables, slide the rails, ride the pipe and hit natural features?  If your a newschooler who likes to land backwards and partake in generally gibberish behavior on the ski slopes then we’ve got your back.  Whether you are a beginner or seasoned skier these twin tips allow you to do things other models can’t but still provide high performance on the usual tracks.

 

Nordica Firearrw 76 Ti

Men’s Carving Skis

If you like to cruise groomers, hold on ice and punish the steeps, frontside carving skis will help you capitalize on all that time you spent improving your technique.  Carving skis allow you to finish your turns on the steeps and better control your speed without “sliding”.  If you ski the resort and like to impress with your turns, these are far superior to many of their all mountain brethren, especially for advanced to expert skiers.  More torsional stiffness in the tip and tail generates powerful turns and better performance on the ice and hardpack. 

 

 

Women’s Downhill Skis

Rossignol Savory 7 top women’s powder skis

Women’s Powder & Backcountry Skis

This season there are some great ski options for ladies to explore the powder, backcountry, big mountain and much more.  Top ski manufacturers now offer not only the latest and greatest in shorter sizes and with a softer flex, but have reshaped the molds and re-engineered the guts of powder skis to cater specifically to the female skier.  If you just finished watching Lyndsay Dyer’s Pretty Faces capitalize on the inspiration and get yourself a new pair of sticks.  

 

Volkl Aura for intermediate to expert women skiers

Women’s Freeride Skis

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.

 

Salomon Q-83 Myriad women’s intermediate ski

Women’s All Mountain Skis

Alpine skiing is an outdoor activity and mother nature is unpredictable so out of necessity, all manufacturers market their skis as “x” and “y” but all mountain.  However, it is important that you select a true all mountain ski for all the right reasons.  What are the right reasons?  You travel and ski different resorts often, you only ski a few days a year, you always stick to resort terrain, but you like to go fast, carve big turns, handle icy conditions and occasionally hit the back bowls when the conditions are right.  This is the most common skier persona but true all mountain downhill skis for women live near the 85-95mm range underfoot. It depends whether you plan to ski on the east coast or west coast more frequently.  

 

Atomic Cloud Eleven Arc frontside ski

Women’s Carving Skis

Looking to knife the groomers, crush the steeps and arc hard?  We present our selection of this year’s award winning women’s carving skis.  When choosing the perfect pair of frontside skis you should consider your ability, how much you want to spend and how you plan to use the skis.

 

 



2015 Trends in Women’s Skis

September 17th, 2014

 

Every year trends in the ski industry seem to point in the same direction, toward

women. Women are undoubtedly a focus for many ski and outdoor gear companies as

they make up nearly half of the participants in alpine skiing according to Snowsports

Industries of America.

 

Women, more specifically, moms, usually decide on a family’s vacation plans, book the

trips, and spend the money on ski equipment. A look at the great new merchandise for

women lets slip just how eager the companies are to please the women’s skis market

this coming season.

 

atomic ski factory making century 102

Copyright: Atomic Austria GmbH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014/2015 season brings an avalanche of marketing introducing exciting advances

and new products for women’s skis. Although general trends for women’s gear lean

toward lighter equipment, and more versatility in ski widths, there is a danger in the

fashion to invent the ever-lighter ski. A lighter ski isn’t necessarily the best ski if it

becomes squirrely and unpredictable at high speeds.

 

Brands like Head, Rossignol, Atomic and K2 have all released lines of women’s

skis with engineering changes that lighten the ski but do not compromise ski stability.

The heavier metal that sandwiched the wood core in the ski construction of yesteryear

has been replaced with lighter synthetic materials and new concepts in fabrication.

 

Most notably, Head Skis has unleashed an entirely new line of women’s skis for 2015

entitled “Joy” which borrows the superlight construction technology from their lightest

tennis racquets to create an incredibly strong, yet light in weight ski.

Head Women's great joy

Head Women’s Great Joy

Rossignol has also accounted for the hazards of the lightweight ski by bringing their

unique “honey-comb” latticed material in the tips and tails of their powder skis into the

construction of their women’s all-mountain freeride “Savory 7.” By pairing the ultra light

tip and tail, Rossignol has designed the Savory 7 with the stability to utilize it’s reduced

swing weight.

Rossignol Savory 7

Rossignol Savory 7

 

Atomic’s contribution this year is a new version of their classic women’s “Century” in

102 and 109mm widths. These skis use a technology Atomic calls “Lite Woodcore” which

integrates carbon in their wood core construction. To pair with the lightness of the ski

structure, Atomic has also developed “Sprocket Power Booster” technology for the

plates of the binding mount system. This pairing adds stability to the lightness of the ski

and gives the skier a fun, playful ski that holds up on hard pack as well as powder.

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century 109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K2’s newest version of the women’s “Remedy” in 102 and 112mm underfoot follows

the same trend of creating a lighter ski, yet K2 takes a slightly different path to get

there. Instead of sandwiching or layering materials, they blend two different kinds of

wood along the length of the ski between the tip, middle and tail. In the tips and tails

K2 sandwiches the lighter Paulownia spruce and underfoot it packs the stronger aspen

wood. This combination of lightness and strength where you need it translates into a

versatile ski fit for powder, hard-pack and the conditions in between.

 

All in all, women could have an exciting season this year with the many excellent

options in ski technologies to test and buy. It seems the ski companies have finally read

the tea leaves—women want light, stable, strong and versatile skis.

K2 Remedy 102

K2 Remedy 102

Top Picks:

Head “Great Joy” 141-98-124@168cm

Rossignol “Savory 7” 136-106-126mm @178

Atomic “Century 109” 130-102-121 @172

K2 “Remedy 102” 131-102-125 @170



 

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