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.

 

 



Women’s Top Freeride and Off-Piste Skis

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.

ominous cliffs ready to be skied

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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Top Frontside Carving Ski Reviews for Women

October 23rd, 2014

Top carving ski reviews and ski equipment gear guide for WOMEN looking to knife the groomers, crush the steeps and arc hard!  We present our selection of this year’s award winning skis.  When choosing the perfect pair of women’s carving skis you should consider your ability, how much you want to spend and how you plan to use the skis.  Feel free to comment or email us with any questions.

women carving down top of sugarloaf resort

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s Carving Ski Category.

(skis organized by descending waist width).

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Volkl Yumi

high performance carving skis

The Yumi is as delicious as it sounds – an all mountain free-ride ski with plenty of sidecut.

The Volkl Yumi is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate female skiers (65% frontside/35% off-piste) looking for a ski that performs well in the variable conditions and tight spaces of the East Coast. The narrow, 83mm waist doesn’t allow for pronounced soft snow floatation, but it improves agility.

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Video Review | Radius: 17.1m (125-83-103mm) | Sizes: 147, 154, 161, 168cm | Other Review

 

Salomon Quartz + XT12 Ti

black carving skis

Find maximum control and confidence to tackle the whole mountain for demanding skiers.

The Salomon Quartz is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate adult women as a frontside ski with a more traditional look and feel (80% frontside / 20% off-piste).  The softer flex aids advancing skiers with turning and balance.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.2m (129-83-112mm) | Sizes: 153, 160, 167, 176cm | Other Review

 

Blizzard X-Viva 770 Ti IQ

explosive skis

Skis that are easy to turn but responsive and crisp when you ask them to be.

The Blizzard X-Viva 770 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate women adult skiers looking for a softer, user-friendly frontside carving ski.  The shape helps any skier carve perfectly sized turns at low or medium speeds.   The construction does not include metal which makes it light weight, but not recommended for speed demons.

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Video Review | Radius: 16m (123-77-105mm) | Sizes: 146, 153, 160, 167cm

 

Atomic Cloud Eleven Arc

atomic white hard charging womens skis

For ladies who stick to the piste but demand high performance.

The Atomic Cloud Eleven Arc is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult women skiers as a frontside carving ski capable of taming the piste with deep edge sets and fast elegant turns.  Good for skiers looking for something with pure performance and no funny business.

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Video Review | Radius: 12.5m @ 158cm (122.5-74-103mm) | Sizes: 144, 151, 158, 165cm

 

Rossignol Unique 10 WTPI

carving skis for ladies

New Air Shape provides Confident downhill performance with fatigue-free maneuverability.

The Rossignol Unique 10 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level women looking for a high performance frontside carving ski (100% frontside / 0% off-piste). “The thicker wood core stiffens and dampens this new speed demon.  Holds up really well carving bigger turns.”

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Radius: 15.0m (120-72-101mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170cm

 

Volkl Racetiger GS Speedwall UVO

night racing skis

There is a beer league racer in all of us and now a new way to go fast!

The Volkl Speedwall UVO is recommended by SkiGenie for adults in Master’s and night leagues looking to set records and embarrass their friends under the lights (100% don’t drink and drive).

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Video Review | Radius: 19.1m (116-70-98) | Sizes: 175, 180, 185cm

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Fischer C-Line Devine

high performance carving ski specifically for women

Light, stable and torsionally stiff to cater to the requirements of sporty women.

The Fischer C-Line Devine is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced level women looking for a high performance frontside carving ski (100% frontside/0% off-piste). The full carbon jacket both stiffens and dampens this new speed demon.  With Giant Slalom inspired performance this ski will hold firm edges in hard conditions and carve big turns exceptionally well.

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Radius: 18.0m (118-68-98mm) | Sizes: 145, 150, 155, 160m 165cm

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