Top 5 Men’s Frontside Carving Ski Reviews

November 5th, 2014

If you like to cruise groomers, hold on ice and punish the steeps our selection of the 2015 top men’s frontside carving skis will help you capitalize on all that time you spent improving your technique.  A pair of skis specifically designed for carving allows 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, frontside skis are far superior to many of their all mountain brethren, especially for advanced to expert skiers.  They are also great options for your local beer league ski races.  Specifications include more torsional stiffness in the tip and tail to generate powerful turns and better performance on the ice and hardpack.  So find your magic for arcing hard.

carving a turn at jackson holeSkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Frontside Carving Ski Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Head i.Supershape Titan 

skis for carving fast turns

A new shape is designed to deliver automatic hookup in the tip, even at lower speeds / edge angles. 

The Head i.Supershape Titan is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert skiers looking for a versatile frontside carving ski (70% frontside/30% off-piste). “It is built for maximum hard-snow integrity, with full sidewalls for edge grip; metal reinforcement for damp solidity at speed; and classic laminate layup for integrity.  The integration of piezoelectronics is really the differentiator. This technology turns mechanical energy into electrical energy, to ensure rigidity and grip at higher speeds and allows the ski to relax at slower speeds. Ski innovation or at least ski marketing at its finest!”

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (134-81-112mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170, 177cm

Blizzard X-Power 770 IQ

powerful carving ski for men

Amazing blend of new technology with full vertical sidewalls and amazing edge grip.

The Blizzard X-Power 770 IQ is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate male adult skiers as a performance carving ski that will tackle the hardpacked groomers and scratchy afternoon conditions of most resorts (especially in the East Coast and Midwest).  The ski’s tip & tail rocker help skiers engage their turns.  The modest price-tag is a surprise as the construction utilizes the best materials on the market.

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Video Review | Radius: 15m (123-77-105mm) | Sizes: 153, 160, 167, 174cm

 

Nordica Fire Arrow 76 Ti

best carving ski on the market

Two skis in one with a stable GS body and an easy turning slalom tip for edge hold and stability.

The Fire Arrow 76 Ti is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers with the skills and physical conditioning to handle a race-like carving ski (90% frontside/10% off-piste). The ski is quick and explosive, and will lay trenches in the groomers for days.

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Video Review | Radius: 14.0m (126-76-109mm) | Sizes: 152, 160, 168, 176cm | Other Review

 

Rossignol Pursuit 16

new men's ski

High-performance carving ski loaded with world cup tech and horsepower for technical skiers.

The Rossignol Pursuit 16 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced men looking for a carving ski speed machine with race-like construction (100% frontside/0% off-piste). Feel confident laying deep arcs on both hardpacked and scratchy afternoon snow conditions.  The construction highlights explosive power between turns with a touch of reverse camber in the tip to easy roll from edge to edge at high speeds.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.0m (124-74-104mm) | Sizes: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177cm | Other Review

 

Volkl Racetiger GS Speedwall UVO

beer league race ski

First of its kind ‘beer league’ race ski with race construction and a wider footprint.

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 | Other Review

 

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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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Best Freeride Ski Reviews for Men

October 30th, 2014

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.  Our men’s best of 2015 review list will provide you ultimate access to go where others won’t without sacrificing performance on-piste at the resort.  We recommend you choose a size longer than you might with a traditional pair and go with an early rise tip or moderate rocker, but not full powder rocker.  So check out the cool new graphics for this season’s top selections and get out and enjoy the pow, bumps, trees, cliff jumps and even the hardpacked!

powder skier in the trees

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Freeride Ski Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Blizzard Cochise

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

Ultimate one ski quiver for hunting soft snow off-piste with snappy, crisp feeling on-piste.

The Blizzard Cochise is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain freeride ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste) perfect for the varying terrain and snow conditions at Western resorts.  The ski’s softer feel will benefit those cruising through crud and trees, but, despite having a little more camber, it will not perform well on the hardpack and ice.

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Video Review | Radius: 28.5m (134-108-122mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 185, 193cm | More Reviews

 

Salomon Q-LAB

Salomon Q-Lab ski picture, green and black

The guts of race skis, optimized now for a lighter freeride application.

The Salomon Q-Lab is recommended by SkiGenie for expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain utility ski that does not sacrifice frontside performance (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Built with 42 vertical laminates and 2 sheets of metal, the Q-Lab’s gradual rocker and best-in-class torsional stiffness not only allow skiers to command firm edges at high speeds, but also delivers them a playful feeling in the moguls and trees.

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Video Review | Radius: 20.5m (138-104-127mm) | Sizes: 176, 183, 190cm | More Reviews

 

Line Supernatural 100

top pick for men's freeride skis

Award Winning, hard charging technology packed into a versatile shape.

The Line Supernatural 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for an all-mountain freeride ski that receives top accolades for its performance on the groomers, moguls and in choppy conditions (45% frontside / 55% off-piste).  The Line Supernatural 100 replaces its predecessor the Influence 105, and its reduced waist width and softer flex allow for quicker turns making the ski well suited for the East Coast.

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Video Review | Radius: 21.3m (132-100-121mm) | Sizes: 172, 179, 186cm | More Reviews

 

Volkl Mantra

best volkl ski

The undisputed original all mountain freeride ski, excelling in any snow conditions.

The Volkl Mantra is recommended by SkiGenie for the advanced to expert male skiers looking for a ski that will lay deep trenches on the front side and hang with the big boys on the backside (60% frontside/40% off-piste). This year’s design updates, such as the moderate rocker, may take away from groomer performance yet improve versatility off-piste.

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Video Review | Radius: 24.3m (132-100-118mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 184, 191cm | More Reviews

 

Nordica NRGy 100

brand new freeride skis

A combination of power and energy for the West Coast scene.

The Nordica NRGy100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers looking for a true one-ski quiver (50% frontside/50% off-piste). This is a smooth, crisp and energetic with versatility in the big mountain and great for western terrain.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.5m (136-100-120mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | More Reviews

Blizzard Bonafide

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

It’s a Master. This ski will let you fly from East Coast ice to the back bowl crud and bumps.

The Blizzard Bonafide is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male adult skiers looking for an all-mountain ski with a freeride bias (60% frontside / 40% off-piste).  The Bonafide sports 2 sheets of metal which allows for maximum edge hold on hard snow and the width to play all over the mountain. It is recommended for strong skiers capable of bending a stiffer ski.  This ski put Blizzard on the map and it is here to stay.

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Video Review | Radius: 21m (133-98-118mm) | Sizes: 166, 173, 180, 187cm

 

Fischer Ranger 96 Ti

a narrower freeride ski recommendation

A freeride ski with great versatility for off-piste and sidecountry.

The Fischer Ranger 96 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for an all-purpose freeride ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). After years of perfecting a freeride line, this ski deserves high marks for its performance across soft snow conditions.  The lack of metal in the construction allows for a softer “buttery” flex and is recommended for sidecountry and skinning due to the square flat tail.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (136-96-120mm) | Sizes: 170, 178, 186cm |

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 Best All Mountain Downhill Ski Reviews

October 28th, 2014

The hardest thing about choosing skis is not selecting between manufacturers and lengths, it’s simply a skier’s indecisiveness about equipment type.  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 if the conditions are right.  This is the most common skier persona but it is still important to think about.  True all mountain downhill skis for women live near the 85-95mm range underfoot and it often depends if you plan to ski on the east coast or west coast more frequently.  We are here to help and this guide will provide you with the best women’s all mountain downhill ski reviews and buyer’s guide selections for the upcoming season.  Tackle the resort groomers, eastern ice, western tree lines, steep moguls and occasional powder!

top of the lift at alta snowbird

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s All Mountain Ski Equipment Category.

(skis organized by descending waist width).

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Nordica Nemesis

98mm women's all purpose skis

Downhill Skis that eliminate the lapse that many rockered skis have had on hardpack.

The Nordica Nemesis is recommended for advanced to expert females as a western all mountain ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). The updated tip and tail design make this year’s Nemesis more maneuverable in the powder and a dependable backcountry ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (134-98-118mm) | Sizes: 153, 161, 169, 177cm | Other Review

 

Line Soul Mate 90

best graphics for ladies skis

Solid, high-speed power, thru firm terrain while maintaining plenty of float in soft snow.

The Line Soul Mate 90 is recommended for intermediate adult women looking for a tamer all mountain ski (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Good for women who like to turn and control their speed, the Soul Mate is responsive and easy to ski, but not recommended for those trying to chase Lyndsay Vonn down the mountain.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.7m (125-90-113mm) | Sizes: 151, 158, 165cm

 

Blizzard Black Pearl

high performance blizzard black pearl all mountain ski

Elevate your game on trail and off trail with a ski that is amazing in every condition imaginable.

The Blizzard Black Pearl is recommended for intermediate to advanced adult women as an all mountain freeride ski capable of fast resort skiing and the occasional powder day (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) on the East or West coast.  With camber underfoot, the Black Pearl downhill skis command grip on the groomers but comes with a width that allows for all mountain exploration.

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Video Review | Radius: 18m (125-88-110cm) | Sizes: 152, 159, 166, 173cm | Other Review

 

Nordica Wild Belle

top ski recommendation for women

Women’s equivalent to the NRGy, an all mountain ski with camROCK to increase the versatility.

The Nordica Wild Belle is recommended for intermediate to advanced women looking for a solid all-around ski (75% frontside/25% off-piste). It has a more playful tip and tail shape that allows it to float through powder and variable snow, while absorbing bumps.  These shape modifications slightly affect the ski’s ability to grip ice.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (124-88-108mm) | Sizes: 145, 153, 161, 169cm | Other Review

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Fischer KOA 88

easy turning women's all mountain ski recommendation

Air Tec Ti for better performance with less weight.

The Fischer KOA 88 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for all mountain freeski fanatics (55% frontside/45% off-piste). Fischer is known for high performance sidewalls and this ski holds an edge so well it provides confidence for going fast or navigating icy conditions.  The addition of Freeski rocker compliments its agility and creates a shorter contact length to ensure that the ski’s turn initiation is effortless.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.0m (128-88-115mm) | Sizes: 152, 160, 168cm

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Rossignol Temptation 84

women's best all mountain carving skis

Heart of a high-performance carving machine with an effortless freeride feel.

The Rossignol Temptation 84 is recommended for intermediate women looking for an all mountain resort ski (80% frontside/20% off-piste). Point these skis downhill and feel confident cruising at speed or controlling your speed on more difficult terrain.  Excellent for Western resort corduroy. For the same confident feel, East Coast skiers should consider the Temptation 80.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.0m (133-84-120mm) | Sizes: 146, 154, 162, 170, 178cm

 

Salomon Q-83 Myriad

purple and blue skis great for tree skiing

Offers comfort and control on piste with utility rocker and hook free taper.

The Salomon Q-83 Myriad is recommended for intermediate to advanced adult women skiers who crave a stable all mountain ski (70% frontside / 30% off-piste).  Downhill skis sporting plenty of sidecut and solid construction, this ski is constructed to help improve technique while controlling speed.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.6m (128-84-112mm) | Lengths: 152, 159, 166, 173cm | Other Review

Atomic Vantage Polarity

atomic women's skis good for hard snow conditions

Ideal for less-experienced All Mountain ladies looking to cruise the groomers and dabble off-piste.

The Atomic Vantage Polarity is recommended for intermediate adult women skiers as a fun all mountain vehicle, with a frontside trail bias (70% frontside / 30% off-piste).  These skis provide better snow contact creating grip and stability while carving turns.  Also in the Vantage family, the Elysian and Supreme have wider widths for advanced skiers looking to conquer more adventurous terrain.

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Video Review | Radius: 14m (120-83-104mm) | Sizes: 149, 157, 165cm

 

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Top Powder Skis Buyer’s Guide for Female Skiers

October 28th, 2014

The technology for powder skis has advanced over the past few years.  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.  For more information, see our article on 2015 women’s ski trends.  All in all, this season there are some great ski options for ladies to explore the powder, backcountry, big mountain and much more.  If you just finished watching Lyndsay Dyer’s Pretty Faces capitalize on the inspiration and get yourself a new pair of sticks.  Below is our analysis on the best female powder skis buyer’s guide for aspiring powder hounds and backcountry skiing enthusiasts.

sunshine and fresh snow on the ski slopes

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Female Powder Skis Category.

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Volkl One Womens

Volkl One Womens specific powder skis

Taper in the nose and tail allow this ski to go anywhere you point it with confidence.

The Volkl One Womens is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert women skiers, looking for next level of powder skiing (90% off-piste / 10% frontside).  This is Volkl’s best powder specific ski yet, and one of the best deep powder and big mountain skis on the market.  Easy to ski and super stable but with plenty of float.

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| Radius: 20m (138-116-130) | Sizes: 156, 166, 176cm |

  

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Blizzard Gunsmoke soft buttery women's powder skis

All-around weapon that makes pow skiing effortless.

The Blizzard Gunsmoke is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced women adult skiers looking for twin tip powder skis for resort and backcountry terrain (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  While the Gunsmoke is mainly advertised as a men’s ski, this ski is not stiff and will be forgiving and playful in softer conditions and deep powder days and as a result is a great option for women.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22m (140-114-130mm) | Sizes: 179, 186, 193cm |

  

Nordica La Nina

Nordica La Nina female ski equipment

Rockered, blunt-nosed ski perfect for those deep tree lines.

The Nordica La Nina is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate female skiers looking for user friendly backcountry powder skis (30% frontside/70% off-piste). A forgiving ski that is great for those just looking to get outside the lines and ski some white, fluffy stuff.

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| Video Review | Radius: 14m (143-113-132mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review |

 

Line Pandora

Line Pandora women's blue powder skis

Light, nimble and fun feel and geometry to surf pow while maintaining plenty of control on firm snow.

The Line Pandora is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult women skiers looking for a powder specific ski with the latest technology in construction (20% frontside / 80% off-piste).  Powerful when it has to be and nimble when you ask it to be, this ski design benefits from an early taper tip and tail giving it a surfy feel.  Allow these graphics to make a statement in a lift line near you.

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| Video Review | Radius: 12.2m (142-110-125mm) | Sizes: 152, 162, 172, 179cm | Other Review |

Head Big Joy 

top ranked women's powder skis for expert big mountain skiers

A dramatically different women’s ski with high scores for versatility and float.

The Head Big Joy is recommended for advanced female skiers looking for a non-nonsense bomber that does it all (30% frontside/70% off-piste). It’s the Holy Grail of light and strong wood core is reinforced with graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick that earned its developers the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. A rockered tip floats in the deep, and low-profile camber in the rest carves on groomed. It’s more directional than smeary, but it craves speed. For ladies who like to go big, especially if you take a heli trip or frequent the Wasatch, Jackson or AK.

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| Video Review | Radius: 14.8m (149-110-132mm) | Sizes: 158, 168, 178cm |

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century wide width underfoot female ski gear

Super light build, a fat waist and powder rocker for flotation and sprocket power boosters.

The Atomic Century 109 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to expert adult women skiers as powder skis (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  The ski performs well at most Western resorts known for softer snow conditions, but the lightweight poplar wood core makes it difficult to drive on the hardpack.

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| Video Review | Radius: 16.5m (132-109-122mm) | Sizes: 159, 167, 175cm |

 

Rossignol Savory 7

Award winning backcountry powder skis for ladies

Revolutionary fusion of backcountry freestyle and freeride performance.

The Rossignol Savory 7 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced women looking for an all-purpose freeride ski (30% frontside/70% off-piste). After years of perfecting the new freeride line, this ski deserves high marks for its performance across snow conditions.  On the trail the Savory 7 initiates turns easily. On the steeps and in soft snow, the lightweight tip and tail reduce swing weight and increase maneuverability without sacrificing stability (fully explained here).  The snow contact edge is decreased due to rocker, so choose a longer pair.

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| Video Review | Radius: 17m (136-106-126mm) | Sizes: 162, 170, 178cm |

 

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10 Best Powder Ski Reviews for Men

October 25th, 2014

The secret stash is calling.  Find and research the MEN’S best powder ski gear guide reviews to shred the gnar this season!  No matter where you ski, we all seek to get away from the crowds and find a secret stash of uncorrupted powder on a far away ridge line.  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.

extreme powder skiing

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Powder Ski Category.

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Volkl Three

Volkl Three

 Got powder ski surfers? Surf’s up.

The Volkl Three is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male skiers, looking for the next level of powder ski (100% off-piste).  This is Volkl’s widest ski yet, and one of the best deep powder and big mountain skis on the market.  Skier’s who are unsure about the daunting 135mm waist width, but looking for a similar build, should consider Volkl Two (124mm) or One (107mm).

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| Video Review | Radius: 51m (150-135-140mm) | Sizes: 176, 186, 196cm |

 

Blizzard Spur

Blizzard Spur skis

Athlete inspired, POW slaying futuristic construction.

The Blizzard Spur is recommended by SkiGenie for expert only, male adult skiers looking for a big mountain powder specific ski (10% frontside / 90% off-piste), perfect for most powder havens and above tree line terrain.  The advanced materials construction which includes carbon tip & tail to reduce swing weight in technical sections creating a more stable powder ski than you might expect.

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| Video Review | Radius: 28m (145-125-134mm) | Size: 189cm |

 

Line Eric’s Magnum Opus

Line Eric's Magnum Opus

Impossibly light powder ski crafted from futuristic materials.

The Line Magnum Opus is recommended by SkiGenie for expert adult male skiers as a superlight, freestyle and powder specific ski (10% frontside / 90% off-piste).  As the latest generation in a long line of award winning designs, this ski has been meticulously retooled to allow for maximum float and decreased drag.  Great for dropping pillows in the backcountry and navigating big mountain lines. The only thing missing is a private helicopter.

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| Video Review | Radius: 17m (148-124-146mm) | Sizes: 188cm |

 

Atomic Bent Chetler

Bent Chetler

Agility and stability combined, this ski is ridden by the world’s best skiers.

The Atomic Bent Chetler is recommended by SkiGenie for serious adult powder and big mountain skiers (20% frontside / 80% off-piste). This ski is unlike any of its predecessors. The new technology, with less effective edge touching the snow, allows it to plane smoothly and you’ll catch fewer tips in soft snow. Additionally, the decreased waist width allows for better edge control without losing float in the powder (tip and tail width remain the same).  This ski is used by the best…

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (142-120-134mm) | Sizes: 178, 185, 192cm |

 

Fischer Big Stix 122

big mountain powder skis made by fischer

A tool for true freaks who take no prisoners when they attack the big mountain

The Fischer Big Stix 122 is recommended by SkiGenie for larger than life powder and backcountry skiers looking to tame the big mountain (20% frontside/80% off-piste). A woodcore sandwich construction make this a powerful ski in the backcountry and also allows you to cut through the crud.  The most progressive ski in the lineup with a tapered tip and tail sidecut and less camber underfoot.  The sidecut geometry is built for extreme jumps and spins.  If you don’t ski the West Coast and aren’t confident going BIG on waist width, try the Big Stix 110.

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Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (114-84-114mm) | Sizes: 163, 172, 181cm |

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Rossignol Super 7

Rossignol Super 7 ski image

Balls-to-the-wall big-mountain pow-slayer.

The Rossignol Super 7 is recommended by SkiGenie for larger framed advanced to expert level powder skiers looking to ski their asses off on the big mountain (0% frontside/100% off-piste). The modified construction excludes metal, producing a more supple feel for precision on the tough lines.  Super 7 will give any filmmaker confidence handling high speed runouts while filming an epic run on a helmet cam!  For smaller framed skiers the Soul 7 is recommended.

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| Video Review | Radius: 30m (145-120-126mm) | Sizes: 180, 190cm |

 

Head Cyclic 115

top men's big mountain downhill skis

Nimble when you need it to be but with camber underfoot for strong edge hold.

The Head Cyclic 115 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers for backside and powder exploration (25% frontside/75% off-piste). With World Cup-quality wood core on the inside, the Cyclic is an ex-racers dream. It’s stable at high speeds and punishes chopped-up snow. It’s also easy to maneuver in tight spaces—as long as you’re balanced and alert: it’s not a lazy skier’s choice. It locks into a smooth, round, 19-meter-radius arc. The perfect ski for your typical resort powder day—say, eight inches of new snow on top of a firm but chalky base.

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| Video Review | Radius: 16.5m (148-113-131mm) | Sizes: 171, 181, 191cm |

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Playful resort powder specific rocker ski.

The Blizzard Gunsmoke is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male adult skiers looking for a twin tip powder ski for resort and backcountry terrain (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  This ski is not stiff and will be forgiving and playful in softer conditions and deep powder days.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22m (140-114-130mm)| Lengths: 179, 186, 193cm |

 

Salomon Q BC LAB

Salomon Q BC Lab powder ski

Everything you want in a backcountry ski and nothing you don’t.

The Salomon Q BC Lab is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers looking for a perfect touring setup (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  A decreased sidecut underfoot allows for smoother traverses and the superlight carbon/flax components creates balanced performance in more variable snow conditions, making it a perfect candidate for touring.

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| Video Review | Radius: 21m (140-114-128mm) | Sizes: 176, 184cm |

 

Nordica Helldorado

Nordica Helldorado backcountry skis

Built for speed, power and all-condition mountain stomping domination.

The Nordica Helldorado is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male skiers looking to be king of the mountain (30% frontside/70% off-piste). This is a stiff ski for a strong man. Sporting two sheets of metal and a vertical sidewall, it arcs on the open hardpack and maintains stability at high speeds when your straight-lining backcountry chutes. Made for Whistler, BC, the 113mm underfoot also enable flotation in the soft stuff.

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (143-113-132mm) | Sizes: 177, 185, 193cm |

 

Line Sick Day 110

Line Sick Day 110

Midrange softer flexing powder ski capable of fun, playful long cruising turns.

The Line Sick Day 110 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for a midrange powder ski (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  This ski is capable of long cruising turns and is fun and playful.  Calling all jibbers: with no metal in the construction, this one is for you.

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| Video Review | Radius: 18m (142-110-125mm)| Lengths: 172, 179, 186cm |

 

Atomic Automatic 109

Atomic Automatic 109 skis

Built for charging on deep days, inbounds or out.

The Atomic Automatic 109 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for a powder ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste).  As the middle-fat child in the Automatic family, the ski balances the right width underfoot to tame the resorts with enough girth to sneak off into the side country.  Good for skiers who crave a lighter weight ski (no metal) and a surfy feel.

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (134-109-124mm) | Sizes: 175, 182, 189cm |

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Top 10 Best All Mountain Skis for Men

October 23rd, 2014

Best 2015 all mountain ski reviews and ski gear guide for MEN to 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.   See our ski reviews below specifically focused on your personal ability and usage preferences and find your magic for the mountain today.

view of lake tahoe skiing

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s All Mountain Skis Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Rossignol Experience 100

stable high performance all mountain skis

Rocker and camber blend provides powerful edge grip with better float and control.

The Rossignol Experience 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for all mountain ski fanatics (50% frontside/50% off-piste). As a replacement to the Experience 98, this ski features Air Tip technology, which means combining more camber for gripping and carving on the trails, with a softer flex and rocker that permits skiers to bend their skis and glide in the back bowls and trees.  At 100mm underfoot, it also offer plenty of float for the occasional powder day.

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Video Review | Radius: 18.0m (140-100-130mm) | Sizes: 166, 174, 182, 190cm | Other Review

Atomic Vantage Theory

best looking all mountain skis

Carbon Backbone construction is super lightweight, strong and stable.

The Atomic Vantage Theory is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers as an all-mountain specific ski with a freeride look (60% frontside / 40% off-piste).  This ski prefers mid to long radius turns and handles well at speed due to its full woodcore and titanium backbone.

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Video Reviews | Radius: 19m (130-95-119mm) | Sizes: 168, 177, 186cm | Other Review

 

Nordica NRGy 90

90mm all mountain skis

The most modern and versatile all mountain skis with significantly easier turn initiation.

The Nordica NRGy90 is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate male skiers looking for a ski that is light and quick yet rewarding at higher speeds (70% frontside/30% off-piste). The sidecut enables fast, long arcs and the width will give you confidence and performance on the groomers, bumps, crud and trees of the east coast. Rated “2015 Best Value” ski by SKI Magazine.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.5m (126-90-110mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Volkl Kendo

narrow freeride skis that look cool but perform well on the groomers

Sets the bar a notch higher for all mountain freeriding.

The Volkl Kendo is recommended by SkiGenie for the intermediate male skiers looking for a freeride aesthetics but packed with all mountain performance (50% frontside/50% off-piste). Easy handling on the groomers plus great soft snow performance, the Kendo takes any skier from the bowls to the frontside and back on a rock solid platform.  You can really push these skis on fresh groomers.

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Video Review | Radius: 20.5m (126-89-110) | Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184cm | Other Review

Salomon Q-90

cool ski graphics

Explore all mountain terrain with a lightweight wood core, tip rocker and forgiving early rise tail.

The Salomon Q-90 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate adult male skiers looking for all mountain skis with high performance (65% frontside / 35% off-piste).  A simple but forgiving ski that provides plenty of energy in the turns and also allows for off-piste fun (East Coast skiers should consider the Q-85).

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Video Review | Radius: 17.4m (130-89-117mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS

explosive all mountain skis for cruising the resort

Blurs the line between high performance frontside carver and backside shredder.

The Salomon X-Drive 88 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers as a frontside ski with a wider platform (80% frontside / 20% off-piste).  Designed for those looking to carve bigger and faster turns, this ski delivers the confidence of holding an edge on just about anything.

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Video Review | Radius: 18m (130-88-116mm) | Sizes: 165, 172, 179, 184cm | Other Review

Blizzard Brahma

180cm all mountain skis for tree skiing

Early rise tip, camber underfoot create a hard snow bias still great off trail.

The Blizzard Brahma is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male adult skiers looking for an all mountain skis with a freeride look (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) to conquer the entire mountain including moguls, crud, trees and long fast groomers.  At under 2 kilograms and sporting a simple design with sleek graphics, this is the perfect weapon for those who can’t decide between a freeride and all-mountain ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 19m (125-88-110mm) | Sizes: 166, 173, 180, 187cm

Fischer Motive 86 Ti

light all mountain ski technology

Offset milled structure makes the core 25% lighter and maintains performance.

The Fischer Motive 86 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced level skiers as a no frills all mountain ski (80% frontside/20% off-piste). This is a great option for advancing skiers looking for a versatile ski with a lively attitude.  The ski produces crisp clean arcs due to the two sheets of metal. An all mountain profile balances moderate flex with torsional rigidity.

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Radius: 17.0m (128-86-116mm) | Sizes: 161, 168, 175, 182cm

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Head REV 85 Pro 

hard charging all mountain downhill skis

Metal reinforcement gives this ski a different, more trail-oriented flavor. 

The Head REV 85 Pro is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert all mountain skiers (60% frontside/40% off-piste). Highly regarded in the all-mountain frontside category, it’s great in the crud or a few inches of snow. Testers also noted stability at high speeds and in the bumps. Design features include ERA 3.0 technology, which combines tip rocker plus a progressive radius for better edge contact and soft snow performance.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.3m (131-85-113mm) | Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184cm

Volkl V-WERKS RTM

high end carbon all mountain skis for men

Gentlemen, start your engines – a ski that is 15% lighter, and even more stable at high speeds.

The Volkl V-WERKS RTM is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers looking for a light weight, agile all mountain ski machine (70% frontside/30% off-piste).  The ski’s shape and more rigid tip spread the force evenly throughout the ski enabling it to snap off smooth, medium-radius arcs.  The carbon construction improves performance on the backside, but don’t mistake this for a powder ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 18.0m @ 176cm (129-84-111mm) | Sizes: 166, 171, 176, 181cm | Other Review

Atomic Nomad Blackeye Ti

all mountain skis with bindings for resort skiing

ARC Technology, allowing it to flex easily and naturally for maximum versatility.

The Atomic Nomad Blackeye Ti is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers looking for an all-mountain option (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) versatile enough to handle any conditions, with a killer instinct to rip hero turns on groomed terrain.  A similar model, the Nomad Smoke, comes at a lower price point and is more suitable to advancing beginners and intermediate skiers.

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Video Review | Radius: 15m (129-81-109mm) | Sizes: 160, 167, 174, 181cm | Other Review

 

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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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Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

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A new ski jacket must fulfill and avalanche of expectations. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and warm, while paradoxically offering ventilation when you’re working hard.  It should be easy to zip in and out of yet sport a high collar to cover your face from the blistering wind. But let’s be honest—bottom line—it needs to look good…

 

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2014-2015 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

  1. Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded Jacket – high style – warm & waterproof – unique cut & colors ($).

  2. Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket – shell with light insulation – sleek fabric in jewel-toned colors ($).

  3. Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket – well-insulated & waterproofed – plenty of pockets – venting – fun striped colors ($).

  4. Mammut Alpette Insulated Jacket – clean lines, classic look – warm & waterproof – hi-tech features ($$).

  5. Marmot Mountain Down Jacket – super warm – lightweight – mid-winter cold weather jacket ($$$).

  6. Trew Stella Jacket – stylish cut & colors – versatile in and out of bounds ($$$).

  7. Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket – highly weather-resistant & hybrid down insulated – cold weather, backcountry or high alpine use ($$$).

  8. Patagonia Untracked Jacket – highly technical shell – superior venting – helmet compatible ($$$).

  9. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket – high end, technical – suitable for top athletes to everyday skiers – hardcore Goretex ($$$).

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great jacket for the discerning skier or snowboarder who demands high style while on the slopes. This is one of the more stylish women’s ski jackets out there today with its sleek pullover cut, hoody style kangaroo pockets and double zipper for comfort around your chin. It maintains all of the features you look for to stay warm and ultra dry while keeping you the best-dressed shredder out there. 

Description: The Scope Pullover is a great stay-warm style. Features Volcom’s unique V-science 2-way stretch fabric to keep you warm while letting you move freely, plus their V-science breathable lining system prevents overheating. Also offers critical taped seams to keep the cold out. This high-tech top offers plenty of extras like a cozy super suede chin guard, an adjustable powder skirt, zip-in to Volcom pants, a media player pocket and a whistle zipper pull. 15K waterproof rating.

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Find them on sale for $230 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & The House.

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around jacket that’s at home on the city streets as well as the slopes. Lots of style with its shiny, sleek outer fabric liner and jewel-toned colors. It may require a few more layers on the coldest days of the winter, but will always keep you dry on storm days.

Description: The new Phoebe Jacket is a lightweight, two-layer shell with 40 grams of synthetic down insulation featuring a helmet-compatible hood, internal cuffs with thumbholes, and a removable powder skirt for casual use. YKK waterproof zippers give the Phoebe extra protection that most ski jackets don’t have.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a great jacket, but I’d like to see more venting.
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Find it on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry, REI & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this jacket. It is highly insulated to keep you warm throughout the day while side vents dump heat when temperatures rise. Great for the resort skier who needs a warm, waterproof jacket in fun striped colors, outfitted with all the pockets you need – hand, internal and media player.

Description: Dry.Q Core shell provides reliable waterproof breathable protection, and Thermal.Q Elite down feels light and heavenly even though it’s a protective synthetic insulation. Also includes an insulated hood for extra coziness, and a zippered chest pocket protects your valuables from wet weather.

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Find it on sale from $275 or less at Backcountry, REI and Sun & Ski.

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Great all-around insulated women’s ski jacket with waterproof exterior. Clean lines make this a classic,stylish enough to be worn season after season. High tech features like wrist gaitors, two-way arm-pit vent zips, removable powder skirt and pockets galore make this a great buy.

Description: The Alpette Insulated Jacket looks snazzy out on the hill, and high-performance functionality keeps you comfortable. Breathable, waterproof DryTech fabric works with low-bulk synthetic insulation to keep you dry and warm. The powder skirt seals out snow and Lycra hand gaiters give a protective fit. Underarm vents allow you to cool off. An internal goggle pocket with built in cloth wipe and additional small phone or ipod pockets keep all your necessities at hand.

What Skiers Say:

  • Mammut jackets tend to fit trim with plenty of length in torso and arms.
  • Very good price and quality.

 

 

Find it on sale from $160-$399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I recently purchased the Mountain Down Jacket and it’s amazing, extremely warm and well-made. I will highly recommend Marmot products.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
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Find it on sale for $374 or less at Backcountry.

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

tri-tone colored women's ski jacket the trew stella

Trew Stella Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super stylish in its cut and color design and highly technical in its materials. Best for the dedicated skier who rips snow at the resort and out of bounds as well.

Description: The technical women’s ski shell has a refined fit with contouring in the arms and a redesigned waist profile. Lightweight, durable Private Reserve 3L construction, thoughtful storage options, and attention to detail set this flattering, functional alpine shell apart.

What Skiers Say:

  • Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so style-y are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket. I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is best in class. The articulated elbows really make a difference as well as the articulated hem.
  • This jacket fits great up top, but it’s tight in the hips.

Find it on sale from $167-$420 or less at Backcountry, Evo & US Outdoor Store.

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

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Find it on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry.

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
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Find it on sale for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Top of the line all-in-one jacket. It includes high tech features like conveniently placed front pockets to facilitate wearing a pack, helmet compatibility and user-friendly internal pockets. Top athletes and everyday skiers alike love this jacket. Great for storm days, in resort or out of bounds.

Description: Nearly indestructible 70D Gore-Tex® Pro 3L offers premier waterproofing and windproofing, with exceptional breathability, that allows you to perform longer in remote mountain zones.  The stretch powder skirt features clip-in integration to seal out the elements. Comes with a standard, embedded RECCO® transponder in case of emergency.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket women’s ski jacket. For one reason it is lightweight yet warm. Another reason is I love the style of it and all the pockets. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Find it on sale from $479-599 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

 

 



 

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