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

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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.

 

 



Best New Twin Tip Ski Reviews

October 31st, 2014

Best new twin tip ski recommendations and ski gear guide reviews for those 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.  Check out our reviews and leave a comment if you have any questions.  Keep your tips up.

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SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Twin Tip Ski Category.

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Salomon Rocker2 100

best park skis for men

One stop shopping for an energetic ski that does it all from park to pow.

The Salomon Rocker2 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult skiers as a freeride ski capable of stomping table tops in the park (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Building on a tradition of signature freeski’s, this twin tip ski version gives park focused riders from the East to West Coast’s the optionality to transition into the powder and crud.

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Video Review | Radius: 17.6m (129-100-122mm) | Sizes: 162, 170, 178, 186cm | Other Review

Nordica Soul Rider

park and pipe skis for expert skiers

Dance through the trees, float through the powder, and party through the park.

The Nordica Soul Rider is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a pair of jibbing twin tip ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). With its huge tip the Soul begs to be bent and carved, but mount it a few clicks back for improved carving. Don’t count on it in powder – it’s too narrow.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.5m @ 177cm (134-97-124mm) | Sizes: 165, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Rossignol Slat

twin tip skis by rossignol

Competition-level slopestyle ski with increased pop and shock absorption for park hits.

The Rossignol Slat is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skier looking for a park and pipe ski that can progress from big air and natural features to carving on the frontside (50% frontside/50% park & pipe). A crossover twin tip ski that is wider than most park skis allowing the pros to quickly shift gears from stomping landings to carving turns.  The softer “buttery” flex is fun, but keep them off the icy steeps.

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Video Review | Sizes: 160, 167, 174, 181cm | Other Review

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Fischer Nightstick

top choice for park & pipe skiing professionals

New thoroughbred twin tip was designed with pro specifications in mind.

The Fischer Nightstick is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to expert level skiers looking for a park and pipe ski that can handle everything from the halfpipe to carving the frontside (30% frontside/70% park & pipe). This ski is designed with symmetrical sidecut for maneuverability forwards and backwards and a reduced swing weight thanks to the beech poplar wood core and carbon technology.  The Nightstick allows you to be quick on your feet and the extra sheet of metal under the binding aids in stability on the rails.  All is complete with matte black graphics for a hot look while doing your thing.

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

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