Looking for a pair of skis that will take you anywhere without the bulk of a wider waist width? Curated experts make thousands of recommendations to skiers every season taking into account key factors, such as skill level, preferred terrain, and skiing style. Check out this list of Curated experts' top recommended skis with a 85-90mm waist width. Note, however, that we don't believe in "best of" lists here at Curated – everyone is different and we believe in finding the best gear for you and not generally for the masses. Instead, be sure to chat with a Ski expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best skis for your needs.
- Rossignol Blackops Smasher Ski w/ Look XP10 Bindings
- Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis
- Blizzard Rustler 10 Skis
- Blizzard Brahma 88 Skis · 2022
- Salomon Stance 90 Skis
- Head Kore 93 Skis · 2022
- Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Skis Women's Red
- Blizzard Bonafide 97 Skis
- K2 Mindbender 85 Alliance Women's Skis · 2022
- Salomon Skis N Stance 96 Dark Grey/black/brow
Rossignol Blackops Smasher Ski w/ Look XP10 Bindings
More in the category of an all-mountain ski and not a traditional carving ski. This ski will still hold a nice edge and be playful on groomers. A wider underfoot coming in at 91 will provide more float in deeper powder or tree skiing if you do tend to adventure into snow conditions that are not as predictable as groomed terrain. The upside to this ski is it is a better one ski quiver if you do decide to take trips to other places and does come with a more advanced-looking binding.
A great first pair of skis, intended to get the intermediate level skier off the beaten path, without sacrificing performance on the groomers! A poplar-wood core paired with DampTech in the tips keeps the ski strong and stable, yet light and responsive. Included bindings which range from 3-10 DIN (amount of force required to eject the boot in a crash) which is by far enough for the typical skier.
Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis
A highly rated and reviewed ski. Loved by many for a reason! Great carve-ability and awesome performance across the mountain. These feel right at home on the groomers but have just a bit of rocker for when the fresh snow starts falling or when you want to tackle the bumps or trees. Stable in the hard stuff but playful when you want it to be. You really can't go wrong with this ski!
This is a GREAT resort ski that will serve you at Stratton when the conditions get firmer. This ski will have awesome edge hold on harder snow. However, the slightly wide waist will allow you to venture into fresh snow and more variable terrain as well when you take those trips to Colorado!
A classic for a reason! Really versatile all-mountain ski that loves skiing groomers but is also capable in softer conditions. They feel precise and have great edge control on groomers, and they have a bit of rocker for that welcome few inches of fresh snow!
Blizzard Rustler 10 Skis
The Rustler 10 is a playful ski that thrives in soft off-piste conditions, but metal underfoot gives it some chops in firmer conditions as well. At 104mm underfoot, this ski floats extremely well in powder due to its rocker profile and lighter tips and tails, but it's still fun to carve and can hold an edge when you need it to. With its lightweight build and forgiving flex, this ski is quick and nimble and is great for moguls and trees.
A nice all-around ski. 102 is a very versatile waist width. This ski can go anywhere on the mountain. Easy to ride, stiff enough to punch through ice and crud, yet playful enough to enjoy it in the powder! Stiff underfoot, yet playful into the tip and tail, this ski will keep a smile on your face from the groomers to the powder and everything in between! The metal underfoot gives you a great edge hold to ensure worry-free carving!
The Rustler line has metal underfoot, but not in the tip/tail. The result is a ski that can carve really well on groomers, but is pretty lightweight overall and has nice flex at the ends that let it be really maneuverable in trees, bumps, powder.
Blizzard Brahma 88 Skis · 2022
This is an incredible ski! Very strong and extremely precise. One of the best (if not the best) options if you're looking for something around 90 underfoot. Rewards a strong skier that stays on top of it and drives it. A loved and top ski on the market year after year!
Great for skiing groomed runs, trees, and even some jumps! However these will shine the most when carving.
Great for skiing groomed runs, moguls and trees, but these will shine the most when carving.
Salomon Stance 90 Skis
High performance skiing mostly on groomed trails. This ski has a metal laminated construction similar to the ever-popular Nordica Enforcer line, but with a strategic design that reduces the overall weight, making the ski more friendly for all-day riding and a little easier to maneuver. This ski has a ton of power in it, but in a package that is accessible to a solid intermediate and up.
It's a ski for the one who enjoys groomers, but also likes to adventure into the slop on the sides of each run. Since it has metal laminate, it holds a solid edge when needed, but its also a bit more forgiving than something like the atomic vantage 90ti.
Great for ripping up the groomers and getting into some fun little pow laps here and there.
Head Kore 93 Skis · 2022
Very popular over the last few years. Super lightweight, easy to maneuver quickly, 93 underfoot means you can get edge to edge quickly but still float in a little bit of snow. The construction of this ski makes it light but stiff so it will go fast and cut through the crud.
Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Skis Women's Red
With a 98mm waist width, rocker in the tip and tail, and metal in the construction of the ski, the Black Pearl is the Gold Standard of women's all-mountain skis! These babies can handle anything you might come across on the mountain - they carve beautifully down groomers, are maneuverable through trees and moguls, and stable at high speeds!
A wide variety of all-mountain terrain. With a 97 mm waist, this ski is wide enough to help you float through soft snow and variable conditions, while still being narrow enough to maintain great hold on groomers and hardpack. This ski will perform great both on and off-piste.
This is the gold standard of all-mountain skis as they can handle anything the resort has. Lightweight and responsive, the Black Pearl's are great for gripping groomers and carving into the woods when you see a perfect line.
Blizzard Bonafide 97 Skis
Crudbusting. These are bulldozers. They have 2 layers of metal in them and just want to charge. It takes a competent pilot to maneuver these things, but when driven well, they take no prisoners. Point these downhill and blast through anything that's in your way.
All mountain skiing! From chop to powder - wider waist on these guys can handle boot to knee deep powder if it comes and still be a contender on the groomers with the best carving skis!
Better on the front side than a lot of other all-mountain skis. Blizzard has a racing background.
K2 Mindbender 85 Alliance Women's Skis · 2022
K2 uses an 85mm waist width with their All-terrain Rocker (giving a gradual rise in the tip with a short, low rise in the tail) to produce an incredibly versatile ski for the intermediate to advanced skier. The ski's shape provides versatility for both easy turn initiation on groomed snow, and floatation in soft snow when you travel out west. They also have an Aspen Veneer Core for lightweight and long life. K2 uses a short turning radius on this ski, for a skier who prefers controlled, shorter turns.
The K2 Mindbender 85 is a quick turning all-mountain ski for the woman looking for a lightweight responsive ski spending 70% or more of the time on groomed terrain or exploring some trees and side hits. It's not going to excel in powder but how many powder days are you really skiing this year?
Salomon Skis N Stance 96 Dark Grey/black/brow
Amazing powerful turns on groomed terrain, and at 96mm underfoot this ski can hack the cruddy and the soft when the skies open up. This ski has a double sheet of metal, so it really grabs those groomers for an incredible turn. It is surprisingly light and can hack pretty much anything you throw at it!
Two sheets of metal gives more playfulness and maneuverability. The built-in tail rocker gives playfulness. More leaning on the freeride side but has a lot of power and energy. A great blend of power and playfulness.
A 96 waist will get you through all but the deepest days on the mountain. The construction reduces weight while maintaining strength and stability at speed or in the crud.
K2 Mindbender 90C Skis · 2022
Someone who wants a lively ski with some snap to it without the extra weight that is added from the Titanal laminate and for those who have got their technique down that they don't care for the extra stability to sacrifice their versatility. Constructed instead with a carbon boost braid, the woven-in stringers add in more pop and rebound - these feel quite energetic, but without lugging around all that metal so they don't feel sluggish or heavy at all. A great all-terrain rocker is found in the front and when that is parlayed with a 90mm waist and a rocker/camber/rocker profile you just need to know that these will do amazing in dumps of fresh snow and will feel float lifting you right above the powder. Again, these come with a graciously short turn radius that is quick edge to edge and will be a natural to take through the trees for you.
This is a powerful all-mountain ski. It has an aspen wood core which really reduces the weight of the ski, while not affecting its performance. It has a super precise initiation of turns, allowing you to really control the length and type of turn you want to create with it. This ski will be quick and nimble. It will perform high on groomers as well as everywhere on the mountain! The camber underfoot will allow the ski to grip the snow and feel stable and in control throughout turns. The 90mm underfoot will also allow the ski to have a bit of surface area and control on a snowy day when the trails may be a bit more variable.
The K2 Mindbender has been a staple for the brand for years and with good reason! This ski is an all-mountain machine that likes to rip up the groomers and slash through any chop that might get in your way. At 90mm underfoot, this ski is pretty quick from edge to edge and can float through a bit of the fresh stuff. Stiff through the tips and the tails with the flagship carbon fingers running through the ski from the bindings, the Mindbender 90c is great for a growing beginner and intermediate skier!
Line Pandora 84 Women's Skis · 2022
A groomer-oriented ski. A softer top initiates turns easily while a stiffer tail provides power and stability at higher speeds. Line uses a 5CUT Multi-Radius sidecut, meaning there are 5 different radiuses blended into the ski's sidecut offering a wide variety of turn shapes. Carbon material stretches from tip to tail for added stability. A thin core and sidewall in the tip make it 100g lighter for reduces wing weight. In addition, Line used an Aspen core for the lightest and most agile feel!
Blizzard Sheeva 9 Skis
An awesome all-mountain ski that can handle anything you can throw at it. Has a metal layer on the core making it a bit stiffer and more suited to more advanced riders, but combines that with a rocker profile that keeps the ski very playful and fun to ride.
Low angle and low speed turns are an absolute breeze but, still stable enough to let them run. At 92 underfoot and relatively large amount of rocker you have a awesome platform for those light snow days but still enough to get you through the thick stuff.
The Sheeva's have a Rocker Camber Rocker design so they're going to love ripping turns with their 92mm waist and 13m turning radius. At the same time the 124mm shovel will keep you floating when you go pow hunting.
Head Kore 99 Skis · 2022
Lightweight and charging. This is for the aggressive skier to get the most out of the mountain. The Kore 99 will let you ride anywhere. Griping on groomers, straight-lining moguls, slashing around in the powder this is a superb all-mountain, put a smile on your face ski!
At 99mm underfoot they will be great for just about any condition! Narrow and stiff enough to rail down groomers, but playful enough to have a blast in the pow, and maneuverable for trees, bumps, and steeps.
Salomon QST 92 Skis · 2022
The QST 92 is the second narrowest in the line, and does perform very well on front side carving but its features make it a good all-mountain option. It uses a less rockered tip and tail compared to the other QST models and combines it with a longer active edge to create a smooth entrance into carves. This along with the poplar core, cork damplifier, and Solomon's unique carbon and flax material create a damper more powerful feel than many other carbon skis. They are not particularly heavy weighing in at 1850g in the 177cm size and they maintain a bit of that rockered tip to help with the ski floating and making it a great all-mountain option.
Rossignol Blackops Sender Ski
The Sender is a new lightweight 104mm underfoot ski from Rossignol. Compared to the metal-laminated Sender TI, the Sender has a more forgiving flex and is considerably lighter, making for a more playful and maneuverable ski. With its wide tips and tails this ski initiates turns easily and is a blast to carve, and the balanced flex pattern provides a smooth ride and good stability at speed.
Awesome brand new ski from Rossignol that performs incredibly well in all conditions. Not too heavy, but has enough weight behind it to feel very stable with no tip chatter at high speed. Carves extremely well on groomers and hardpack while also charging in post-storm powder and leftover soft stuff.
High speed long turns or tight tree pivoting. Very capable even at slow speeds—as long as you're thinking of where you'd like to be, the Senders will go.
Faction Skis Prodigy 2.0 Skis · 2022
The elliptical side cut on these skis allows for varying turn sizes and shapes with ease. It's a directional twin tip so they're great in either direction with the primary focus on skiing forwards and charging hard! 98 underfoot and they do come in narrower and wider models as well. These also have extra thick edges for better durability in the park and a longer lasting ski overall!
K2 Mindbender 85 Skis · 2022
The K2 Mindbender 85's combine a forgiving design but still offer the edge hold and carvability that most entry-level skis don't. This ski is perfect for shredding groomers at Alfton Alps but will also be a great asset to your quiver when you're skiing out west. With all-terrain rocker these skis will truly perform great in all conditions. The short low rise in the tail will also help add extra control when you're in variable snow. The aspen core is lightweight but still resilient enough to dampen the chatter at fast speeds. Once you realize the capabilities of this ski, you'll wonder how you were ever riding those crusty old rentals.
This is the perfect all-mountain ski for progressing your skills from intermediate to advanced! Break beyond the groomers and explore the trees, bumps, and even the fresh soft snow with control and confidence. A strong edge hold and great carving ability make ripping groomers super fun, while the all-terrain rocker is designed for versatility in variable conditions.
K2 Mindbender 99ti Skis · 2022
This ski is engaging, stable, and powerful. Their construction using a maple and aspen core with a Y-beam made from titanal gives this ski an exceptional feel on groomers and when you're carving. The front of the skis has a very engaging leading edge due to the metal over the edges. While the lack of metal over the tail edges makes the ski a bit more playful in the rear. Overall this ski is one made to charge through the chop and crud you'll find on the mountain and while it can handle the soft powder due to its width, its is less of a freeride ski compared to an all-mountain ski.
K2 has been classic in the all-mountain scene forever. These have a solid sidecut to allow for easier turn initiation, while the oversized tips create ideal floatation on the pow pow. The added Titanul is great for stiffening up the ride a bit so you can charge through the chop and crud.
Line Sick Day 94 Skis · 2022
A really fun all-mountain ski that isn't afraid of ripping through the park! Early rise tips help keep you afloat in powder while the directional flex lets charge hard through any conditions. Thin tips take 100 grams of weight out of the tips for easier maneuvering and rotations if that's your thing. 5-cut side radius allows for varying turn sizes and shapes with ease! Top it all off with a partial twin tip so you're unstoppable in any direction!
Edge hold, crud busting, and float is what this all-mountain ski is about. You can ride groomers or explore off-piste and charge as fast as you can. The Sick day will be a one ski to do it all no matter where you go! For 2022 they reinforced it with Magic Finger carbon filaments to make it that much more responsive!
Salomon QST Spark Skis · 2022
A tremendous all-mountain ski that is prime for the east coast conditions and cruising over groomers. A great ski to step into and get your footing on skis and getting your turns linking up nicely. This ski is a great twin tip to cross the whole mountain and jump into the park for a bit if you want. This ski is light and a great offering from Salomon.
Atomic Maven 86 Women's Skis · 2022
Brand new ski from Atomic for 2022 that they released early. This was developed in North America and built in Austria. Made for on-trail riding and off-piste exploring. They are balanced with a blend of power and maneuverability. This will be a solid intermediate ski that experts will enjoy too!
Blizzard Sheeva 10 Skis
This ski is great off-piste and has a relatively short turn radius. (This makes turning super easy when it gets tight in the trees and bumps!) It has great stability at speed and really charges all over the mountain. Not to mention these skis rule in the deep stuff, no matter where you take these, you are bound to have a top-notch time.
Float! With the wider underfoot and soft tips and tails, the Sheevas will be a dream come true in the powder. The metal laminate is light enough that you can still make this a touring ski and strong enough that you won't be sacrificing any stability.
Going from on-piste to off-piste without even thinking about it. Metal laminate underfoot makes this very very stable at speed, but not heavy. And it's wide enough for great powder performance as well.
Salomon QST 98 Skis · 2022
Just in for the 2022 season the QST's have been a super popular and very approachable lineup of skis over the years! With a new modern tip/tail rocker shape for easy turn release and a 98mm waist this ski is meant to handle a plate full of different skiing types. A double sidewall design helps to transmit power on the turn while the cork damplifier and C/FX help keep the ski damp and predictable. Also, they made this ski slightly lighter than the 2021 99mm QST.
Rossignol Blackops Holyshred Ski
Versatility, these things do a bit of everything without the old stigma jack of all trades master of none. They're just plain fun. It's capable at all speeds without the demanding nature of some more traditional metal laminate options and you can feel good about the purchase because Rossi is using a good chunk of recycled materials though the entire Black Ops Line.
All mountain/park oriented ski with twin tips, medium turning radius, and 98mm underfoot. Pretty stiff. Good for people ripping down the mountain at hair whipping speeds.
98mm. A great all mountain twin tip that blends power with playfulness. Amazing compression damping and great edge grip.
Fischer Ranger 90 FR Skis · 2022
Standard wood core construction with plenty of camber since there is no metal in the ski. The camber profile makes it snappy and energetic upon turn initiation. At 90mm underfoot you're getting a decent amount of floatation on powder. This is a twin-shaped ski as well which is another playful feature in the ski for those who are curious about freestyle!
Völkl Blaze 94 Skis
Lightweight performance ski that's happy everywhere from ice to powder! A solid hybrid touring ski or happy just as a daily driver. Volkl's 3D radius for intuitive and easy turning at any speed, wide enough to float.
Nordica Santa ANA 88 Women's Skis · 2022
These are bomb skis for someone who spends most of their time on "frontside" terrain and groomed snow. They are intuitive and smooth, hallmarks of Nordica skis. Nordica uses a smooth rocker profile in tip and tail and camber underfoot, giving great versatility. They also reduced the weight in the tips, aiding in maneuverability. They come with Titanal laminates to provide dampness and stability and full sidewall construction for durability and energy transfer to the edges. They have a short turning radius, and can really lay down trenches on the groomers.
These skis are perfect for frontside carves at 88mm underfoot. They're going to be quick from edge to edge but don't be afraid, they'll hold up in some fresh snow as well. This ski has Titanal in it to provide rigidity where you need it without weighing it down. The perfect all-mountain ski for intermediate and advanced skiers alike.
K2 Mindbender 90C Alliance Women's Skis · 2022
An amazing all-mountain ski built around fun, balance, and performance! The versatile 90mm and all-mountain rocker shape provides decent flotation in powder, holds an edge well in variable conditions, and is a good length for your height. Easy to turn, and designed for the more aggressive skiers on the mountain!
Great for intermediate to advanced skiers who like to ski a bit on groomers and a bit off trail. At 90mm underfoot these skis will be nice and quick edge to edge, but their shape also offers pretty good float in fresh snow!
Nordica Enforcer Free 104 Skis · 2022
A great option for aggressive, advanced to expert level skiers who wants a mid-wide all-mountain ripper that's able to sink the edges hard into the courduroy and in return, feel the stability of double Titanal laminates and a carbon reinforced chassis, giving you a tight handle on the reigns at any speed, no matter the quality of the snow. This is a directional hard-charger that can cut right through the tracked out chop, chunder, ice, and other less than ideal conditions that you might see on the mountain. Meanwhile, the trueTip tech in the tips, the powder rockers and 104 waist size, are great at lifting you up over the deep stuff. This year's model boasts a bit more rocker and sheds a tad more metal making them better in the soft snow than ever before!
An all mountain rager, this ski will bash any terrain you can throw at it. Playful shape and profile combine with a srtong damp build to make this an all mountain freerider's dream. If you're skiing DEEP powder consistently, you may want to look for something a little wider, but up to about a foot this ski more than holds it's own. Not the easiest to flick around or spin than some more frreestyle focused skis, but its playful shape and profile mean it's not out of its element in the park. This is one of the most versatile skis on the market.
This ski is ready for anything, and I mean it. Constructed with two sheets of metal, as well as a wood core, this ski is built to tackle anything in its way. Once again, 104mm underfoot, which will provide you float when you find those sweet pockets on the backside. This ski is a charger's best friend, so get ready for the ride of your life!
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