Most Recommended Skis Under $500
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- Salomon QST 92 Skis · 2021
- Völkl Kenja 88 Skis · 2021
- Salomon QST 99 Skis · 2021
- Völkl Kendo 88 Flat Skis · 2021
- Völkl Secret 92 Women's Skis · 2021
- Völkl Revolt 95 Flat Skis · 2021
- Dynastar Menace 98 Skis · 2020
- Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis
- K2 Sight Skis
- Völkl Blaze 106 Flat Skis · 2021
Salomon QST 92 Skis · 2021
The tapered shape from tip to tail gives these quick edge-to-edge performance, making those groomers and turns a lot of fun! This ski has a powerframe titanal plate mid-ski, giving these bad boys a good amount of rigidity to help you transfer that energy from edge to edge, and it also contributed to dampening and crud you may blast through. To boost the dampening and vibration absorption abilities of these skies even further, Salomon used Carbon Powered C/FX and Cork in the construction. These are going to give you a fun and smooth ride all over the mountain, especially on groomers. This is what can be considered a one-ski quiver, seeing as it can do a little bit of everything and excel!
At 92mm underfoot, this ski is quick edge-to-edge, which is great for groomers, and it has rocker for flotation in fresh snow. It has a lightweight build that makes it quick and nimble, but it also has a metal insert under the binding that gives it stability and strength for holding an edge. This is a really versatile ski for all kinds of terrain that is also quite forgiving.
Versatility! You'll be able to use this pair anywhere on your local mountain. It carves very well on the groomed runs, but it floats on the deeper snow so you're set for a decent powder day. You don't have to worry about changing skis halfway through the day to accommodate for different conditions.
Völkl Kenja 88 Skis · 2021
A great alternative to the highly recommended Black Pearl's. Arguably more stable and damp in the crud, ice, and hardpack than its competition thanks to a Titanal frame and carbon tips. This is the perfect ski for an intermediate-expert skier that wants something that can charge down the groomers but can also have fun in the bumps, trees, and occasional powder day.
This is a narrower version of Völkl's most popular ski. This one has a wood core with a titanal metal frame that makes it crazy stable on ice and at speed. It has a decent amount of pop underfoot for super easy turn transitions, it is seriously a fun ski! This ski is built for all-day groomer and ice ripping. A solid light core and metal frame makes this ski stable and maneuverable.
A great frontside classic from the Volkl family. At 88mm underfoot, these are great for carving up the groomers and enjoying the trees, as well. A lively pop with slight camber and rockered tips/tails allows the ski to float through those great powder days! Great for frontside, groomers, bumps, and trees.
Salomon QST 99 Skis · 2021
The QST 99 is a great option for anyone from intermediate-expert. It performs well in all conditions and has a great blend of stability and playfulness. It'll feel at home cruising down the groomed trails but it really shines in fresh or soft snow where they'll feel like you're surfing through clouds. Lightweight and fun for slashing turns or kicking up snow. Also a great option as a hybrid resort/touring ski.
Völkl Kendo 88 Flat Skis · 2021
Volkl constructs an amazing ski giving you the flexibility and power where you need it most without all the fluff. This ski has a blend of carbon, wood and tetanal to give you the dampness and stability of a full metal top sheet but the playful and pop of a wood core ski with the strength and durability of a carbon machine!
This is a great ski for all-mountain versatility. Very stable and precise on edge, but also provides quickness when you need it in moguls and tighter terrain. One of the most versatile, narrow, all-mountain skis available!
Amazing options for skiing groomers and getting into the woods! Legendary Volkl edge grip!
Völkl Secret 92 Women's Skis · 2021
This ski will handle groomers and powder with easy! Responsive and damp meaning you'll have a super smooth ride!
This ski will handle groomers and fresh snow with ease. Responsive and damp making for a super smooth ride!
All-mountain skiing - anything from icy East Coast groomers to powdered tree runs!
Völkl Revolt 95 Flat Skis · 2021
The Volkl Revolt is designed for park skiers who like to shred and play on the whole mountain! 95mm underfoot is the perfect width for slashing pow but also carving on the groomers and setting up for the perfect big air!
This is a new age true all-mountain park ski, wide enough to take on varied conditions but still playful enough to perform on park features. This ski hides from no run!
This is a great freestyle ski that's wide enough to take on the rest of the mountain. Park, powder, trees, and groomed - this ski can handle it all!
Dynastar Menace 98 Skis · 2020
Sweet skis from Dynastar! These will take you all over the mountain and let you rip while doing so! Super fun and playful skis. These are billed as Dynastar's "daily driver" ski, meaning that they are meant for just about every condition, whether it's groomers, moguls, trees, or powder. These aren't super stiff, so can be turned quickly, and they have that classic Dynastar feel on the harder snow.
It's a ski that will hold its own in the park but will take those tricks out in the open better than some others! It holds its own if it hasn't snowed for a while. And it's got some pretty sick graphics!
This is an extremely fun and versatile ski. They've got a lot of pop and energy, but are still stable enough when you need them to be. These are a blast in the trees, nimble and maneuverable.
Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis
At 106 mm underfoot, they a poppy and energetic skis but with a firm platform underfoot. A more forgiving and soft ski. They ski short, so some people tend to size them up. The air core construction in the tips and tails reduces swing weight so the skis are nimble despite their length. A classic ski known and loved by many. Not a dedicated touring ski but still lightweight and used for that purpose by many.
One of the most poppy and energetic skis, but with a firm platform underfoot. A forgiving and soft ski. A very popular option that can do it all.
A softer option oriented for the casual skier who wants to be able to ski deep powder, groomers, and everything in between on the same ski.
K2 Sight Skis
This ski will perform awesome in the park and all over the mountain with its twin rocker profile and durable sidewalls.
An all-terrain rocker profile and a light weight wood core will make this ski feel poppy and playful!
Völkl Blaze 106 Flat Skis · 2021
Early rise tip but solid underfoot. This is a lighter and more playful ski than some others, without losing any durability. Definitely light enough to tour on, and super fun for a soft day inbounds. Plenty of edge-hold for hard-pack when you need it, and these things are effortless to turn. The ski will make touring a breeze, and the ride down an absolute blast. The sidecut of this ski delivers amazing turns, the material used keeps it lightweight and durable, and the profile gives you the responsiveness, effectiveness, and control to really charge hard and continue progressing all over the mountain.
Early rise tip but solid underfoot. This is a lighterweight, more playful ski than the Mantra or Secret. Definitely light enough to tour on, and super fun for a soft day inbounds. Plenty of edgehold for hardpack when you need it, but these things are effortless to turn.
Wide and light to float well in soft snow, but carves turns easily as well as some of Volkl's other heavier skis. Super solid on edge.
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