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- Salomon QST 92 Skis · 2021
- Rossignol Blackops Women's Dreamer Ski w/ LOOK 10GW Bindings
- Völkl Revolt 95 Flat Skis
- Völkl Kenja 88 Skis · 2021
- Völkl Secret 92 Skis Women's
- Skis Rossignol Blackops Escaper
- K2 Sight Skis
- Fischer Ranger 99 TI Women's Skis
- Line Blade Skis
- Rossignol Black Ops Smasher Skis + Xpress 10 Gw Bindings · 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.
Rossignol Blackops Women's Dreamer Ski w/ LOOK 10GW Bindings
An all-mountain ski with a freestyle-oriented design that makes it great in soft snow conditions or the terrain park in addition to the groomers. Comes with bindings so it's definitely a good deal for someone looking to get into their first setup.
Cruising groomed runs, working through mogul fields, and the wider waist will hold its own in soft snow.
Solid in all conditions, but more of a freestyle design so super approachable and easy to ski.
Völkl Revolt 95 Flat Skis
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!
Great park ski but also durable enough to bounce around in the trees, and if you ever wanted to expand into urban, this is definitely a great option.
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!
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.
A great all-mountain ski with the versatility to go on the bumps, in the trees and float in the powder when it falls. These will definitely respond to your input and give you great feedback from the snow. Titanal and 3D ridge technology make this ski poppy, light and responsive. The Wood core and famous Völkl construction make them reliable and precise.
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.
Völkl Secret 92 Skis Women's
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!
Skis Rossignol Blackops Escaper
This ski has some great new technology. First it has a damp tech which reduces ski vibration for increased snow contact and smooth control in variable conditions. It also has an air tip, where the tip is filled with air to retain maximum torsional rigidity. This helps to redistribute your weight to focus it on the center of the ski and allow for more control and powder beneath your feet.
This ski is designed for all-mountain shredding. It has rocker in the tips and tails which means it will ski great in soft snow and powder, but it has camber underfoot, meaning it will hold an edge well on hard snow and carve up groomers. It is 92mm underfoot which is really versatile for all snow conditions. All mountain skiing, more powder and soft snow skiing.
93 underfoot this ski is designed to charge all mountain! It can handle ice to powder with all the trees and bumps in the middle! You'll have a great time out on this ski wherever you choose to take it.
K2 Sight Skis
The Sight is a great all rounder park ski. Strong underfoot for stability on big jumps, but soft, flexible, flexible, and tapered tips allow for smooth butter-ability and a light swing weight. It is great for hitting all features! The flex pattern of the Sight keeps it stable on landings and flexible in the tips, so you aren't limited when trying to progress in the terrain park. Carbon fiber added to the core gives this ski plenty of pop for airing off of jumps. Also the Sight is relatively damp and carves decently on snow for when you want to venture outside of the park.
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!
Fischer Ranger 99 TI Women's Skis
Despite a very lightweight construction this ski is going to be good for just about anything that you throw at it. The skis stiff build means you'll be able to move from edge to edge quickly when you're on piste, but it's 99 mm waist means that you'll float when you get into the deep stuff.
Drawing from Fischer's race heritage, this ski is very precise on edge and the metal construction will give it increased stability at speed and variable conditions.
Can stomp powder, go fast, and lightweight, making it a blast.
Line Blade Skis
A carver with a freestyle attitude! This is a unique ski that can be hard to classify, but it is essentially a carving ski with a more forward mount point, softer flex, wider waist width, and tighter turn radius than many of our more "traditional" carving skis. The Blade is made to rip tight, quick turns with large amounts of rebound to rocket you into the next one! It's a "Fun Carver", versus a "Race Carver". A great option for everyone from beginner to advanced skiers (who have an understanding of carving) to zip, zoom, dart, and dodge their way down the mountain! A truly unique ride!
Line is not known for having good carving skis, they are much more in with the freeride crowd, but these are going to help change that reputation. Responsive, great on edge, but can also handle anything thrown at them!
This ski is super responsive and awesome on edge, its unique metal core lends itself nicely to tearing up groomers but isn't afraid of the occasional dive off piste.
Rossignol Black Ops Smasher Skis + Xpress 10 Gw Bindings · 2021
The black ops are a solid ski, made to handle whatever part of the mountain you want to seek out. They are forgiving enough that you will really appreciate them in the trees and bumps, but also how they hold their edge on the groomers.
This is a great all-mountain option that comes with bindings included in the price! 91 underfoot this ski will float in soft snow but is narrow enough to perform great on the groomers!!
Great all mountain option coming in around 90cm under foot.
Atomic Vantage 86 C Women's Skis · 2021
For any experienced lady shredder looking for a great frontside ski, this is a great option. The directional shape of the ski with a short rise in the tip is going to lend itself to linking those turns comfortably by quickening your ski edge contact with the snow. Constructed with a poplar, the ski is going to be lightweight and give you natural dampening. A Carbon Mesh Tank combined with a Carbon weave that runs the length of the ski gives these sticks energy and pop. This is a great ski by Atomic that begs to used to have a blast carving the frontside.
A great option for the beginner or intermediate skier looking for something that is light, dependable and will give you some great coverage over the mountain. The waist width at 86 is perfect for being able to handle some chop, or some light powder. These skis will really shine on the groomers and have a great design with carbon to get great edge hold and a bit of stiffness. These skis are poppy and will be a solid ski for years forward.
The Vantage 86 C's are a great option that keeps the skier feeling light and playful as they initiate turns as edge control is easy to manage. This ski also integrates an all mountain rocker design which lifts the tips for a bit of snow and also allows the skis edge to connect with the snow faster which makes them easy to control.
Fischer Ranger 107 TI Skis
All conditions. This thing has a 107mm waist for a nice solid float in the powder, but it has titanal (metal) in the construction which makes it really study on edge. This can absolutely rail the groomers, but is still light enough for freeride.
These things RIP with 107 underfoot and titanium inlay. Stable at speed, considerable float in powder, and the titanium inlay makes them super stable when carving.
Roxy Dreamcatcher 85 Skis + E M10 Gw Bindings · 2021
A lightweight, lady-specific ski from Roxy that will take you all over the mountain! The Dreamcatcher 85 is a forgiving, beginner-intermediate ski with a fairly soft flex and easy-turning profile. The 85mm waist and all-mountain rocker make turns easy and effortless. These skis will serve up a smooth ride for anyone cruising the groomers or just starting to venture off-trail!
Really versatile ski that can handle all conditions and is capable of ripping on groomers. The poplar core is stable and responsive, but not unforgiving. With an 85mm waist and some rocker, this ski can not only handle skiing hard on groomed runs, but can also allow you to progress in your skiing off-piste!
Salomon S/force 5 Women's Skis + M10 Gw Bindings
This is an amazing ski for all-mountain riding - it has a groomer bias meaning it's narrow underfoot and will be easy and quick edge to edge. It will still do great off groomer in the bumps and powder tho! It'll just sink a bit!
Atomic Savor 5 Red Skis + M 10 Gw Bindings · 2021
Playful and predictable, the Savor 5 is a frontside/all-mountain ski for intermediate skiers. Designed for those who are getting used to variable terrain, the Savor 5 is as forgiving as it is versatile. Gentle early rise and a long camber profile make these skis easy to use and grow your skiing ability. Light and responsive these are fantastic resort skis!
An intermediate option that is ready to carve on any groomers! These have atomics "triple sidecut" which makes them great for carving different size turns effortlessly! Very stable in variable conditions or at high speeds!
Groomed terrain, carving turns, holding a solid edge on firm or icy conditions.
Line Pandora 94 Skis · 2022
This is a playful and energetic ski that will be all-mountain anywhere. Made lightweight from an Aspenlite Core with Carbon Magic Fingers in the tip and tail, this ski is responsive and nimble. A directional flex and a generous taper to the shovel provides you with the balance of soft snow floatation and hardpack carving!
All-mountain fun. Hitting up groomers in the morning and side hits in the afternoon! And if you do get a bit of powder, the 94 waist and rocker profile keeps this ski on top of the snow. Lively, spunky, and with Line's 5 cut radius on the edge, able to carve at various speeds and for different skier styles.
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!
Salomon QST Spark Skis with M10 Gw Bindings · 2022
A great ski from Salomon that includes bindings and has a great 85mm waist width for those groomers in New England. The rocker profile on this ski will help you get some float in some light powder and when navigating through some late afternoon crud! This is a great ski to learn and to grow on!
Any terrain, any snow! This ski is fun and forgiving - bindings included in the price too makes it an awesome price point option!
Head V-shape V4 Lyt-pr Skis with Pr10 Gw Promo Bindings · 2022
Built with graphene instead of heavier metal like a lot of skis which results in a much lighter ski with all the same power! Easy to turn, excellent edge hold, and quick in tighter spots like trees and moguls!
Head Absolut Joy Slr Joy Pro Women's Skis with Joy 9 Gw Bindings · 2022
A mainly on-piste ski but these can definitely still handle some light off trail skiing. These are built for intermediate to advanced skiers with a medium stiff flex that still leaves some room to improve. They're reinforced with Graphene which keeps the weight down while giving them lots of power. Excellent edge hold on ice and very maneuverable in tight spots like trees or moguls.
Roxy Dreamcatcher 75 Skis + E M10 Gw Bindings · 2021
This is not only a beautiful ski to look at, but the shape of the ski will be fun on the entire mountain and in different terrain. The dramatic tip rocker will be beneficial in powder and for turn initiation, and won't be as likely to snag. The ski is tapered from tip to tail to give it a 15m turning radius, which is going to be rad for carving on groomers, trees and moguls. In other words, you'll have lots of maneuverability. 75mm underfoot is going to give these skis a really fun edge-to-edge ride and will create a sense of ease when turning! The flat tail will lend itself to stability too!
Good all-around ski for intermediate level riders who prefer groomed runs. They have a lightweight construction that is flexible and forgiving for easy turn initiation and maneuverability.
Rossignol Experience 76 Ski w/ Look XP10 Bindings
The experience skis have been a long-running favorite for a lot of skiers! These are light and extremely maneuverable! They have an all-mountain shape profile which allows them to tackle variable conditions with ease on the less ideal snow conditions. Rossignols "drive tip solution" is fiberglass and elastic materials in the tips to help absorb vibrations for a smoother ride which helps you feel in control at all times and lets you push your limits with ease!
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!
Völkl Bash 81 Flat Skis · 2021
The Bash is Volkl's one-ski-quiver for park riders who also want to enjoy the rest of what the resort has to offer! The Bash 81 features a narrower waist width for greater maneuverability and a mid-soft, poppy flex that excels at butters and presses as well as popping off both natural and man-made features! The softer flex is forgiving when you don't absolutely nail your landing, and also assists in developing carving and turning skills! The Bash's fairly centered mount point means these skis will feel light and balanced in the air, and are super maneuverable on the snow for slashing, throwing sideways, or navigating tight trees/moguls!
Forgiving and easy to ski, 81 underfoot for manuverability and quick edge to edge transfer. Rockered tips and tails help make for easy turns.
The park, carving, bumps and just having a blast in general all over the mountain.
Völkl Mantra 102 Skis
K2 Mindbender 115C Alliance Skis · 2021
These are a more powder focused pick. Really great shape and stiffness that keeps them performing on hardpack as well. Made with carbon for a more damp and responsive ride producing a really maneuverable and more playful option from K2 that still stays true to their durable and energetic builds. A nice powder focused rocker for the soft stuff plus a nice energetic camber that will lay down a turn in even the iciest conditions.
Powder, open trees, those days when we get "upside down" snow.
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.
Rossignol Experience 94TI Skis · 187 cm
This is a great, wide all-mountain ski from Rossi. The shape of this ski reduces weight and still provides excellent performance when you want it most. Titanal makes this ski able to chop through anything in its way and has perfect maneuverability and great stability. Step into a ski that will have your carving dialed in and your back whenever the snow conditions start getting bumpier!
Reinforced with titanal strands makes for a smooth, damp and stable ride! The Rossi Experience 94 TI holds its edge with authority - digging deep on carves provides a grippy feel even on the iciest of slopes!
Dynastar M-pro 84 Women's Skis · 2022
This is a great ski for getting the most out of groomed runs. The poplar wood core is strong and naturally damp, so these skis retain good suspension qualities without needing the extra weight of metal laminates. The 5 point side-cut and short turn radius make initiating turns a breeze - even on hardpack - and the tip rocker gives them enhanced stability across varying conditions.
Extremely damp and forgiving, with a great feel on edge the M-pro 84 has a tight turning radius and is primed for riding on piste. Its poplar core and partial titanal insert make this ski both forgiving and stable, and the 13m turning radius makes this ski great for riding groomers even when conditions are tough.
Titanal frame in the construction keeps this ski stable and strong on edge! Able to handle super firm conditions and variable snow, but also isn't super demanding and can handle some fresher snow you may encounter.
Salomon Stance 80 Skis with M11 Gw Bindings · 2022
Carving a variety of nice arcing turns with an all terrain rocker and short turn radius to help initiate a crisp pivot every time. The titanal laminate running inside two carbon frames really dampens and stabilizes the ride for reliable performance on the blues. Reach for this one if you want to hold the option to put on a little bit more speed in your back pocket!
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