Most Recommended Skis of 2020
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- Völkl M5 Mantra Skis
- Salomon QST 92 Skis · 2021
- Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis · 2021
- Faction Ski Candide 2.0 Skis · 2021
- Völkl Kenja 88 Skis · 2021
- Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis
- Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Skis · 2022
- Salomon QST 99 Skis · 2021
- Völkl Kendo 88 Flat Skis · 2021
- Völkl Secret 92 Women's Skis · 2021
Völkl M5 Mantra Skis
Metal in every part of this ski will keep any vibration from messing with your turns. These skis will blast through any chop. The longer camber and traditional sidecut gives you as much stability as a ski could offer. This is however at the expense of some maneuverability. The ski will need to be driven a little harder and wants to point, but would make a great groomer ski for anyone who needs control at higher speeds. They have a rocker in the tip and tail that will offer a little maneuverability and keep them afloat on days it snows.
Good all over the mountain. Relatively stiff and steady which allows them to rip on hardpack groomers. Wide enough to float a bit in powder. Will function well in variable conditions when you take them for a trip. Durable and well-made.
Ripping on groomers, bull-dozing through crud and provides stability on tough snow.
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.
Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis · 2021
These have more Titanal® in their core than other skis on the market — so they'll take more punishment. They also have a bit of a twin tip, so if you have to keep an eye on others, you won't be as worried if you have to ski backward for a few turns.
They're incredibly versatile, and for someone who needs a ski that works in any area, you can't go wrong with these.
Nordica designed the enforcer line up with a freeride rider in mind. These have a slight twin tip for the occasional switch rider. Now with the early rise, this ski is surprisingly maneuverable in the powder. The 100mm underfoot is a proper balance between a groomer ski and a powder ski. This is a very good choice if you're looking for a daily jammer.
This ski will ski any snow conditions and feel amazing. The early rise tip and small amount of tail rocker are excellent in deep snow, and the camber underfoot and sidecut make for incredible stability on edge. Eats groomers and ice for breakfast.
Faction Ski Candide 2.0 Skis · 2021
The Candide 2.0 is one of the better all-mountain options that we have today. This ski can take you just about anywhere while still being able to show off in the park. Nimble yet stable when you need it to be and capable of floating you down your favorite powder stash.
This ski is great all around the mountain, soft enough to plow through crud but still feels solid under foot. Charges through the big mountain and trees, but isn't afraid of taking park laps.
It's a soft flexing freestyle ski that holds solid lines on the hardpack while still being wide enough to get you into the soft stuff for those days it starts dumping at noon.
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.
Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Skis
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.
A classic for a reason. Really versatile women's ski that loves skiing groomers but then also cruising fresh powder.
Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Skis · 2022
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.
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!
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