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Our 15 Favorite All-Mountain Skis

Everyday skis we like

You know the POWDER week drill by now, 15 real skiers pick their favorite skis in a draft format. Last week we gave you the rundown of our favorite pow skis. These are our favorite all-mountain skis, the we pull off the rack more frequently than anything else.

4FRNT Hoji

Eric Hjorleifson made this ski for skiers who like to shred hard, take big airs, and slay powder. I flashed tight tree lines with snappy response, decimated pow with its ample platform underfoot and reverse camber, and railed groomers on Reflect Tech (sidecut radius matched to rocker profile), and daydreamed of endless touring with the flat tail. Finally, I contemplated thievery, a remount for smaller boots, and the world as my oyster. —Brigid Mander
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Rossignol Experience 98

The Experience 98, now in its second year, intrigued me with its classic good looks (70 percent camber underfoot), its modern personality (30 percent rocker in tip and tail), and its sexy intellectual side (extended sidecut for versatility). Then I skied it and fell in love with its traditional values. Sandwich construction, wood core, and vertical sidewalls give the 98 power and stability to deliver excellent edge control, especially at speed. Creatively designed, the 98 has an easy swing weight, smooth turn initiation, and amazing edge grip throughout the turn. This is a race-car-feeling, everywhere, everyday kind of ski. —A.J. Cargill
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Volkl Gotama

When the Gotama came out in 2003, it was the fattest ski in my quiver at 105mm underfoot. Skiing has evolved since then, and so has the Gotama. Now 107mm underfoot with full rocker, the 2013 Gotama hits my sweet spot for a go-anywhere ski. Volkl’s Elongated low Profile matches the sidecut and flex to the rocker profile, allowing the ski to arc smoothly on firm snow. Vertical sidewall construction and a poplar/beech core keep it sturdy and durable. —Derek Taylor
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Moment Deathwish

The Deathwish introduces Dirty Mustache Rocker—Moment’s new triple camber technology. This new profile gives you four contact points that allow you to effortlessly rail turns in all conditions, despite the ski’s wide footprint. The idea is similar to the serrated edge of Lib Tech’s MagneTraction. But the Dirty Mustache offers the biggest ollie of any ski on the market, thanks to two separate cambers on the tail and underfoot. At 112mm underfoot and with rockered tip and tail, the Deathwish will suffice for almost any powder day. Those who traverse or drop wind-scoured ridges will appreciate the energy they save when staying on edge. —Ryan Dunfee
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Icelantic Nomad RKR

Icelantic took its popular Nomad and gave it the benefit of rocker. I took the Nomad RkRs through powder, crud, glop, and refrozen moguls, all in one run. They drove through, around, and over everything. Per Icelantic tradition, they also made smooth work of icy moguls. Gentle camber underfoot, plus early rise, means they ski like they’re almost flat, but with added pop, and if you want buttery pivot turns, you got ’em. Made with a poplar wood core, carbonium topsheet, fiberglass mounting plate, triaxel fiberglass laminant, and durasurf P-Tex sidewall and base, they’re nearly indestructible. —Emily Stifler
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Rossignol Sickle

My all-mountain ski needs to keep me occupied until the park gets slipped after an 8-inch storm. For that reason, two skis really grab my attention: Icelantic’s Nomad RKR and Rossi’s Sickle. Both have similar dimensions and shapes. Because of the camber underfoot and more aggressive rocker in the Nomad, the ski is snappy and quick edge-to-edge. The Sickle, on the other hand, features zero camber, a mini-cap sandwich construction of wood and fiberglass, and understated rocker in the tip and tail. The design creates a damp ski that engenders a more flowy approach to skiing, both in and out of the park. —Will Eginton
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Atomic Ritual

This incredibly fast and versatile ski has more fun than a tornado in a trailer park. Atomic’s step-down sidewall construction and All-Mountain Rocker (20 percent rocker in the tip, 65 percent camber, 15 percent rocker in the tail) makes top-to-bottom tram laps easier than ever. The Ritual can make any sized turn, in any terrain, and will beg for high speed, thanks to a titanal backbone for torsional stiffness. It’s so easy to enter and exit turns with the twin progressive sidecut that there’s no chance of catching an edge. —Larry Hartenstein
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Atomic Century

It’s important to have at least one ski that can do it all: carve groomers, shred through the trees, rip the crud, and float the powder. The Atomic Century, with its versatile shape and flex, fulfills this prophecy. It even has notches on the tails for easy skin attachments. With an ample waist, wood core, and Powder Rocker (80 percent camber, 20 percent rocker), a Century day begins by ripping secret stashes in the trees from the previous storm and progresses to bump skiing. This is usually followed by daffies before racing groomers to a favorite après spot. —Heidi Lauterbach
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Nordica Nemesis

The 98mm underfoot width and early rise rockered tip with camber (which Nordica calls camROCk) creates a versatile ride that’ll rip any mountain from Jackson to Stratton. It handles all but the deepest snow, but it excels at charging down groomers and variable terrain. Nordica has taken its wood core, cut out the center strip and filled it with foam for even less weight, making the ski playful and steerable through bumps—a perfect companion for everyday on the hill. —Lyndsay Strange
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Fischer Big Stix 98

Fischer’s Big Stix line, the name of their iconic fat skis from 2000 to 2005, returned for 2012 based on skier demand. The brand started with the shape of the Watea 98, a traditional all-mountain ski, made it a little bit stiffer with laminates and a thicker core profile in the shovel, and added some rocker in the tip and tail. I skied them on a day with fresh snow where the bumps still lingered and the Big Stix were easy and straightforward (read: ideal). The all-mountain boards have a wood core with fiberglass and carbon laminates and a full sidewall construction. —John Clary Davies
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Four and three and two and one… What up! Adam Yauch, legendary MC from the Beastie Boys, passed away last May. If Yauch was a skier, I bet his all-mountain choice would also be the CODY. With slight tip-and-tail taper, this ski is ideal when the conditions are less than incredible. Great for the groomer, off-piste, park, powder, and mmm… Drops, the CODY gives you a damn good time. Make some noise if you’re with me. —Mike Rogge
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Faction 3.Zero

The 3.Zero is a great mid-stiff all-mountain ski if you live out west. At 112mm underfoot and with full twin rocker, the ski thrives on either side of the gates at Jackson, while a half-nelson sandwich core construction and traditional camber give it stability, quickness, and control in tighter trees and rocky terrain. If it’s a quiver-killer you need, the 3.Zero will do just that. —David Reddick
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Klint Prime

After skiing on a range of Klint skis last winter, I’m ready to take the podium and testify the gospel of this new upstart. My favorite of their lineup, the Prime, absolutely blew me away. It felt narrower than 96mm when it needed to on the groomed, but skied like a stealth bomber in the pow, largely thanks to its rock-solid and vibration-eating core and rockered profile in the tip and tail, which wasn’t too much, or too little. It doesn’t get more all-mountain than this. —Jeff Schmuck
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Blizzard Cochise

When I picked up the Cochise for A.S.S.F.A.R.T. tram laps, they damn near jumped off the rack. Variable crunch? Check. Fifteen inches of fluff? Check. The landing was a sweeping right-hander that unearthed a crunchy substance, and it made me smile…this ski responded! The rebound was playful, precise, and pleasant. Next we headed for some groomer therapy to ease the quads and I found performance there, too. Incorporating a subtle rocker of Flipcore Technology (the late Arne Backstrom’s brainchild) means the ski contacts the snow throughout the turn; torsional stiffness means controlled precision at speed. —Captain Benny Wilson
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Nordica Hell & Back

Nordica may call it a sidecountry ski, but in my mind, the Hell & Back is an all-mountain beast. Thanks to a slow-moving storm in Jackson, I was able to sample this ski in all conditions. It railed on groomers as it locked into turns, making a smooth, stable ride, and with its tip rocker, it released to make quick turns. With the snow piling up, it felt like the gas pedal was stuck to the floor while charging down the Hobacks. I forgot it was 98mm underfoot and can’t remember the last time I had this much fun on this type of ski. —Jeff King
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  • James cooper

    I’m relatively new (3yrs) to skiing as I’vebeen boarding for years. I Wnat to progress to back country and touring but I would still like to spend time on groomed runs. Was thinking of buying the Atomic Ritual. Looking at buying Scarpa Maestral or simlar boots too and compatibalble bindings. Can I get some feedback if possible.


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