Women’s skis used to be men’s skis painted with pretty pictures, an insult to ripping ladies everywhere. My, how things have changed. Today’s crop of the best women’s skis are now built specifically for them (imagine that!), using various core materials, shapes, and sizes but not sacrificing performance.
Using a regular cooler and then upgrading to a YETI is like skiing powder on skinny, fully cambered skis from the 1990s and then clicking in to something like the DPS Spoon or the Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt, both of which are huge underfoot and have tons of rocker. In other words, it’s night and day.
Almost all of today's powder skis share the following two qualities: fat platform underfoot for flotation and significant tip rocker for planing over the snow and schmearing turns. Where each is different depends on flex patterns, turning radii, and camber profiles, all of which combine to dictate a genuine personality. Over-indulgence is encouraged.
Say Dynafit, and chances are, you'll think tech bindings. However, skiers packing for mountain missions should keep the German ski company on their radar for outerwear, too. One piece worth eyeing is version 2.0 of Dynafit's Borax insulated jacket.
The only thing better than fresh gear—skis in plastic, boots in a box, bindings that still have goo in their screws—is using that fresh gear. With more than 300 of skiing’s best products, the 2015 Digital Buyer’s Guide will help you achieve that blissful state of motion.