• VÖLKL

    100EIGHT

    $825.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    In its sophomore year, this very thin, very light ski is damper and more stable than the first iteration of the Volkl 100Eight, due to an added layer of fiberglass. It has full rocker, early taper, a wood core and carbon stringers, and trademark Volkl fast-skiing, big-turn reliability.

    In both men’s and women’s versions (they are the same, save for the graphic; women’s is pictured), this is a softer and more accessible ski than other Volkls, like the Katana. At 108 millimeters underfoot, the 100Eight is ideal for the older Western ex-racer that lives in a place where it snows a lot, and wants a ski that can float as well as carve without tiring you out. Its subtle rocker bends along the entire length of the ski, and Volkl simply knows how to make a ski that can hold an edge.

    “This is a comfortable, fun, forgiving, mass-market ski,‰” said David Page. “It’s easy to jump into—a versatile tool for all terrain and conditions.‰”

    Get on the 100Eight and it feels like a high-quality, non-chattering, machine, if not a very playful one. These skis are meant to float or get on edge, not butter, slash, jump, or twist. Entering and exiting a turn, however, comes easy. The 100Eight, with those minimal edges, weighs just 1970 grams, extremely lightweight for a ski this size. “It was awesome in soft snow and it engaged and was stable on hardpack and variable snow, too,‰” said Abigail Barronian. “Overall, it wants you get forward and make big, gorgeous turns and surf the soft stuff. It’s an ideal ski for a charging skier that lives in Utah or the Pacific Northwest.”• —John Clary Davies

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    Brand Name

    VÖLKL

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    141-108-124

    Lengths

    173, 181, 189

    Radius

    22

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

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    skis

  • DPS

    Alchemist Wailer 106

    $1,299.00

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    The Alchemist Wailer 106 feels like a departure from the DPS skis of previous years, which were primarily known as all-carbon skis made for lightweight touring and soft, untouched pow. This year, DPS introduced a mix of aspen and carbon material to the core of the Alchemist Wailer, which provides a level of dampness that I’ve never felt before in their skis.

    The Alchemist Wailer is still lightweight compared to its peers, coming in at just under 1800 grams in a 178 length, making it reasonable for uphill travel. But it’s also able to take on resort laps thanks to the addition of wood in the core and mid-fat width underfoot.

    Where the DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 shines is on groomers and in packed, chalky powder off-piste. Sometimes you just want to schmear your turns, but these skis were a bit too aggressive to quickly throw sideways or butter into and out of a turn. You’ve got to feel your shin against the tongue of your boot on the Alchemist Wailer, railing turns with speed the whole way down. Lacking the playfulness I like to utilize in resort, this is the all-business charger begging for a hybrid binding. —Lyndsay Strange

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    Brand Name

    DPS

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    135-106-124

    Lengths

    168, 178, 185

    Radius

    18

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

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  • BLACK CROWS

    Atris

    $770.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Thanks to a balance of playfulness and power, the Atris has been a perennial leader in the 108-millimeter-underfoot class since it debuted in 2014. Manufactured in the Elan factory, the Atris features a semi-cap construction for durability in the tips and tails and sidewall underfoot for direct power transmission to the edges. The poplar wood core feels damp and smooth but the ski really shines thanks to its dialed taper profile and well-adjusted rocker profile.

    New this season, Black Crows made subtle improvements to address high speed stability without taking away from its approachable and versatile nature. The Atris has always been a no-nonsense, confidence-inspiring ski that’s less camber dominant than its more directional brother, the Corvus. And while Black Crows lengthened the sidecut to 20 meters, they also slightly mellowed out its stiffer flex and made the rocker profile more progressive in order to maintain its trademark balance.

    On snow, this translated to a smooth, playful feel through the light wind deposited snow and chalk below Big Sky’s brand new Challenger lift. The Atris is playful and effortless to engage, allowing for easy turn shape changes thanks to the ample rocker and mellow flex profile. On the flip side, the Atris remains true to Black Crows’ big mountain roots and is not afraid of being pushed harder. As I tipped into some steeper turns in the Three Forks zone of the Headwaters, the longer sidecut and damp poplar core kicked in for a powerful, fast ride to the bottom.

    A ski’s ability to be ridden well and appreciated by riders of different backgrounds and skiing styles is often understated. The Atris does just that, catering to strong skiers of all backgrounds, whether you’re an ex-racer or a retired park rat. As a one-ski quiver out West, or a dedicated powder ski in the East, the Atris remains a versatile ski that’s approachable and exciting. It always has a little extra horsepower under the hood when you decide to open the throttle. —Alex Meilleur

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    BLACK CROWS

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    139-108-126

    Lengths

    178.3, 184.2, 189.7

    Radius

    20

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

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  • BLACK CROWS

    Daemon

    $770.00

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    By definition, a daemon is a supernatural being of a nature that is both god-like and human. Which suits this ski, too. Ninety-nine underfoot, incorporating metal and reverse camberthe Daemon is an anomaly. But it works very well as a firm snow chunder destroyer and was one of the most talked-about skis at Powder Week.

    “I didn’t think a full rocker skinny ski would work, but it did,” said Powder Union member Spencer Harkins. “It’s a strong, high-energy, fun ripper that made me eat my words.”

    A poplar wood core and semi-cap construction round out the stiff sheet of Titanal that runs through the center of the ski, stopping before the tip and tail. My first thought when I picked up the ski was intimidation at the 183.6-centimeter length. However, it does not ski long. And for being a reverse camber ski, it is a very stable ski. Aggressive underfoot, be ready to finish the turn you started. But the softer tip and tails lend forgiveness.

    I watched this ski go out of the tent and then not come back for a really long time. That usually means that whoever is shredding doesn’t want to return it. Black Crows skis do not disappoint. Chamonix Frenchies are hooked on them for a reason—they get you down whatever you want. The minute I saw the Daemon on the rack, I snagged it.

    A stiff, 99-underfoot platform, this ski is great for snapping fun, “look how low my hip can go” turns. Check your shadow out for full effect. It’s a ski to have in the quiver, but deep days will require a bit more work on the driver’s side. Otherwise, prepare to look at the mountain in a new way with these bad boys on your feet. I think the Daemon’s could turn us all into supernatural beings. —Hannah Victory

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    BLACK CROWS

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    132-99-120

    Lengths

    170, 177, 183, 188

    Radius

    20

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

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    skis

  • Nordica

    Enforcer 110

    $849.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Nordica designed the updated Enforcer 110 to suit the needs of someone who wants a wider ski but doesn’t necessarily want to work hard to drive the ski forward and keep it on edge. Traditional camber underfoot has the familiar edge-hold that’s ideal for groomers and variable snow, while the rockered blunt tip and tail and wide platform allow the ski to float through powder. Rocker in the tip and tail also makes starting and finishing turns smoother and easier due to the gradual transition to and from the effective edge.

    In order to keep the Enforcer 110 lighter and more playful in soft snow than the 100 and 93 versions, Nordica introduced something they call Energy 2 Titanium Balsa, which adds balsa wood into the poplar and beech core, as well as two thin layers of carbon to help compensate for the now lighter core. Two strips of metal (titanal) help stiffen the ski up. While skiing the Enforcer 110 at Big Sky, I felt it had an inconsistent flex pattern when skiing at higher speeds. The tail of the ski seemed solid, but the tip was like a bull about to enter the rodeo: a lot of energy, but not quite sure what to do with it.

    Nevertheless, the Enforcer 110 is a great ski for someone that wants a daily driver that is a little on the wider side. The rocker in the tip and tail makes it very easy to turn, and the camber underfoot is essential for everyday versatility. As long as straightlining is not on the agenda, this ski will make a lot of people very happy. —Dane Weister

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Nordica

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    140-110-129

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

    Lengths

    169, 177, 185, 191cm

    Radius

    18.5m

  • HEAD

    Kore 105

    $800.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    For skiers, there is perhaps no greater search than for the perfect ski. Every year, for the past 17 years, that search has been our goal at Powder Week, the annual gathering that produces the Buyer’s Guide. Because skiing is so subjective, rarely is there consensus on one ski.

    This year was different. After 33 skiers ripped around Big Sky, Montana, for four days at the end of February, it was abundantly clear that one ski lead the pack: the Head Kore 105. “I loved these,” wrote Crystal Sagan, a backcountry skier from Boulder, Colorado. “Ultimate one-ski quiver, so light it would be a great touring ski but railed an edge on groomers and through crud, while still feeling nimble in technical tight spaces.”

    “These skis are super fun and easy to maneuver on any snow condition,” noted Eric Germmann, co-owner of the Ski Monster shop in Boston. “Lightweight without sacrificing a solid feeling underfoot.”

    “Groomer, windbuff, crud, this ski flat out rips,” said Dave Stergar, a middle school teacher from Helena, Montana. “It instills confidence to ski fast with any type of turn.”

    “Winner,” added Spencer Harkins, a freestyle from Salt Lake City. “The karuba core/carbon layup keeps this ski super light. But it charges like a resort ski. Perfect flex to absolutely crush, but still soft enough to play around. Dampest ski of the week so far.”

    That all of these skiers have different styles says a lot about the Kore, which introduces several new concepts to ski construction. First, the attractive top sheet isn’t even a top sheet, but a heated layer of polyester fleece that normally goes beneath a traditional top sheet, shaving weight by 200 grams per ski. Second, the ski utilizes a unique core comprised of lightweight karuba wood (similar to balsa) and koroyd, a thermally molded honeycomb material originally used in helmets. A layer of carbon infused with Graphene—an incredibly lightweight material used to strengthen bonds within resins (particularly as it applies to the marriage between carbon and fiberglass)—gives the ski surprising strength in an agile package, allowing you to ski it hard in any terrain.

    Slight camber with tip and tail rocker, the Kore 105 engages the snow with ease. The 17.8-meter radius makes it quick in the trees and bumps, and many skiers at Powder Week noted its stability on groomers. While the same thing can be said about many skis in this guide, what sets the Kore apart is its lightweight construction. It’s the rare ski that feels like it has metal for performance on hard snow, yet, at just 1755 grams per ski (lighter than many touring skis), would be an ideal touring rig perfectly capable of navigating rocky couloirs, chasing your friends down the bumps, doing hippie turns in low-angle powder.

    There are better skis on hardpack, and in powder, for which you’ll find plenty of other options. But for an everyday ride, the Kore 105 climbed to the top of the stack—this year’s number one ski. —Matt Hansen

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    HEAD

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    135-105-125

    Lengths

    171, 180, 189

    Radius

    17.8

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • Icelantic

    Maiden 111

    $699.00

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    New this year, the Icelantic Maiden 111 celebrates all that is feminine in skiing. The centerpiece of the artwork on the top sheet, created by Icelantic co-founder Travis Parr, represents mindfulness and intuition. The rest of the ski is built for women to go out and explore the high mountains.

    Pairing the design from Icelantic’s bestseller, the Nomad, but with a lighter wood core called Pacific Albus, the Maiden 111 is a member of the rocker tip-and-tail, camber-underfoot club. (If that sounds familiar, it’s a profile every ski company has dialed recently.) The Maiden’s two millimeters of camber underfoot are enough to make this ski turn, pivot, and crush terrain up and down the mountain. The ski responded gracefully to controlled, fast turns down the narrow, chalky chutes of Big Sky’s Headwaters. It held an edge on long arcs on the groomers, but whipped up tight turns in the trees. The wide shovel in the tip planed through crud and set-up the carve in windbuff.

    The Maiden checked all the boxes except for one. She is an earth-bound vessel. She’s predictable, not lively—which can be a good thing, but also makes it harder to pop up and catch air.

    The best part of the Maiden is that it fits a wide range of women, coming in a size run from 162 to 177 centimeters. Add to that the rest of the Icelantic package—handmade in Denver, Colorado; a three-year warranty—and the Maiden is a solid addition to a company whose values are rooted in outdoor exploration. —Julie Brown

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Icelantic

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    146-111-136

    Lengths

    162, 169, 177

    Radius

    16

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • 4FRNT

    MSP

    $625.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The MSP is one of 4FRNT’s originals, launched into production in 2003. But this year, in celebration of the Salt Lake City-based company’s 15th anniversary, the MSP (named after the company’s founder, Matt Sterbenz) got a redesign that, in many ways, represents a new chapter of ski building for 4FRNT.

    The MSP is a resort ski built for frontside crushing from the East to West coasts. A poplar core, camber with rocker, and Titanal semi-cap construction, these skis are smooth and damp, especially in variable conditions. Countering the smooth, easy feeling tip, the MSP gets significantly stiffer toward the tail.

    I took these skis through a variety of terrain, most of which was mixed and not super awesome snow, but that didn’t matter. These skis absolutely rip. The new material and construction made the ski effortless to engage and steady on edge. On the stiffer side, the tail had a lot of energy, though some may find it overpowering. The result is a strong ski that nearly anyone could pick up and love. —Eric Gerrmann

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    4FRNT

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    135-99-123

    Lengths

    171, 176, 181, 187

    Radius

    18

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

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    skis

  • Icelantic

    Pioneer 109

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Evolution is a good thing. Just ask the human race. Or Ice Cube’s career. The same methodology holds true for Icelantic’s Pioneer line. After the success of its Pioneer 96, the Colorado-made brand introduced the next episode with its Pioneer 109, a ski designed to tickle the sweet spot between powder and piste.

    Replacing the more directional Shaman in Icelantic’s lineup, the Pioneer 109 takes the float from its predecessor and the lively poplar core from its namesake, the Pioneer 96. Despite a larger waist than the 96, the 109 is built with the same aggressive sidecut, so expect to turn ’em, not slide ’em.

    With conditions favoring hard-pack moguls at Big Sky, the twin-tip Pioneer 109 stood up to a steady workout of tight, precise turns. Its 19-meter turn radius is better than most in its width-class, and the 7 (count ’em) millimeters of camber, had me confident bouncing in and out of trees and bumps. Arguably, a little too confident, and with a 144-millimeter-wide shovel, the Pioneer 109 started to feel a little bit hooky, forcing me to pump the brakes a few times to keep from getting caught and going fall line ass backwards.

    Despite catching up a bit in the tighter terrain, this same shovel tip design and tip-and-tail rocker eats softer snow for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Coupled with the dampness of the poplar core, this shape provides versatility in high alpine terrain, where powder can give way to windswept ice over the next rollover. Even though Icelantic continues to grow year after year, the brand stays true to its “made in America” roots, manufacturing just outside of Denver and offering one of the best warranties in skiing. It also manages to keep its prices affordable. That’s a win-win. —Kade Krichko

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Icelantic

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    144-109-131

    Lengths

    174, 182, 190

    Radius

    19

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • SALOMON

    QST 99

    $725.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Late afternoon, legs are tired, powder is gone, beer sounds good. But come August, you’re going to be wishing you could go skiing, no matter the conditions. So you might as well take advantage. If you have the Salomon QST 99 underfoot, that beer can wait till after last chair.

    This ski will surprise you with its strength and agility, as it did me. At first impression, I had pegged the QST 99 (as well as the 106) as a forgiving waif built for mellow cruising. My bad, because the QST is anything but. With a single layer of Titanal, the QST has a 3D milled wood core to reduce weight without compromising stability, with reinforcement and pop provided by a carbon flax blend. A lightweight koroyd tip keeps swing weight low and minimizes tip flap, resulting in an extremely fun ski that’s right at home ripping shady couloirs, bump lines, and hot laps off your favorite chair. The edgehold is excellent even at high speeds, and the rebound out of a turn will keep you relishing every second down the hill.

    At Big Sky, I took the QST 99 into the steep, north-facing couloirs of the Headwaters, where the snow had the velvety feel of a pool table, with low vis and plenty of pepper to keep me on my toes. With such a powerful, nimble ski underfoot, I was thrilled with how fast I could drive it, without fear of washing out. In successive turns, I could load the ski to spray a giant rooster tail without experiencing any chatter, then easily hop over a jagged rock before driving a narrow line between bumps and trees. The ski never felt like a burden, and we continued to party ski long after the sun had dipped below Lone Peak.

    Though I would personally choose something wider for powder days, I’d certainly want the QST 99 available during spells of high pressure to keep things light, fun, and fast. —Matt Hansen

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    SALOMON

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    139-99-120

    Lengths

    167, 174, 181, 188

    Radius

    19

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • SALOMON

    QST Stella 106

    $850.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Salomon knows you don’t mess with a good thing. Which is why the Stella 106 (which uses the exact same construction as the unisex QST 106 in shorter sizes and with a different top sheet) is back this year unchanged from last year’s debut model. I fell hard for this model last year and I’m not surprised to see it rise to the top of the pack for the second year in a row. Above all, this hard-charging and versatile ski gives me the confidence to take on any type of terrain.

    Made with a light Spaceframe wood core fortified with an edge-to-edge sheet of titanal that extends beyond the mounting zone and a layer of Salomon’s carbon-flax blend, the Stella 106 is extremely responsive and solid underfoot. Initiating turns is nearly effortless. It moves seamlessly from edge to edge. But it’s no soft noodle. Instead, the Stella 106 is perfectly weighted.

    Because Salomon engineered the Stella 106 to easily dump speed, and hold a strong edge even in icy steeps, I was comfortable skiing more aggressively at Big Sky on this ski than anything else. The lightweight construction keeps them up top on powder days, yet they are stable enough I don’t get any chatter when it has been a while since the last storm. At 106-millimeters underfoot, these skis fall in a sweet spot that mean I take them out for a rip regardless of conditions. When I traveled last winter, this was the only ski I packed. —Sierra Davis

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    SALOMON

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    138-106-125

    Lengths

    159, 167, 174

    Radius

    20

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • Fischer

    Ranger 108 TI

    $850.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    I was a little hesitant to hop on the Fischer Ranger 108 TI. Fischer has always had an impeccable race pedigree, but we were on the variable terrain of Big Sky.

    Honestly, the Fischer Ranger 108 TI made the whole transition easy. Like, really, really easy. Within a few runs I felt like I’d been skiing the Ranger 108 TI for a few seasons. There may not be any technical jargon for feeling ridiculously comfortable on a ski right out of the gate, but there’s certainly something to be said about it.

    The Ranger 108 TI features Fischer’s Aero Shape technology, which shaves nearly 50 percent of material off the sides of the ski by rounding the ski down to the edge and eliminating excess sidewall. While this leaves the ski looking impossibly—and even breakably—thin, the arced ski surface transfers power in and out of short turns by getting the ski on edge quicker.

    And the Ranger 108 TI doesn’t stop there. Fischer has milled pieces of its Titanal shell and polar and beach core, making the ski 25 percent lighter across the board. The Ranger 108 TI also slapped on a carbon fiber tip that tapers down the ski toward the binding, making for ridiculous swing weight in a ski this size.

    But at the end of the day, the Ranger 108 TI is still 100 percent Fischer, a family company that earned its stripes with performance. By cutting weight along the sides, the Ranger 108 TI can employ Titanal in the binding area, improving stability and keeping your binding attached to the ski on your next tomahawk Tuesday.

    A Titanal shell running the entire length of the ski helped me generate power with any type of turn, which meant no second-guessing when the trees started to get a little tighter and the pitch a little steeper. The Ranger 108 TI advertises a 19-meter turn radius, but the light swing weight makes any turn a hell of a lot of fun. To finish a ski test feeling this dialed with a foreign shred object is a rare feeling, but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, a ski is not a baseball mitt, it shouldn’t take a season to get the performance you want. —Kade Krichko

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Fischer

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    140-108-130

    Lengths

    174, 182, 188

    Radius

    19

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • ELAN

    Ripstick 106

    $850.00

    Manufacturer's Description

    At this point in the ski industry, we all know gimmicks as mere marketing tools rather than revolutionary designs. Which is what you might think when you first discover that the Ripstick 106 has—gasp!—an asymmetrical feature that dictates a specific left and right ski. We’ve seen this before and it has been given its various indictments: cuts the life of the skis in half; switching skis gives an unpredictable feel; why would I want to switch skis for a different feel in the first place?

    Well, I’m here to tell you that Elan, after listening to all of these pieces of constructive feedback, managed to quell almost all of these issues with this type of technology. First, note that it isn’t exactly full tip-to-tail asymmetrical. The Amphibio technology has a designated left and right ski with the tips of the outside edges rockered and the inside edges cambered. When used as designated, this unique construction gives a more subtle yet very welcome feeling of familiarity, ease of use, and a bit less abruptness in the initiation of the turn for softer snow conditions.

    (Before you ask, yes, I did try the skis on the wrong feet—do not judge me.)

    The rest is all about the balance one wants out of a ski: stiffness with suppleness, dampening with quickness, and all of it comes together better than even the marketing words can say.

    The Tubelight wood core takes the carbon factor a bit further by going from stringers to actual hollow tubes that run front to back along the sidecut to give more torsional rigidity with less weight. This is combined with a Vapor Tip technology—inserts in the tip and tail that reduce swing weight and vibration for an easier pivoting between turns. And I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work beautifully. The skis handled a sketchy traverse to the steep, chalky, no-fall Gullies off Big Sky’s Lone Peak with deft of ease, even with the low visibility and variable snow.

    The Ripstick 106 provided an overly familiar ride that slightly pushed me but not to a point where I had to over-perform the ski, which is a refreshing nuance. The Ripstick 106 will work for any skier intermediate and up looking for that soft-snow daily driver that goes beyond the basic brand promises or gimmicks and actually displays and supports their abilities. —Wally Phillips

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    ELAN

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    140-106-122

    Lengths

    167, 174, 181, 188

    Radius

    18.1

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • BLIZZARD

    Sheeva 10

    $720.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Blizzard Sheeva 10 returns stronger and lighter this winter. It’s lightweight and nimble, and carves like a dream, but this is no sissy ski.

    Added carbon gave this Blizzard model good rebound on the variable terrain found at Big Sky, while lighter materials in the multi-wood core—paulownia, balsa, poplar, and beech—shaved weight without sacrificing strength.

    Refreshingly available in a 180 centimeter (a length that’s hard to find in women-specific skis), the Sheeva 10 held steady on groomers, cut the crud in the bumps, and allowed me to check my speed without fear of washing out, though I did experience some skidding when throwing my skis sideways at high speeds.

    The Sheeva 10 carves like you’d expect from a Blizzard ski but aren’t too stiff or as aggressive as some of the others boards in their fleet. If you typically gravitate toward men’s skis because you want something bigger and more serious, but still playful and maneuverable, the Sheeva 10 is your ski. —Sierra Davis

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    BLIZZARD

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    131.5-102-121.5

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

    Lengths

    156, 164, 172cm

    Radius

    14.5m

  • Line Skis

    Sick Day 104

    $750.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    From day one, the Line Sick Day series has been a dependable all-mountain ride for many skiers. A nice blend of rocker and taper made it easy to ski in just about every condition. But the old version also had its drawbacks, specifically in how the ski deflected in chop, variable chunder, and firm snow. For this reason, it became popular as a touring and soft-snow ski since it felt most at home off-piste. For 2017-18, Line redesigns the Sick Day, a welcome change for skiers who felt the old one just didn’t stand up to daily hill-banging.

    Immediately, I could tell a significant difference in how well the new Sick Day held an edge at speed and delivered power throughout the turn. It even smoked through the chunder at the bottom of the highly variable Dictator Chutes at Big Sky. At that moment, I knew the Sick Day 104 should be a serious consideration for any skier looking for a reliable every-day resort ski.

    The one complaint I had was that it felt just a tad overmatched by Big Sky’s heaviest terrain, which, in all fairness, is a tough bar to reach for the majority of the skis on the market.

    The new Sick Day adds two millimeters underfoot, from 102 to 104, giving you a wider platform to crush chicken heads. But it also has a less aggressive taper and more subtle rocker profile, which has helped to eliminate deflection and the annoying hollow sound in the tip. This allows you to drive the ski without worrying about getting bucked off. The ski delivers such a robust feel that I assumed it had metal. I was surprised to learn that not only does it not have metal, the core shifts from maple, in the old model, to aspen and carbon in the new version. The construction provides a sweet whip at just 1889 grams per ski. So it’s still friendly on the skin track. —Matt Hansen

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Line Skis

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    137-104-121

    Lengths

    172, 179, 186

    Radius

    19.3

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • Coalition Snow

    SOS

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Where my girls at? I think of Coalition Snow as the Beyonce of the ski world. Singing and fighting for all the glory that is female. If you like Queen B as much as I do, put a pair of Coalition’s SOS’s on your feet.

    This is a women’s ski made by a women’s ski company (though, to be fair, a lot of the guys at Powder Week raved about this ski, too). Coalition is the only company in the ski industry to completely focus on the feminine. And they aren’t achieving this by “shrinking and pinking‰” a dude’s ski. Their skis are designed from the start with the woman in mind.

    The SOS is 109 underfoot (in a 180; waist width goes down in shorter sizes), which is a great size for just about any day on the mountain. The birch wood construction allows for a strong flex and holds up at high speeds. It also charges through the crud. A rocker tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot turns quickly. I could feather at the top of the turn if I didn’t want to commit. They don’t have a ton of pop, so you have to work in the transition to get the ski around.

    As good as they ski, the artwork might be the best part about the Coalition SOS, and the rest of the company’s lineup. They are women’s skis that look girly, in a totally I-am-a-woman-hear-me-roar way. This ski will work for the lady who wants to shred groomers exclusively, and the lady who doesn’t go anywhere without her beacon, shovel, and probe. Put the ass back in sass and get your beautiful self a pair SOS’s. Because ladies, you don’t need saving but you do need a pair of kick ass skis. —Hannah Victory

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Coalition Snow

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    129-105-119

    Lengths

    157, 166, 173, 180

    Radius

    25

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • Lib Tech

    Wreckreate 110

    $750.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Remember those things called NAS? Ya, me neither. Lib Tech has forever been known for their presence in the snowboard world, so it was only appropriate when they ventured into skis a few years ago and called them Narrow Ass Snowboards, or NAS. While that didn’t prove to appeal to the diehard ski fans, they have made a huge rebrand push.

    First off, research what this company is up to in regards to being eco-friendly. They operate with zero hazardous waste, and the gorgeous top sheets that adorn the skis, as well as the sidewalls, are composed of organic materials. Basically, a dog or a baby could roam around their Seattle factory and not get poisoned. That seems like a good thing.

    The Wreckreate have the super awesome Magne-Traction, which put Lib Tech on the map for snowboards. This means the edges have a slight wave, or curvature, to them, like a serrated knife, which helps them grip the snow. It really works. I felt glued to the ground in a great way. And it’s not overdone, so the skis can be tuned easily.

    The Wreckreate charges through moguls, crud, and groomers, and handles like an every day driver at 110 millimeters underfoot. Its core is made up of wood, and doesn’t have metal in areas you don’t want it, like the tip and tail. The early rise tip allows for full contact of the ski all the time. I think this is also backed up by the Magne-Traction edges. The only con I would say is that it is a light ski, and feels rather traditional in the fact that it likes to snap off turns, not feather them. Bottom line: Lib Tech is doing awesome things for the environment and creating a really great product at the same time. The skis are colorful, charge hard, and the product’s price point is definitely on the mark. —Hannah Victory

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Lib Tech

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    146-110-136

    Lengths

    171, 181, 191

    Radius

    18

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Every Day Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis