• VÖLKL

    100EIGHT W

    $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.

    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 PNW.” —John Clary Davies

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    Brand Name

    VÖLKL

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    141-108-124

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

  • BLACK CROWS

    Atris Birdie

    $770.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Let’s keep this simple: The Black Crows Atris, and the Atris Birdie for women, is a fantastic ski for 95 percent of my days. Pure and plain, it rips all over the mountain. It’s the sweet spot in the Black Crows’ lineup, with universal appeal that translates to me skiing whatever I want on any given day. Could be trees in a thick storm, the great wide open in the high alpine, or average wind buff days at the ski resort.

    Black Crows gave the Atris a classic shape that many ski companies have dialed in recent years—camber underfoot, early rise in the tip and tail. New this year, Black Crows touched up the design, giving the Atris a longer turning radius and softer flex, and making the early rise in the tail more pronounced. These tweaks make the Atris more stable at higher speeds than previous years, without compromising its versatile and playful DNA.

    The Birdie, which is a tad softer than the men’s version, comes in two sizes, 169 and 178 centimeters. It’s made with a poplar wood core and semi-cap construction, and a 20-meter turning radius, a bump from previous models. The bright orange top sheet is an eye-catcher and the chevron design is a thicker white in the center, a visual cue that mimicks the camber design of the ski.

    When I took the Atris Birdies out for a spin at Powder Week, I felt graceful and confident. I’d bring these to steep, no-fall-zone lines in the Alps, or I could mess around on the Atris all day inbounds, popping off jumps and rocks and arcing turns on groomers. The progressive rise in the tail is soft, buttery, and forgiving—so I could ski without fear of punishment. At times, the Atris’ 109-centimeters underfoot felt a little slow transferring from edge-to-edge, so I’d probably grab another pair of skis on super firm days. And those who like to press the gas pedal all the way down may find they lack a little “oomph.”

    Otherwise, the Atris is a ski to get high on. And Black Crows is already experiencing a high in the United States, a market they’ve only just begun to establish themselves in. A lot of people are jiving on Black Crows, for good reason. They make solid skis that prove themselves. Meanwhile in Chamonix, Black Crows has already climbed to the top of the ladder, a place they’ve been since breaking out in the late aughts. It’s only a matter of time before they achieve that status on this side of the Atlantic. —Julie Brown

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    Brand Name

    BLACK CROWS

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    138-108-125

    Lengths

    169.1, 178.3

    Radius

    20

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

  • ATOMIC

    Backland FR 109 W

    $725.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Maybe it’s the endorphins, or the cold air, or the sweet anticipation of skiing untracked pow. Backcountry skiing gets me in the mood to fall in love. I love this view! I love this day! I really love my skis!

    That’s about how it went with me and the Atomic Backland FR 109 W. They first caught my eye in the chalky trees at Big Sky. But I didn’t seriously commit to them until about halfway up a powdery slope on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, a backcountry zone with perfectly spaced old-growth trees and an otherworldly view of sky and water. The sparks were real (that sparkly pink and purple top sheet!) but my love for the Backland faded into a longterm commitment after they held up in tight places. Like when I was side-hilling a 40-degree bowl in the Eastern Sierra that had yet to transition from ice to corn.

    Sixty-five percent of the Backland FR 109 W is camber underfoot, giving me the edge-hold I needed on the skin track. Turn around for the descent, and that’s when the rocker in the tip and tail came in handy, giving me peace of mind that I can hop in and out of turns easily—falling is the last thing I want to do when I’m skiing on tech bindings.

    Speaking of tech bindings, the Backlands are as light as I’d ever want to go, clocking in at less than four pounds per ski. They’re not as uber-light as a skimo stick. But I’m a skier, not a mountaineer. And I need some matter to lean into. Some may not like the Backlands as an inbounds ski. Their lightweight construction translates to feeling every bump, rut, hit on the snow, which can be a problem at a ski resort. Atomic put carbon inserts to run the length of the ski. Still, the Backlands ski above the crud, rather than cut through it.

    But the true destiny of the Backland is powder. HRZN Tech blends ABS sidewall construction with a rocker shovel in the tip that gives the ski more surface area. Which means the Backland and I will float on in the deep, deep snow all the way to the sunset.
    —Julie Brown

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    Brand Name

    ATOMIC

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    132-109-122

    Lengths

    159, 167, 175

    Radius

    17.5

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

  • Icelantic

    Maiden 111

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    New this year, the Icelantic Maiden 111 celebrates all that is feminine in skiing.

    The centerpiece of the artwork on the topsheet, 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

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    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 Skis for Women

    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

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    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 Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

  • Nordica

    Santa Ana 110

    $849.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Nordica Santa Ana 110 stands apart on the women’s ski market for the two sheets of metal and carbon that sandwich the wood core.

    Wait—metal in a 110-underfoot women’s ski? That’s a ski marketer’s nightmare. Most women are intimidated by metal. I understand. Metal adds weight and stiffness to the ski, making it more difficult to ski.

    But metal also gives a skier confidence. It gives the ski the strength to cut through the snow, not skip on top of it. Personally, I lose confidence the minute I feel bucked around and thrown into the backseat. That happens the most when I click in to lightweight skis that don’t have a spine. Conversely, a ski I can cut into the snow with, that I can trust to lean into and drive, that’s a ski that makes me feel like I’m a really good skier. And that’s the Santa Ana.

    It’s not a heavy ski. Nordica lightened up the guts of the ski so they could compensate for the added weight in the metal. The wood core is a combination of lighter weight woods poplar, beech, and balsa. Above and below the core are layers of Titanium and carbon. The result is a powerful, stable ski that will unlock the mountain for any female wanting to take their skiing to the next level.

    The best chairlift at Big Sky is a triple named Challenger. It’s a slow ride up a face with a healthy amount of pitch. Some of the best lines weave between the lift towers. Conditions are typically windbuff supreme. It’s a zone I lapped many times at Powder Week on many different skis. Some skis wanted to turn—a lot, too much. Others didn’t want to turn at all—and I feared for my knees. But on the Nordica Santa Anas, I found my stride in my first lap. The second lap, I pushed the gas petal. By the third, fourth, and fifth laps, I wasn’t even thinking about my skis. I was thinking about how much I love to fly. —Julie Brown

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    Brand Name

    Nordica

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    140-110-129

    Lengths

    161, 169, 177

    Radius

    16.5

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    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

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    Brand Name

    BLIZZARD

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    131.5-102-121.5

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

    Lengths

    156, 164, 172cm

    Radius

    14.5m

  • 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

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    Brand Name

    Coalition Snow

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    129-105-119

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Skis for Women

    Product-type

    skis

    Lengths

    157, 166, 173, 180cm

    Radius

    25m