• RMU

    Apostle 106 Metal

    $899.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Since their inception, the RMU Apostles have catered to all-mountain rippers and backcountry skiers alike. From the beginning, the shape and straightforward wood construction favored soft snow due to the exaggerated tip taper, making them fantastic daily drivers across the West, or as a powder ski in the East.

    This season, the old Apostle is out and the new Apostle 106 is in. RMU updated the shape with more snow contact for improved hard snow performance and a larger tip for better soft snow planing. It also now comes in three builds the traditional wood construction, a carbon construction, and a reinforced metal construction.

    Like most metal-reinforced skis, the Apostle Metal has the characteristically smooth and quiet ride titanal-reinforced skis are known for. It absolutely eats up terrain variations and chunder and is not afraid of going fast. And unlike many “tapered” ski tips that deflect or have trouble making clean turns on hard terrain, the 106 Metal’s shape strikes a great balance between the two thanks to an updated progressive turn radius. Most surprising was the Apostle Metal’s nimble and lightweight feel, especially at lower speeds. Unlike many metal-clad skis that feel stuck to the snow, the ski channels its classic wood counterpart for a surprisingly poppy and energetic ride, given the power and dampness it exudes at high speed.

    Skis built with metal laminates have a reputation. They are often viewed as niche products favored by ex-racers and high-speed chargers who are willing to compromise pop and playfulness for pedal to the metal stability and power. In the Apostle 106 Metal, RMU has created a balanced and enticing ski that avoids throwing the baby out with the bath water. The metal is there and present when the send dial goes to 11, but the tried and true Apostle lives under the surface, perfectly ready for cruisin’ and boozin’ days where a little forgiveness and fun is in the cards. —Alex Meilleur

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    Brand Name

    RMU

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    122-128-105-116-110

    Lengths

    165, 175, 185

    Radius

    17.3

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • KÄSTLE

    BMX105 HP

    $1,149.00

    Manufacturer's Description

    I followed Kristin Cooper, a Big Sky patroller, from the Lone Peak Tram into a cloud. With poor visibility conditions, she only popped into view every few turns, hinting at where I needed to point my skis. I put my trust in the Kastle BMX105 HPs. On many other skis, I’d be gun-shy, entering a steep, rock-lined shaft nearly blind. On the BMXs, I charged with but a whit of caution. Give these skis your heart and your soul and your thighs, and they will deliver. So did the run: It held a chalky afternoon powder stash.

    Built with a beech/ silver fir core, the Kastle BMX105 HPs get the damn thing done. A low-camber profile keeps the center of the ski slightly elevated and snow-contact points centralized. This shortens the effective edge, making the ski more forgiving when entering and exiting turns. A progressive rise, which optimizes float and easy turn initiation, couples with an elongated “hook free” shovel and tail for an energetic performance. The BMX105s retain traditional Kastle features adapted from alpine racing, like the sandwich-sidewall construction and a hollowtech tip, which makes the ski damper while reducing weight.

    Truly stiff and powerful, the BMX105s HP can be sensitive and precise, too. You don’t need to be an ex-racer to turn it, though it needs muscle to shine. New this year is a 165cm length, a major win for smaller hard-charging women. —Clare Menzel

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    Brand Name

    KÄSTLE

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    134-105-123

    Lengths

    165, 173, 181, 189

    Radius

    21

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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    skis

  • Sego

    Cleaver 102

    $879.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Germany’s Autobahn came to mind while riding around Big Sky’s front side on the Sego Cleaver 102. Both the Cleaver and the famous route are known for what they lack—a speed limit.

    I found the Cleaver’s sweet spot in the middle of the ski where I could press down on my big toe gas pedal and accelerate without any chatter or hesitation. This is a big, heavy ski with a relatively long turn radius. With a big rockered tip, it thrives in steep terrain, open piste, harbor chop, and funky grooming.

    If it hasn’t snowed in a while—the Cleaver 102 will be your savior when you need to perform, point it, and not have your skis chatter off your feet. The smooth steadiness I felt while straight-lining the Cleaver 102 set me at ease as I chased my fellow Power Union members off the tram at Big Sky.

    Bopping through tight trees is challenging due to its 23-meter turn radius, but the Sego Cleaver 102 is made to bomb around the mountain. It is not the ski to strap on your back since they are so heavy and they’ll still sink in powder even with the amount of rocker on this narrower all mountain ski.

    For the small company based in the heart of the Tetons, Sego’s graphics set their skis apart. You’ll recognize the simple yet unique top sheet on the Cleaver 102 on any rack. —Lyndsay Strange

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    Brand Name

    Sego

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    131-102-122

    Lengths

    175, 181, 187

    Radius

    23

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

    Product-type

    skis

  • Nordica

    Enforcer Pro 115

    $849.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Nordica Enforcer Pro 115 is meant for aggressive Western skiers who like big lines. Available only in a 191-centimeter length, and with two sheets of Titanal sandwiching a poplar/beech/balsa core, the new Enforcer Pro 115 is an energetic chunder horse that likes to go fast.

    For a place like Big Sky, Montana, or Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the runs are long, steep, and wide-open, this is an ideal powder ski. But it’s not all power and drive. While the ski is primarily stable and great edge to edge, it still has enough play to get out of turns.

    Joe Sagona, one of the strongest skiers at Powder Week, loved it.

    “This is a fantastic ski,” he said. “It skis well on a big hill, with just enough pop to feel nimble yet incredibly stable when I stomped on it. It has great power out of the turn.”

    The ski isn’t for everybody, or every condition, but for the biggest lines on the deepest days, the Nordica Enforcer Pro 115 will deliver glory. —John Clary Davies

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    Brand Name

    Nordica

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    143-115-132

    Lengths

    191

    Radius

    21.5

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • BLIZZARD

    Rustler 10

    $780.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Thanks to Big Sky’s vast and variable terrain, I skied the Blizzard Rustler 10 on groomers, moguls, hardpack chutes, classic Big Sky chalk, and classic Big Sky rocks.

    When I tell people I have skied on 75 pairs of different skis this year, the obvious response is, “What was your favorite?” Without question, I decided the Blizzard Rustler series to be the leader of the pack.

    Having never skied any Blizzard ski in the past, I had no expectations or preconceptions of the brand before taking out the Rustler 10. What I found was my dream ski. A thinner sheet of titanium alloy (titanal) lays edge-to-edge underfoot, tapering out between the binding and tips. Like most skis with metal, the Rustler 10 is torsionally rigid on edge and stable at 60 mph though chopped snow. But the tapered shape and thickness of the titanal is what sets this ski apart, making it more playful, somewhat forgiving, and just plain fun.

    I love to charge and faster than you but I still need a playful ski to keep a smile on my face. This is why the Rustler 10 has my dream flex pattern; stiff enough to pass my speed test (center punch a mogul field), but soft enough to pop an ollie.

    Aside from flex, the 17.5-meter turning radius lets me dart around between tight trees, and still channel my racing background on the groomers. I had no problem letting these Blizzard skis slash to burn speed, and they stayed strong at high speed carves. —Spencer Harkins

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    Brand Name

    BLIZZARD

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    133-102-122.5

    Lengths

    164, 172, 180, 188

    Radius

    17.5

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • BLIZZARD

    Rustler 11

    $840.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    On the third morning of Powder Week, also known as ASSFART Day (All Ski Something Fast Awesome Rad Together), I was shaking Ullr Schnapps fever dreams when I walked into the tent and over to Blizzard’s ski rack and saw the Blizzard Rustler 11. I looked at my legs, which had seen two bell-to-bell days of skiing, and asked myself, “Am I ready for this?”

    Blizzard has a reputation for making skis that take strength and commitment to ride properly. But a half hour later, I was confidently skiing the rocky and exposed Dictator Chutes. Hungover and grinning, I was beyond pleased to be on these skis. The Rustler 11 is pure confidence wrapped in a solid yet nimble package. The amount of rocker in the ski makes them bridge the gap between pinned carve turns and “give it a second then smear the tail” slarves. Blizzard’s Dynamic Release Technology reduces the side-to-side stiffness in the tip and tail of the ski, taking the bite out of the initiation and exit of the turn. It also reduces leg fatigue.

    Equally intriguing and unique is how many different types of wood actually went into the core of this ski (paulownia, balsa, poplar, and beech). You would think this ‘throw everything at the wall’ approach would be a disaster. It is actually pretty epic. The combination makes the ski feel balanced.

    The only criticism I can offer is that the rocker-camber-rocker profile makes you choose definitively to carve or slarve your turns and almost requires you to keep skiing that way until you consciously decide on a rhythm change. This is because the hinge point at the tip feels very close to where the turn initiation push takes place. If you like to charge in soft snow and you like to feel a symbiotic connection to the ski, please consider this ski for a daily driver. —Wally Phillips

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    Brand Name

    BLIZZARD

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    139-112-129

    Lengths

    164, 172, 180, 188, 192

    Radius

    19

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • STÖCKLI

    Stormrider 105

    $1,199.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    “That thing looks scary,” said Hannah Victory of the burnished aluminum Stockli Stormrider glinting in the sidelong midwinter Montana sunlight. “I don’t know if it’s the top sheet or the metal. I was like, ‘Who’s skiing on that?'” As it happened, the lucky skier would soon be enjoying a smooth, high-performance ride representing the consummation of more than 80 years of meticulous Swiss craftsmanship.

    With two sheets of trademarked high-strength Austrian aerospace alloy—Titanal—fused to a lightweight vertical-laminate wood core, Stockli’s Stormrider series brings precision race technology to the freeride space. The 105 is the mid-fat all-mountain multi-tool in the series, which includes the 95 on the narrow end and the 115 on the other.

    The 105 runs like a hard-charging Super G ski, sprung for high-speed, wide-open hero carving and ultra-efficient edge-to-edge energy transfer. It’s not a particularly lively ski; its preference is to maintain magnetic contact with the snow, engraving confident arcs on steep faces and long groomers. But its conservative rocker profile and ample width underfoot mean that it also floats nicely in pow, and, with a strong driver on board, can power its way through mixed chop like an arctic icebreaker. It was built to go off-piste. But with its classy, understated, industrial-modern topsheet, and its significant price tag, the Stockli Stormrider will also be well-suited to the roof rack of your silver ’69 Porsche 911 as you speed down the Col du Pillon into Gstaad. —David Page

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    STÖCKLI

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    137-105-127

    Lengths

    159, 168, 177, 186

    Radius

    19.3

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • J SKIS

    The Metal

    $699.00

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    Knowing J Skis as a freestyle-focused brand, I was both intrigued and skeptical about The Metal. Having been focused on freestyle for many years, I have deep respect for J, what he strives to create, and the market he shows love for. That said, I don’t usually see freestyle-oriented skis with metal in them. It turns out, he’s on to something.

    The Metal has a very thin, narrower sheet of titanium alloy (Titanal) on top of the core, filling about half the width of the ski. The titanal layer in The Metal is about half as thick as in most other skis. Because of this thinner sheet, and its narrower width, The Metal is a really nice blend between strong and playful. It’s easy to ski, and performed really well in the chalk, hardpack, and especially bumps. It’s jibby and playful, and I had a great time pressing around on the tips and tails while skiing at Big Sky. Another thing I love about The Metal is the way the rocker profile matches the sidecut so the entire ski is engaged when I put it on edge.

    My only complaint about the ski is that I felt the turn radius was a bit too short. They wanted me to make quicker turns than I was ready for and didn’t love to be opened up at high speeds.

    The Metal is quick, fun, and playful, but not demanding. The young jibber in all of us will love the tail that lets you carve switch, and the flex that’s oh-so-fun to butter around, but it has much more to offer for most skiers. The Metal isn’t just a freestyle specific ski; it’s an easy-to-ski, fun ripper, perfect all day, every day on the West Coast for the majority of skiers. —Spencer Harkins

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    Brand Name

    J SKIS

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    135-106-124

    Lengths

    173, 180, 186

    Radius

    17

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

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  • VÖLKL

    V-Werks Katana

    $1,375.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Even after four seasons of successful big-mountain battle testing, the Volkl V-werks Katana still stands out for its unique construction. The sidewalls are so thin it’s like skiing on a pair of credit cards or LP records. But these are not the blunt instruments of the early days of carbon layup skis. These are high-dollar precision German blades with a scrupulous combination of sidecut and full progressive rocker contributing to maximum effective edge all along the rail.

    As light as they are—lightest in class at under 1900 grams for the 184s—they still carve with utmost confidence at high speed. And with their negligible swing weight, even with 112-millimeters of ski underfoot, they’re nimble and frisky in tight quarters. Eleven layers of multidirectional carbon mean they’re stiff and strong enough to withstand sustained beatings.

    They definitely require full commitment from the driver: back off or slip into the backseat and you will not be forgiven as you might with a heavier metal ski. They’re not naturally at ease on chattery hard chalk or heavy chunder. But float them on a wide-open field of soft windbuff, corn, or untracked pow and they will excel.

    Their lack of heft is of particular value on a steep skin track or strapped to a pack, as are the snow- and ice-shedding topsheets, making the V-werks Katana the fatigue-busting featherweight sword of choice for all-day aggressive backcountry laps. —David Page

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    VÖLKL

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Dimensions

    141-112-131

    Lengths

    177, 184, 191

    Radius

    23.4

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Aggressive Skis of the Year

    Product-type

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