The Salomon QST 106 is a driver, but easy to ski. It's stable, but also quick on the turn. It's fun and poppy, but when you want to crank the speed, it's ready for you.
Unchanged in its construction and design from last year's award-winning model, Salomon's QST series is a top choice among the Powder Union. "This beauty can be driven aggressively across all kinds of snow." says Editor at Large Matt Hansen. "I would have no qualms riding this ski every day at my home mountain." South Lake Tahoe skier Tyler Bradford echoes the same feeling. "The more I ski this ski, the more I like them. It does everything well and is easy to shut down speed."
I found them to be a surprisingly ideal choice for a powder day inbounds. They cruise through the untracked and are super easy to turn in the deep. And after the ski resort gets tracked out, the QSTs have the power and drive to cut through the chop, rather than bounce around like a more rockered ski does.
Using the same construction as its sister, the Stella 106, the QST is made with a Spaceframe wood core, milled to lighten the ski. An edge-to-edge sheet of titanal extends beyond the mounting zone, and a layer of Salomon's carbon-flax blend rounds out the construction to deliver a responsive yet solid, poppy yet driving, balanced ride for the every day and every condition. —Julie Brown