This season’s crop of all mountain skis has never been better. Each of our top seven all mountain skis will be up for “Ski of the Year” in one publication or another. Skis in this class have never been lighter, stronger or easier to ski while maintaining a high performance for a wide spectrum of skiers. Take a peek at our list and pick out your perfect all mountain ski.
Salomon QST 99 All Mountain Ski
The Salomon QST 99 uses Salomon’s CFX Superfiber construction to keep the ski light on your feet, and strong enough for heavier or more powerful skiers to have the stability they require. The Koroyd tip reduces swing weight and improves flotation in deep snow, making the QST 99 the perfect combination of agility and power. For being one of the skis in this group without a layer of metal, the QST 99 feels incredibly strong underfoot.
Perfect Run: Tiger Tail; Snowbird, UT
Nordica Enforcer 100 All Mountain Ski
The Nordica Enforcer 100 is one of the most talked about and popular skis on this list. The Blunt Nose Shape of the Enforcer does a fantastic job of adding floatation and helps to initiate turns easily. The shape, construction and rocker profile excels at absorbing vibration and keeps the Enforcer 100 riding incredibly smooth, regardless of how chunky or firm the snow is. Even though the Enforcer 100 has two layers of metal it’s not overly demanding or too heavy of a ski.
Perfect Run: Blue Sky Basin; Vail, CO
Elan Ripstick 96 All Mountain Ski
The Elan Ripstick 96 features Elan’s Tubelite Wood Core. This unique core uses 5mm thick carbon tubes that run the entire length of the ski, following the side-cut to increase stability without adding any extra weight. The Vapor Tip reduces tip wobble, and helps the ski float when the snow gets deep. The Elan Ripstick 96 is the quickest carver of the bunch and is great for skiers who want agility on the groomers, the ability to blow through crud and play in the powder.
Perfect Run: Big Horn; Big Sky, MT
Rossignol Sky 7 HD All Mountain Ski
The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is the most powder friendly ski on this list. The new Air Tip 2.0 construction and Powder Turn Rocker help this ski float incredibly well in the deep snow. The Sky 7 also boasts the most tip and tail rocker of any ski in this category. A Carbon Alloy Matrix delivers grip and responsiveness while ripping the groomers, or when conditions get a little firm. The Sky 7 HD makes the perfect powder ski for skiers on the lighter side.
Perfect Run: Jupiter Bowl; Park City Mountain Resort, UT
Atomic Vantage 90 All Mountain Ski
The Atomic Vantage 90 CTI is the narrowest ski in this category; but what it loses in floatation it gains in bump skiing and edge hold. Firewall sidewalls absorb vibration due to being thicker underneath the binding platform, while notches in Firewall allow the Vantage 90 to have a smooth and natural flex. This is a popular ski for skiers on the East Coast looking for some width underfoot to pound through fresh snow and crud while still maintaining smooth carves.
Perfect Run: Cascade; Killington, VT
Blizzard Bonafide All Mountain Ski
The Blizzard Bonafide got the biggest overhaul of all the skis on the list this season. A new rocker profile and side cut makes this long standing best seller a little quicker in and out of turns, something that previous versions were missing. The dual Titanal layers combined with an additional layer under the binding platform make the Bonafide a great option for heavier and more aggressive skiers, or those who want to power through adverse conditions on the mountain.
Perfect Run: Milky Way Bowl, Heavenly; Lake Tahoe CA
Armada Tracer 98 All Mountain Ski
The new Tracer 98 from Armada is a highly maneuverable ski that is great inside the resort boundaries, but also light enough to mount a touring set up. Xrystal Mesh sits above the Hybrid Ultra-Light Core adding additional rigidity without adding any extra weight and the Carbon Fiber Layup allows the Tracer 98 plenty of energy and spring through turns. The Tracer 98 is an excellent ski for anyone looking to start with a frame touring binding like the Salomon Guardian or Marker Duke to explore the backcountry.
Perfect Run: Minturn Mile; Vail, CO
This was a hard list to make; all seven of these skis were selected because there was no way, with a crop like this, that we would be able to narrow it down to a single top ski. Every ski on this list is designed to be a highly versatile, “one ski quiver” type of ski made for a wide variety of skiers. If you’re looking for more information on the all mountain skis from this list, as well as our full selection of skis, online reviews, buying guides and more, please visit us at SKIS.com