Today’s all-mountain skis are like a sportscar – except that sportscar also has off-roading tires and gets great fuel economy. With all-mountain skis on your feet, you can tackle any terrain with speed, precision and performance day-in and day-out reliably. It means you can shred icy groomers, cruise through the steep and deep and plow through chunder and crud with even skill. If you’re the type that wants to take advantage of every inch of real estate on the mountain, then these top 2020 all-mountain men’s skis are exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.
A new construction with added tech this season gives the Salomon QST 106 an unneeded but highly-appreciated upgrade for the 2020 season. Already one of Salomon’s most award-winning skis, the new QST 106 adds a cut out laminate of cork in the tip to create a ride that is ultra-lightweight and that can better dampen out vibrations at high speeds. It also now has a Carbon Powered C/FX Reinforcement, which blends Carbon Fiber and Basalt to add more power and stability, and the Powerframe construction,
which places a Titanal laminate under the binding platform
for better performance in hard snow. All these new
improvements result in a ski that is a freerider’s
dream but that can also handle any terrain inbounds or out.
Brand new for the 2020 season is the Line Vision 98, a playful all-mountain option that sets the new standard in light-weight performance. Designed for freeride versatility, the Vision 98 uses the new THC Construction, which combines aramid, carbon and fiberglass for a ride that is smooth and damp. Because no one turn is the same, the Vision 98 sports a 5-Cut Sidecut; with 5 different radii, the Vision can make any turn shape in any condition with ease. The Vision 98 are so light that they are more than capable of acting as a touring ski too, but the Party Cloudy Core
still provides it with a very high strength-to-weight
ratio for power that outperforms its weight.
The Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, built from the inside out, reinforcing only areas where it is necessary to create the lightest skis possible without sacrificing their integrity and ability. The Vantage’s Prolite Construction shaves unnecessary bulk from the center of the ski for the lightest weight possible, and a layer of Titanium Tank Mesh is inserted from tip to tail to provide the needed stability and power. An Energy Backbone reinforces all the key areas so the minimalist design doesn’t compromise edge hold or strength of the skis. The end result is an all-mountain
ski that can perform just as admirably on groomers as it can
powder; the Vantage 97 Ti offers excellent edge hold and a very
predictable ride that is perfect for aggressive all-mountain skiers.
Advanced skiers who like to push the limits of their skis but who don’t want to sacrifice versatility will love the K2 Mindbender 99 Ti. The Mindbender 99 Ti has true one-ski quiver potential, boasting a ride that is incredibly damp and stable but isn’t without agility or playfulness. Built with K2’s Torsion Control Design, the Mindbender 99 Ti uses a Titanal Y-Beam laminate to achieve forward-thinking torsional flex that is incredibly strong in the middle and tail of the ski with more flex in the tips for added ability in all snow types. Make turns that are on the money even
at high speeds, smoothly entering and exiting even
in choppy and sketchy snow.
It sure says a lot about a ski when it can go largely unchanged from a season ago (aside from a sleek, updated graphic) and still earn a spot among the top performers in its class. The Rossignol Soul 7 has built up a reputation as an excellent all-mountain-freeride ski designed for everything from the deepest of pow days to tackling challenging conditions, and this year’s iteration is no different. The Soul 7’s longer, lower Freeride rocker in the tip allows it effortless float and maneuverability in tight spots, and the Carbon Alloy Matrix combines top-tier
performance with a weight so light it makes the Soul 7
a very viable touring option. Last year Rossignol added
a newly-redesigned Air Tip 2.0 that is both lighter and
stronger for improved swing weight, maneuverability and
more concentrated power.
Merging some of the best qualities of Nordica’s Enforcer 110 and Enforcer 100, the all-new Nordica Enforcer 104 Free offers one of the most well-rounded rides in the sport – a true all-mountain slayer. Powerful, smooth and stable at high speeds, the Enforcer 104 Free is a great choice as a daily driver. Its lightweight wood core is sandwiched between two layers of Titanal, creating a mix of performance and feel that skiers can bank on day-in and day-out. A compact turning radius makes for extra fun on the groomers, without compromising any
soft snow performance or maneuverability. The blunt nose
profile makes for easy turn initiation and release, and
of course allows for effortless float when you’re cruising
At the heart of the Head Kore 99’s ability is a construction featuring some of the most advanced and performance-packed materials available. Graphene, simultaneously one of the strongest and lightest materials available, is used in unison with Carbon Fiber and Koroyd to create a ski build that is at once powerful, nimble and ultra-responsive. The Kore 99 uses a polyester fleece material on its topsheet instead of plastic – a technology Head dubs Topless Tech – making it so light that it is touring ski worthy as well. The Karuba Light Wood Core adds a little
extra explosiveness too, creating a ride that is as fun as it is firm.