Not every skier is lucky enough to get deep pow days on the regular, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun – you just need different tools. Frontside skis are hugely popular thanks to their more narrow profile which allows you to quickly and easily make turns on hard snow. For skiers that, whether out of preference or necessity, spend most of their time on groomed trails, these top men’s frontside skis are your key to skiing bliss.
The Blizzard Brahma 82, simply put, is powerful; it transmits that force effortlessly throughout the ski so you don’t waste a shred of your own energy. Built with Blizzard’s Carbon Flip Core, the Brahma provides a ride that is damp and yet full of life. Two and a half layers of Titanal give this hard-snow slayer superb stability and edge hold, especially at high speeds. You don’t have to be afraid to put the pedal to the metal on the Brahma 82s, as the Sandwich Compound phenol sidewalls are extra durable and firmly grip the snow when on edge.
If you want a ski that can make tough lines look graceful, then the Rossignol Experience 84 is the ski for you. Line Control Technology is the key ingredient in the Experience’s seamless ability – it provides the stability necessary to keep your line and the power to plow through choppy snow. Every transition from edge to edge is clean thanks to the vibration-dampening powers of Rossignol’s Air Tip VAS, which places chatter-reducing material in the tips of the ski to smoothen out your ride. In tandem with the the skis’ ABS insert, these technologies keep the Experience
stable and lightweight throughout.
The K2 Ikonic 84 Ti is the rare frontside-focused ski that has groomer-skiing ability in spades with the chops to take off-trail on occasion, as well. The backbone of this ability is the Ikonic’s Carbon Spyne, which packs the ski full of energy without adding weight. The Exo Konic Technology also redistributes mass across the ski by placing heavier material near the edges for improved maneuverability. An Aspen/Paulownia wood core is sandwiched by layers of Titanal metal laminate to create a lively feeling beneath your feet without it feeling overly heavy.
The Elan Wingman 82 C Ti combine freeride technology with a frontside state of mind. Each of the Wingman’s skis is unique, featuring a dedicated right and left ski with rocker on the outside edges for quicker turn initiation and camber on the inside edges for grip. The Tubelite Wood Core has carbon tubes that run the length of the sidecut to really drive energy to the snow as you ski. Additional Carbon Rods reduce the overall weight while providing an even more stable feel.
The Salomon XDR 84 is well-suited for advanced intermediate to expert level skiers looking for all-day performance out of their ride. The All Terrain Rocker profile gives these skis more versatility than your average front side ski, and provides skiers with easier turn initiation. The Full Sandwich Sidewalls offer the stability and precision for those perfectly-carved groomer turns you crave. A Titanal binding reinforcement gets the most out of the energy you put in and increases your edge hold for when things get icy.
Progressively shaped, the Vantage 82 Ti skis are designed to absolutely dominate groomed trails on the frontside. You get the easy turn initiation of rocker in the tip with the lock-down edge hold of camber throughout the rest of the ski. The sleeker shape of the Vantage makes it primed and ready to carve up groomers, with its Titanium Tank Mesh helping to really drive power into your turns while also reducing the weight. Finish it off with a World Cup Base Finish for enhanced speed and you have a ski that will happily hit the groomers stronger and faster
than you ever have before.
Tight and light is the name of the game for the Head V-Shape V8 skis. Featuring a narrow 75mm waist, the V-Shape V8 can make tight turns in compact spaces at ease. It is very quick edge to edge, and the Karuba Light Wood Core keeps the ski’s overall weight to a minimum for quick-hitting maneuverability. The LYT Tech Construction uses graphene in addition to the Karuba core for a more stable feel than you’d anticipate and loads of pop. Let’s not forget the V-Shape’s, well, v-shape; a thicker tip and tail thin out as you get closer to the midsection for a truly trusted
edgehold and a less fatiguing ride.