I could have just copied and pasted the same intro from our Top Men’s All-Mountain ski blog, but I’m not going to do that. You know why? Because the skis in this blog aren’t just copied and pasted versions of men’s skis that they prettied up with some girly graphic. No, these top women’s all-mountain skis have standalone value as high-performance, butt-kicking rides that can tackle any terrain (and also happen to have some attractive graphics and colors). If you want a daily driver that can rip everywhere from the frontside groomers to the back bowls, then these are the skis for you.
Cool, collected and a heck of good time – this might be the best way to describe the Blizzard Sheeva 9. Built with Blizzard’s Women’s Specific Design (or W.S.D. for short), the Sheeva is the optimal shape and size for the female anatomy. Its Multi-Layer Wood Core is bolstered by a uni-directional carbon frame for a lively experience that is powerful and without chatter. A vibration-dampening Anti-Shock Layer creates a smooth and stable ride, meaning you can ski longer and stronger without your legs getting so sore.
The Atomic Vantage 90 Ti is built from the ground up, starting with lightweight materials and only adding what is necessary to maintain optimal performance. The Prolite Technology ensures a light weight and stable feel without feeling demanding, and the Energy Backbone reinforcement offers better edge hold and strength. Woven into the construction is fibers of Titanium for an even more power-packed ride.
One sure fire way to create a great ski? Use great materials. The Head Kore 93 does just that, utilizing a construction that combines some of the lightest and strongest materials in the business: Graphene, Koroyd and carbon. Add those to its already-explosive Karuba Light Wood Core and you get a ski that pops with energy while maintaining its low weight. The Kore 93 isn’t afraid to go topless either; its Topless Tech uses a polyester fleece covering on its topsheet instead of plastic to reduce weight even further.
Improve your skiing on hard snow and in challenging conditions with the Salomon QST Lux 92. Built for steady performance and a quiet, chatter-less ride, the Lux 92 features the Carbon Powered C/FX technology for stability and vibration dampening. In unison with the Cork Damplifier insert in the tip, you can smoothly navigate through rough snow without all the excess weight that usually comes with crud-busting skis. The QST Lux 92’s Powerframe slots in a Titanal insert under the bindings for even more power and oomph in your ride.
Set out to explore new terrain and lay first tracks on the all-new Nordica Santa Ana 88. The versatility of the Santa Ana allows it to rip groomers and play in deep pow all the same – very skillfully, that is. The blunt nose profile offers great floatation and enters into turns effortlessly. Traverse free of fatigue thanks to the Energy 2 Titanium Construction, which is powerful without requiring max energy exertion. The full Poplar/Beech Balsa Wood Core is lightweight and energetic, so the skis still have plenty of pop and play in them when you want to get a little more creative.
K2’s latest are called the Mindbender 98 Ti, probably because they’ll warp your mind trying to figure out they ski so well in all conditions. Save the brainpower: The Mindbender’s Torsion Control Design uses a progressive torsional flex that is combined with a more balanced longitudinal flex for maximum versatility in all conditions and on all terrain. A Titanal Y-Beam in the mid-section of the ski with a unique laminate shape provides a specifically-tuned level of flex in different areas of the ski; stability in the tail, rigid underfoot and supple in the tip for ease of control.
Never lose your line with the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti. Their Line Control Technology (LCT) uses a Titanium rail that runs from tip to tail which improves your ski-to-snow contact and stabilizes the entire length of the ski, enabling you to hold steady on the most ambitious of lines. Rossignol’s Air Tip VAS smoothens out chatter, resulting in reduced fatigue on those ski-till-you drop kind of days. Last but not least – these skis are simply fun to ski, in large part thanks to its progressive sidecut and rounder tip/tail shape that you lets enter and exit turns effortlessly.