Whether in the midwest, on the east coast or out west, you’ll find legions of dedicated frontside skiers who know there is plenty of good times to be had on the hardpack. Frontside skis are the most popular type of ski thanks to their accessibility (many frontside skis come with their perfect pair of bindings) and groomer-friendly design, which allows you to easily carve around any groomed trails. Pick up any of these top women’s frontside skis and head to the resort of your choice for frontside skiing fun that never gets stale.
The Atomic Vantage 80 Ti is a powerful system ski for front-side shredding while not being restrained to only open hard pack. Built with rocker in the tip and camber throughout the length of the ski, you have the maneuverability necessary for going off trail and the edgehold and grip you need to make those big, arcing turns on the groomers at speed. Titanium Tank Mesh keeps the build of the ski lightweight while providing it with tons of power and stability. The Light Woodcore offers shock-absorbing capability to stomp out chatter, keeping you in control at all times.
Some people are born to run, but the Rossignol Nova 10 Ti is born to turn. Built with features designed to optimize carving ability on the frontside, the Nova will help you deliver expertly-executed turns of all sizes and at all speeds. The LCT Construction ensures smooth stability and improved control thanks to a central power rail that travels from the tips of the skis to their tail. A Poplar Wood Core balances numerous performance factors like weight, power and flex in perfect unison, and is bolstered by a Titanal laminate for dampness and stability.
Move over diamonds, the Blizzard Black Pearl 82 are really a woman’s best friend. Charge on, through and around any frontside terrain on these skis, which have all the versatility you could need. The ski’s 82mm waist allows it to go edge to edge lightning quick, and the 14m turn radius is perfect for those beautiful, graceful carves. The rocker in the tip gives better performance on inconsistent snow than many groomer-minded skis, and the Carbon Flipcore W.S.D. Technology presents a light and stable platform for which you can dart around the mountain on.
Women’s skis deserve women’s specific designs. The K2 Anthem 82s has the BioFlex-Konic Construction, which uses two different densities of wood for a ride that is perfectly balanced for the female anatomy. This impressive construction reduces the weight of the ski by 5% and the swingweight by 15%, and with rocker in the tip and the cap construction of the Hybritech Sidewalls the Anthem 82s effortlessly maneuver in and out of turns. The added carbon to the core breeds energy and liveliness for when you need some pop and pace, too.
The Salomon Aria 80 Ti skis reduce weight as much as possible while packing the performance of a ski up a couple of weight classes. Starting from the inside out, the Light Poplar Woodcore is sturdy, stable and – you guessed it – lightweight. Carbon Flax Weave Reinforcement increases edge hold, and the Titanal laminate under the bindings lets the skier drive the ski with more power and control. For how light the Aria 80 Ti is it still offers a ride that is surprisingly smooth; the Pulse Pad rubber layer and Cork Tip Inlay reduce chatter and dampen vibrations.
If you are an advanced intermediate to expert level skier, the Head Super Joy will fill you with exactly that. Everything about the Super Joy is tailored to that demographic, with its ERA 3.0 Technology creating the ideal rocker profile, rebound and turning radius for frontside carving. A women’s specific camber adds to that specialization, requiring less energy input while getting the same performance output of other skis. The 75mm waist is incredibly nimble edge to edge, and the Graphene Koroyd Carbon Construction adds the necessary stability
for high-speed, high-skill lines.
The Volkl Flair 79 puts an emphasis on optimizing each part of each ski’s construction. Volkl’s 3D Ridge Construction has a thinner profile over the edges of the skis but a thicker channel down the middle of the ski; maneuver quicker and with less effort while maintaining a strong and stable foundation. The tip and tail are more forgiving with extra flexibility thanks to their cap construction, while the Center Sidewall gives you that firm grip and edge hold underfoot so you can confidently carve on hard snow.