In the backcountry, you can go from untracked blower and windbuff to manky mush and death balls in the same day. You have to be armed and ready for all of it. The fully rockered Volkl Nunataq Ski, the fattest backcountry-specific ski Volkl makes, gives you float in pow but plenty of edge-to-edge grip on the sheltered aspects of hardpack. You can thank the Extended Low Profile for that; the smooth, gradual rocker is paired with a matching flex and sidecut for full, uninterrupted edge contact when you need it most. The lightweight construction won't weigh you down on the hike, top to bottom, dawn 'til you tire out your buddies. And the Vokl Skin Pin system, which lets you snap Vokl skins on and off in a flash, will have you hitting fresh lines with this Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award-winner before they are.
Its 88 mm waist and Flip Core 3D Rocker design make this ski extremely agile and versatile. Ideal for demonstrating your skills both on and off the piste.Key Features of the Blizzard Black Pearl Skis: Sidecut 125-88-110 mm Radius 17.0 m (166 cm)
The Icelantic Seeker Skis are designed to stomp the most difficult lines and make it look easy. The extremely stiff flex, 42 cm of tip rise and a flat tail make the Seeker an explosive and directional ski that isn't happy unless it is opened up and charged on.
The Blizzard Scout Ski may be a lightweight on the scale, but be assured it's a heavyweight performer. Its strong, lively wood Flipcore gives it natural rocker in tip and tail, and a generous 27-meter sidecut radius means stability at scorching speeds. The 108-millimeter waist is an ample platform in pow but still quick edge-to-edge. Sidewall sandwich construction also brings power and precision to the edges. This ski has classic camber for strong rebound and edge hold. For backcountry enthusiasts, the Scout is Blizzard's burliest board.
Blizzard's Scout Ski redefines versatility by being beefy enough for the resort yet light for the backcountry. Flipcore technology turns the core upside down to provide a natural rocker at the tip and tail, providing you with steady control in pow and crud, and a shallow sidecut gives you incredible stability on speedy descents. The Scout's wide waist obviously makes it a solid performer in powder, but it still gives a quick edge-to-edge performance on groomers due to the Sandwich sidewall construction. This also employs a classic camber for a strong rebound and edge-hold when you're turning.
Picasso wouldn't have gotten much done with crayons and Mozart would've been useless with an accordion, so you couldn't expect Phil Casabon to dominate the park and urban scene with something other than his signature B-Dog Ski from Armada. It's Phil's first Armada pro model, so he pulled out all the stops to make it as fun, smooth, and buttery as possible, starting with the shape. The B-Dog features EST Park Rocker, which has camber underfoot for grip when you're mobbing into takeoffs and rocker in the tip and tail to make switch riding, butters, and pow landings smoother. Phil also went with a super-stompable mid-90s waist width for stability in pow and on hardpack, and used Armada's AR50 half-cap construction for the ideal combo of edge grip underfoot and light swing weight in the tips and tails. The whole package is predicated on the Hybrid Ultralight wood core, which features a small section of denser, stiffer wood underfoot and light, flexible wood in the tips and tails to supply power where you need it and butter-happy flex where you don't. It's laid up with a light, poppy fiberglass matrix, and the tail is stiffened up with a carbon fiber and Kevlar stringer to provide stability for landings and high-speed riding. Armada laid the whole package down on top of super-quick sintered S7 bases and rugged 2. 5mm Impact edges, making speed and durability issues that you won't have to sweat, so you can focus all your energy on making your doubles look as effortless as B-Dog's.
Narrower than the Altitude and fatter than the Attack, the Discovery falls right in the middle of Blizzard's ultralight touring lineup--perfect for those looking for a balanced performance uphill and downhill. Flipcore technology provides a natural rockered tip and tail that floats in pow and handles crud with ease, and its classic camber underfoot ensures a stable descent. Additionally, the sandwiched compound sidewall provides better energy transmission, increased impact strength, and increased torsional stiffness.
When tonight's storm has you dreaming about tomorrow's faceshots, you better make sure you have the Blizzard Cochise Ski packed and ready to go. With a 108mm waist and a rockered tip and tail, the Cochise lets you float over pow and crud with vigor and initiate turns like a champ. When the storm lets up and your dreams of bottomless pow don't pan out, the Cochise still has you covered, as slight camber underfoot lets you make solid, powerful turns on hardpack. The versatile waist combines with innovative Flipcore design in which Blizzard inserted the ski's core into the mold upside-down, giving it a natural tip and tail rocker rather than pressing it unnaturally into shape like most of the skis on the market. What does this mean for you? It means snappy, intuitive edge control on groomers and fluid flex and turn initiation anywhere. It also means excellent stability and even pressure distribution. The Cochise's multi-wood core provides smooth flex for all kinds of playful feel out of this kickass ski.
Get your caravan packed. With the Icelantic Gypsy Ski, you have your weapon of choice when a two-foot dump arrives. This fatty's generous dimensions, soft flex, and reverse camber are specifically designed for playful surfing in the deep, while the wide-radius sidecut gives you the power to point it down an open bowl. A nearly symmetrical shape lets you get slopestyle on this ski and launch or land switch when you get the urge. The clingy edge engages fully when the snow gets skied up and firm, and sidewall construction puts power in that arc. Your buddies might call you a thieving gypsy after plundering more than your share of pow, but that's OK. Remember: no friends on a powder day.
Maybe the mountain's been giving you a bit of lip, but you can put it in its place with a quick talking-to from the Armada Alpha X Ski. This bad Larry doesn't step down from steeps, groomers, chunder, or ice, with a mid-fat waist and Hybrid Triple Zone wood core that's wrapped with fiberglass to conquer all sorts of terrain at high speeds. The tail's been decked out with a carbon fiber and Kevlar stringer for powerful turn finishing and stability at speed--it'll bump you forward in no time if you get dumped into the backseat--and Armada's five-dimension sidecut moves the widest points of the ski toward the middle for quicker turning and easier smearing, surfing, and speed-dumping in soft snow. You'd expect a modern all-mountain ski like the Alpha to come with rocker in the tip and tail for flotation and smooth riding, and, well, you'd be right. Armada built it with EST Park Rocker, which combines these rockered zones with traditional camber underfoot, creating a ski that can rip when you want it to but stay nimble and floaty when the snow gets soft. The AR50 sidewall construction features a cap in the tip and tail and sidewalls underfoot, so you have power where you need it and light swing weight when you want to get jibby. Armada also hooked the Alpha up with its fastest Comp Series base and most rugged 2. 5mm Impact edges, so the only thing limiting your speed will be all those jabronis standing in the trail, and that stand of trees that's coming up awfully quickly. Better hit the brakes.
Blizzard's women-only, all-mountain Free Mountain ski, the Women's Dakota Ski, will change your mind about flimsy, floppy ladies' skis. More versatile than the fatter Black Pearl, this hard-charger gets carving and edgehold power from its sidewall construction and full wood core. The revolutionary Flipcore technology literally flips the core upside-down in the mold to get that awesome Natural rocker in the tip and tail. It's flat underfoot for smooth transitions, especially in that soft, deep stuff you love so. At 108 millimeters in the waist, this mid-fat floats like a butterfly on steroids, and a huge sidecut radius keeps this ski smooth as silk when motoring top to bottom in zero turns. A woman's ski? Yes, but not for just any woman.
The nimbler, more hard-snow oriented little sister of Blizzard's Black Pearl, the Cheyenne Women's Ski is the narrowest offering in Blizzard's Women's Freeride line, but that doesn't mean it can't handle a little bit of trailside fluff. While it has traditional camber underfoot for edge grip and turning power, both the tip and tail feature a decent amount of early rise, so intermediate ladies will be able to cruise through fresh snow without worrying about their tips diving in and sending them flying. It also makes it easy to disengage the tail, letting you make short, slashy turns in softer snow and control your speed like it's no big deal. When you're tearing up groomers, the vertical sidewalls and torsion-resistant sandwich construction provide plenty of power and edge control so you can expand your speed horizons with confidence. The light, lively wood Flipcore's also been specially pressed to compliment the sidecut and rocker profile, giving the Cheyenne a smooth, consistent flex pattern that engages easily and won't give you any sudden surprises.
No matter how the day shapes up, there's just no stopping you when you're riding your Rossignol Women's Savory 7 Skis. A generous 106mm waist gives you plenty of ski to surf the powder, but the centered sidecut makes sure the Savory 7 is no slouch on hardpack as well. Your guy friends all chickened out, so you decided to step up and hit the chute first, the only problem was the rock about halfway down that was buried just under the snow. Luckily, these skis have a traditional sidewall construction, so that glancing blow isn't going to ruin your edges any time soon. Paulownia and diago help to lighten up the core, so even at 106 underfoot, these beasts aren't too shabby on the skintrack either.
The Salomon Rocker 2 122 is a fatty, but it's one smooth operator for all that girth. Its Twin Rocker profile is all about smooth transitions from edge to edge and a playful, surfy feel all over the backside. A lightweight honeycomb tip adds to its maneuverability, and hook-free tapered tip and tail keep it running nice and easy without that grabby, pulling feeling. Wood runs from tip to tail for a full-length stable and strong ride. With the added durability without the weight, the Edgy Monocoque construction keeps this freeski stick together season after season. The top-of-the-line ski in Salomon's Freeski Powder lineup, there's nothing too deep or steep for the Rocker2 122.
You should be careful with the K2 Potion 98Ti Women's Ski, because it'll either turn you into a toad or into the best ripper this side of Alaska--either way, it's a dangerous thing. It's light but powerful, thanks to a core that combines aspen, paulownia, and stiff maple, and has a metal laminate laid over the whole package to let you rally at speed without feeling wiggly, waggly, or wobbly. K2's All-Terrain Rocker features a tapered, rockered tip and tail to keep you nimble as a one-eyed cat in tight trees and narrow chutes, but blends it with underfoot camber for a strong, powerful, and aggressive feel when you need to lay down an edge to blast down open faces or fresh groomers. K2 built the Potion with Baseline 2. 0 Freeride Stability, which carefully matches the sidecut and rocker profiles to provide strong, consistent skiing through whatever conditions you find yourself in. The slow rise of the rockered tip planes through deeper snow and allows for easy turn initiation, while the low rocker in the blunt tail provides you with strong turn finishing and stability at speed. Both the tip and tail are tapered for better soft-snow performance, and the Hybritech construction actually rolls the top of the ski into the sidewalls for a bombproof feel that doesn't get hung up rocks, trees, and your inside edge like traditional vertical sidewalls. The Potion also has built-in tip and tail attachments for K2 skins, so you don't have to waist any precious time fiddling with your gear at the trailhead.
When the deck's stacked against you and all the jokers are putting their money on the other guy, break out the Nordica Ace Ski, stomp that switch double cork, and ski away with fat stacks of top-of-the-podium cash. The Ace is designed specifically to dominate the park thanks to Energy 2 Titanium construction, which boasts a light and poppy ash and poplar core sandwiched between two sheets of titanal that gives you the boost you need to go all in when you're getting upside-down. Coupled with a Park CamRock profile that bites into hardpack to let you effortlessly carve into icy takeoffs and pipe walls, the Ace lets you spin, butter, and ollie as easily as you can say "hit me." It's also super-fast, thanks to a sintered graphite gallium UHMW base that keeps your airs big and prevents you from shorting landings. The Ace is durable, with burly steel edges, ABS sidewalls, and a light-but-strong cap construction that will help you spin like a roulette wheel and take the suckers for all they're worth. Don't gamble on park performance--go all in with the Ace.
Get your caravan packed. With the Icelantic Gypsy Ski, you have your weapon of choice when a two-foot dump arrives. This fatty's generous dimensions, soft flex, and reverse camber are specifically designed for playful surfing in the deep, while the wide-radius sidecut allows gives you the power to point it down an open bowl. A nearly symmetrical shape lets you get slopestyle on this ski and launch or land switch when you get the urge. The clingy edge engages fully when the snow gets skied up and firm, and sidewall construction puts power in that arc. Your buddies might call you a thieving gypsy after plundering more than your share of pow, but that's OK. Remember: no friends on a powder day.
The Volkl Mantra Ski is your talisman six months of the year. This all-mountain ski both flirts with the big mountain and frolics with the front-side carvers. A combination of core technology and traditional sidewall construction makes the Mantra easy to repeat over and over again, whether it's laps on a big bowl or screaming down a steep shot. The Mantra's tip rocker combines an early rise tip and a classic camber profile in the rest of the ski, which basically lays the full length of the ski edge on the snow so you can easily initiate turns on both hardpack and fluff. In the soft stuff, the tip rocker makes this ski forgiving and floaty so you can undulate over powdery pillows.Volkl uses its Sensorwood core to keep the Mantra light and manageable. Vertically laminated poplar and beech wood create a lightweight and responsive core for bumps, trees, powder, and powerful turns on smooth surfaces. Made with Power Construction, this ski basically has two sheets of metal covering the core, similar to a racing ski. For you, this means a smoother-than-silk ride, and no extra trips to the dentist because the ice-induced chatter caused all of your fillings to fall out. With 98mm underfoot, you have unlimited ski freedom to explore off-piste or rip down groomers. The Mantra sports the widest turn radius of Volkl's all-mountain skis, 22m for a 170cm ski. This translates to the snow in the following manner: skiing through densely packed trees will be challenging, while sweeping turns and soaring over bumps will be easier than eating pie. If you're a single-arrow-in-your-quiver skier, take the Mantra on a date, and enjoy the first of many outings with your new ski love.
Skiing isn't always about nipple-deep pow days and faceshots, so when the crowds are gone and park is cleared, reach for your Rossignol Storm Skis and make it rain. This ski keeps it real with full high camber for high-speed turns and confident edge hold in icy half-pipes. A versatile 92-millimeter waist provides a wide enough platform for all-mountain carving but is still nimble enough to spin in the park. Minicap construction reduces swing weight without sacrificing durability or strength, and the Jib Tip technology gives the tips and tails a more rounded design for smoother transitions and easier switch skiing. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...
A pow-crushing, pillow-stomping, big-mountain gun, Armada's Magic J Ski is Tanner Hall's powder ski of choice for obvious reasons. By beefing up the dimensions of the JJ and moving the contact point forward, you get the same ease of turning and high-speed stability of the JJ, but in a wider platform that is able to handle the ultra-deep days and work their way down pillow lines with ease. Equipped with an EST Freeride Rocker profile (rockered tip and tail with regular camber underfoot), these bad boys allow for smooth, fast, sweeping turns down big lines or long groomer runs. Armada is all about durability and ensuring the life of its skis, so it gave the Js a Hybrid Ultralight wood core and AR50 sandwich sidewall construction for a high strength-to-weight ratio that you can count on when you're charging down floaty pillow lines, variable snow, or through technical early-season conditions. These all-mountain destroyers also have Laminate Matrix technology (directional layering of fiberglass) that provides a smooth, even flex pattern and torsional rigidity for stellar performance in a variety of snow conditions and terrain. In addition, you'll be grateful for the lightweight, strong 1. 7mm edges that have been heat treated for durability and 50/50 bases that offer a just-right blend of speed and durability.