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.
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 fat and fully rockered Salomon Rockette Ski might not be for the faint of heart; but for the hardest-charging ladies out there, this is your ticket to ride. The girthy 115-millimeter waist and full rocker give tons of float in the deepest of deep, and the lightweight Honeycomb tip and tail make this fatty super-easy to maneuver and reduce swing weight when you want to get jiggy slopeside. The full wood core delivers strength and liveliness while the Edgy Monocoque construction keeps it durable without adding weight. This ski is no pushover, with wide, fully reinforced edges, so as sweet and sugary as its pretty pink topsheet may be, it's one tough broad.
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 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.
Counting sheep is boring, so you count spins, kinks, and corks to help you fall asleep, and it's no coincidence that you spend most nights cuddling the Icelantic Da'Nollie Ski. It's been redesigned for 14/15, with a wider platform (95mm underfoot) to ease powder landings and increase stomping surface area, along with a rockered tip and tail that make it easy to butter, ride switch, and venture out of the park and into the freshies. Like all Icelantics, the Da'Nollie's available in fairly short lengths and tight turn radii, making the ski nimbler and reducing swing weight without compromising stability and performance at speed. Icelantic's Nollie Flex wood core provides a strong, flexible, and poppy platform for buttering, ollieing, and popping off every little feature you find, while fiberglass laminates offer enough stiffness to rally comfortably at speed without weighing you down when you decide to go airborne. The Da'Nollie wouldn't be an Icelantic board if it didn't have the company's signature Travis Parr graphics and rugged crystal-clear Carbonium topsheets, which are complemented by 2. 2mm steel edges and a lightning-quick Durasurf 4001 sintered base. The only drawback? You won't be able to blame your skis anymore when you bail.
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.
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.
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.
Rossignol's 7 Series has turned out some of the most highly regarded skis of the last few years, and the Smash 7 is the newest addition to the mountain-crushing lineup. At under eight pounds per pair and with a waist width of 92, it's the smallest and lightest ski in the 7 Series, which makes it perfect for intermediate riders looking for big-time performance that won't overwhelm their abilities. The Smash boasts the same Powder Turn Rocker as all the other 7s, giving you the ability to pivot when you're cruising slowly, engage a solid edge at medium speeds, and rip with confidence and serious edge hold when you're opening things up, all the while maintaining float and smoothness in deeper and rougher snow. Rossignol built the Smash with a poplar core that's light and springy for a fun ride, and overlaid it with a fiberglass laminate to give it enough stiffness to rip without reducing any of its liveliness. It's also been wrapped with a Rossitop cap construction, which is durable and lightweight, and designed with a centered sidecut that provides easy, predictable edging power on everything from powder to groomers. With a freeride design that's been modified for intermediate rippers, the Smash 7 is a ski that can do it all, all winter long.
We all love our fatty pow skis on the deep days, but they don't make a whole lot of sense as an everyday ski. So, whether you're looking to give your quiver a little more rounding or looking for a do-it-all workhorse, the K2 Shreditor 102 Ski will give you that free-ride feel you love so much in a narrow and nimble hard-snow-oriented design. All-terrain rocker gives your tip and tail a lift over new snow, chopped crud, and wind-buff while the camber underfoot provides stable edge-to-edge transfer on the hardpack and groomed runs. The aspen and paulownia wood core has the lively flex patterns you'd expect from a wood core, but with K2's Triaxial braid (weaved strands of fiberglass around the core), the ski has the torsional strength for stability at high speeds on hard snow. The Twintech sidewall wraps the topsheet partially around the sidewall, reducing wear along the edge and preventing your topsheet from chipping off so your sticks look mint all season long. The tapered tip and tail increases control when you're coming out of a turn and lets you scrub speed quickly when that tree sneaks up on you. K2 threw in its skin grommet attachment, so if you decide to do some backcountry stuff, you can get a seamless skin-to-ski attachment.
Fancy yourself a mountain-shredding black belt? Do your damage with the Volkl Kendo Ski, which slices and dices the whole mountain with the precision of a samurai's blade. Volkl married an 89mm waist to traditional underfoot camber to create a ski that won't back down from any ice-coast face or Rocky Mountain hardpack, and laid it up with titanium to give you plenty of power when you need to rail your turns. The Kendo also uses Volkl's trademark Power Construction, with features a torsion box and vertical sidewalls to enhance the ski's stiffness and durability. Although it would be an excellent daily driver for eastern rippers, the Kendo's not a traditional carving ski. It's plenty wide enough to eat up the occasional shot of power, and has been outfitted with tip rocker to help it cruise over rough snow, ease turn initiation, and ride consistently in all snow conditions. Volkl also hooked the Kendo up with a multi-layer wood core, which features stiff ash underfoot to improve binding retention and power, with lively poplar in the tips and tails for playfulness and easy maneuvering. East coasters looking for an everyday rippers or western shredders who need a do-it-all ski for the hardpack, the Kendo's your new weapon of choice,
When you have a love for something as deep and ardent as yours for pristine pow, the right ski for optimal lovin' is imperative. The hike-ready Volkl Nanuq Ski is lightweight enough for marathon laps but has a mid-fat waist for float and stability. A tip rocker makes turn-entry a breeze and prevents tip dive in deep snow. The Nanuq has a wide-radius sidecut for letting loose when you get to a beautiful wide-open bowl and really want to go nuts. Perhaps the most versatile of the Volkl backcountry skis, it's still quick edge-to-edge thanks to its traditional camber and stiff torsion box. Plus, the proprietary Skin Pin attachment system let you get snap the pre-cut matching skin off in a hurry so you get your pick of lines.
Peanut butter and chocolate. Beer and pretzels. Ice and cream. Some things are too good to mess with, and you can add the Volkl Gotama Ski to the list. It's a big-mountain ski dressed up like a do-it-all charger, and it might well be the only thing you'll need to have in your quiver this winter. At 107mm underfoot, the "Goat" is plenty wide for all but the deepest pow days, and it has the ELP (Extended Low Profile) rocker to prove it. The rocker profile is designed to compliment the ski's flex and sidecut, so it's incredibly easy to get full edge contact when you roll your ski up and try to lock into a turn. This makes the Gotama a serious performer on the hardpack, even though its dimensions would suggest it's more at home in the soft stuff. Of course, it still floats like a butterfly when you're in a pow-gobbling mood. You can drive it hard no matter where you're riding, though, courtesy of a Power/Tough Box construction that uses stiff ash underfoot and lively poplar in the tip and tail, with a fiberglass and composite sheath around the ash for plenty of stiffness and power where you need it. This helps to prevent binding pull-outs, too, so you don't have to worry about hammering a turn and looking down to find that your ski isn't attached to your binding anymore. You won't find a tougher, more exciting do-it-all big-mountain ski around.
For years, the Volkl Mantra's been the gold standard for all-mountain edge grip--you could point it at anything and let 'er rip, but it was a ski that always wanted to be driving a hard edge. The combo of power, precision, and width made for a wonderfully versatile quiver-of-one ski, but always left a niggling feeling that you were missing out on some of the powder-munching, turn-smearing fun of surfier, more forgiving boards. This year? Not so much. Kiss those hangups goodbye and say hello to the new Mantra, a slightly fatter, fully rockered all-mountain animal that has all the aggressive, hard-charging instincts of the original, tempered with a dose of pure pow lovin'. If you're into powder (is that even a question?) two words should stand out from the first paragraph: Full. Rocker. While the old Mantra could be overly aggressive in soft snow and tight trees, the new profile combines with a tapered tip to ease things up, making it easier to throw your skis sideways, scrub speed, and have more fun when things get soft and you need to be light on your feet--you'll be able to vary your turn shapes, opening things up when you feel the need for speed and shutting them down when things get techy. Don't worry about sacrificing hardpack performance, though. Even though its waist is two millimeters wider than previous iterations, the Mantra uses Volkl's burly, aggressive Power Construction, with a torsion box for stiffness, vertical sidewalls for durability, and a titanium laminate to keep you charging hard, because, after all, it's still a Mantra. There's ash underfoot for power and top-shelf binding retention, with poplar in the tip and tail for a more lively, playful feel. If you find something it can't handle, you're probably trying to use it as a boat, or a machete, or a pair of pants; keep it pointing downhill on the snow, and you'll see why it's such a legend.
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.
K2 remembers a time when skiing wasn't all about the legendary storms. For every massive dump that hit Utah or week-long epic that struck the Pacific Northwest, there was a group of New Englanders celebrating a six-inch powder day deep among the pine trees. The K2 Annex 98 Ski is for those people, and anyone else that wants to charge hard in the backcountry without dragging around a mega-fat to do it. Measuring a relatively narrow (by today's standards) 98mm at the waist, this ski delivers the responsiveness and power of a wood core and metal laminate construction with the deep snow performance of rocker at the tip and a tapered sidecut at the tip and tail. Tight chutes and tree skiing require the control of traditional camber, and you'll find just that directly underfoot. You're inevitably going to throw a skin on this ski, so you'll find a tip grommet and a notch at the tail to retain a skin clip--both of which are compatible with K2 Z-Clip Skins. Your girthy, rockered resort ride might look beastly in comparison, but the stiff, stable, and maneuverable Annex 98 will drop it like a bad habit once you hit the skin track or dip into the trees, and you'll be all the happier for it.