Outdoors Gear The 8 Best All-Mountain Skis Hit the slopes this winter with the right equipment Written by Nathan Borchelt Nathan Borchelt has been working in the travel industry for more than 15 years as a writer, photographer, editor, and product manager. He covers everything from trail cameras to ski equipment. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Nathan Borchelt Updated 11/14/19 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Overall: Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Skis at Amazon "Floats like a dream and has a lively, dynamic mobility." Best Value: Blizzard Quattro 7.2 Ti Skis at Backcountry "Perfect for beginners, it easily lets you find an edge and excel on short turns." Best for Women: Elan Ripstick 102W Ski at Amazon "Designed by women, it confidently powers through tough lines and deep powder." Best for Experts: Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Skis at Amazon "For the type of skier who charges into anything." Best for Versatility: Head Kore 105 Ski at Amazon "Its high-level tech delivers extreme agility and responsiveness." Best for Agility: Dynastar Speed Zone 82 Pro Konect Skis at Amazon "Made to intuitively respond to power transfers at high speeds." Best for Intermediate Skiers: Volkl Deacon 75 Skis at Amazon "The ski to help intermediate skiers progress to the next level." Best for All Terrains: Salomon QST 99 Skis at Rei "Playful, responsive, and somehow both stiff and flexible." Best Overall: Rossignol Experience 88 Ti Skis Buy on Amazon Buy on REI Buy on Moosejaw.com If you took a traditional racing ski tailor-made to carve at high speeds and merged them with the biggest powder ski, you’d end up with the Experience 88TI from Rossignol. An all-terrain rocker profile dials the control and precision you need on ice and hard pack, along with the playfulness you want on looser snow that's reinforced by the progressive sidecut — letting you surf, smear, and drift with ease. The 88-mm waist is on the thinner side, especially compared to powder-specific skis. Still, the all-mountain skis float like a dream, while a proprietary high-density core is lighter and more durable than poplar, which reinforces the ski’s lively, dynamic mobility. When things get hard or cruddy, Air Tip VAS tech at the skis' tips absorbs initial impacts and dissolves chatter, while the newly constructed harness — a central “power rail” that stretches from tip to tail that Rossignol first introduced in their World Cup racing line — adds precise control, quick power transfer, and a fast and fluid, stable ride. The 8 Best Powder Skis Best Value: Blizzard Quattro 7.2 Ti Skis Courtesy of Backcountry https://www.backcountry.com/blizzard-quattro-7.2-ti-ski-with-marker-race-xcell-12-ski-binding Buy on Backcountry.com For first-time skiers looking to dip their toes into the costly ski market, the Blizzard Quattro 7.2 Ti Skis will deliver a reliable ride at the cost of about four-day lift passes. Designed for groomed runs rather than powder, it excels on shorter turns typically for most beginners, with a modest 6-mm rocker profile that’ll expose the bouncy nature of this feature without overwhelming you. As you’d expect, the 72-mm waist makes it easy to find an edge, and lengths vary from 153 to 174 cm with an average turn radius of 13 meters. This isn’t the ski for hiking into Vail’s powder-filled mountains, but for resort skiers, the Quattro 7.2 delivers. Best for Women: Elan Ripstick 102W Ski Courtesy of evohttps://www.evo.com/skis/elan-ripstick-102-womens Buy on Amazon Buy on Evo.com Designed by women from Elan, the Ripstick 102W was made to take on the toughest lines and deepest powder. Its 102-mm waist measures in on the wide side when it comes to all-mountain skis, nudging it slightly toward the free-ski range — meaning it floats on powder and blasts through crud. But thanks to Elan’s Amphibio Profile, which adds camber inside of each ski for edge control and rocker on the outer edge for bounce, the all-mountain ski excels in all conditions. Confident power transfer comes from the SST construction, while twin carbon tubes that run through the laminate wood core provides torsional stability and solid response. All told, it might be too much ski for a first-timer, but for women who know what they’re doing and want to improve, it’ll help you progress. Best for Experts: Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Skis Buy on Amazon Buy on REI If you’re the type of skier who charges into anything, from crud to corduroy to powder to the glades, the Enforcer 104 Free Skis from Nordica will get you there. Its balsa wood core is paired with carbon and twin sheets of metal to max out stability and response in variable conditions, dampening the ride to reduce chatter and amp the power transfer from each turn. A high-rise tip-and-tail rocker lifts the skis above the deep stuff, yet despite its wide 104-mm waist, they still find an edge quickly, delivering solid agility and control. And though the skis don't come with an acute camber profile, they're still playful and bouncy, from deep powder to tackling moguls. That said, it prefers big turns, with a turn radius of 15.5 meters at its smallest (165-cm length). Go bigger, and the radius jumps to 19.5 meters. The 8 Best Backcountry Skis Best for Versatility: Head Kore 105 Ski Buy on Amazon One of the lightest skis in the market, Head's Kore 105 is pushed as a powder-specific ski, but a bevy of the brand's technology makes it compatible for all types of on-piste terrain. This versatility comes in large part from the ski’s sandwich-cap construction, which blends the top sheet with fiberglass fleece, titanal layers, dampening layers, a Koruba wood core, and graphene — a Nobel Prize-winning material that’s the strongest, lightest, and thinnest material on Earth. This high-level tech gives the ski extreme agility and responsiveness to help you dial your performance. A tip-to-tail rocker profile lifts the ski up on loose snow and its 105-mm waist almost feels like you’re levitating over deep powder, while an hourglass-shaped sidecut helps you find an edge. If you weather the icy conditions of New England hoping for a few fresh turns, you'd probably want a ski with a narrower waist. But for those in more optimal conditions on their local mountain, the Kore 105 will let you edge into the deep and then back to the groomers with glee. Best for Agility: Dynastar Speed Zone 82 Pro Konect Skis Buy on Amazon Delivering an even balance between lightness, power, and agility, the Speed Zone 4x4 82 Pro Skis employs a hybrid beech wood PU core for power and control, partnered with solid flex and dampening. This is combined with a vertical sidewall composed of a viscoelastic material for absorption, a titanal layer to increase power transfer, and ABS that assures reliable ski-to-snow contact. You get a relatively thin 82-mm underfoot, which helps find an edge quickly, and it responds intuitively, especially at high speeds. The all-mountain skis are also quick to turn, with a radius that rates at 13 meters in 164-cm lengths and maxes out at 17 meters when increased to 185 cm. Best for Intermediate Skiers: Volkl Deacon 75 Skis Buy on Amazon Intermediate skiers reside in that perfect sweet spot between being comfortable in most on-piste conditions and knowing that their skills will soon include all of the mountains. And the Deacon 75 from German-based Volkl is just the ski to help them progress to the next level. The modest 85-mm waist lets you find an edge instantly in variable conditions, while a short turn radius (which maxes out at 16.5 meters at 175 cm in length) helps link tight turns on the groomers or in the glades. That edge-ability is further reinforced thanks to Volkl’s full sidewall construction, which allows for direct power transfer. But the Deacon isn’t just a workhorse — thanks to an XTD tip-and-tail rocker, the all-mountain ski floats and bounces, with a layer of spring steel to keep things playful. Underneath, a base layer of P-Tex 2100 (a sintered high-density, high-molecular poly) provides reliable gliding characteristics and durability that’ll last the ski several seasons, or until you’re ready to up your game to an expert-level set-up. The 9 Best Cross-Country Skis of 2021 Best for All Terrains: Salomon QST 99 Skis Courtesy of Sun & Ski Sportshttps://www.sunandski.com/p/34140063840000205/salomon-men-s-qst-99-skis-20?vpc=34140063840000205-000000174&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvNLlg5Dl5QIVxIVaBR0XqQQjEAkYBCABEgKSlPD_BwE Buy on REI By definition, all-mountain skis are designed to handle everything, but the QST 99 from Salomon breaks out from the pack in a way that makes things playful, responsive, and somehow both stiff and flexible. An integrated cork “damplifier” tech in the tip adds unparalleled stability through crud and hard pack, while a tip-to-tail carbon layer increases power transfer and edge grip to speed things up — without losing control. You also get a 20-percent tip rocker, partnered with a 15-percent rocker at the tail, and a slight camber under the boots to let the skis float on its 99-mm waist. The all-mountain skis edge the able-skilled skier almost into free-ski territory without overdoing it. A titanium insert runs edge-to-edge underfoot throughout the ski to push performance on hard snow. The ski rides on a light poplar wood core that’s strong and responsive without adding heft, while the full-sandwich sidewalls increase stability and precision. The 8 Best Skis Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 8 below.