The Magma is a high performance ski with race dimensions. If you need a little help on the down, or know the conditions will be especially nasty, slice and dice the course with help from Aski. The ski is built with a Polycell core wrapped CarbonShell technology with strategic vibration dampening mixed in. Like all Aski skis, the Magma is super stable and smooth at speed. The Magma ..
The new Cirrus ski is a combination of Hagan's race ski know-how and a wider platform. 75mm in the waist with a 113mm rockered shovel, the Cirrus is significantly more tourable in soft snow than the X-Race. However with a 98mm tail and the same advanced structural materials, it is equally at home in difficult terrain where nimbleness is key. You will be able to execute both short a..
The Maestro ski uses the same 14-layer construction sandwich found in Trab’s Gara Aero race skis, but in a wider alpinist platform. Ski Trab calls the construction the most technologically advanced on the market, and they back it up with a 3-year warranty. While being silly light, the Maestro skis well with an Aramid honeycomb core wrapped in quadriaxial carbon fiber and other stif..
“The Ultra is ultra awesome”, says Hagan. Since it’s an improved version of the awesome Cirrus, we’d have to agree. Hagan added mini ABS sidewalls to the Ultra for improved edge hold and durability. They also tweaked the shape to increase the effect edge length and directional stability. The ski maintains its prior charms with a low weight, generous rocker, and impressive carving a..
Libero is Italian for free.
Free you will be on the Libero ski.
Free to roam the mountains with impunity.
Backed by Trab’s three year warranty.
Unrivalled in the industry.
This ski is for thee.
But seriously, the Libero is a great ski, near the top of the class in weight, skiing, and affordability. The Attivo progressive shape makes it versatile, with a progressiv..
The Sintesi is lightweight mountaineering ski with a long-ish radius that has great handling on steep ice. It also handles the variable conditions your throw at it due to the Attivo progressive shape and flex. Due to the Power Fiber wrap, the Sintesi is a bit stiffer than the Libero and thus more appropriate for bigger skiers or for carrying a heavy pack. Turns are easy to initiate..
The Women’s version of the Sintesi is just as easy to ski, but uses a modified fiber wrap to better fit with the natural balance point for female skiers. It features the same light wood core for good rebound, and the Attivo progressive shape that adapts to variable conditions. The hardened bases and edges are designed take some hits when you are exploring the wilderness.
The venerable RST gets an update. Moving to version 2.0 for many of its products, La Sportiva wishes to re-announce its lineup. The new matte topsheet and Powercap 2.0 construction gives the RST a new look and feel. The designers also managed to shave a bit of weight in the process. Under the hood, the 2.0 features a vertically laminated Karuba wood core wrapped in a tri-directiona..
Fish grow bigger when they eat other fish. X-Fish grow bigger when Movement bows to the demands of addicted skiers who want even more. The “race plus” line of skis from Movement might someday have the biggest Fish in the sea. For now, we are psyched to have an even more versatile tool in our arsenal. Expanding the waist of the highly-acclaimed (and highly useful) Gold Fish, the Big..
Virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the Aski Verglas is stable, precise, and confidence inspiring in variable and sketchy terrain. A carving skiers dream, the Verglas probably could hold an edge on glass. The skis are built with a skeleton of thermoplastic infused with carbon to make a strong ski with a buttery flex. Double curving rocker keeps it above soft snow whil..
Atomic changed the name, but not the singular purpose. The Backland UL 78 is a ski mountaineering weapon. The ski is capable of slicing and dicing on hard snow, while remaining playful in soft snow due to the lightly rockered tip. The double-carbon construction is reliable on the steeps and the ultra-light wood core helps you get it done. The Backland UL series features the same St..
A wider version of the Ultimate race ski, the 78 is an elite mountaineering ski made by Atomic. Inspired by Kilian’s transition from racer to extreme alpinist, the Ultimate 78 is designed to go high and fast. An all-mountain rocker and innovative sidewall give confidence when you need it. The light wood core and carbon laminates keep your legs fresh for when you need them. Good luc..
$699.95 From $419.95
Named after the famed 8,126 meter peak in Kashmir, the redesigned Dynafit Nanga Parbat ski is ready to tackle the most demanding ski mountaineering terrain. The namesake mountain is notoriously difficult to climb, let alone ski; yet a Dynafit team led by Luis Stitzinger did both in 2008. The Nanga Parbat ski leverages this experience and is designed to be forgiving in difficult sno..
Fischer has stepped it down a notch. Building on the success of the Transalp 88, the alpine ski company shrunk the molds and created a slimmer version. While its bigger brother hits the sweet spot for all-around backcountry use, the 80mm Transalp marks the sweet spot for mountaineering. The skinnier version is confidence inspiring on the steeps while shedding a good amount of weigh..
Black sheep are a disgrace to their families. Black apples are evidently the opposite. Movement is very proud of this 80mm mountaineering and touring ski, both for its versatility and performance. With a longer-than-average radius, the Black Apple excels at arcing long turns and hugging the walls of couloirs. It has an easy-rocker tip and a sufficient underbelly to keep you afloat ..
Let this be the first apple a backcountry-beginner tastes, that sure would spoil them. If we all had Movement skis right out of the gate, the world would be a happy place. The First Apple is a lightly rockered ski with a generous sidecut to make it easy to handle. The combination of a light wood core and multi-axial fiber makes for a lightweight ski with a smooth flex, just what yo..
The Sweet Apple could be the perfect ski for avid female ski tourers. With a light rocker tip and a healthy 80mm of width underfoot, the Movement ski easily stays above powder and crud. And the dynamic tri-axial carbon fiber wrapped around the light Karuba wood core gives it enough rigidity to grip well on hardpack. Best of all, the Sweet Apple weighs in at just over a kilo so you ..
$599.95 From $499.95
The Tour Randos are fun and affordable backcountry skis. Because they are made by Ski Trab, they have arguably the most advanced construction in category. Not quite as many layers of technology as in Trab’s high end models, but there is still quite a sandwich of layers in the Tour Rando. A light wood core is surrounded by multi-directional fiberglass and rubber and then capped with..
Sometimes written as the Se7en Summit, this affordable combination of new and old school design is a workhorse in spring conditions. While Dynafit has had a ski with this name for some time, this year’s model incorporates technology from the high-end Cho Oyu / Nanga Parbat / Denali line of skis. In light of the inclusion of flex-tips, micro-sidewalls, carbon-stringers, and the trip..
It’s about time someone focused on making decent touring gear for kids. Hagan is a family-owned Austrian company that understands how to spend quality time with your kids: skiing uphill! The Sky Force skis are specially tuned for juniors, with an easy sidecut and 200mm of rocker in the tip. Also the price is right for the little ones. You no longer have to be chained to the resort ..
We love the name almost as much as the ski. Voile designed this mountaineering tool to help you succeed in those alpine missions with a specific goal, AKA an Objective. While it can’t guarantee success, you can rest assured it won’t cause a failure. The impressive weight will let you take it far, on your feet or on your back. The easy-skiing nature of the construction won’t give yo..
Built with the same technologies as Ski Trab's Gara Aero WC race ski, the Magico is targetting those skiers who want to maximize their fun with big days. With the Attivo progressive shape, flex, and shock absorption on a wider board with a longer tip, you will find great performance and ease of handling in almost all conditions (if you can ski breakable crust well on any ski, let u..
$974.95 From $774.95
The 84 is the mountaineering specialty ski of the Movement Alp Tracks line. Using the same advanced construction techniques found in the 94, 100, and 106, this steep skiing weapon is built to perform on the up and the down. Amazingly lightweight yet stable, the Alp Tracks 84 is a ski you can rely on to travel far and get back home. For edge hold on the steeps, Movement added an ABS..
The Women’s version of the Alp Tracks 84 uses a slightly different mix of carbon fibers to adapt the flex to female skiers. Not quite as stiff, the ski is still light, damp, and reliable. Movement’s most advanced construction process is labor intensive, involving special squeezing steps to get the skis so light and robust. This ski is made in a limited edition run that top female a..
After you tasted your first apple, you are hooked on Movement skis. Then you become a young adult and turn either Black or Sweet. Lastly, you get slower or wiser and end up with this X-version. You could also skip to the end and just buy the Apple-X now. Light, nimble, and reliable, the Movement Apple-X is just plain fun. Made with the same advanced North TPT carbon construction as..
The new Vertex looks destined to become the crown jewel of the X-Series skis from Movement. Replacing the Bond-X ski at 84mm underfoot, the Vertex-X adds a mini ABS sidewall underfoot so it can hold up even better to the rigors of everyday touring and mountaineering. It keeps the relatively straight edges near the tip and tail that are a godsend when side-slipping or traversing ste..
$829.95 From $649.95
Still the widest platform in Atomic’s high-end backcountry lineup, the Backland UL 85 is the ticket for all-season usage. From deep powder in the winter to those spring corn harvests, the 85mm waist will perform. Atomic redesigned the tip from the Ultimate version to make it slice through soft and variable snow. Otherwise, the Backland UL remains the same reliable platform with a d..
At this rate we’ll see a 100mm Ultimate ski by 2017. After proving their ultralight carbon platform could handle the steeps with a 78mm waist, Atomic is now expanding its waistline to the sweet spot for daily touring (if you poll Europeans). With carbon stringers that you can see through the partially-transparent top-sheet, the 85mm Ultimate is exactly what you’d expect in a scaled..
Seemingly out of left field comes some impressive new lightweight skis. That is, if left field were defined as the Blizzard factory in Austria and you gloss over the fact that Blizzard manufactured many skis stamped with other, well-known, backcountry brand names. Now showing off their clandestine experience, Blizzard added a three-dimensional layer of carbon fiber across the enter..
$599.00 From $419.95
The new Zero G series from Blizzard is a sleeper. Somewhat secretly, Blizzard has been making backcountry skis for other brands and it shows on their first lightweight self-branded skis. With a 3D carbon layer and a full-length sidewall, the skis can hold an edge on the steeps. And with subtle rocker and 85mm waist, they perform in variable conditions and of course you’ll smile in ..
$599.00 From $449.95
As lightest and skinniest ski in the DPS touring lineup, the Cassiar 87 Tour1 is likely to get picked on by his peers. We like to stick up for such poor souls because they will probably have the last laugh. The 87 is a classic touring ski with a medium waist that seems to handle whatever is under it without complaint. Tougher than it looks, the 87 carves up corn and eats through ch..
The Hagan Chimera series of skis is known for its solid yet lightweight construction. The latest member with the most unique name, the Chimera Y-Flow, is a worthy contender for a true one-ski quiver for backcountry skiing and mountaineering. Incredibly light for its size, the Y-Flow is designed for skiers who want to ski a lot of vertical in varying conditions. With a mid-fat 87mm ..
As the lightest and skinniest member of the Helio family, the 88 is the fastest to the top and the quickest to turn. It’s the ideal choice for long-distance or high-altitude winter tours, plus spring mountaineering season. It shares the Sidewall Dampening System of the other Helio skis which is what makes them feel like a beefier ski. The full length ABS sidewalls improve the impac..
The Stella Alpina 88 is a backcountry ski for women with a frontside background. It’s a ski that is happy to make turns with you anywhere you take it. And that could be far away, since the Paulownia wood core with Air Tec channels make it almost silly light. In additional the Aeroshape top sheet is curved towards the edges so snow sheds and doesn’t slow you down. When you get to th..
The Fischer Transalp 88 hits the sweet spot in width, weight, price, and skiability. The 88mm waist is the sweet spot for do-it-all backcountry skis. The 1215 gram weight  is the sweet spot for up versus downhill performance. The $600 price tag is the sweet spot for affordable quality. The rockered tip on an excellent carving ski is the sweet spot for fun. Kudos to Fischer on ..
The next-generation Y-Flow has arrived. Hagan has made some improvements to the innovative ski that launched a whole series of well-received snow sticks. They’ve slightly narrowed the tip and widened the tail, keeping the fun “Y” shape but improving the tracking and edge hold. Also increasing the edge hold is the new micro-height ABS sidewall. This adds an additional layer of stren..
The Balance is a new women’s ski from Movement designed to be taken up, down, and all-around the mountain. With a versatile high-80s width and a light rocker tip, the ski is equally balanced for soft and hard snow conditions that you may encounter on different aspects. A female flex and mounting location make it easy to stay balanced while riding it. The carbon fiber construction a..
$649.95 From $449.95
Movement judged that the Nexus ski had enough improvements over the Balance to warrant a new name. We trust their judgement. The Nexus has the ABS Shock Absorbing sidewall the Swiss company has started to install in all its lightweight skis. This adds shock absorption, edge hold, and impact resistance underfoot where it’s needed most. Movement also went with the new metal edges tha..
Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. However, the sixth tallest mountain in the world, named Cho Oyu on the Tibet / Nepal border, is mostly white with snow. Dynafit gets close to the proper translation with the Cho Oyu ski, a blue ski designed for expeditions with deep white snow. The mid-fat ski has a high-altitude weight coupled with a rockered, 125mm-wide, floaty tip. I..
Movement is aiming the Response-X at mountain guides and skiers who go on multi-day tours. Well, we think that if you ever ski back-to-back one-day tours, that is close enough. Weighing in at a little over a kilo, the Response-X will help prevent leg-hangover after a long day of climbing. And with a light rocker tip and a heavy dose of carbon technology, the ski could surprise you ..
Replacing the venerable Response-X is no easy assignment. The Session-X is up to it, however. Improved with mini-ABS sidewalls that reduce shock, increase edge hold, and offer impact resistance, this ski becomes the default flagship of the Movement X-series. It keeps the same light rocker profile and medium radius shape that made the previous iteration so popular. Also added to the..
The Carbonio 88 is a limited edition speed touring ski with a stiff carbon construction. Available only at select dealers, the Carbonio series features micro sidewalls, flex tips, and a souped-up carbon layup that maximizes downhill performance. The skis are on the stiffer side, so better suited towards big or aggressive skiers. The 88mm-wide version of the Carbonio is the light-n-..
After seeing the joy on the co-owner of Ski Trab’s face while making smooth turns in the Wasatch during low-tide, we knew we had to have what was under his feet. The Trabucchis truly love their craft, and the new Mistico is the latest product of that labor of love. It’s a wider version of the venerable Magico that excels in variable conditions, according to Adriano (both verbally a..
A great one-ski-quiver, the Maximo from Ski Trab is designed to work well in all conditions. This is achieved through the Low Omega Profile, meaning they vary the thickness of the core and stringers along the length of a ski to regulate the flex. A softer flex in the tip allows for easy turn initiation and float in powder. A thicker, thus stiffer ski in the mid-section gives a reli..
Lightweight yet extremely performant, the Nevaio is an all-mountain bruiser. With a relatively long radius and a penchant for holding and edge at speed, this ski is a dangerous companion. The Nevaio is damp and ready to slay the mountain with its CarbonShell matrix, unique to Aski skis. The double rocker (multiple vertices of lift) gives you confidence to point ‘em and go. If you’r..
As the true all-mountain width in the Alp Tracks line, the 94 is a daily touring machine. With a crazy light yet robust construction, the AT series of skis are sure to gain some converts to the Swiss ski movement. The Alp Tracks 94 is part of a limited hand-made ski series whose build-process involves squeezing fiber layers around a Karuba wood core. The result is an impressive wei..
Voile started supplying Salt Lake City with solid lightweight backcountry skis in 1991. Their simple formula has been so successful that you can now find their skis all over the world. The basic recipe is this: "make as lightweight as possible without compromising performance."
Now that you know the secret, you can either choose to make your own skis, or purchase the tried-and-t..
The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive flex come from a carbon fiber wrap around a balsa flax core, protected by a full ABS sidewall. As importantly, the Helios are eas..