Light backcountry skis save your legs for the downhill so you can enjoy safer turns.  Racers look for skis under 1000 grams, while slightly heavier models will deflect less in crud and tend to take more abuse.  Try our compare tool.

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Ski Trab Gara Aero WC Women
Ski Trab has introduced a women’s version of the Gara Aero World Cup. It’s possible that while experimenting with various new flexes for the men’s version, they stumbled upon the perfect flex for female racers. But more likely, Trab knew what they were doing when designing this ski with Lady Flex 60. That’s because they’ve been making race skis since skimo racing was barely a thing..
Ski Trab Gara Aero World Cup
The Gara Aero World Cup race ski is the pinnacle of Ski Trab research and development. Using the new Attivo production process, the Gara (Italian for Race) Aero WC consists of 14 layers of lightweight technology. A Hibox 3k carbon fiber filament encases several layers of secret sauce wrapped around an Aramid honeycomb core. If you haven't heard of Aramid, you haven't worked in the ..
Voile Wasatch Speed Girl
Voile believes in equal opportunity skiing. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a female-specific version of the Wasatch Speed Project has come to fruition. Although the prototypes were pink, we applaud the decision to make the production WSG green. Either way, female racers no longer have to drag an extra 10cm of ski up the hill, but still can enjoy the Vector-style rockered profile ..
Voile Wasatch Speed Project
Imagine if you applied the solid lightweight construction and easy skiing rockered tips of Voile skis to an ultralight size geared for skimo racing and speed touring. Well that’s just what Voile did when they started the Wasatch Speed Project. The resulting ski by the same name is as unique as the namesake mountains that rise above Salt Lake City, Utah, where the skis are made. ..
Fischer Verticalp Ski
A Vertical skimo race is very simple: first one to the top wins. No transitions, no skiing. This is a racing classification designed to figure out who is the fittest alpine athlete that knows how to skin uphill. Although not many such races are held stateside, it’s commonly featured for one day at World Cup events in Europe. The Verticalp ski is designed to win such races. As yo..
Aski Magma
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 ..
Aski Stealth
Stealth describes both this race ski, and the way that Aski snuck up on the skimo world. Seemingly out of nowhere, the well-financed Italian company is cranking out a full line of amazing skis using an innovative construction process. After years of research and development, the CarbonShell racing ski has arrived. Feel the unique flex and performance of the Aski platform trimmed do..
Atomic Backland UL 65 Ski
As the successor to the acclaimed Ultimate 65, the Backland UL has some big shoes to fill. That’s big in the sense of reputation, not size. These are skimo racing skis, after all. The new UltraLight, or UL, series features a redesigned tip, with a slimmer crown to slice through powder and crud. Atomic also added a new Fiber Grid layer which enhances durability even further (the Ult..
Atomic Ultimate 65 WC Ski
Atomic enters stage left, moves to center stage. It’s a simple script for a major ski industry player to enter a new niche. Just make a bunch of decent skis and sell them through a large established network of dealers. Atomic is the star of this play, and the North American skimo market is the stage. How will it end? Who knows, but it will certainly be interesting to watch. T..
$699.95 $479.95
Blizzard Zero G Race
As a reformulated version of the Attack, the Zero G Race ski has a great legacy. It remains a stiff racing plank with a traditional profile and superior edge hold. That’s surprising because Blizzard managed to shave about 100 grams off the weight, making it a superior uphill ski as well. Built with the same Carbon Drive construction found in the larger Zero G skis, the Race version..
Dynafit DNA Ski
Dynafit’s 3D carbon construction and flex tip has now worked its way into race skis. The same platform that excites skiers on the Cho Oyu & Denali skis can now be found on race courses worldwide. The Dynafit DNA ski is the pinnacle of the technology, stripped down to its essence. With the 3D tip and underfoot cutouts, the new version is even lighter than the old DyNA. The popul..
Dynafit PDG 2.0 Ski
The classic PDG has been upgraded to Dynafit’s proven 3D carbon construction. With a shape that reminds you of Cho Oyu or Denali skis and graphics that remind you of the color wheel, the Dynafit PDG 2.0 will remind you to go skiing. The new version has the flex tips that help absorb rough patches found in races or training runs. It also had its weight trimmed via removal of some ti..
Dynafit PDG Ski
Short for Patrouille des Glaciers, the famous ski mountaineering race hosted by the Swiss Army, the new Dynafit PDG ski could just be the perfect combination of price, weight, and durability. At only 85 grams (3.0 ounces) more per ski than the DY.N.A. racing model, the PDG saves you a serious chunk of change. The extra grammage is put to good use as early tests indicate these are d..
$699.95 $399.95
Fischer AlpAttack Ski
Long have other brands made skimo race skis in their factory. Long have they dabbled with their own models in Europe. Short is the time Fischer predicts it will take to dominate North American podiums. With a weight-to-price ratio that is hard to beat, it certainly won’t take much time to test the prediction. Handicappers are quick to point out the Alpattack’s Aeroshape technolo..
Hagan Race Ski
Hagan has been working diligently for years on shaving weight off its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest of conditions. The updated version of the X-Race ski features ABS sidewalls for improved strength, edge hold, and rock resistance. They’ve tweaked the shape, profile, and length to maximize power transmission and control..
$849.95 $799.95
Hagan X-Race Ski
A new version of the X-Race builds on Hagan's well-known and impressive combination of price, weight, durability, and performance. Slightly wider and longer, the X-Race now has a gentle rocker to help navigate the full range of conditions from fluff to crust. Also included is a redesigned elliptical shovel for improved lift and flotation so you won't be as hesitant to lap powder fi..
$798.95 $599.95
La Sportiva Syborg Ski
Strength, durability, and affordability. Those are the extra ingredients that La Sportiva added to the full-carbon RSR race ski to make the new Syborg ski. While they don’t come in salt shakers or pepper grinders, the ingredients were fairly straightforward to add using the company’s ski making expertise. Sharing the same geometry and Paulownia wood core as its World Cup brother..
$698.95 $448.95
Merelli MLimited Ski
Only Merelli could one-up Merelli. The MLimited ski is built with the same platform as the MZero, only this time with the highest quality carbon fiber available. The lighter weight fiber allowed Merelli to use achieve the same strength with less weight and a softer flex. Note we said softer, not soft, as this ski is designed to hold and edge in the nastiest of conditions. The high ..
$1199.95 $899.95
Merelli MZero Ski
Possibly the stiffest race ski in the world, the MZero uses a monocoque structure to get its strength from a carbon fiber frame. The ski is built by Merelli, renowned leaders in carbon technology. The company has high-pressure autoclaves on site to impregnate carbon fiber with resin and build a very unique race ski. The MZero is superlight and has recorded victories in the Pierra M..
$999.95 $749.95
Movement Rise Pro-X Ski
From the ashes of the Fish-X series the Rise-X has risen. Movement’s new flagship race ski is a combination of the former Fish and Pro-X series at a much more affordable price point. Iterating on the previous designs, the Swiss engineers reinforced the binding area while keeping the weight down. Using the patented North TPT wrapping process, carbon fiber is woven onto the ultraligh..
$849.95 From $639.95
Movement Gold Fish-X Ski
We’ve heard it described as the perfect ski. We think that may not be an overstatement for a certain class of skier. We’re not sure if this is a race ski you can tour on, or a touring ski you can race on, but we do know it is uniquely amazing. It could be perfect for bigger or more aggressive racers. It could be perfect for skiers seeking powder in faraway places. Lighter than many..
From $649.95
Hagan Cirrus Ski
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..
$699.95 $579.95
Ski Trab Maestro
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..
Hagan Ultra Ski
“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..
$749.95 $699.95
Ski Trab Libero
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..
$658.95 $399.95
Ski Trab Sintesi
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..
Ski Trab Sintesi Women
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. 14 l..
La Sportiva RST 2.0 Ski
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..
$578.95 $439.95
Movement Big Fish-X Ski
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..
$749.95 $649.95
Aski Verglas
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 Backland UL 78 Ski
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..
Atomic Ultimate 78 Ski
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
Dynafit Nanga Parbat Ski
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..
$699.95 $449.95
Fischer TransAlp 80 Ski
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..
Movement Black Apple Ski
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 ..
Movement First Apple Ski
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..
Movement Sweet Apple Ski
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
Ski Trab Tour Rando
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..
Dynafit Seven Summits Ski
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..
$599.95 $359.95
Hagan Sky Force Skis
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 ..
Voile Objective Ski
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..
Ski Trab Magico
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
Movement Alp Tracks 84
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..
Movement Alp Tracks LT 84 - Women
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..
Movement Apple X Ski
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..
$799.95 $599.95
Movement Vertex-X Ski
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
Atomic Backland UL 85 Ski
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..
Atomic Ultimate 85 Ski
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..
$749.00 $524.95
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