All-purpose touring skis are the starting point for getting into the backcountry and the sweet spot for a one-ski quiver. Err on the skinnier side if you tend to ski harder snow or fatten up if you ski more on powder days. This selection of backcountry skis is designed to perform admirably no matter what conditions you find.
When you don't know what the day will bring, you'd best bring along the Escaper 97 from Rossignol. With its composition of light materials, the Escaper 97 is anything but laborious when ascending, allowing you to move efficiently and quickly in the mountains. When paired with the precut skins, the notched tip enables quick transitions at the top, allowing you to soak in the view wh..
We’re lucky to live in an era of gear that defies categorization, and the Radical 97 from Dynafit is the latest textbook case study. The Radical 97 is light enough that you won’t hesitate to grab them as you head out the door and comes in a width that’ll handle almost anywhere you’re going. While the rocker profile lends itself towards maneuverability and flotation, there’s still p..
The Wayback 98 inhabits a rare space at Skimo Co. That is, it is a ski that almost all of our staff can agree on, no matter what “flavor” of skier they are. Looking at the specs, it's not hard to see why. With a versatile 98mm waist width, the Wayback 98 is equally at home in mid-winter powder as it is harvesting corn during the Spring. The long tip and tail rocker helps the Waybac..
Do you remember your first skis, the ones that unlocked a lifelong passion for being outside, helped you find a sense of community, and built confidence? Elan did, which is why they took great care in designing the Ripstick Tour 80T. With its easy-to-handle nature, the Ripstick Tour 80T is built to provide a positive backcountry experience, helping its user navigate through various..
Delivering a damp, powerful, and stable ride, the old Backland 95 was a fan favorite for many years. Wanting to build upon this proven platform, Atomic went to work and changed the rocker profile and raw material sourcing for this latest iteration. Keeping the same turn radius but increasing the rocker to 30% (compared to 15% in years past), the Backland 95 has gained flotation in ..
Defying categorization, the Radical 88 W is blazing its own path, refusing to be pigeonholed into a single box. With its sub-90mm waist width and familiar shape, many ski mountaineers will find it to be intuitive and predictable, perfect for navigating variable snow in consequential terrain. However, the crud-bustin’ poplar wood core and durable full-length ABS sidewalls will be re..
While fads come and go, skis with a familiar shape and solid construction don’t. Consequently, the Radical 88 has both. With its stout construction, the Radical 88 differentiates itself from the ever-popular, weight-conscious Blacklight series. While certainly not a heavyweight, the Radical 88 is built for those wanting a descent-oriented platform in a sub-90mm ski. Powered by a po..
Finally, after years of waiting, the mystical Mistico.2 has arrived. Compared to the 1st generation, the Mistico.2 sports a revised geometry, designed to provide better flotation in soft snow and easier turn initiation. The 14-layer Italian construction is made with careful attention to detail, providing the on-snow performance properties of the iconic cars that share its homeland,..
Have you had your eye on the DPS Pagoda Tour 100 but are concerned that, while classy, the topsheet just isn't unique enough? Well then, the Pagoda Tour 100 Dreamtime, which has two unique topsheets celebrating two unique continents, is for you. With stringers of space-age foam, ash, and a single "3rd Rail" running the entire length of the ski, the Pagoda Tour 100 Dreamtime is read..
Looking for a versatile all-mountain ski that doesn’t tip the scales on the way up? Look no further than the Fischer Transalp 98 CTI. Sporting a generous amount of rocker in the tip, the Transalp 98 CTI handles itself nicely in powder while carbon stringers and a Paulownia wood core ensure the ski has a lively and fun personality. Should you be in an arcing mood, the medium turn ra..
“Tools not jewels.” This has long been the saying for many skiers, gritting their teeth before dropping into a known rocky descent. Fortunately for us, this saying doesn’t necessarily apply to the special edition Snow Leopard skis, which blur the line between artwork and highly functional tools. Built using the same chassis as the Radical 97, Dynafit added an aesthetically pleasing..
The Backland 85 is a “core” ski for Atomic. As opposed to the Ultralight version, the 85 focuses on value and simple enjoyment. The Backlands are known for their compliance, meaning they seem to just do what you want them to do. It’s the perfect ski for building confidence in the backcountry while also handling light inbounds usage. Not too stiff, not too twitchy, not too heavy, an..
Like the name suggests, the Elan Ripstick Tour 94 is a ripper. With alpine-like performance at a touring weight, the Ripsticks have a lot of energy, edge hold, and personality. Shorter lengths are available for a tight couloir ski and longer lengths for daily driver touring, making the Ripstick Tour 94s incredibly versatile. This “womens” edition skis with the same pop as the unise..
The Ski Trab Ortles 90 ski is for the skier who expects one ski to handle any terrain in any condition, all without sacrificing uphill performance, and keeps you motivated to go back lap after lap. The Ortles 90 uses a Liwood air core in conjunction with their acclaimed 14-layer construction for a smoother ride down with a minimal weight cost. Hibox torsion control aids torsional s..
Ski Trab has a storied history with its made-in-Italy craftsmanship, producing skis for those with a penchant for ultra-light but high-performance. Never ones to sit idle, the designers at Ski Trab have been working on a freeride-oriented option for some time, tweaking and refining based on the feedback of professional athletes and mountain guides. The culmination of this extensive..
Built to make all the other skis in your quiver jealous, the Faction La Machine Mini has a quiver-killer mentality with a penchant for all snow types. Thanks in part to its healthy rocker profile, the Mini can effortlessly pivot on-demand, allowing you to shut things down on a moment's notice if things get too rowdy. With its moderate girth (width), the oh-so-versatile Mini is prep..
With a product portfolio that includes a “Supreme Roller Skate Split Monoboard,” it’s clear that Faction isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. So, when Faction created a low 90’s underfoot ski with free-skiing spirit, we couldn’t feign too much surprise. Built to move with the agility of a cat through off-piste terrain, the La Machine Micro is made to be easily handled, allowin..
When it comes to technical sports like skiing, the earlier the kiddos learn their Pizzas and French Fries, the better. Atomic's Backland Junior extends the reliability and versatility of their ubiquitous adult touring line to future uphill champions aged approximately 9-11. The Backland Junior is a true all-mountain ski, combining a directional turn shape with so-called "piste rock..
Not just any nova, the Supernova from Majesty is an all-around, high-performance ski with a penchant for the soft white stuff. It partially achieves this versatility using a Cut-Off-Tail, cleverly called COT. By cutting off the tail and moving the skier's stance back on the ski, Majesty was able to make the Supernova maneuverable but stable enough for you to “let 'er rip” when the ..
Born high in the Tatra mountains of Poland, Majesty knows a thing or two about skiing. So, when Majesty made the Superpatrol Carbon Ski that touts a “Cut-off Tail,” we were naturally intrigued. Inspired by surfboards, this so-called “Cut-off Tail” shortens the length of the tail, shifting the skier's stance further back from the center. Combined with the adapted sidecut, the result..
Following in the footsteps of an older sibling is never easy, especially when they’re handsome, smart, and good at math. Therefore, Salomon had to take great care when replacing the MTN Explore 95, a ski that set an exceptionally high bar. Eager to get out from under the shadow of its older brother and forge its own identity, the Salomon MTN 96 Carbon accomplishes the same mission ..
The Dynafit Low Tech 88 ski brings some old-school cool to the popular Blacklight line - you know what they say, “look good, ski good!” The Low Tech 88 offers the same construction and performance as the Blacklight 88 ski but offers a significant amount of style - which is key for anyone who is looking to set new PRs and push their limits in the mountains. The Low Tech 88 will be y..
Like its unisex sibling, the Dynafit Free 97 W is designed to be light enough to schlep anywhere, but sturdy enough to ski anything confidently. Dynafit accomplished this with a poplar wood core, which supplies suspension while remaining poppy and light. It's also apparent that Dynafit took their time perfecting the sidecut, as the Free 97 W is equally at home in steep spots as it ..
The Dynastar touring family is growing: the Storks have dropped off the M-Tour 90, making the family much more complete. As with siblings, the M-Tour 90 and 99 share a similar genetic makeup but have very different personalities. For instance, the rocker profile on the M-Tour 99 wants to seek out soft turns whereas the shorter rocker profile and longer effective edge on the M-Tour ..
While out for a day in the mountains, it’s highly possible to find perfect powder up high, refrozen coral reef in the middle, and slush at the bottom. This variety of conditions necessitates a versatile tool, which describes the Armada Locator 96 to a “T” (and then some). Using their EST Freeride Rocker profile (rocker in the tip and a flat tail), Armada has ensured that the Locato..
From Jackson to Lhotse, Denali to Mount Vinson, women have put up some of the biggest ski mountaineering lines on the planet. However, even these steely-eyed crushers had to start their backcountry exploits somewhere. The Atomic Backland Girl is an all-mountain ski for intermediate skiers looking to have fun on and off-piste. A Densolite foam core facilitates a light and vibration-..
The RP shape from DPS has long been known to be one of the most intuitive ski shapes to have ever graced the slopes. Having traditionally only been offered in wider waist widths, fans of this easy-going RP shape can now rejoice, there is a narrower option! Say hello to the Pagoda Tour 90 RP. With a 15m radius, 45% rocker, and excellent Pagoda Tour construction, the Tour 90 RP remai..
When Blizzard introduced the Zero G 95 in the wee years of 2018, many skeptics were impressed with how hard they could push such a light ski. This skiability came in large part due to their Carbon Drive construction, which when wrapped around a paulownia core, delivered hard-charging performance at a reasonable weight. After a few years elapsed, Blizzard introduced their improved C..
“We ask, we listen, and we act...” The Women2Women program at Blizzard was introduced to create products for women, by women, using feedback from women. Turns out, men don’t know what’s best for women. With this in mind, Blizzard built the Zero G 95 W, which is geared for the gals who want a light ski that performs well in all conditions. The revised Carbon Drive 3.0 laminate, enab..
Finally, a lighter touring version of Elan's beloved Ripsticks! The Ripstick Tour 94 has a nice wide shovel and generous sidecut to make you think you have machetes on your feet as you slice through everything from powder to punchy top layers. With a 360° ABS sidewall these skis are a powerful set of boards with plenty of rock-solid effective edge to keep control in tough condition..
Ready to rip? So is the Ripstick Tour 88 - a lighter weight, backcountry friendly take on Elan's popular Ripstick line. With an 88mm waist, this piece of eye candy is ready for some winter or spring laps where conditions may vary from powder to corn to crud. The smaller turning radius brings this ski around quickly, which comes in handy in trees, couloirs, and anywhere else you wan..
In designing the Free 97, Dynafit set out to create a balanced ski that isn’t too laborious on the up yet has the confidence to excel no matter the snow conditions. To achieve this, they started with a poplar wood core lined with carbon fiber stringers, which helps to provide a damp yet playful ride. They added more tip and tail rocker compared to their Beast series. This simultane..
After Volkl's Rise High 88 made an unexpected splash in the world of high-performance touring skis, Volkl could have sat back and just ridden the success of their Rise line. Instead, they went back to the lab to make an even better ski, and indeed they did with the Rise Above 88 ski. Volkl claims this ski is the "most versatile ski" in its line of touring skis for the 21/22 season,..
The Volkl Rise Above 88 W is for the woman who wants to go uphill fast, enjoy a euphoric downhill run, and experience unwavering confidence in slick conditions. Boasting the same responsive maneuverability as the Rise Above 88, the Rise Above 88 W has a triple-radius sidecut, allowing you to seamlessly change the arc of your turn from long and fast to short and nimble. The result i..
The Rise Beyond 96 Women's ski is a perfect example of Volkl's gold standard of hard-charging, powder-eating, and corn-slaying skis that are lauded by skiers of all shapes and sizes. The Rise 96 ski is the improved model of last year's Rise 98. Volkl has shaved off two millimeters from the underfoot, yielding a ski that is even easier to turn and more stable on hardpack. The ski is..
Volkl has a reputation for making skis that can perform in just about any terrain for any level of skier and the Rise Beyond 96 Ski is no exception. The improved model from the previous season, the shape is a touch narrower underfoot by 2mm and features a tighter turn radius for snappier turn initiation. But don't worry, the innovative 3D radius sidecut remains, which helps the ski..
What's better than the Dynafit Blacklight 95? A sweet deal on a Dynafit Blacklight 95. This is a combo kit that nets you the ski, a Radical ST binding, and a pair of matching Speedskins. This is a quick and inexpensive way to get a high-end ski touring setup under your feet. The skis are light, damp, and very versatile so you can ski this in the fall, winter, spring, and hopefully ..
If we had to use just one word to describe the Hyper Manti W, it would have to be “exceptionally well-rounded.” You may now be wondering why we in fact used three words instead of the self-imposed one-word limit and to be honest, it's because one simply wasn't enough. With the shedding of an impressive amount of weight from the non-hyper Manti W, the Hyper Manti W will grant you ac..
Tucked away in the Wasatch, the craftspeople at Voile are hard at work, silently creating skis that thrive in whichever geographic region you call home. Their creation, the Voile Hyper Manti, is no exception. Its rockered profile lends itself to a playful feel in deep snow, while the supportive tail will be right at home in steep couloirs sporting less than ideal conditions. The th..
Volcano hopping with the possibility of powder skiing, corn cycles, or firm steep descents? The Movement Alp Tracks 90 will fill your niche for a truly light and fast stand-alone ski or the perfect slot in your quiver when you don't know what conditions will be. Movement updated the popular 89 with this 90mm waisted version in their ever-high-end Alp Tracks line. These are blessed ..
The Dynafit Blacklight 95 hits a sweet spot: light, damp, and stable with incredible versatility with a focus on soft snow. As Dynafit’s recent addition to their speed touring line-up, the Blacklight 95 is a confident and light ski that is right at home on the Kahiltna Glacier or deep in the Wind River Range searching for the remaining late-season powder stashes. Its waist width is..
Men aren't the only ones who want to go fast, confidently ski variable conditions, and descend technical lines! Sure, Dynafit could've created a women's-specific ski from the ground up for the rowdy lady skiers out there, but the design was already out in the world - known as the Blacklight 88. This Women's Blacklight 88 version features the same materials and technology as the ori..
Dynastar aimed for the perfect on-snow feel with their favorite line of Touring skis. The M-Tour 99 is built with the Hybrid Core, which is Paulownia wood for rebound and energy mixed with Polyurethane sections for damping and a smooth flex. The result is a great all-around touring ski that can float in powder and showboat on hard snow. Using Adaptiv sidecuts, the 99s are easy to m..
Some days, snow conditions are all over the place with no way of knowing what you'll find. The slightest change in aspect, elevation, or weather can cause you to end up nervously staring down an icy couloir with girthy powder skis. Or perhaps a neck-deep powder run with the skinniest of skis. Neither is ideal. Rest assured that won’t happen to you on the Dynastar M-Vertical 88s. Th..
Designed to bridge the worlds of freeride and classic touring, the versatile Women’s Session 95 finds the right combination of weight, durability, and performance that is sure to leave a smile on your face whether going up or downhill. Borrowing the much-beloved shape of the Alp Tracks 95, Movement added a 5-Axis Carbon weave to increase performance in variable snow conditions whil..
What would happen if you bought just one ski that could do it all? Would you still use your other skis out of guilt? The best way to avoid this problem is to stay away from SCOTT's Speedguide 89. Not too little in the middle, this baby has the backing of a full-length paulownia wood core that also incorporates Carbon/Aramid fibers to increase stability and torsional stiffness while..
The Superguide 95 women’s ski is not overusing the word, "Super." These sticks have the same excellent balance of maneuverability and stability as the men’s version, but in different sizing options. SCOTT decided to make some updates to their Superguide line that dramatically improved stability and dampness. Featuring a full-length Paulownia and Beech wood core with Carbon/Aramid f..
We all know what a difference an aspect can make, especially on those days that can change from blower fluff to wind-scoured stuff in a few turns. If you want the one ski to rule them all SCOTT has upgraded and revamped their Superguide line and the finished product is a top-notch shredder for all conditions! An updated core construction for 2020/21 is made up of Paulownia and Beec..