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Backcountry Touring Skis

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. For a more thorough overview of touring skis, please peruse this article.

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..
$229.95 $149.95
When the moment arrives, and your little ripper wants to follow you into the backcountry, they will need the right equipment starting with the right skis. A fantastic and affordable option is the Boost JR ski from Hagan. In creating a kid's ski, Hagan has downsized ski length, but has not downsized ski construction. Featuring a reinforced mounting area, capped construction, sintere..
$278.95 $178.95
Hiring a babysitter can get really expensive, especially when you want to have a nice day of touring, so why not teach your tyke how to ski and take them with you? The K2 Wayback Jr is a tool and a jewel for anyone trying to get their young athletes out and about to enjoy touring. With similar core construction as the rest of the K2 Wayback line, the Jr is made with a Paulownia Tou..
$399.95 $239.95
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 ..
$699.95 $349.95
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..
$399.95 $349.95
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..
$699.95 $399.95
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..
$699.95 $399.95
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..
$699.95 $399.95
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..
$599.95 $399.95
Not long ago, finding a touring ski that could confidently lay down a turn at high speeds and maintain some competence on a technical climb was an impossible task. Oh how were are blessed to live in the now. Cut from the same hard-charging cloth (Karuba) as the Explore 95, the MTN Explore 88 is the lightest and skinniest ski among Salomon’s MTN Explore lineup. Don’t let the relativ..
$649.95 $419.95
K2’s entrance into the lightweight touring market caught our attention (they previously made heavier touring skis). The Wayback 88 is a top contender for the title of Quiver-of-One. Factor in price, and it's a sure-fire winner. It’ll float in powder and pop while slashing corn laps, yet still flaunt relentless grip and stability on firm snow when laying ‘em down. Usually, when skis..
$699.95 From $349.95
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..
$924.95 $449.95
Despite some widespread misconceptions, lightweight skis aren’t always overly stiff with the ski feel of a 2 x 4 plank. A case in point is the Salomon MTN 86 Pro. When demoing the skis for ourselves, we were blown away by just how damp the skis felt, no doubt due to the Cork Damplifier strategically placed to lessen vibration. The Flex profile was friendly and when combined with it..
$649.95 $454.97
It’s time. You’ve just finalized the route for an epic traverse that’s been on the wish list for quite some time and normally you'd start to painstakingly agonize over which skis to bring for the adventure, but with the Salomon MTN 86 W Pro, you can save yourself the hassle. This ski is lightweight and fully capable, therefore it'll help to ease the pain of the many, many miles. Be..
$649.95 $454.97
The Hannibal is Fischer’s 96mm powder-hunting, ice-carving powerhouse. The Hannibal is built on a high-tech Paulownia wood core with carbon stringers that extend from tip-to-tail, thus reducing the overall density of the ski and boosting the overall surface-area-to-weight ratio. The long-turn radius and Sandwich Sidewalls are unique features meant to ensure high-speed stability, su..
$799.95 $499.95
Rare is the time we sacrifice peak-bagging prowess for pure power on the descent, but luckily with the Backland 95, you don’t have to. Borrowing geometry cues from Atomic’s larger powder skis and core construction secrets from its lighter-weight brethren, the Backland 95 is a big mountain ski put on a substantial diet. Or maybe a mountaineering ski that was put on a fattening diet?..
$699.95 $499.95
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..
$699.95 $499.95
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..
$799.95 $524.93
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 ..
$749.95 $524.95
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..
$699.95 $524.96
Built with the up and down in mind, the Locator 88 from Armada has turned into a surprise favorite here at Skimo Co. While not the lightest 88mm ski around, the Locator is far from heavy, much to the delight of weary legs on an epic day. Compared to other mountaineering skis, the Locator features low camber and an approachable flex pattern, allowing you to ski the ski instead of th..
$699.95 $549.95
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..
$749.95 From $449.95
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..
$848.95 $594.26
Black coffee, black humor, black ops, film noir -- the word suggests subtlety, sophistication, refinement. In the case of Dynafit's Blacklight series, the skis reach their most refined in the form of the Blacklight 88, which infuses a layer of Skimo Blue (guaranteed to make you faster) over the blacks and greys of the ski's carbon fiber layup. Much more responsive and easy to ski t..
$799.95 $599.95
Long noted for manufacturing durable skis with reliable performance, Atomic has stepped up its powder-touring offerings with the Backland 100. With a touch more rocker than its little brother the Backland 95, but plenty of camber for long days on the skin track, the Backland 100 brings a refined take on the rocker-camber-rocker profile. Up front, Atomic's unique HRZN Tech tips make..
$749.95 From $499.95
As a version of the esteemed Backland 100 designed specifically for shorter or lighter skiers, the Backland 98 jumps into the fray of powder-hunting, crud-busting skis in the competitive 95-105mm-waisted ski category. What makes this striped salmon of a powder board distinct from all the rest? Foremost in our testers' minds was the rocker/camber balance of the Backland 98, which ma..
$749.95 $599.95
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..
$749.95 From $449.95
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..
$799.95 From $439.95
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..
$799.95 $599.95
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..
$749.95 $599.95
How could Elan make the Ripstick 88 any better? Easy...make it lighter so you can use it in the backcountry. The Elan Ripstick Tour Women's 88 jukes, jives, and now climbs with aplomb. It turns out the Amphibio technology works supremely in backcountry conditions just like it does off-piste at the resort. The tips of the skis are not only rockered up for excellent float, they are a..
$749.95 From $449.95
If you thought getting snow pants on your kid was tough, try buying them a full touring kit! Don't worry, we've got you covered like a one-piece snowsuit. Dynafit has taken the next step (or stride) towards making the buying process of ski packages as simple as possible. Skis, premounted bindings, and skins are all in one place and ready to go for your miniature mountaineer. If it'..
$799.95 From $449.95
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..
$898.95 $629.00
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..
$799.95 $639.95
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 ..
$799.95 $639.96
“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..
$789.95 $649.95
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..
$849.95 $679.95
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..
$849.95 From $419.95
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..
$849.95 $679.98
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..
$699.95
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,..
$699.95
It might sound a little fishy (pun intended), but scales on a backcountry ski are quite practical. Your typical alpine touring ski setup requires skins, but the Hyper V6 BC eliminates that need for many climbs with Voile's Traction Pattern Base extending for roughly half the length of the ski directly under foot. When moving through rolling or low angle terrain, this ski increases ..
$899.95 $722.50
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 ..
$994.95 $744.95
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..
$898.95 $748.95
“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..
$799.95 $749.00
When the conversation about a “quiver of one” ski gets brought up in backcountry skiing circles, inevitably the Voile V6 is discussed as a contender. It’s well-balanced underfoot width, just the right amount of rocker for soft conditions, and ample camber for confident edge grip leave little to be desired in just about any snow condition. The only way it could really improve in our..
$849.95 $749.95
If you aren’t having a good time skiing the Voile Hyper Vector, stop and consider whether you really like skiing. It doesn’t get any more fun than this. With a shape and dimensions to handle any condition, turn-initiation bordering on telepathic, and a personality allowing for uninhibited speed, this ski can do it all. Continuing the direction from the Vector to the Ultra Vector..
$849.95 $749.95
A ski this awesome should not be limited to only average male dimensions. Voile, not being a company to discriminate when it comes to fun, has scaled down the Hyper Vector to accommodate skiers of smaller stature. Same amazing performance as it’s longer sibling, just shorter. The Women’s Hyper Vector is an awesome all-around backcountry ski. It handles powder, chop, crud, and even ..
$849.95 $749.95

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