When you're looking to float effortlessly on top of deep snow, take advantage of the surface area these wide boards offer! While powder touring specialty skis can take a bit more effort to drag uphill, they require less work to surf back down. They may not shine on harder snow, but you'll be a hero on those hero days!
For the powder hungry woman (or small statured male), one difficulty can be finding wide skis in appropriately short lengths. On top of that, the few skis available are too heavy to lap powder for a full day.
The Voile Women’s Hyper Charger is not a “shrink and pink” men’s ski being sold to women. In fact, it was designed specifically to fill the above-mentioned void that has ex..
Glen Plake. Do I have your attention now? This signature model ski is fully backed by the legend himself - can you imagine how much more rad, "Blizzard of Ahhh's," would have been if Elan's Ripstick Tour 104 existed back then? This ski is sure to become as iconic as his beloved mohawk given its ability to float in the deep stuff and keep you out of trouble when conditions take a tu..
The goldilocks one-quiver backcountry ski is an elusive beast, requiring extensive R&D, inspired vision, and maybe a hint of fairy dust. Freeride skiers, however, may have found the solution in the Armada Locator 104. The Locator incorporates tip rocker plus moderate camber, with a generous shovel and blended tail shape. The result is a ski geared towards speed while retaining ..
A 105mm ski just took a seat at the Zero G table. While the 108 is a crusher, it wasn’t the same lightweight construction as the 85 and 95. Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Similar resort-worthy performance as the 108, but easier to carry uphill. At 105mm wide, this Zero G is built using an updated Carbon Drive 2.0 construction. This is a layer of unidirectional carbon fi..
SCOTT has added the Freetour ski to their Superguide line this year and boy what an excellent addition it is! This powder ski has the versatility and maneuverability that is sometimes hard to find in a bigger ski while still maintaining high speed stability in a variety of snow conditions. It has a paulownia/beech core that is combined with carbon/aramid fibers to give the ski stro..
Ever since taking its rightful place as the head of the Blizzard touring ski stable, the Zero G 105 has made quite a splash, especially amongst aggressive skiers looking to venture to faraway places. Not being content with good, Blizzard has continued their journey towards great by tweaking the Carbon Drive laminate (now in its third iteration). As a result, Blizzard was able to ma..
The 106 is not just a different width for the Wailer. It also features an updated tip shape and profile designed to eliminate worry about your tip shape and profile. If you prefer to just ski and not think about your skis and how to turn them, check out the 106. It’s an easy-skiing ski with a smooth flex and a weight that won’t give your legs a hangover. The Wailer 106 Tour1 is a b..
With the Alp Tracks line, Movement has leveled up in their quest for the perfect lightweight backcountry skis. Using a labor-intensive carbon fiber construction process, the Swiss company has managed to make skis much wider than their previously top-end X-series designs, which topped out at 89mm underfoot. The AlpTracks build process uses the highest quality carbon fiber arranged i..
With a name like Hyper Charger, you’d expect the graphics to resemble something off the Millennium Falcon. Fortunately, Voile resisted that temptation, but they could not resist putting their Paulownia and carbon core into the wildly popular Super Charger chassis. Ironically, the result is a lot like the Millennium Falcon: a high-performance platform made nimble and quick by hyper ..
For those days when gluttony abounds and your friends may not be so friendly, K2 brings you the Wayback 106. Built from the same bones as the beloved 88, this fat ski is a dream ride when the snow is fresh and deep. The Wayback 106 packs all the wizardry that K2 has developed in their years of ski building while remaining light enough to stack laps. With a Y-shaped titanal insert a..
If you find yourself skinning up the approach to a popular powder-lapping spot with the hopes of scoring a few pre-dawn turns before the masses track things out, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the folks you pass in the skintrack were on their way to a day of heli-served runs at Thompson Pass, or riding lifts at Niseko. Uber-wide, rockered powder ski designs have taken over the..
Gearing up for far-out powder hunting missions? Bypassing Roman garrisons by doing a not-so-casual Alps traverse? The Hannibal 106 Carbon has your back. This plus sized beauty was built for powder, but skis like a low-fat when the good stuff up high turns into crud down low. Easy turning with incredible edge hold, the sandwich construction and ABS sidewalls increase durability as w..
We’ve all been there. A late springtime storm teasingly blankets the mountain tops with soft inviting snow, tempting you to come and ski it. Unfortunately for you, the forecast isn’t looking to cooperate, signifying the start of the race to harvest that oh-so-sweet powder before it succumbs to the sun’s relentless rays. It is for this type of race that the Movement Alp Tracks 106 w..
Do you ever feel an uncontainable rage at photos of tightly-linked short-radius powder turns? Do your legs quiver with anticipation for the next day when you can bust out your ski torpedoes and put an end to the madness of #stackingtracks and #tightywhiteys? Do you have a habit of burdening innocent two-buckle touring boots with Booster straps and aggressive spoilers? Do you like t..
Calling all hardcore, powder-addicted lady shredders, the ski of your dreams is here! The Atomic Backland 107 Women's ski packs all the punch of the men’s version in a shorter (and dare I say prettier) package for those of us that aren’t nearing 6 feet tall. This ski has the same Ultra Power Woodcore construction to give you all the stomping prowess and straight-lining stability a ..
It may come as no surprise, but there aren’t many groomers in the backcountry. While this sentence appears to be silly at first glance, many manufacturers seem to design their backcountry skis to excel in the front country, not the backcountry. Combating this silly trend is Faction, who with the La Machine Mega, has created a ski made to excel off-piste, not on it. The Mega is a so..
Taken on their own, “DPS,” “Powderworks,” and “Dreamtime” are words known for making head turns and eyes pop. Altogether, the DPS Powderworks Tour 110 C2 Dreamtime Ski is enough to trigger satori, a Zen term best understood as insight into the luminous nature of reality itself. With their Dreamtime series, DPS annually unveils a few models intended to inspire excitement for the fut..
The Voile Hyper V8 is one of the most fun-filled fat skis out there. Surfy and floaty even in heavy powder, it inspires the confidence to really let it run. The Voile hybrid rocker keeps the ski nimble in tight spaces or while ripping through the aspens. Ample camber ensures that if the powder turns out to be windboard or sun crust, you’ll maintain control and smiles for miles. The..
Behold, the DPS empire has moved to the Far East with the Pagoda line, but the banana shapes of their previous Jamaican-reggae skis have stuck around for the trip. Longtime Skimo Co shoppers will remember our remarks on the last iteration of the Wailer 112: "the rockered profile perfectly integrated with the buttery sidecut makes skiing too easy," we concluded. "As such, we don't r..
Although ski mountaineering has historically been associated with the European Alps, North Americans have contributed their fair share of innovations to backcountry skiing. Park City, Utah’s Armada Skis continues this tradition with input from a cohort of expert freeride skiers that led to the creation of the Locator 112. Built for big lines, big snowfall totals, and big grins, the..
The Aski Blue Moon wants to be skied fast in powder and chop. At 116mm underfoot with a double rocker, the Blue Moon will float on the deepest snow. Yet the underfoot sidecut approaches the tip of the ski for ultimate edge hold. Weighing in at 1540g, the Blue Moon is light enough to save energy for crushing the down. Built with CarbonShell technology and lots of rubber and Kevlar l..
Design fads come and go all the time, and technologies that were once touted as revolutionary are tossed aside without eulogy to make way for the latest and greatest. Brands often jump on the bandwagon for a short ride, but Voile waved at the bandwagon as it rolled past. Rather than chase fads, they dug deep into their roots to bring us the Hyper Drifter, a ski that is modeled afte..
After nearly a decade of building on the design of the original Drifter, Voile has returned to an old favorite and created a good candidate for the title 'supreme backcountry powder shredding machine'. The women's Hyper Drifter is built for deep days of human-powered powder-seeking, packing all the float you need into a ski that weighs not an ounce more than necessary. Powder skiin..
The DPS Powderworks Tour 124 Lotus was first thought of in a dream in the minds of the R&D team at DPS. They dreamt of a ski that could surf the endless powder spines of the legendary Chugach while still being light enough to allow their bodies to keep up with their ambitions. These dreams of deep snow and big vert is what motivated the DPS team to build the Tour 124 Lotus, and..