We curate a special selection of lightweight yet high-performing touring skis that match your mountain goals. This way you can ski how you want in the backcountry and know you’re not carrying unnecessary weight. From race skis that prioritize fast uphill performance to wide powder skis focused on the downhill float - and everything in between - we have a ski for you. For a breakdown of our ski categories, please peruse this article on how to choose between different backcountry skis. We also maintain a list of ski weights.
The one race ski to rule them all! Eagerly awaited by top racers, the Gara World Cup is the culmination of years of design, testing, and tweaking with Ski Trab’s world class athletes. Combining ideas from the podium dominating Gara Aero, the more specialized Sprint ski, and even the amazing Maestro.2, Trab’s designers have created the ultimate race ski. After years in development (..
Why mess with a good thing? Well, Ski Trab has a good answer and it's called the Gara World Cup - Womens. They gave their acclaimed Gara Aero race ski what we're calling the Maestro.2+Sprint treatment. By redesigning the shape and profile - including more rocker upfront, longer tip and tail, and a raised camber - this race ski improves its performance on both the up and the down. I..
Not for the faint of heart, the DNA Pro is Dynafit’s premier race ski, designed to help professional athletes with their journey to stand atop the podium. Starting with the Carbon-Isocore-Paulownia-Ultralight construction, Dynafit was able to keep the DNA Pro to an almost featherlike weight, meaning you won’t be weighed down during those painful anaerobic pushes. Compared to the DN..
If you ever find yourself excited by the aerobic possibilities of skate skiing, stair climbing, or treadmill running, you might be a good candidate for a vertical skimo race. If you also find your ordinary skimo skis to be simply too generalized, take your uphill performance to the next level with the Atomic Backland UL 62 Vert ski. Sharing the same ultralight woodcore and carbon f..
The Pierra Menta race is the Tour de France of skimo. The Dynastar Pierra Menta is one of the most decorated skis at the namesake race. A combination of lightness and impressive skiing often rocketed it to the top of the mountain and podium. The P.M. race ski is unusual in that has a full sidewall. That means edge hold and durability are top-notch. An ultralight wood core wrapped i..
Attention, ski evolutionists: while the eye-popping colorway and customary packed snow performance of the DNA 3.0 has been passed onto the DNA Pro, a new subspecies has emerged that we have dubbed the DNA 4.0. Although “playful,” “fun,” and “dynamic” are not descriptions commonly applied to race skis, Dynafit's DNA 4.0 is here to set the record straight. It does this by incorporati..
Naming note: according to Atomic’s ski-naming department, this ski is still the Backland UL 65. As far as the ski and its performance characteristics are concerned, however, this is a very different ski than the original in all the best ways. In order to minimize and/or increase confusion, we are calling the 2018/19+ edition the 2.0. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to ..
Stealth describes both this race ski and the way that Aski snuck up on the skimo world. Seemingly out of nowhere, the 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. The Stealth features the unique flex-pattern and performance of the Aski platform t..
The Fischer Transalp RC is a high-performance race ski, proudly positioned as Fischer's flagship skimo competition ski. With its world cup pedigree, the Transalp RC has a long turn radius, which is conducive for “tucking it” down the slope when trying to get ahead. The long effective edge and Sandwich Sidewall Construction yield reliable edge hold on hardpack, while a limited tip r..
The Movement Race Pro 66 is a top-of-the-line race pedigree ski; if it were a show dog the Westminster would be a lock. Not just another pretty face though, the Race Pro 66 boasts a stable rocker profile and a square tip shape for better float and performance when charging through snow. With a focus on fast the P-Tex 5000 base is durable and holds on to race day wax like a toddler ..
Hagan has been working diligently for years to shave weight off its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest 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. The..
Skiing's heritage as a practical mode of winter transport now lives on in Grand Course races. These are European multi-stage affairs in which racers traverse valleys, glaciers, and other serious mountain terrain. If you are lucky enough to find yourself on one of these alpine escapades, you’ll be happy to have the Dynafit Mezzalama 2.0 strapped to your feet. This ski amplifies the ..
Like the SR Blackbird, the SR skis from Voile are long-range tools, designed to help you tackle the biggest objectives. While not a ski for the dedicated racer, the SR series aims to provide race ski dimensions with a construction that excels everywhere. With more tip rocker than is found on typical race skis, the SR remains composed in soft snow, and when testing the skis in trick..
Constructed for effortless climbing followed by aggressive descents, the Elan Lynx 65 UL is the epitome of a race ski. Utilizing AirLite Technology, Elan left no stone unturned when they designed the structure of the ski, strategically developing the shape in conjunction with the core to create a high strength-to-weight ratio. The core material was specifically selected for its sve..
When most people think of Switzerland, they think about the Alps, chocolate, and cheese. But here at Skimo, we think about Movement, and all the pleasant memories we’ve made thanks to the incredibly light and high-performing skis they’ve produced, such as the Fast 71. Keeping the familiar sidecut of the Race Pro 71, the Fast 71 has an updated construction that features Movements CO..
The new Gold Fish, aka perfect weapon. Known for producing some of the highest-performing skis atop the surface-area-to-weight charts, Movement has endeared themselves to skiers who demand premium gear. As the name would suggest, the Race Pro 71 is 71mm wide underfoot and represents the middlest ski within Movement’s Race Pro lineup, right between the 66 and 77. Wider than most rac..
Though Shakespeare wrote that "black was not counted fair," Dynafit is prepared to prove the Bard wrong with its Blacklight line. Bringing together everything the ski designers in Snow Leopard-land have learned from the older Carbonio and Nanga Parbat skis, but in an updated construction that calls to mind the forgiving, easy-turning Tour and Speed series skis, the Black Light 74 i..
The updated Dynafit Carbonio 76 is elegant, refined, and ready for miles of uphill hammering followed by all the downhill shenanigans you can think of. In previous models, Carbonio skis featured carbon woven from tip to tail rather than edge to edge, and some folks found that flex pattern to be too stiff and unforgiving. This updated model has unidirectional carbon which gives it a..
Found in a product description deep inside the 19/20 Ski Trab product catalog is a line of text that quietly affirms their commitment to their craft-- "Well begun is half done". With its origin going back to a time long before Aristotle lived, this idiom is a simple yet powerful commentary on how committed a good craftsman will be to every detail of their work from start to finish...
As the successor to the Big Fish, The Race Pro 77 is the girthiest option in Movement’s Race Pro lineup, yet still has a head-scratchingly light weight. The Race Pro 77 is a full-blown mountaineering, corn-hunting, couloir-skiing tool that weighs less than some race skis. Movement uses a top-secret construction (using multi-axial carbon and Karuba) that allows them to achieve a sur..
Mileage demons, fitness skiers, vertical crushers, heck, anyone will enjoy the benefits brought to bare by the Hagan Ultra 77 ski. Utilizing their 3D cap construction, Hagan was able to keep the weight down while preserving torsional rigidity. The slightly rockered tip helps you stay afloat when the going gets deep, and the semi sidewall, camber underfoot, and flat tail beg for you..
Chamonix is home to some of the best steep skiing in the world. But if you're ZAG, it’s also home to arguably the best ski R&D facility in the world. It’s no wonder then, how they managed to make the Adret 78, a ski that our shop manager and former Skimo Masters National Champion showers with praise as, “one of the best skis in this class that he’s ever been on.” Stable and pre..
The redesigned Backland UL 78 is the culmination of years of Atomic working to perfect the tech that goes into a good lightweight ski. Tracing its roots to freeride and skimo racing skis, the 78mm-wide mountaineering ski incorporates all the unique Atomic tech that we love while staying light and responsive. This updated model features the popular HRZN Tech tip, which offers advanc..
Virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the Aski Verglas is stable, precise, and confidence inspiring in variable conditions and steep 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 feel. Tip and tail rocker keeps it above soft sn..
When Salomon's X-Alp ski hit the market back in 2017, it immediately garnered a loyal following for its ability to sprint up the skintrack at near-race speeds, while keeping the descents more fun and playful than we'd assume from a hard-snow-oriented mountaineering ski. Rarely had a ski appealed so well to efficiency-conscious skimo athletes and avid tourers alike, and the X-Alp pr..
One of Dynafit's favorite contestants into the elite world of the sub-1000-gram ski is the Blacklight Pro, which they claim is made especially for "professional mountaineers." Whether you make a life, or a living, out of your time in thin air and wind-scoured snow, the Blacklight Pro could be the ski that takes you to the next level of professional development. Coming in at only 20..
Here's something! Blizzard decided to apply their years of Zero G know-how to a specialized ski mountaineering tool. The LT 80 is a finely crafted ski that provides the ultimate confidence in steep terrain. A long running edge, subtle rocker, and tapered tail make precision jump turns and side-slipping quite comfortable. The tweaked Carbon Drive chassis from the Zero G construction..
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..
If the roads are still closed and the approach to your line has 4 miles of undulating, gently rolling terrain that will be a nightmare of skins on/skins off transitions, you need a ski that functions as much as an approach tool as it does a steep skiing scalpel. If this scenario sounds familiar, you need the Voile Objective BC.
All of the awesomeness of the Objective, but with s..
Tuckerman Ravine sits on the eastern side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington and is home to some of New England's most iconic ski lines, from the infamous Headwall to the perennial favorite Hillman's Highway. It's also a glacially-carved cirque -- a remnant of the last ice age, when a thick sheet of ice pushed down from Washington's summit along with thousands of tons of glacial d..
It can be confusing knowing what binding to fit to what ski, and for what size boot. If you are amongst those scratching your head over this conundrum you are not alone. To remedy the situation Dynafit has introduced their Seven Summits+ Ski Set. A pre-mounted package with an adjustable Radical ST Binding and precut Dynafit skins. All this set needs is unwrapping and adjusting (to ..
There are a few things that are guaranteed in life. Death, gravity, taxes, and the strong performance of the Adret 85. With a similar hard-charging personality as its skinnier sibling, the Adret 85 sports a slightly more rounded (moderate) flex and wider waist width. This considerably improves its soft snow manners, pushing the ski into strong contention as a “one-ski quiver” or “d..
The Movement Fast 85 is the heir to the throne abdicated by the Race Pro 85, the crown of speed touring skis with the divine bloodline of race-inspired construction. Made with an Ultra Light Paulownia Selection core cozily wrapped with Movement's own super secret Ultralight Carbon layup, the Fast 85 inherits the prestige of being among the lightest skis in its class. With more side..
The Alp Tracks 85 is Movement's specialty tool for the ever-changing game of ski-mountaineering. The ski is designed for those longer, steeper, and faster missions. Every Alp Tracks ski is handmade using an advanced carbon/karuba layup to keep the weight low while optimizing ski performance and control. The core construction combined with an ABS sidewall and Movement’s Race-Edge gi..
On the surface, the Movement Race Pro 85 is simply a ski that took the lightweight construction of their podium-topping Race Pro skis and applied those methods to a wider and more friendly touring shape of the Alp Tracks 85. Take a deeper look, though -- Movement poured every bit of mastery they could muster into this ski, tweaking every detail they could possibly think of to provi..
As is often the case in the skimo world, we get excited about the little things. So when we heard that the redesigned Atomic Backland UL 85 was 10% lighter and made in hard-to-find lengths, we got pretty excited. Integrating several of their proprietary technologies, the witches and warlocks at Atomic were able to shave grams from an already light model. This while maintaining the ..
When Golden State signed Kevin Durant in 2016, dub nation wondered if another superstar was what the team really needed. Many fans worried that management was trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, but in the end, this gamble would pay-off big time. The Warriors went on to win the NBA title back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, proving that the adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’..
The quintessential ski mountaineering and touring machine is back and better than ever. For years, words like reliable, stable, and bomber have been used to describe the Zero G 85. Now, with an updated carbon overlay and sidewall construction, those words are more accurate than ever. Edging into a steep and narrow chute always feels intimidating at first, but after a turn or two, y..
Ski Trab is the best ski manufacturer you have never heard of (unless you frequent Skimo.co). The Trabucchi family has been building only backcountry skis in Bormio, Italy, below Gavia pass, for 74 years. Simply put, they live, breathe, and ski the snow-covered Alps their whole lives so it is safe to say they are passionate about their work. In the spirit of that passion they have ..
When you’re high in the alpine, picking your way through consequential terrain, having reliable partners and equipment is a must. For years, the Zero G line has been a staple of legendary ski mountaineers and has proven itself in some of the most demanding places in the world. Now back and better than ever, the Zero G 85 seeks to keep what made it synonymous with durability and raz..
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..
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..
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..
Skeptics everywhere gasped when DPS released their original Cassiar 87, designed for hard snow and long-distance touring. What does DPS -- a company that made a name for itself with banana-rockered, water-ski-esque powder boards -- know about edge hold and camber underfoot? Well, it turns out that just because DPS tests their skis in the Wasatch doesn't mean that their mid-fat desi..
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 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..
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..
K2’s entrance into the lightweight touring market certainly 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 ..