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.
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..
The unexpected child of the SuperCharger and the HyperCharger, with the added genetic mutation of full-length sidewalls, the Voile Charger ACE is a lightweight ski with heavyweight performance. Damper and stiffer than the other Chargers, the ACE combines the best of Voile's technologies for a ski unlike anything offered by the brand. The sidewalls, which have been time-tested on Vo..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
After much anticipation, Dynastar has at long last, unveiled the M-Tour 108 to join their family of high-performance M-Tour skis. Like its skinnier older siblings, the M-Tour 90 and 99, the M-Tour 108 is built with a full sandwich sidewall for power transmission and durability, basalt fiber mounting reinforcement, and an Adaptiv Sidecut with a directional rocker profile, which all ..
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,..
Exceptional ski performance and energy for lap after lap on a bottomless pow day - what a nice dream! With the introduction of the DPS Pagoda Tour 112, DPS was in the dream-making business and brought forth a fun, intuitive, and versatile ski that makes you feel like you are starring in your very own ski movie. They did this by combining a fun pow surfing shape with the updated Pag..
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..
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..
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..
We expect a lot out of the modern powder ski. Sublime performance when the cold smoke stacks up, but capable of handling the ice luge back to the parking lot at the end of a long day. Luckily, Fischer has your back in the Transalp 105 CTI. Constructed from a paulownia wood core with carbon stringers, and featuring a generously rockered shovel, the Transalp CTI 105 is pure bliss in ..
“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..
Well, it finally happened. Salomon made a QST light enough to bring on longer missions. Working with Mr. Cody Townsend during his famous QUEST to ski the 50 classics, the designers managed to drop the weight of those unnecessary vowels. Behold the QST ECHO 106. Mixing some Karuba wood into the poplar core and using a cork damplifier in the tip and tail, they managed to retain enoug..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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-..
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..
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..