The best ski resort in Colorado for families is Beaver Creek Resort. Beaver Creek has a great variety of slopes for all levels of skiers, as well as a world-renowned children’s ski school. The resort also has a variety of non-ski activities, such as ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding, that are perfect for days when the parents need a break from the slopes.
The Nordica Men’s Enforcer 104 Free Skis are the newest addition to the Enforcer Free collection. This powerful and poppy ski is renowned for providing power and versatility in a design that’s accessible and easy to ski, no matter the terrain or conditions.
The Enforcer 104 Free pairs a balsa wood core with carbon and two sheets of metal to maximize stability and response. This also dampens vibrations for an especially smooth ride. For exceptional floatation in powder and easy steering through variable conditions, it features a high-rise tip and tail rocker.
If you’re a progressive skier searching for the perfect daily driver, it’s time to meet your soulmate, the Enforcer 104 Free. Day in and day out, the Nordica Men’s Enforcer 104 Free Skis boosts your confidence.
The only reason that this isn’t a 5 star review is that I don’t think such a ski exists! Skier Profile: Tall guy, 6’5″ 210 lbs. Over 30 years of ski patrolling at a well known Tahoe resort that recently changed its name:) I’m not the world’s best skier, lots of people are way better than me (and I get to ski with them!), but I still manage to get down most anything without too much whining or screams of terror.
I purchased these skis after demoing them for a few days. I’ve now skied them in conditions ranging from extreme hard pack (where my other skis just wouldn’t hold), to power, to crud, to bumps, to variable.
Pretty much the only thing I haven’t tried yet is jumping into a lake to try water skiing with them. In all conditions they have been a blast to ski. Yeah, they get slapped around a little in variable conditions, but it’s not really a problem.
In particular, the edge hold on hard pack is impressive. I’m able to do a progressive edge set where I increase the edge pressure through the turn and all that happens is that the turn radius decreases.
I can ride that all the way to a stop instead of the classic hockey-stop. That just kind of makes me giggle. The sweet spot is just a little small when skiing variable conditions, and in particular if you allow your weight to drift toward the tail at all the ski will tell you in no uncertain terms that you shouldn’t do that.
However that’s not a problem, just stay centered! You don’t have to drive this ski real hard to get it to respond, which makes it just a fun all-round tool. At high speed they get just a little talkative and whisper that they are thinking that they would like to turn, even if you would not.
However they calm down easily if you just gently ride an edge as opposed to trying to run a flat ski. Bottom Line: Darned versatile ski that’s a blast to ride. Probably will be the first ski I grab of of my rack.
Very nicely finished from the factory , didn’t do a thing but wax them. Blew my mind how well these performed on scratchy frozen granular and at moderate speed. Spent the whole day changing turn shapes and speeds , the frozen scratch softened at lower elevations and with sun to a softish corn like surface which these skis LOVED.
Very impressed with the vertsatiliy , the skis carve quite well for such a light construction and don’t have that chattery feel so many light wood carbon skis do. The best part is the light swing weight.
Mounted per specs , can’t wait to ski these in more conditions , SUPER Happy with these skis , maybe my new daily driver. My former “Daily Driver” was a heavy metal Blizzard Brahma ( great skis too ! ), suffice it to say that’s a lotta ski to stand up to and this pair seems up to the task.
Didn’t get them into speeds above 40 , they will prolly not like that as much. Easy to ski , classic Austrian feel , lightweight , Sweet. The Masters of Mittersill do it again.
The Black Pearl 88 has been one of the most popular women’s skis across all categories for the past several seasons. When something is that good, there is no need to change it. Unless you can make it even better, that is.
The Black Pearl 88 has been completely redesigned for 2021 and is better than ever. All new sizes, side cut design, rocker profile, and construction specially designed for each size. The needs of someone skiing a 177 and someone skiing a 147 are totally different.
Size, ability level, and how they look at the mountain are totally different! Why would you build the same ski for both skiers? The Black Pearl series uses a different construction and flex profile for every single size with the goal of optimizing the performance at each size for that intended skier.
The new construction also means a slightly heavier ski. What? Heavier? I thought everyone was making skis lighter? Not anymore. The 2021 Black Pearl 88 goes up in weight to match the weight the first year it was introduced.
They?re not Light Weight they?re the Right Weight. Blizzard found that especially in the shorter sizes when the skis got too light they could become nervous and harder to control. By bringing the weight back up to the weight of the original Black Pearl the stability, control, and predictability of the ski has increased dramatically resulting in a ski that feels safer and more manageable for every ability level.
This is the best skiing black Pearl ever made. Specifically designed for every any size or ability level.
Purchased these primarily for skiing glades and off-piste. The Blizzard Brahmas have been my go-to ski for the past few years and have been extremely happy with them. What I like most about the new Rustlers is the rocker/splay in the front and the tips don’t submarine when you get into deeper powder.
I also tried a pair of Bonafides, which skied great though they are stiffer and have hardly any rocker. First time using them was at Jay Peak and they skiied everything (bumps, crud, cruisers, steeps) just as well as my Brahmas so much so that I’m now using them as my everyday ski for ski patrolling and free skiing.
If I were to do anything differently it would probably be going down in length (purchased the 180).
Love them, for an all mountain experience these are perfect. They are really playful, great in the trees moguls etc. They can carve the groomers too. I even gave up my Black crows Atris to use these.
They have enough rocker for europe powder days. Anything more than 40cm fresh snow you may want wider skis for more float but these still do a great job and let’s face it we might get 1 or 2 days a season in the alps with that kind of snow.
Feel solid under foot giving lots of confidence. Top sheet has a great finish, the fresh snow does not stick to it making them lighter in the powder.
Adventure awaits your young sports lover with this winter-themed set full of possibilities. This great construction toy set for kids also includes a rescue 4×4 truck with movable snowplow, snowmobile with attached trailer, plus a helicopter with opening cockpit, spinning rotors and a camera, 11 minifigures, a dog figure and buildable snowman figure.
This fun building toy set makes an excellent birthday or holiday gift for kids ages 5+. Kids can role-play winter sports fun or be one of the everyday heroes keeping people safe at the Ski Resort and let their imaginations hit new heights.
This LEGO City Ski Resort 60203 cool toy set can be built together with all other original LEGO construction toy sets and building bricks for more independent play. Construction snow toy for boys and girls aged 5+ and for fans of skis, snowboards and kids of all ages.
Snowmobile with trailer measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 7″ (18cm) long and 1″ (3cm) wide; Snow park with half-pipe measures over 4″ (12cm) high, 6″ (16cm) wide and 4″ (12cm) deep.
Bought this for my girls for Christmas. We like to ski and we like lego so it was a good fit. We put it together in phases which was fun for all of us. Lots of different buildings and vehicles so there was something for everyone to build and play with.
Bought some white base plates and the snowcat set as well so we have a little resort all set up. I thought this was a great little set with all the vehicles and buildings. The only thing missing was a “hill” itself but I built one out of one of the baseplates.
The kids enjoy playing with all the lego characters and all the accessories that came with them (arm cast, syringes, tools, radios, ice axes, skis, poles, snowboards, coffee cups etc. ) and I enjoy playing with the vehicles.
I am a ski patroller and my kids are at the hill with me every weekend. We love the creativity and scenarios we can set up with this. We have been wanting this set for quite a while now and it will work well with our ski resort and lift set and with the chalet set (from Lego Friends).
I posted pictures and there are a couple of patroller friends who want a set now too. My son got the set for his 9th birthday and had it built in a couple of hours.
As a kid, many years ago, I played with Lego all the time. Now recently I got this set as a gift from my father in law. I was over the moon! It was fun to build and nice to start off again. It’s a shame this set has come to it’s end.
The Volkl Men’s Kendo 88 Skis ’22 delivers impressive carving performance thanks to the three different radii in the sidecut. These enable precise power transmission, uncompromising liveliness and optimum turning behaviour such as never before experienced with Titanal skis.
The Kendo 88 is also built with a Titanal frame and carbon tips, providing more stability and impressive damping. As a result, the ski offers an extremely lively yet smooth ride, even at high speeds.
A multilayer wood core framed by full sidewalls and with a P-Tex 2100 base rounds off the premium construction. With 88 mm under the boot, the Volkl Men’s Kendo 88 Skis ’22 will take your skiing to the next level.
Researched my next pair of skis all year long and pulled the trigger when I saw Evo’s amazing end of year sale. While most people moved on to spring activities, I was able to test these out for two late season powder days and some spring groomers at my local mountain in Boise, ID.
These skis are so much fun! They initiate turns on with very little effort and want to be pushed to go fast. They really shine on the hard pack groomers – super stable and easy to get on edge, but have enough float and waist width to be my all mountain skis for many years to come.
Super thrilled with my purchase and a little sad I didn’t get to enjoy these all season long. I sized down slightly to 163 for increased maneuverability in tight spots. For reference I am 5’9″, 140 lbs.
If you are an aggressive, fast skier wanting a one ski quiver – look no further than the Volkl Secret 92!.
5â€™6â€ & 165lbs, typically ski 170-ish cm. Prefers steep, trees and the occasional moguls. At 88 underfoot, the Kendo (170cm) is the perfect ski for those who prefers the groomed paths or live east of the Mississippi.
While itâ€™s not a beginnerâ€™s ski, itâ€™s great for those who consider themselves advanced intermediate or above. The Kendo initiates turns with ease and very stable at speeds. Itâ€™s also surprisingly capable on the bumps as well.
The Medium Ski with our Herd design provides a fully cushioned foot and shin using the finest gauge Merino wool available. This is a medium-weight over-the-calf sock perfect for filling empty space in packed-out boots, or for the skier/rider looking for more warmth and cushioning within their boot.
The perfect sock for a day of carving it up on the slopes or the backcountry this holiday season.
Had these socks for about a month now, and I have to say, I’m addicted!! They’re just off-the-charts comfortable, amazingly warm, and are perfect for winter. I’ve worn them snowboarding and just around town, and they also seem very durable.
Absolutely will buy other pairs in different colors!.
I haven’t gone snow skiing in years, but I love these socks because they are warm and comfortable, and they stay on my feet without crawling or bunching. I wear them with my high-heel ankle-boots that I wear to work.
The socks I had before would fall down and bunch up inside the boot. Or the toe-seams would shift around and end up under my foot where they would hurt. These have no toe seam, and they stay put all over the foot and up over the calf, so they feel great all day long.
I imagine they would also be perfect for skiing, but I have never used them for that purpose.
Features Sock Height: Over the Calf Body-mapped mesh zones for added breathability Wider welt for secure fit and comfort Virtually Seamless toe for enhanced comfort 14″ overall height Made in USA of Imported Yarn: 59% Merino Wool, 38% Nylon, 3% Elastane Style: SW001193 Care Machine Wash Warm, Inside Out Do Not Bleach Tumble Dry Low Do Not Iron Do Not Dry Clean.
The ultimate winter sports resort for the friends from heartlake city. Enjoy the mountaintop restaurant, working ski lift, ski slope sliding function, rock climbing wall, ski hire stand, trail map and the little bear with his own slope and mountain cave.
There are enough activities to keep you busy all winter. Includes two mini-doll figures, plus a bear cub figure. Size: 18. 9-inch x 11. 1-inch x 2. 4-inch.
As always, Lego brings functionality and fun to this set! My granddaughter, age 6, absolutely loves it. She assembled it with minimal help, and works the lift on her own easily, as the design is simple and smooth.
I bought this a few weeks ago for my granddaughter. She just turned eight. She found the set challenging to put together and was very proud of the finished product. She continues to play with this set using her very vivid imagination.
Adventure awaits your young sports lover with this winter-themed set full of possibilities. This great construction toy set for kids also includes a rescue 4×4 truck with movable snowplow and roof rack, snowmobile with attached trailer, plus a helicopter with opening cockpit, spinning rotors and a camera, 11 minifigures, a dog figure and a buildable snowman figure.
Accessory elements include 4 pairs of skis, 3 pairs of ski poles, 4 snowboards, 4 mugs, 2 cupcakes, a syringe element, hand cast, 2 ice picks, pair of binoculars, 2 walkie-talkies, 2 shovels, toolbox/first aid box, wrench, axe, circular saw, broom, snow shoes, helmet with ski goggles, warm hat and a stretcher, plus a brick separator and a buildable sign.
Helicopter with camera measures over 2” (7cm) high, 7” (20cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide. Snowmobile with trailer measures over 1” (5cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide. 4×4 truck with snowplow measures over 3” (9cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
Hot drinks and cupcake stand measures over 3” (10cm) high, 2” (6cm) wide and 1” (3cm) deep. Snow park with half-pipe measures over 4” (12cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep. Rescue base measures over 7” (20cm) high, 7” (19cm) wide and 2” (7cm) deep.
Grind rail measures over 4” (11cm) wide. Contains 806 pieces – Construction snow toy for boys and girls aged 5+ and for fans of skis, snowboards and kids of all ages.
The Atomic Vantage 82 TI / M 12 GW men’s all mountain alpine skis are perfect for skiers who like to spend most of the time skiing the resort with the occasional adventure beyond the boundaries into fresh snow.
They feature a Titanium tank mesh layer that reduces the overall weight of the ski while adding strength. These skis are versatile and are designed for carving perfect turns on harder snow. Their Dura Cap Sidewall construction and their Power wood core provide a tenacious edge grip.
Ski stronger with less effort – a combination that will allow every skier to ski at their highest level.
I picked up the 2020 model, which I think is essentially the same as 2021. Hadn’t skied much previously but am basically an advanced intermediate. Have 7 runs on them so far this year Nov-Feb in local SoCal mtns, which means icy/groomed conditions for most part.
Bought wax kit so I waxed after 1st use and keep edges razor sharp. Easy to do quick, skid turns as well as can settle in for a carving turn. a big plus given my light weight. They’re flexible with a tight turning radius.
As I got more comfortable and picked up speed, found they chattered and become unstable. Especially when going through clumps/crud. But on a fresh groom, either 1st thing in morning or at beginning of night session right after a grooming, they’re a totally different ski and really at home.
When I called to place my order, Evo rep actually tried talking me out of these and put me into similar priced K2s as he thought I would quickly outgrow the Atomics, and he was spot on. They’re a good ski to get you onto the mountain if you’re a beginner or been away for a while, but I know I’ll be moving on to something else next season.
Since making its debut, the Santa Ana 88 has earned a reputation for being smooth and stable. And now-thanks to an entirely new construction and shape designed for on-trail terrain-our best-selling women’s ski is more versatile than ever.
Equipped with the narrowest waist in the Santa Ana collection, it pairs a wood core with carbon and a sheet of terrain-specific metal. This boosts your confidence by enhancing edge hold and dampening vibrations for a smooth and balanced ride.
It also produces a ski that’s especially easy to control and maneuver. With an emphasis on fun, the Santa Ana 88 provides an entirely new way to experience the trail.
These guys have been around the block a few times, and as the latest model in a long and storied lineage, the Volkl M6 Mantra Skis ooze class. The recipe is tweaked rather than overhauled, with a newly progressive Tailored Titanal Frame making for a more finely tuned ride in each length, and a new carbon layup in the tips that lightens the load without compromising on-snow performance.
These are every bit the precise, resort scalpels you know and love – now better than ever! Multilayer Woodcore The combination of beech and poplar results in an extremely durable wood core composed of hard wood in the binding area and lighter wood surrounding it.
Tip & Tail Rocker Bends up only in the shovel and tail zones, with a camber shape in the middle. Tailored Titanal Frame The size of the frames is tailored to the skier’s height, skiing ability and power.
This means that longer ski models have a higher titanal content for more stiffness, more direct power transmission and stronger dampening. The shorter the length, the lower the titanal content, which makes the ski more agile, so that smaller, lighter and less powerful skiers can use the full potential performance of the ski.
P-Tex 2100 A sintered high-density and high molecular polyethylene base with great gliding characteristics and high durability.
The mantra is a classic press forward into a turn ski – eastern style. It carves effortlessly in the groomers and is very quick in the moguls and holds on the scratchy stuff as you ski from the center or forward.
It is even decent in light powder and will come through a turn on the tails. I can say nothing negative on the performance side. However, there is an issue with the titanal sidewalls that they come apart at the edges of the top surface from the inevitable knocking together of skiis.
This material is very sharp and has ripped my jacket and nearly cut me. They are being repaired, but not considered warrantable. Would give a 5 but for that.
I just got back home after skiing 9 days at Heavenly in Tahoe. After demo-ing Nordicas I tried out the Volkl M6 and it was life changing! I usually ski 188-191 but these were only 177s and they RIPPED! I could go everywhere on the mountain, quick turns and yet these skis easily hung in at 50 mph! How can that be? At 177?! Frantically I tried to find some to buy.
but no one had them! I check out EVO. and they had the Volkl M6 but. I was in Tahoe. and I wanted them NOW. So I walked in to Tahoe’s Sports LTD and said “Just sell me the demos!” And they did! This is the best ski I’ve ever been on! Tight turns and yet easily handle speed! To put this in perspective for you, my body is ripped as a 73 year old surfer.
and stereotypically you would think I’m doing little turns on groomers at my age. but thanks to Volkl. I got in 100K vert at Heavenly and this is a great all mountain ski!.
4FRNT’s award winning Hoji ski returns ready to hunt powder everywhere on the mountain. Whether you’re breaking trail on the skin track, picking your way through technical chutes, or slashing deep turns, you can count on the Hoji to step up to the challenge.
The 2021/22 Hojis are a great powder ski with a beautiful graphic. I have them as a touring setup with shift bindings. They have done well touring and I have only slipped on very steep tracks that should really have been tracked not as steep.
I have also used them in the resort. You can charge with them in powder and soft snow. On hardpack they perform ok. My resort powder skis are the Moment Deathwish which also perform very well in powder; however, the Deathwish also performs exceptionally well on hardpack for being such a fat ski.
If you are deciding between the two for a pure powder ski, I would honestly go with whichever has the better graphic or which one you can get cheaper. If you plan to use the ski on hardpack or even occasionally icy runs, I would definitely choose the Deathwish.
I would say the deathwish could even be a one ski quiver if you ski a lot of pow.
Strengths: – Superb float in the pow – Stability at speed / no speed limit – also in choppy conditions – Extremely nimble for its width – can turn this ski on a dime in the soft stuff – Great for touring +/- 1,000m vert (bring mohair skins to maximize glide) – Long tail accommodates back seat landings without that classic washout – Does a better than expected job on groomers for a ski this wide Weaknesses: – Full rocker profile translates to a harsher ride in hard conditions than a cambered ski – Forward mounting point may not be for everyone (if you’re old school and like to drive the tips, the Renegade will take some getting used to) Summary: In a nutshell, this is the most fun ski I’ve owned.
With a pair of Rotation 12s mounted at the factory recommended line, the Renegade has become my go-to out of bounds ride – but I also ski it inbounds when snow conditions are good. I am simply amazed at how nimble it is given its stiffness, and it absolutely rocks in the trees (a pleasant surprise).
There is basically no speed limit on this ski and it’s incredibly stable when you let it run. Also, the rocker profile let’s you shut it down quick if needed despite its R30 (quicker than you’d expect).
It’s become the ski that I always bring along on ski trips (often as a pair #2) – just in case. On a bluebird powder day, there is no need to look further than the 4FRNT Renegade. Model year: 2019/2020 Riding style: Powder / touring Length of ski: 184 cm Riders weight: 67 kg Riders length: 175 cm.
My wife and I turn 50 this year, so we are both approaching the part of our lives where we look for ways to extend our time on the mountain. Because of that my wife switched from snowboarding to skiing two years ago.
She had not skied since high school, and even back then she didn’t ski much. The transition was hard, and she was skiing on a pair of decent demo skis that were 88cm underfoot. She was having a very hard time enjoying herself, and never felt truly stable.
She was describing to me how her skis chattered after a particularly rough session where she talked about giving up the sport entirely. I had been eyeing the MSP CC for some time, and after that convo, I took a chance on buying her a pair.
We are both so happy I did. I was nervous about her moving to a wider ski since she has knee troubles, but immediately she felt more stable. In her words on her first day on them: “these skis make me a better skier”.
It’s true too, with each session on the hill she is gaining in confidence and she is starting to enjoy skiing as much as she loved snowboarding. I could not be happier. It’s not en exaggeration to say that these skis might have saved the sport for her.
If you are on the fence about skiing something 99 underfoot I say do not worry. I think it is the perfect width for a one ski quiver.
Powderfreeride ski featuring Chris Benchetler artwork – The Bent 110 The Atomic Bent 110 a versatile all-mountain ski that will take you from powder to the piste and contains a design and build from Chris Benchetler and the Atomic Freeski team.
This instalment looks like it should be hung on a wall to be admired but dont be fooled by the artwork, this ski full of design and features the most advanced tech at Atomics disposal to redefine whats possible in big mountain terrain.
The Atomic Bent 110 a slightly slimmed-down version of the signature Bent Chetler 120. A dura cap sidewall construction combined with the revolutionary HRZN tech offers more surface area in the tip and tail making the ski easier to direct through chop and crud with less tip deflection.
A light wood core made from poplar keeps the ski playful without reducing the stiffness and strength. The powder rocker profile designed for plenty of float and playfulness, and the camber underfoot offers performance in deep turns and side hits.
The overall design of this ski with fun and powder in mind to make the best deep days even better.
So I waited to review these until I had a solid amount of days on them on various mtns/conditions. These ski’s are insane~ super stable at speed, stomp machines off jumps cliffs, great float in powder, incredibly nimble for their size.
You will land features you had no business landing while you tear past every jealous tourist on the mountain. These skis thrive on fresh snow and big lines but I honestly break them out way more than I thought I would.
I can not praise these skis enough and I would highly recommend them. My only complaint is that getting them in the air takes work, the stability on the landing comes at a cost of initial pop off a feature.
Once they are airborne your off to the races. Also graphics are 10/10 they look so good on hill and you will be the envy of every skier at the apres. Buy these skis, chase powder, be happy.
These skis are as amazing as they look! While this ski is not my riding style I could see how someone could FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM! The lightness of this ski was outstanding. I have truly never felt a ski function so well whilst maintaining that weight.
They hooked up on groomers, bash through crud, and stomp hits without the stability ever weavering. It was the perfect dimensions for my height and weight at 5’11” 150 lbs however I could see myself rocking the 188s just because of the less weight.
The twin tip shape was super playful and these skis could butter around the mountain with ease. I personally found them to chatter a tiny bit at high speeds but for what you are getting it’s manageable.
For my riding style these skis were, simply put, too light and lacked the power I need, however, if you’re looking for a Rockies one ski quiver that is SUPER playful, these are the skis for you. Get them before they sell out!!.
So ive been looking at reviews on these skis for quite some time now, and just had the chance to try them out yesterday. It wasnt a pow day, but there was still a goof amount of soft snow with a blanket of maybe 1 or 2 inches of freshies.
These skis rip. Very stable at speed, eats pow and crud with an appetite, and is surprisingly nimble and easy to manuever. I love the more centered mount point as it makes you feel very balanced on jumps and cliffs.
Only complaint is that its difficult to carve with them and to use edges. Overall a much more surfy drifty feel, but thats what you want for powder. Overall I could easily use these as a one ski quiver.
With plenty of play to pop, smear, and slash around the mountain, the BlackopsSmasher is the go-to for smaller riders who see every feature as their ownpersonal playground. A poplar and paulownia wood core are strategically laid upfor a feel that’s just poppy enough without being overly stiff, and super lightfor dialing in new tricks in the park.
Turn powder filled terrain into your playground by clicking into the floaty, surfy, and freestyle minded Black Crows Nocta Ski. This fat 122mm waisted ski features a reverse camber profile, long turn radius, and lightweight construction to create a mind melting freestyle powder ski that will never hold you back.
The personality of this ski is really defined by how the reverse camber profile and long turn radius work together to provide a stable and nimble ski. The Reverse camber profile, also known as a full rocker profile, floats exceptionally well in powder by raising the tail and tip like a boat.
A side effect of this heavy rocker is that you have a shorter effective edge, allowing you to pivot and smear turns for micro adjustments in trees or on pillows giving you nimble control when you need it most.
The downside to this is fully rockered skis sometimes feel unstable and squirrely at high speeds, to prevent this the Nocta features a 26m turn radius. This long radius provides stability during high speed edging by essentially lengthening the effective edge so that you can charge backcountry lines in confidence.
Finally a paulownia and poplar core provides a lightweight and responsive feel that saves your legs on short tours while remaining durable and flexing consistently when riding in-bounds.
Skied these while at demo days this year on some pristine groomers. These skis fall into a new and evolving category of “playful carvers”. Unfortunately, out of other big names in this category (Line Blade, Armada Stranger), I found myself enjoying these the least.
You can definitely get this on a high edge angle but the ski feels a little unpredictable when transitioning from edge. In otherwords, it was tough to find the sweet spot of when to exit one turn and begin the next.
This is something that felt more natural with other skis in this category. This ski also seemed to have a bit of a speed limit too it. Granted, this could be due to the size, but I didn’t seem to have this issue with the others in the category.
The ski is well made, and definitely an eye catcher, but for the extra ~100 dollars you pay for the ski, it did not bring near as many smiles to my face as the other skis in this category.
Our entry-level all-mountain freestyle twin, the ARV 84 is intentionally built to deliver all you need in a freestyle ski with nothing you don’t. It’s heavy-duty Cap construction and 2. 5 Impact Edge means you don’t have to worry about your skis when getting started in the park or hitting features all over the mountain.
The ARV 84 will take as much abuse as you can dish out, meaning it won’t break and it also won’t break the bank.
I bought these skis for my wife after she demo’d a set this winter. She is an intermediate skier. The ARW 96 offers the best combination of weight and control for powder skiing. She tried a powder ski in the 104mm width and it was too heavy, so the 96mm is way better.
Also, she can still use these in hardpack conditions as well, even though her regular downhill skis are still just a little bit better for hardpack. Here in N. Idaho people tend to bring both downhill and powder skis up the mountain in case they need to switch out for whatever reason.
The ARW 96 seems to be the best powder ski with the best all-around performance and light weight.
Made in Austria, The Nexus, a mid-wide ski sized for women and men young and old. The Nexus has a directional shape which makes it the best ski in every type of snow condition all over the mountain. Seamless all-black bases create the fastest ride and make them ideal for tuning, repairs, and longevity.
I’ve have every version of the Sir Francis Bacon since the 2010 model with the rising sun on the bases, and my technique has grown and developed with each iteration of the ski. If you follow the design changes over the years you can see where the modifications were made to make the current Bacon more of a ripper and less of a surfer, these changes also carry through to the Nexus.
The best way I can describe it is the current Bacon is kind of like college skiing, you have the skill but still ski a little loose or hung over, you want to have the most fun possible, and you aren’t super concerned with technique.
The Nexus, well the Nexus is like skiing after college, you don’t get to ski as often anymore so you focus more on technique, and making every run, every turn count. These skis absolutely rail turns, they are a little stiffer than the current Bacons, and they don’t have the spoon tip and tail, which makes it play less, but grip more.
You can link short turns from top to bottom or really lay them over and drag an elbow if you want to. This isn’t to say this ski won’t smear or pivot, it just does those things less, it still has a freestyle feel but a half step closer to traditional skiing.
These skis are also much more stable and sound than the Bacon, if you’re burning down a groomer and find yourself in some variable snow they don’t get nervous. I highly recommend these skis for anybody that wants a ski that is stable enough to really rip, but still ski switch and do some light park rat stuff with your friends.
The Aero is a ski that doesn’t fall neatly into a particular, traditional category, and instead blends elements from directional all-mountain skis, all-mountain-freestyle skis, and even some from park skis.
On piste, this ski is surprisingly lively and once you commit to driving the outside ski, it’s very solid on edge. And while it can be bent into fairly tight turns, its sidecut radius feels longer on snow, allowing for a wide range of turn shapes.
The Aero also caters to a variety of skiing stances. Mounted on the recommended line, it’ll let you ski centered or drive it pretty hard through the shovels. Mounted a cm or two behind that line, it lets you pressure the shovels even harder and release the tails a bit easier, most notably in steep terrain.
On that note, the Aero feels surprisingly maneuverable, given its dialed-back rocker profile and tip/tail taper. While it feels great on edge, it takes little effort to throw sideways and is not hooky in soft snow, a distinct difference from some of the other skis in this class.
This ski is also much more stable and smooth than I anticipated, based on its relatively low weight. Across the line, Season’s skis offer a very smooth ride for their weight. But since they’re not heavy, they still feel very quick and light in the air.
For those seeking a versatile all-mountain ski that’s precise and engaging on piste, still quite maneuverable off piste, and that encourages (but does not *require*) a very playful skiing style, the Aero warrants strong consideration.
And as someone who has tested a couple hundred skis from dozens of brands over the years, the build quality of Season’s skis is up their with the best in the industry.
The Rossignol Women’s Experience 76 Skis with Xpress W 10 GripWalk Bindings offer intermediate riders effortless on-trail carving with a playful feel for all-resort skiing. These skis are made from a PEFC-certified poplar wood core that balances weight, flex and stability for a versatile blend of power and playfulness using materials that help reduce the environmental impact of the product life cycle.
They are designed with an All-Trail Rocker and Sidecut that deliver a responsive feel with quick edge engagement and powerful, consistent carving, while their cap construction reduces weight and offers more comfortable ski-ability.
Their Drive Tip Solution blends directional fibers in the tip with soft dampening material through the forebody to absorb vibration for confidence-boosting control and their Assist Flex profile is adapted for skiers seeking forgiving ski-ability.
Discover the entire resort with confidence thanks to the Rossignol Women’s Experience 76 Skis with Xpress W 10 GripWalk Bindings!.
I am an instructor and have worked with a lot of women who are good intermediate skiers, but whose skiing is held back because they don’t have skis designed for them. This is a lightweight and responsive ski but with great vibration control so it holds an edge in variable conditions extremely well.
I bought a pair for my wife who never believed she was good enough a skier to tell the difference between skis, and she was blown away by these skis. Great all mountain intermediate skis for most skiers.
Great style that harkens back to the great classic Rossignol strato skis of the 70’s, a major contributor to the Rossignol legacy.
Rented them as demos at Berkshire East. Had a choice between these and the blackops. Really glad i chose these; great carving on groomed and ice runs. Extremely stable and predictable. The control i had higher speeds was the best i ever experienced.
These are the skis i want to purchase for any groomed East coast skiing. Can’t recommend enough.
Salomon tasked their athletes with designing the most progressive and playful freeride powder ski on the mountain meet the 2022 Salomon QST BLANK Ski. Pillow-popping and powder-loving the BLANK is built for deep days at 112mm underfoot.
A progressive shape enhances the flotation and playfulness of your turns while its construction provides the stability you rely on. Charge resort laps or mount the BLANK with the SHIFT for touring.
The Salomon QST Blank is a true freeride ski at heart but also has capabilities of an all mtn ski as well as a touring ski. Just like the rest of the QST line the Blank falls into its own category but can still be used for other types of skiing.
The 112mm waist width and 137mm nose width help tremendously in fresh snow but surprisingly still hooks up on a groomer here and there. The Blank also serves as a great touring option for the Salomon team but with more emphasis on the down hill aspect.
While its not the lightest ski out there the Blank is just light enough to throw a Shift or even a frame binding on them without being too heavy for the uphill. They also serve as great resort all mtn ski that you can honestly take anywhere.
It’s quick, snappy, and super playful in a range of different conditions. If you’re looking for a diverse all mtn ski that thrives in the soft snow but can also throw down some carves on the groomers the Salomon QST Blank is for you!.
The QST Blanks are a super fun ski for a good powder day. The 112 width felt great for all mountain with a good bit of snow on it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and while I was unable to try these with that good powder Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it was clear from the profile and minimal stashes I experiences, the feeling would be excellent on a true “Powder Day”.
The weight felt great and not too heavy due to some weight cuts from new technology throughout the ski. The Blanks contain the Cork tip to maintain lightness while combating chatter, and I experienced the lightness as they were easy to throw around, but when it came to groomers, it felt harder to control.
This was from chatter I experienced at speed. The Cork felt great for what it was designed to do but it did not hold up like traditional tip materials would. Aside from that the edge to edge transition felt great, they were very smooth, and truly felt at home off piste freeriding.
A great ski for an advanced/expert skier who likes a pow basher that can stomp jumps like nobody’s business.
I brought these skis on a 2 week basecamp trip in the Alaska Range. When the ski-plane landed we opened the doors to 3 feet of fresh pow! I couldn’t have been happier to have a 112 underfoot. It was the perfect balance for skiing the deeper snow and for touring from our camp each day.
In combination with the Salomon MTN bindings + brakes these skis felt so solid. With the 178cm length I felt like I could control my skis in the steeper/tighter couloirs, but let them ride in the aprons when I wanted to open it up.
For me, the ski stays solidly underfoot and I can feel a stiffer engagement with the initiation of my turns – which makes me want to ski faster and stronger. For a fatter backcountry pow ski the Blanks are my go to.
I’m happy to skin/boot up up on a little wider ski because these skis are so worth it on the way down! The Blanks are a new fav in my quiver!.
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