2012 EDITORS' PICKS:
Lindsey Vonn and Leila Mancuso aren't the only two women that like going fast on perfectly groomed steeps. There are more and more females that are charging the frontside these days. Whether in the bumps, between the gates or on a boulevard of corduroy-the four skis below will keep up with you... even if your boyfriend can't. Each pair was scrutinized by female pros, patrollers, instructors and ski journalists during the OTS ski tests in Winter Park, Colorado and Snowbasin, Utah last season. Here's your guide to the best frontside women's boards:
#1 Goode Opus
Goode's Opus is lacking the heft of the opuses that appeared on your British Lit class syllabus. In fact, Goode kept this ski extremely lightweight by using the same carbon fiber they use for their waterskis and ski poles. Despite being a featherweight, the Opus is extremely strong and features a slight rocker and 82 mm waist that makes it at home on the groomers and in the soft stuff. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#2 Volkl Tierra
The Volkl Tierra was not made for the tiara-wearing set. Rather, this ski was built for the hard-charging female skier with a carving addiction. Volkl gave the Tierra its Bio-Logic technology that puts the skier in a balanced stance and enhances flex distribution. If you're looking for a ski with outstanding edge hold on hard snow, look no further. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#3 Dynastar Legend Idyll
What's idyllic for you? If it's floating atop swaths of corduroy on a blue bird day-Dynastar built this ski for you. A lightweight wood core, freeride rocker and 78 mm underfoot makes the Legend Idyll the perfect ski for making laps on the groomers. This ski is at home on hard pack but probably doesn't have the same float in soft snow that the other two Dynastar women's skis in the Exclusive collection. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#4 Nordica Unknown Legend
How unknown can you be if you're a legend? How legendary can you be if you're unknown? These are a few questions Confucius might ask, but unlike you, he'll never carve beautiful turns on the Nordica Unknown Legends. This ski is equally comfortable making tight slalom turns or arcing big GS turns. Twin tip design and an 80 mm waist also makes it versatile enough for the park or the powder. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».