2012 EDITORS' PICKS:
Women's skis have been one of the fastest growing segments in the industry-with technological breakthroughs and more attention paid to female skiers, these skis are better than ever. Within that segment, All Mountain is the most-popular category. These skis can do it all-play in the pow, cruise the corduroy and crush the crud. 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 top do-it-all women's boards:
#1 Atomic Elysian
If a field of fresh powder is your mythical Elysian Field, this ski is for you. Atomic built the Elysian with a 95 mm waist and their Adaptive Rocker to give these skis ultimate floatation and maneuverability in the soft stuff. However a full wood core and dual-layer Step Down Sidewalls help the Elysian to hold its own on the hardpack. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#2 Volkl Kenja
Unlike "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third installment of the Kenja is the best one yet. Volkl kept the 86 mm waist, wood core and Power construction that made the previous iterations a fantastic ski for intermediate and experts alike. However, they added their women-specific Bio-Logic technology this year to reduce the strain on skiers' knees. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#3 K2 Superstitious
The writing was on the wall for K2's veteran T:Nine series, and although Stevie Wonder might disagree, superstition is the new way. K2 made the Supersitious with strips of titanal, lightweight binding components and a lightweight wood core to make these skis as easy to carry as they are fun to ski. Advanced and Expert skiers will appreciate the 84 mm waist, dense aspen underfoot and K2's All Terrain Rocker. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#4 Fischer KOA 84
This ski holds an edge like a baby holds a bottle. Fischer tailored the KOA 84 towards intermediate and advanced skiers who prefer to cruise the groomers with a sidecut made for carving and sandwich sidewalls that stick to the snow like none other. At the same time, Fischer's Freeski Rocker and lightweight wood core help the ski to float in soft snow. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».
#5 Dynastar Legend Eden
What's your Garden of Eden? Endless swaths of corduroy? An open bowl of pow? Whatever it is, Dynastar made the Legend Eden to match your passion. The 85 mm waist and milled wood core is great on the groomers. On the back side, the progressive tip rocker gives it floatation in the fluffy stuff. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW».