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Lindsey Vonn and Julia 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 skis below will keep up with you... even if your boyfriend can't. Each pair was put through the ringer by former World Cup racers, ski instructors, mountaineers and OTS staff at our annual ski test in Aspen last season. Here's your guide to the best frontside women's boards: 

 

Blizzard Viva - Womens EC/FS 2013

BLIZZARD VIVA 8.0

Like Adele’s voice, Blizzard’s Viva 8.0 (80 mm underfoot) is powerful and smooth. “It’s not a slalom ski, but it’s great for every day and all around the mountain,” said Koehn. Blizzard adds Flipcore 3D Technology to the Frontside ski, “flipping” the mould to add slight rocker in the tip and tail instead of bending reverse camber into the ski, resulting in better stability and equal pressure distribution. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

 

Head Mya 6 - Womens EC/FS 2013

HEAD MYA 6

Head’s new ERA 3.0 technology—essentially rocker, radius and rebound—blends together tip rocker, a progressive radius and vibration-absorbing Intellifibers in the tip for better edge contact. “Easy and smooth, yet totally powerful,” said Alder. “If you like to rip at high speed, this is your machine.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW» 

 

Nordica Belle to Belle - Womens EC/FS 2013

NORDICA BELLE TO BELLE

Nordica adds four new skis to their women’s collection (varying in waists from 70 mm to 90 mm). As the middle child, at 78 mm underfoot, the Belle to Belle favours the Frontside, designed for high-performance on hard snow with an easy-to-use personality. “It’s lively and light and made me feel graceful,” said Sutton. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW» 

 

Rossignol Temptation 82 - Womens EC/FS 2013

ROSSIGNOL TEMPTATION 82

“Quick, agile and easy to handle,” said Alder of Rossignol’s Frontside-oriented Temptation 82. The construction is all about quick turn initiation: It has a curvy geometry (132-82-120), subtle rocker at both ends of the ski, a Cascade Tip, where staggered lengths of core material in the tip reduce swing weight, and Rossignol’s Extended Sidecut, which engages more edge as the ski gets up to speed and edge angles increase. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»