What are the best carving skis for the 2016/2017 ski season? Nine fast skis made our OnTheSnow Editors' Choice Frontside skis list for their precision, grip, responsiveness and tight-turn radius while carving up the corduroy or icy hardpack.
Build for on-piste speed, construction in this category is often inspired by World Cup racing skis, with design elements that reduce weight, increase edge grip and smooth out the flex. If your quiver is in need of a carver, then compare the top-ranked Frontside skis of 2016/2017 for men and women.
BEST WOMEN'S CARVING SKIS 2016/2017:
Blizzard Quattro 80 Ti W
Blizzard partnered with Audi to release the new Blizzard Quattro series. Like the Audi Quattro, you can take this stable and reliable ski anywhere. The Quattro 80 Ti has tip and tail rocker along with a sandwich sidewall construction with bamboo in the core, reinforced with a layer of Titanal.
Blizzard Quattro 80 Ti, women's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
No way to fall asleep on these skis! They’re playful, snappy and responsive. Along with a wood core and two sheets of thin shaped titanium, the Insomnia’s technology story includes Amphibio 4D. The 73-mm-waisted ski received equaly high scores in the carving and playfulness categories.
Elan Insomnia, women's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
Dynastar Intense 12
Dynastar’s on-trail collection houses three Intense skis, including the expert-level, 72-mm-waisted Intense 12. Technology incorporates Divinycell, gas-filled cells designed for shock absorption, and Powerdrive, an element placed in the forebody of the ski designed to enhance the flex. Like its name, this intense ski is made for advanced rippers in all frontside terrain.
Dynastar Intense 12, women's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
K2 Luv Machine 74 Ti
K2's Luv Machine 74 Ti scored big in the playfulness and maneuverability department, thanks in part to K2’s Channel Light Core, a combination of fir, paulownia and bamboo with grooved “channels” placed down the length of the ski to reduce weight. It’s softer than other skis in the category but fun because it’s easy to engage or slide in a variety of terrain and conditions.
K2 Luv Machine 74 Ti, women's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
BEST MEN'S CARVING SKIS 2016/2017:
Blizzard Quattro RX
Blizzard unveils a new groomed snow collection with the Quattro “make your mark” series. The Blizzard Quattro RX rightfully made its mark in the ski test, grabbing the highest average score in the Frontside Category, as well as highest scores for stability. Power, stability and a clean edge, this ski is very versatile for a Frontside model. It’s not quite a race ski, but it has enough edge hold and power to satisfy your need for speed.
Blizzard Quattro RX, men's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti
Dynastar's Speed Zone 12 Ti received its highest scores for carving thanks to its new Powerdrive “active suspension” technology that absorbs vibration. Construction includes one full-length layer of titanium, poplar wood core, full vertical sidewalls and tip rocker. This is an intermediate through expert ski for hardpack carvers and corduroy only.
Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti, men's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
Fischer RC4 Curv DTX
Fischer's RC4 Curv DTX is a responsive carver that includes a 72-mm waist, a layer of free milled titanium and Diagotex and a carbon laminate added for stability. Construction also includes a wide, triangular tip and flat tail. This is a super fun carver that can make either controlled GS turns or snappy slalom turns. It feels like a race ski with an everyday speed limit.
Fischer Curv DTX, men's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
Head Supershape i. Titan SW
If you're looking for World Cup construction in your Frontside ski, look no further than the Head Supershape i.Titan SW. Regarding dimensions, “supershape” describes the generously wide rockered tip, narrow 80-mm waist and flat tail (137-80-117). It’s an amazing 80-mm-waisted carving ski. It holds well and has a natural turn progression when you put it on edge.
Head Supershape i.Titan SW, men's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.
Kästle's MX84 is the Bugatti of frontside skis. Tip them over, stay in the centre and enjoy the hold throughout the arc. Kästle’s updated Hollowtech 2.0 technology removes mass in the tip in order to reduce swing weight and increase stability. Construction includes sandwich sidewalls, an ash/silver fir wood core and Titanal.
Kästle MX84, men's 16/17 Frontside Editors' Choice ski.