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Editors' choice: Best powder skis for 2016/2017

14th September 2016 | OTS Staff

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti - ©Fischer

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

Copyright: Fischer

No matter what country you’re skiing, you have the possibility of hitting the powder jackpot. When your destination mountain delivers the sought after snow, the 2016/2017 OnTheSnow Editors' Choice Powder skis are your ticket to skiing every flake.

Skis in the powder category are designed to perform in soft snow — whether riding on- or off-piste. Waist width size crests the 100mm mark, and all models have some amount of rocker in the tip for flotation. Figure out where you want to ski and then compare the most coveted powder skis for the 2016/2017 ski season from our guide below.

BEST WOMEN'S POWDER SKIS 2016/2017:

Nordica La Nina

Nordica's La Niña features Nordica’s Powder camROCK Profile, which combines a blunt rockered tip and tail with camber underfoot—designed to increase edge snow contact and also aid flotation. This steep and deep loving ski wants to go fast for many laps—but do your squats because you need to be strong to get them on edge.

Nordica La Nina, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Nordica

Nordica La Nina, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

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Head Big JOY

Head's Big JOY received its highest scores in the Powder Category for stability, which surpassed scores for carving performance. The Big JOY has tip rocker, Intellifibers for tip-vibration absorption and an edge grip-enhancing progressive radius. This ski can crush the slush or slay softer conditions. It’s stable and smooth through all turn transitions.

Head Big JOY, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Head

Head Big JOY, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

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Völkl 100Eight W

The Völkl 100Eight W is the class valedictorian of the Powder Category. Aside from winning an Editors’ Choice honour, the 100Eight W received the highest average score of any ski in the entire test, not to mention being scored the most versatile. Fun, fun, fun, we loved the entire experience of skiing on this playful, stable, grippy ski.

Volkl	100Eight W, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Volkl

Volkl 100Eight W, women's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

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BEST MEN'S POWDER SKIS 2016/2017:

Rossignol Super 7 HD

Editors' Choice honour? Check. Highest scores in the category for versatility and float? Check. Top scorer in the Powder category? Check. The Rossignol Super 7 HD received super high accolades from testers who were only slightly less impressed with its carving. We couldn’t find terrain that it didn’t rally through. It has an amazing blend of stability and friendliness.

Rossignol Super 7 HD, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Rossignol

Rossignol Super 7 HD, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

Copyright: Rossignol

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti

Fischer’s freeride Ranger series seeks to create lightweight freeride skis for resort or backcountry skiing with several elements, such as the wide rockered tip and flat rockered tail. Testers were most impressed with the 108 Ti's playfulness, where the 108-mm-waisted ski received highest scores of the category. Smooth as butter, this solid ski can grease the intensity level when you ask it to.

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Fischer

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

Copyright: Fischer

Blizzard Cochise 

Most testers agree on one sentiment: The Blizzard Cochise feels more like a carving ski than a powder ski. This ski is as stable as any 105mm or wider ski that we've ever tried. The tips float effortlessly and it’s also the best in class for carving by far.

Blizzard Cochise, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski. - ©Blizzard

Blizzard Cochise, men's 16/17 Powder Editors' Choice ski.

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Armada Invictus 108 Ti

Armada’s Invictus series includes five models (waists range from 108 mm down to 85 mm) all built with construction elements designed for both hard snow and powder performance, including rockered tips and camber underfoot. This dynamic top contender turns short, but charges long.

Armada Invictus 108 Ti, men's 16/17 Powder Back Editors' Choice ski. - ©Armada

Armada Invictus 108 Ti, men's 16/17 Powder Back Editors' Choice ski.

Copyright: Armada

 

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