Ski Gear

Rossignol Super 7 Skis of the Year

Rossi is the industry leader when it comes to balancing rocker (upturned tip and tail), camber (for edge hold and glide), and taper (the pin shape in the front and back, which delivers a loose feel...

Beast 16 Bindings

The first 16-DIN tech binding, the new Beast features a “return to center” toe piece. As you ski, the binding deflects to absorb shock. It’s one of the reasons, safety-wise, alpine-style bindings...

Nordica Helldorado Skis

The Helldorado is nimble in strangled chutes but stable and absorbant when you’ve got room to open it up.

Head Super Shape Titan Skis

With a tight 14.3-meter turn radius, a powerful system-style binding, and Head’s World Cup race construction, this Austrian setup should have tossed us Yanks around by our Cinnabons.

Völkl Two Skis

A big part of the reason the new-to-the-line Two handled all condi- tions well is that it features subtle taper in the tail and tip, meaning the widest part of the ski is farther back on the shovel.

Rossignol Squad 7 Skis

The Squad used to be too powerful for mere mortals, but this year it’s 20 percent lighter. The rocker is far less abrupt than on Rossi’s older powder skis, and thanks to the tapered honeycomb tip and...

Faction Candide 4.0 Skis

Smaller brands like Faction typically get mixed reviews, but testers gave these agile big boys high marks. Our test samples revealed top-notch construc- tion and flat, hard bases. A mix of balsa wood...

The Armada ARVti

The revamped ARVti features a traditional untapered tip, a touch of rocker, and two full sheets of absorbant Titanal. “It’s ideal for billy-goating into tight chutes,” said one tester.

Head Venturi 95

The new Venturi 95 offers a deeper sidecut than most of the all-mountain skis we tested.

The Dynastar Cham 97

The Cham wowed us when it was going fast in boot-deep powder atop hard surfaces.

The Blizzard Bonafide

At lower speeds, you have to muscle these skis around a bit, but when you’re going all out, the wood and metal construction and Blizzard’s flutter-free Flipcore rocker—see page 30—feel like a...

The Völkl Mantra

The Mantra is a traditional völkl ski with camber, wood and titanium construction, and a flat tail for finishing turns on hardpack.