The Best Women's Frontside Skis

A frontside ski is for exactly what the name implies: skiing all over the front side of the mountain. You can start the morning on fresh corduroy, wiggle your way through a bump run, and carve your way down the firm (or if you’re lucky, freshly groomed) steeps. Skis in this category are slightly more versatile than a carving ski and will do best in well-skied conditions, but are not going to excel in powder.

Women’s specific skis are slightly different than the equivalent men’s versions. Typically, women’s versions come in shorter lengths, lighter weight, and with less stiffness to account for women’s shorter heights and lower body weights.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Head Supershape Titan Ski Test Results 2016
95
Best in Class
2015
Edge Hold 9
Responsiveness 10
Turn Shape Variability 9
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 9
Value 9

Responsive at any speed

Best mid-radius turn in the category

Fun & playful

Excellent edge hold

Awesome carving ski

A little sluggish at short radius turns

Most rewarding for stronger skiers

Did not own any single category (other than overall performance, that is)

MSRP
$1,075.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Dynastar Course Speed Ski Test Results 2016
92
Edge Hold 8
Responsiveness 9
Turn Shape Variability 8
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 9
Value 9

Fantastic edge hold

Handles variable speeds equally well

Excels at short and mid-radius turns

Very smooth feel

Pure carving ski

Very narrow waist width

Always in carve mode

Other skis were easier to initiate

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
$439.99
Nordica Fire Arrow 80 Ti Ski Test Results 2016
92
Edge Hold 10
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 10
Carving Pleasure 9
Value 8

Excellent edge-hold

Superior stability

Good turn shape variability

Confident at high speeds

Rips on every hardback condition

For experts only

No auto-pilot--requires full concentration

Might last longer than you do

MSRP
$1,049.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ski Test Results 2016
91
Edge Hold 8
Responsiveness 9
Turn Shape Variability 8
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 9
Value 8

Super damp

Strong under foot

Carving machine

Easy to initiate

Good hold

Not versatile

Skied short--think about sizing up if you buy this ski

Narrow underfoot

MSRP
$1,100.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Volkl RTM 84 Ski Test Results 2016
91
Edge Hold 10
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 9
Value 8

Loves groomers

Arcs on steep hardpack

Excellent at medium radius turns

Better at higher speeds

Excellent carver

Great grip

Not very playful

Not as versatile as other skis in this category

Very little room for error

MSRP
$1,150.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Salomon X-Max Ski Test Results 2016
90
Edge Hold 9
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 9

Great short radius turn performance

Super grip on ice

Very stable

Responsiveness

Easy to initiate

Easy to over ski

Needs to be in a turn all the time

Better for skiers who like drive, rather than ride a ski

MSRP
$950.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Blizzard Power X8 Ski Test Results 2016
89
Edge Hold 9
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 8

Explosively powerful

Endless grip

Very stable

Lots of pop

Awesome at mid to long range turns

Lots of work to make shorter turns

Not as exciting at moderate speeds

Needs to be driven

MSRP
$1,080.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Scott Black Majic Ski Test Results 2016
89
Edge Hold 8
Responsiveness 9
Turn Shape Variability 8
Stability 8
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 8

Fun to ski

Easy to initiate

Reliable hold

Versatile enough to ski in some off-piste conditions

Little bit of extra rocker makes it accessible to wider range of skiers

Not for ex-racers

Bigger skiers can overpower it

That extra rocker benefits West Coast skiers the most

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Head Wild Joy
89
Best in Class
2018
Flotation 8
Stability 8
Edge Hold 8
Carving Pleasure 7
Turn Variability 8

Nimble

Good stability

Damp with an even flex

Low rebound energy

Tip sluggish to engage on hardpack

Not very forgiving if weight is aft

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
$649.00
Blizzard Black Pearl 88
88
Flotation 7
Stability 8
Edge Hold 8
Carving Pleasure 7
Turn Variability 8

Versatile in turn shape and snow condition

Great edge grip

Well balanced

Damp

Not very energetic underfoot

Flotation lacks slightly

MSRP
$720.00
BEST DEAL
$599.95
Elan Amphibio 14 TI
87
Edge Hold 8
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 8
Stability 7
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 8

Smooth ski

Really good edge hold

Easy to initiate

Great frontside ski for a wide variety of skiers

Responsive and stable even at mid-speeds

Gets pushed by anything that isn't groomed

Have to stay centered

On-piste only

Needs to be on edge

Not for race ski fans

MSRP
$950.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer The Curv
87
Best in Class
2016
Edge Hold 9
Responsiveness 8
Turn Shape Variability 6
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 7
Value 8

Super damp

Speed hungry

Loves long arcs

Fantastic edge bite

Very solid underfoot

Not versatile

Doesn't do slow turns

Or short

Requires your full attention

Prefers to fly down every slope

MSRP
$1,200.00
BEST DEAL
$899.00
Atomic Redster DD XT Ski Test Results 2016
86
Edge Hold 10
Responsiveness 7
Turn Shape Variability 6
Stability 10
Carving Pleasure 7
Value 6

Impeccable edge hold

Loves speed--the more, the better

Super carving machine

Rewards hard chargers

Stiff tail

Does not go slow

For experts only

Not maneuverable

MSRP
$1,200.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Progressor F19 Ti Ski Test Results 2016
86
Edge Hold 9
Responsiveness 7
Turn Shape Variability 6
Stability 9
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 7

Good edge hold

Solid carver

Damp feel

Very stable

Little bit of work to ski

Not versatile

Too stiff for anything but GS turns

MSRP
$1,050.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Elan Ripstick 86 W
86
Flotation 8
Stability 7
Edge Hold 7
Carving Pleasure 6
Turn Variability 8

Solid at speed

Versatile in turn shape and snow conditions

A multi-ability level ski

Tip is sluggish to initiate high-performance turns

Lacks bomber edge grip on hardpack

Has a hollow sound

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
$549.99
Kastle LX 85
85
Flotation 7
Stability 6
Edge Hold 7
Carving Pleasure 8
Turn Variability 7

Light and maneuverable

Great combo of grace and grit

Fun to carve

Tip feels light at speed

Less stable in high speed arcs

Less forgiving in turn transitions

MSRP
$999.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Elan Amphibio 16 Ski Test Results 2016
84
Edge Hold 8
Responsiveness 7
Turn Shape Variability 8
Stability 6
Carving Pleasure 8
Value 7

Lightning quick

Easy initiation

Damp hold

Smooth turns

Quickness comes at some cost to stability

Felt limited to medium radius turns

And moderate speeds

MSRP
$1,100.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Volkl Yumi
84
Flotation 6
Stability 7
Edge Hold 7
Carving Pleasure 7
Turn Variability 7

Easy to maneuver in a variety of snow conditions

Quick edge-to-edge

Easy to butter or carve

Predictable, but not exciting

Nervous at high speed

Too light

MSRP
$650.00
BEST DEAL
$329.86
Nordica Astral 84
82
Flotation 6
Stability 7
Edge Hold 7
Carving Pleasure 6
Turn Variability 6

Solid underfoot

Shines in medium-radius turns

Confidence inspiring

Slow rise tip doesn’t engage quickly in turns

Low rebound energy

Feels lethargic in short turns

MSRP
$799.00
BEST DEAL
$497.99
K2 iKonic 80 Ti Ski Test Results 2016
78
Edge Hold 6
Responsiveness 7
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 6
Carving Pleasure 6
Value 6

Easy to turn

Forgiving

Performs in a wide variety of frontside conditions

Don't have to be an expert to ski it

Not as much fun at high speeds

Not as exciting for experts

Too soft for railing GS

MSRP
$1,000.00
BEST DEAL
$799.99
Kastle CPM 82 Ski Test Results 2016
77
Edge Hold 7
Responsiveness 6
Turn Shape Variability 7
Stability 7
Carving Pleasure 7
Value 3

Predictable

Easy to initiate

Handled variable conditions at medium speeds

Makes silky medium radius turns

Took some work to get on a high edge angle

Many testers felt they had to adjust their style to suit the ski

More intermediate friendly

MSRP
$1,499.00
BEST DEAL
N/A