The Best Men's Powder Skis

Gear Institute’s ski test is held annually at Snowbird, Utah, in conjunction with Mountain magazine and Outside magazine. The 2017 test was held in late March, with more than 20 testers, several of who work in the snowsports industry as ski instructors, ski patrollers, professional athletes and magazine editors, as well as one former member of the U.S. Ski Team. Other testers included former NCAA Division 1 ski racers, some hard-charging beer league skiers from the East Coast, and local rippers from Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Vail, Taos, and Santa Fe. Initial product testing was also conducted in January 2017 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, during the SnowSports Industries America trade show.

Snowbird offers the kind of world-class terrain, including everything from expertly groomed hardpack to tight trees, windswept bowls, big bumps, steep chutes, endless cornices and all-around mixed conditions that allow us to test skis in almost every imaginable condition. With many top name ski manufacturers – Armada, Atomic, Dynastar, DPS, Rossignol, Salomon, etc… – having their headquarters in Utah (including several, such as Blizzard, with satellite offices in the Beehive State), we can also easily coordinate with the brands to ensure that we test products in exactly the kinds of conditions in which they were designed to excel. We don’t test Powder skis on hardpack, and we don’t test Frontside skis when the Wasatch is experiencing one of its legendary storms. Each day of our test we check the weather conditions, and test the right skis for those conditions accordingly.

We do test skis head-to-head, one after the other, rating them on the same criteria that we feel is most relevant to each specific category, with an emphasis on top of the line products for advanced to expert skiers who know how they want a ski to perform. The five major Classifications we focused on while testing each ski in the Powder Category were the Overall Classification, which measured how well the ski performed in a variety of predominantly off-piste conditions, but also including Hard Snow Pleasure (when hitting that last groomer back to the lift), Float, for off-piste performance and overall ease of initiation, Sluff-Ability, for how easily each ski felt can surf/slarve/schmear in fresh snow and cut-up snow conditions, and overall Stability and Carving, wherever we skied each product.

Below is a summary of the overall results of our test, including which ski scored the Best in Class, and how each ski scored in each specific test classification.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Rossignol Soul 7 Ski Test Results 2016
94
Best in Class
2015
Responsiveness 9
Float 9
Sluff-ability 10
Stability 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 9

Does everything well

Easy to maneuver yet strong enough to blast through anything

So fun to ski

Great float

Very good hard snow performance

Can feel light

Not the most powerful ski in the category

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Blizzard Rustler 10
94
Best in Class
2018
Overall 10
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 9
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 9

Strong yet nimble

Playful yet stable at the same time

Rock solid underfoot

Handles a variety of conditions with ease

Ploughs powder, yet carves on hardpack

Doesn’t have as much traditional Blizzard dampness

Needs to go fast

Good, not great Float

MSRP
$780.00
BEST DEAL
$599.99
Atomic Automatic 109 Ski Test Results 2016
93
Responsiveness 8
Float 9
Sluff-ability 9
Stability 10
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 9

Performs on and off-piste

Easy to steer in the mank and crud

Very accurate, easy turning ski

Damp and powerful

Can overpower some lighter skiers

For advanced to experts only

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Ranger 108ti Ski Test Results 2016
93
Responsiveness 10
Float 9
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 9

So responsive

Fun at any speed

Very stable

Easy to maneuver

Handles all terrain

Not as surfy

Wasn't as playful in the bumps

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Salomon MTN Lab 115 Ski Test Results 2016
93
Best in Class
2015
Responsiveness 8
Stability 8
Float 9
Firm Snow Survival 9
Forgiveness 10
Value 9

Easy to ski

Great agility and responsiveness

Super stable

Great float

Nice mix of edge hold and slarve-ability

So maneuverable they can wander if you're not focused

They could get tossed around in the chop

Woven carbon construction leads to slightly hollow feel

MSRP
$950.00
BEST DEAL
$559.77
Kastle BMX105 HP
93
Overall 9
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 9
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 9

Very stable

Decent float

Damp

Performs better the faster you go

Strong hard snow performance

Not as lively

Needs to be driven

Experts only

Didn’t own any single category

Pricey

MSRP
$1,149.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Rossignol Super 7 Ski Test Results 2016
92
Responsiveness 8
Stability 8
Float 9
Firm Snow Survival 9
Forgiveness 9
Value 9

Easy to ski

Super versatile

Playful and stable

Great float

Awesome edge hold (when you need it, that is)

Nimble in all off-piste conditions

Loses some stability at top end speeds

Stronger skiers can overload the tip

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
$599.99
Rossignol Soul 7 HD
92
Overall 9
Sluff-ability 9
Stability 8
Float 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 7

Handles all turn shapes

Responsive ski

Lightweight feel

Good in a variety of conditions

Easy to access performance

Not as strong on hard snow

Some testers said they could overpower the tip

Better off-piste than on groomed

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
$487.47
Volkl 100eight Ski Test Results 2016
91
Responsiveness 9
Float 8
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 9
Value 8

All-around performance

Lightweight but still powerful

Very turny

Nimble

Responsive

Not as much float as other skis in the category

Wasn't as responsive in deeper snow

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
$479.95
Blizzard Bodacious Ski Test Results 2016
91
Responsiveness 8
Stability 9
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 9
Forgiveness 8
Value 9

Surprisingly easy to ski

Mobile to stable

Prefers fast and straight but can still be versatile

Easy to access power

Some of the best hard snow performance in this category

Not as lively

More work for short, quick turns

Mixed reviews on the updated tip construction

MSRP
$840.00
BEST DEAL
$539.90
Elan Ripstick 106
91
Overall 8
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 8
Float 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 8

Skied well in all conditions

Nice amount of float

Powerful yet responsive

Very accurate

Easy to initiate

More damp than lively

Suffers at higher speeds

Did not own any single classification

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
$524.96
Head Monster 108 Ski Test Results 2016
90
Responsiveness 8
Float 7
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 10
Hard Snow Pleasure 9
Value 8

Powerful ski

Solid and stable

Fun to carve

Lots of energy

No speed limit

Too much ski for some of our lighter testers

More power than float

Stiff ski

Not as surfy

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Nordica Nrgy 107 Ski Test Results 2016
90
Responsiveness 9
Float 8
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 10
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 8

Lots of "Energy"

Exciting ski

True all-mountain performance

Easy to maneuver

Good carve

Not as much float as other skis in the category

Lost performance in deeper snow

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
$879.00
Volkl 100Eight
90
Overall 8
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 9
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 8

Good stability

And maneuverability

Lightweight

Easy to initiate

Good edge hold

Not very lively

Off-piste only

Couple testers wanted more rocker

Did not own any category

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
$420.95
Nordica Enforcer 110
90
Overall 8
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 9
Float 7
Hard Snow Pleasure 9

Great rocker profile

Easy turn initiation

Stable as an ocean liner

Carves well for a powder ski

Accuracy

Not as nimble

Feels a bit heavy

There are quicker skis edge-to-edge

Big turns only

MSRP
$849.00
BEST DEAL
$749.00
Salomon Q-105 Ski Test Results 2016
89
Responsiveness 9
Float 9
Sluff-ability 10
Stability 7
Hard Snow Pleasure 6
Value 8

Very maneuverable

Effortless float

Light feel

Fun in deep snow

Playful and surfy

Not a hardpack ski

Has a speed limit

Can be overpowered by bigger skiers

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Nordica Patron Ski Test Results 2016
89
Responsiveness 8
Stability 10
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 8
Forgiveness 7
Value 8

Fun at all speeds--but especially at high speeds

Easy to control in a turn

High marks for stability

Playful

Great for skiers who like to drive

Not as forgiving

One of two narrowest skis in the category

May be more of an all-mountain powder ski than a surf ski

MSRP
$849.00
BEST DEAL
$599.00
Head Kore 105
89
Overall 8
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 9
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 6

Good float

Superior stability

Very light

Smooth handling

Great turning ability

Mixed reviews on hard snow performance

Better off-piste than on

Overpowered by some other skis in this category

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
$699.00
Dynastar Cham 2.0 107 Ski Test Results 2016
88
Responsiveness 9
Float 8
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 7
Value 8

Great surf and sluff-ability

Responsive and maneuverable

Super predictable in soft snow

Quick turns

Fun float

Can skid at higher speeds

Not for hard snow

Need to stay balanced--can over ski the shovel

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
$589.97
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Kastle BMX 115 Ski Test Results 2016
88
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 8
Forgiveness 8
Value 8

Great float

Solid feeling underfoot

Blasts through crud

Nice swing weight

Exciting ski

Not playful

Needs to be skied aggressively

Prefers mid to long radius turns (not short)

MSRP
$1,049.00
BEST DEAL
$1,048.95
Fischer Ranger 108 Ti
88
Overall 8
Sluff-ability 6
Stability 8
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 8

Smooth, solid edge hold

Lightweight

Damp

Easy to Initiate

Loves to go fast

Less lively than damp

Not the best sluff-ability

Experts only

Decent hard snow performance

MSRP
$849.00
BEST DEAL
$524.96
Armada Invictus 108ti Ski Test Results 2016
87
Responsiveness 8
Float 8
Sluff-ability 9
Stability 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 7
Value 7

Smooth turn

Confident and predictable

Plows through mank

Easy to initiate

Good float

Not quick

Prefers longer turns

Less hard snow performance

MSRP
$875.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Blizzard Cochise Ski Test Results 2016
86
Responsiveness 8
Float 6
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 10
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 7

Great edge hold

Very accurate and predictable at mid to long-radius turns

Powerful

Top marks for stability--especially on groomers

Easy to initiate

Very little float

Prefers hard snow

Not playful or surfy

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Black Crows Atris
86
Overall 6
Sluff-ability 8
Stability 7
Float 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 7

Fun to schmear

Easy to turn off-piste

Great tight turns on steeps

Lively in soft snow

Good stability

Loses performance on harder snow

Experts only

A little sluggish edge-to-edge

MSRP
$769.00
BEST DEAL
$769.95
Kastle BMX105 HP Ski Test Results 2016
85
Responsiveness 7
Float 7
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 8
Value 7

Superior stability

Blows through crud

Powerful and confident in all conditions

Some of the best hard snow performance in this category

Not as playful

Prefers longer turns

Not as surfy

Pricey

MSRP
$1,149.00
BEST DEAL
$699.99
K2 Pinnacle 105 Ski Test Results 2016
85
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Sluff-ability 10
Stability 7
Hard Snow Pleasure 6
Value 7

Super maneuverable

King of sluff

Very easy turning ski

Good float in the pow

Not for chargers

Prefers shorter to medium radius turns

There are more energetic skis

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Atomic Backland FR 109
85
Overall 6
Sluff-ability 9
Stability 7
Float 9
Hard Snow Pleasure 4

Fun ski

Playful

Maneuverable off-piste

Handles a variety of conditions

Damp

Not as energetic

Prefers long turns – especially when carving

Loses stability on firmer snow

Did not win any single test classification

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
$349.97
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Line Supernatural 108 Ski Test Results 2016
84
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 7
Value 7

Great round turns

Excellent in powder

Playful yet damp

Easy to initiate

Not as stable at speed

Needs to be steered

Doesn't offer as much energy underfoot

MSRP
$880.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Atomic Bent Chetler Ski Test Results 2016
84
Responsiveness 8
Stability 6
Float 9
Firm Snow Survival 7
Forgiveness 7
Value 7

Buttery turns

Easy to pivot and turn

Turns the whole mountain into a terrain park

Fun to ski

Not as good at higher speeds

Lower marks for overall stability

Needs to be turning (or jibbing)

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
K2 Pinnacle 118 Ski Test Results 2016
84
Responsiveness 7
Stability 8
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 7
Forgiveness 7
Value 7

Nice mix of playfulness and stability

Likes speed

Light but stiff

Nice platform underfoot

Got decent scores in every category

Very damp

Needs to go fast

Have to work to make short turns

Not especially playful

MSRP
$1,000.00
BEST DEAL
$719.96
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Dynastar Legend X96
84
Overall 6
Sluff-ability 6
Stability 8
Float 6
Hard Snow Pleasure 8

Very quick edge-to-edge

Easy to initiate

Loves the fall-line

Decent stability

Extremely forgiving

Needs to be in a turn

Not as much float

Overpowered by some other skis in the Powder Categ

Lost performance in deeper conditions

Feels like more of an All Mountain ski

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
$699.95
Scott Punisher Ski Test Results 2016
83
Responsiveness 6
Float 8
Sluff-ability 7
Stability 8
Hard Snow Pleasure 7
Value 7

Loves the fall-line

Eats up the mank

Rips powder

Busts crud

Very surf able

Best in soft snow

More of a big day ski

Hard to edge

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Volkl V-Werks BMT 122 Ski Test Results 2016
83
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 5
Forgiveness 7
Value 7

Smooth and stable

Good float

Very light

Easy to turn

Not versatile

More backcountry minded

Work to get on edge on-piste

MSRP
$1,375.00
BEST DEAL
$1,375.00
Head Cyclic 115 Ski Test Results 2016
82
Responsiveness 6
Stability 8
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 7
Forgiveness 6
Value 7

Fast and stable

Damp in the crud

Can load up for turns

Good hardback performance

Feels heavy

Not as much float

Not playful

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Dynastar Cham 2.0 117 Ski Test Results 2016
81
Responsiveness 6
Stability 8
Float 8
Firm Snow Survival 6
Forgiveness 6
Value 7

Great in powder

Stable

Good turn initiation

Loves the fall-line

Very stiff

Feels like a lot of ski

Not versatile

Needs to avoid firm snow

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
$589.97
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Armada Norwalk Ski Test Results 2016
78
Responsiveness 6
Stability 6
Float 9
Firm Snow Survival 3
Forgiveness 7
Value 7

Superior float

Very playful

Great of jibbing

Easy to initiate thanks to the tip rocker

Has a speed limit

Kicked around in crud

Felt flat on the groomed

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Big Stix 122 Ski Test Results 2016
78
Responsiveness 6
Stability 7
Float 10
Firm Snow Survival 4
Forgiveness 6
Value 5

Excellent float

Plows through chop

Good stability, especially in mid-radius turns

This is a lot of ski

Feels sluggish compared to narrower models

Not playful

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Line Mordecai Ski Test Results 2016
75
Responsiveness 5
Stability 6
Float 7
Firm Snow Survival 6
Forgiveness 6
Value 5

Playful ski

Easy to stay centered

Makes a fun schmear turn in the powder

Stiff tail

Not a high speed throttle ski

MSRP
$960.00
BEST DEAL
$460.05
Scott Scrapper Ski Test Results 2016
72
Responsiveness 5
Stability 6
Float 7
Firm Snow Survival 3
Forgiveness 6
Value 5

Solid platform

Good float

Good stability

Very stiff tail

Not as responsive

Slower edge to edge

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Blizzard Rustler 10

Blizzard’s new Rustler 10 pretty much dominated the Powder Category of our ski test, earning “Favorite” picks from more than 80 percent of the testers who skied it. “Playful yet stable;” “Strong yet nimble;” and “One of the best skis of all time,” were just a few of the superlatives heaped onto the test cards in praise of this big mountain machine, which tore through every condition we threw at it. Mixing a lightweight woodcore of paulownia, balsa, poplar and beech with Blizzard’s new D.R.T. (Dynamic Release Technology) carbon Flipcore, this ski felt more lively and maneuverable than most Blizzards, a brand we consistently praise for its power and dampness. That doesn’t mean the ski lost any stability – not by a long shot! What it did was add the ability to feel more versatile in all conditions, from the powder to the hardpack. Bottom line: This is a powder ski that could easily be your all-season ride if you want.

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Atomic Backland FR 109

Atomic’s Backland FR 109 is damp and accurate enough for skiing big days in-bounds, with a lightweight feel for anyone who wants to put some tech bindings on it as a backcountry specific turn-earning machine. The ski has great Float, thanks to significant rocker, is maneuverable off-piste, and has a confident, damp feel underfoot. There are more energetic skis in the Powder Category, especially if you want a big ski that will offer more edge hold and Stability if you decide to ski the Backland from the lifts. The ski did not stand out in any one of our specific test classifications – good or bad. All of our testers did comment on how fun it is to ski, providing a consistently playful, reliable turn shape.

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Volkl 100Eight

Volkl’s 100Eight is one of the lightweight, stable, easy to initiate skis in this category that could easily be used for lots of lift-served use, or as a backcountry setup. New this year, Volkl’s 3D.Glass construction combines with the existing 3D.Ridge construction to give you more power and control underfoot, while reducing materials toward age for more maneuverability at a lighter weight. Along with a Full Rocker design, with tip and tail rise and a symmetrical flex, the ski is wonderfully easy to initiate, with a smooth, predictable feel from edge-to-edge. Combined with a multilayer woodcore (featuring ash under the binding area and poplar everywhere else) and carbon stringers, the ski has great Stability and grip. Testers said this all creates a sense of consistent power no matter you turn it. The ski is not very lively, and prefers to be off-piste, where some testers would’ve preferred more pronounced rocker for better Float. Overall, a very effective ski for all-terrain use.

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Nordica Enforcer 110

Nordica builds on the legend of its All Mountain-owning Enforcer line, a favorite of GS-style skiers who love to arc accurate medium-radius turns, with the Enforcer 110. A powder ski for technicians who want to take their melodiously perfect technique into the softer snow conditions, the Enforcer 110 features easy turn initiation, solid stability, and the kind of clean carve that leaves razor-perfect tracks in the off-piste. This isn’t a nimble ski for porpoising through the trees. It can feel a little heavy compared to skis like the Dynastar Legend 96 and Fischer Ranger 108. It’s also not the quickest ski from edge-to-edge. Built with Nordica’s All-Mountain camRock design, with about 25 percent rise in the shovel and 5 percent in the tail, it initiates cleanly and quickly in mid to long-radius turns, with a core consisting of a mix of Titanium and balsa for power and a predictably progressive flex. As you would expect with a ski built on the Enforcer footprint, this ski can also hold a good edge on the hardpack. It’s a great addition to an already strong lineup.

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Rossignol Soul 7 HD

After already upping the Rossignol Soul 7’s Stability and maneuverability with a Carbon Alloy Matrix – a carbon and basalt combination Rossi is using in several of its high performance skis for better transmission and dampness – the Soul 7 now gets the brand’s Air Tip 2.0. This new construction technique is supposed to continue to improve the skis accuracy and liveliness, particularly at the tips. According to our testers, it works. Several testers noted a smoother turn transition with the upgraded ski, a more versatile turn shape, and less chatter at higher speeds, especially for a ski that feels so lightweight. A couple testers did report still being able to overpower the tips on hard snow conditions, with Hard Snow Pleasure being the one classification where the Soul 7 HD did not earn top marks. Take the ski anywhere off-piste though – from powder to crud to wind-whipped bumps – and from short to long turns, and carves to schmears, it does whatever you ask.

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What is a Powder Ski?

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Overall Overview

In terms of Overall performance, the Powder Category was one of the most evenly matched categories of the entire Gear Institute Ski Test. Only three skis received an overall rating of 6 (out of 10), including the Atomic Badland FR 109 and Black Crows Atris, both of which exhibited superior off-piste performance but didn’t fare as well on the hardpack, and the Dynastar Legend X96, a fun, fast-arcing ski that lost some of its versatility off-piste. Every other ski in this category scored an 8, 9, or in the case of the Best in Class Blizzard Rustler 10, a perfect 10, for its complete powder performance.

Stability Overview

Stability was another all-around bright spot for the Powder Category. Skis such as the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Dynastar Legend X96, and Elan Ripstick 106 all earned above average scores of 8, for how confident they felt underfoot in a wide variety of terrain and turn shapes. The Nordica Enforcer 110, Volkl 100Eight, Kastle BMX105 HP, and Blizzard Rustler 10 all earned 9s for their unshakeable hold in what were sometimes fairly challenging conditions. And even the more off-piste minded Atomic Badland FR 109 and Black Crows Atris earned 7s for the reliable predictable hold and balance. Simply put, there isn’t a “noodle” in the bunch.

Float Overview

As mentioned above, some of the best skis for full-time, off-piste skiing in the Powder Category, such as the Atomic Badland FR 109 and Black Crows Atris, earned a 9 and 8 respectively for how fun they were to porpoise in the powder. What was pleasantly surprising, though, was that some of the top skis from the Overall Classification (including several with some serious Hard Snow Pleasure chops), also did really well here. Skis such as the Elan Ripstick 106, Kastle BMX 105 HP, Kead Kore 105 and Volkl 100Eight all scored 8s or 9s for how well they initiated in deeper snow conditions. Only the Nordica Enforcer 110 and Dynastar Legend X96 did not handle as well in this classification, earning a respective 7 and 6.

Sluff-Ability Overview

One of the hardest things to measure in any powder ski test is a ski’s overall Sluff-Ability, which boils down to how well it continues to plow through powder sideways, when a skier is sluffing, smearing, or slarving, and not just at the point of turn initiation, when it is Floating from the tips. More arc-inclined skis such as the Dynastar Legend X96 and Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, did not perform as well in this classification, each scoring a 6, while the Nordica Enforcer 110 and Volkl 100Eight scored 7s. Every other ski proved their preferred penchant for powder, however, earning 8s, while the Atomic Badland and Rossignol Soul earned 9s, showcasing their true strength in the sluff.

Hard Snow Pleasure Overview

We agree that this is the Classification that is least important to anyone in the market for a pair of powder skis. But, the skis we tested for the Powder Category are so well built that there’s plenty of on-piste power and edge hold to discuss here. Particularly in regards to skis such as the Blizzard Rustler, which scored a 9 in this classification, as did the Nordica Enforcer 110, both of which performed so well on the groomed that they very well could be considered as an All-Mountain for passholders in the West. The Dynastar Legend X96, Elan Ripstick 106, Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, and Volkl 100Eight scored 8s in this classification. So yes, if you want a powder ski that holds an accurate edge on firmer surfaces, you can buy that!