The Best Women's Powder Skis

Powder skis are is designed to perform in soft snow—wherever you find it. Waist widths start at the century mark (or 100 mm underfoot), and all models have some amount of rocker in the tip for flotation. Swing-weight reduction technology includes removing or lighting tip mass to eliminate chatter. Skiers have a choice with the kind of binding paired with powder skis, including an alpine touring binding to earn turns in the backcountry or a traditional alpine binding for chairlifts rides, though either way the emphasis is on the downhill.

If you are looking for women-specific powder skis, first determine which type of ski you want. Do you want a surfy, bi-directional purely powder ski or a powder ski that is more directional in terms of having lots of girth as well as enough sidecut to handle hard snow underfoot? You can see this reflected in the amount of tip and tail rocker (or in some cases reverse camber, which means a full-rockered ski) as well as the shapliness of the ski. Some women-specific skis are slightly different than the equivalent men’s versions in terms of shorter lengths, reduced weight and stiffness and different topsheet artwork. Similar to how a women’s jacket is more likely to fit a woman’s body shape better than a men’s jacket, a women’s pair of skis will most likely better fit a woman’s dimensions and be easier to turn and maneuver.

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
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
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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
N/A
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
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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
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
N/A
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
N/A
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
N/A
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
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