Gear Institute faculty performed preliminary tests on 2013-14 skis in Winter Park, Colorado, during the SnowSports Industries America On-Snow Demo in early February, and compiled the final test results during a head-to-head ski test in Snowbird, Utah at the end of that same month.

Rossignol Super 7 (2013/2014)


Rossignol’s Super 7 is an incredible ski, and an easy pick for top of the class in the big mountain category.

Atomic Ritual (2013/2014)


Easily one of the top three skis in the big mountain portion of our ski test, the Atomic Ritual is stable, responsive, easy to steer and agile in all conditions.

Volkl Gotama (2013/2014)


Volkl’s Gotama continues to earn its place in the pantheon of great big mountain skis.

Blizzard Cochise (2013/2014)


Big kudos to Blizzard for building a ski specfically for the real big mountain conditions most of us get.

Nordica El Capo (2013/2014)


El Capo is a great pick for advanced skiers who want all-terrain options.

Salomon Quest 115 (2013/2014)


Confidence-inspiring and ready to rock no matter what the weather, Salomon’s Quest 115 is a true big mountain/all-mountain ski that could easily cover you for the entire season.

Head Collective 105 (2013/2014)


Head’s Collective 105 is a great all-mountain pick for GS turn lovers who want to make wide, smooth arcs all over the mountain.

K2 Annex 108 (2013/2014)


K2’s Annex 108 is easy to get an edge, especially in hardpack, and skis with a damp, predictable feel in all-mountain conditions.

Armada Norwalk (2013/2014)


The Norwalk is a great big mountain ripper for long arcs, but little versatility.

Dynastar Cham 107 (2013/2014)


Dynastar’s Cham 107 is a lift-served ski for prime days and skiers who get a lot of those prime days in.

Kastle FX 104 (2013/2014)


Kastle’s FX 104 drives the mountain in the passing lane, blowing through just about anything you can find to crush.

Black Diamond Zealot (2013/2014)


Black Diamond’s Zealot is best suited for skiers who skin, tram or traverse beyond the boundary ropes.

Ramp Peacepipe (2013/2014)


The Ramp Peacepipe is for Rocky Mountain skiers looking for that quiver ski for especially light days.