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’s Super 7 is an incredible ski, and an easy pick for top of the class in the big mountain category.
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’s Gotama continues to earn its place in the pantheon of great big mountain skis.
Big kudos to Blizzard for building a ski specfically for the real big mountain conditions most of us get.
El Capo is a great pick for advanced skiers who want all-terrain options.
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’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’s Annex 108 is easy to get an edge, especially in hardpack, and skis with a damp, predictable feel in all-mountain conditions.
The Norwalk is a great big mountain ripper for long arcs, but little versatility.
Dynastar’s Cham 107 is a lift-served ski for prime days and skiers who get a lot of those prime days in.
Kastle’s FX 104 drives the mountain in the passing lane, blowing through just about anything you can find to crush.
Black Diamond’s Zealot is best suited for skiers who skin, tram or traverse beyond the boundary ropes.
The Ramp Peacepipe is for Rocky Mountain skiers looking for that quiver ski for especially light days.