Top 10 Skis: The best men’s park skis of 2011-2012

September 12th, 2011 by

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As seen in the 2012 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide

You want your park skis to carve like a GS ski without catching, pack energy in the tip and tail for ollie-ing, be light enough that they don’t control you in the air and have strength to withstand the impact when you stomp 60-foot jumps. We tested every park ski on the market for these exact qualities. Here are this year’s Top 10 Park Skis, as rated at our Breckenridge Park Ski Test; these are the best skis for gassing it in the park.

#1. Dynastar — 6th Sense Distorter

Overall Score: 18.5

You don’t earn the top men’s score at the park ski test easily. But our testers went crazy for this thing, jotting comments like “$$$” and “genuinely outstanding.” Click for full review and scores.

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#2. Armada — T-Hall

Overall Score: 18.2

Designed by Tanner Hall himself, this ski has years of skiing experience and knowledge packed into its construction, which is tailored specifically to the most dedicated park riders. Click for full review and scores.

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#3. Rossignol — S4 Scratch

Overall Score: 18.1

The Scratch is back with a vengeance. Our testers raved about the ski, “This is the most winningest ski of all time. Click for full review and scores.

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#4. Dynastar — 6th Sense Superpipe

Overall Score: 18.0

The inclusion of halfpipe skiing in the 2014 Olympics means at least one very important thing: skiers will increasingly demand high-performance, halfpipe-specific skis. Click for full review and scores.

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#5. Fat-ypus — G-Butter

Overall Score: 17.7

Fat-Ypus’ popular park ski, the G-Butter, has been the go-to weapon for its athletes for four years running. Click for full review and scores.

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#6. Scott — Punisher Jib

Overall Score: 17.6

The Punisher Jib is Tom Wallisch’s go-to ski. Wallisch worked first hand with Scott’s designers to improve the ski this year. Click for full review and scores.

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#7. Armada — AR7

Overall Score: 17.4

The AR7 is once again a solid offering for all-mountain park skiers. Slightly stiffer than some of its counterparts, the AR7 offers enough play for you to get creative in the park and plenty of stability allowing you to charge all over the hill. Click for full review and scores.

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#8. Salomon — Pro Pipe

Overall Score: 17.4

The Pro Pipe is one of only a few pipe-specific skis on the market. You can be sure Salomon has poured blood, sweat and tears into making this the optimal fit for halfpipe skiers. Click for full review and scores.

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#9. Ellison — Shizzy

Overall Score: 17.1

Colorado-based Ellison has been fine-tuning their products over the past few years and that hard work has paid off as they’ve earned an Editor’s Pick with the Shizzy. Click for full review and scores.

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#10. Klint — Pure

Overall Score: 17.1

Klint made a statement by coming into the game this year with two Editor’s Picks. Click for full review and scores.

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About the author:
Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.