Top 10 Skis: The best all-mountain skis of 2012-2013

September 4th, 2012 by

Note: This list is now dated. To see the best all-mountain skis of 2014, follow this link.


While it’s true that no ski will perform perfectly in every condition, it doesn’t mean there aren’t multifaceted skis for those who want to shred it all. From icy hardpack to fresh powder to spring corn and everything in between, our following list of all-mountain Editor’s Picks from our 2013 ski reviews can tear all of it up because these are the most versatile skis on the market.

1. Blizzard Bonafide

Overall Score: 17.21
Blizzard has a reputation for making skis geared towards more aggressive skiers, and the Bonafide is no different. Click for full review and scores.


2. Nordica Belle to Belle

Overall Score: 17.17
With the highest overall carving score of any all-mountain Editor’s Pick, the Belle to Belle is at home slicing up groomers or thrashing through the crud. Click for full review and scores.


3. Kästle FX 104

Overall Score: 17.05
A powerhouse of a ski, the FX 104 features traditional camber, sandwich construction and a woodcore made up of ash, silver fir and poplar. Click for full review and scores.


 4. Armada TST

Overall Score: 16.81
Armada’s homage to the late Travis Steeger, the TST chews up the entire mountain, whether it’s fresh corduroy, frontside crud or pow in the trees. Click for full review and scores.


5. Völkl Mantra

Overall Score: 16.3
As a maker of high quality products, year after year, Völkl gets the one-ski quiver crowd on its feet with the Mantra. Click for full review and scores.


6. Atomic Elysian

Overall Score: 16.25
Built with versatility in mind, the Elysian features slight tip and tail rocker and normal camber underfoot making it “floaty enough” for pow and “lots of fun for laying down tracks,” exclaimed one tester. Click for full review and scores.


7. Nordica El Paco

Overall Score: 15.9
Early rise in the tip and a unique flex pattern allow you to throw these bad boys around with ease. Click for full review and scores.


8. Scott Crusade

Overall Score: 15.79
A woodcore, sandwich construction and a generous sidecut will have you gripped from first chair to the last. Click for full review and scores.


9. Atomic Theory

Overall Score: 15.7
In a category filled with supercharged skis, the Atomic Theory blew testers away with its ability to shred turns. Click for full review and scores.


10. Völkl Aura

Overall Score: 15.66
The smaller and decidedly more womanly version of the Mantra, the Völkl Aura rips just as hard as its big brother. Click for full review and scores.


See the rest of the all-mountain skis Editor’s Picks.

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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.