Top 10 Skis: The best powder skis of 2014

October 1st, 2013 by

Also read: Top 10 all-mountain skis | Top 10 park skis | Top 10 big-mountain skis | Top 10 microbrew skis

One good powder day can be the pinnacle of an entire ski season. Heck, a single deep turn, even. Shredding blower pow is one of the most gratifying and enjoyable experiences you can have in the mountains. Don’t get caught in the white room ill equipped; check out our top 10 powder skis of 2014. Each of these sticks earned Editor’s Pick distinction in our 2014 Buyer’s Guide. And while these are the top 10, there are 24 Editor’s Picks total in the powder category alone—the whole lot can be viewed here.

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1. Blizzard Gunsmoke

Blizzard_Gunsmoke_2014

Overall score: 20.73

“Once again, the rocker/camber/ rocker Gunsmoke received unanimous praise from our team of ski testers. “Holy sh#t!” wrote one who rode the Gunsmoke for the first time…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


2. Rossignol Super 7

Rossignol_Super7_2014

Overall score: 20.61

“The Super 7 bridges the gap between Rossi’s Soul 7 and Squad 7. It features a longer, more gradual tip and tail rocker than previous years, and metal has been removed from the recipe, resulting in a lighter ski with a lower turn radius…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


3. Armada JJ

Armada_JJ_2014

Overall score: 20.60

“It’s a perennial favorite at the test. The praise comes flooding in like water through a broken dam…”  Read our full review and see scores/stats.


4. Völkl Shiro

Volkl_Shiro_2014

Overall score: 20.00

“While it’s marketed as a powder freeride ski, the Shiro can be taken virtually anywhere on the mountain, both in and out of the resort…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


5. Armada Magic J

Armada_MagicJ_2014

Overall score: 19.87

“At 126 mm underfoot and with a 20 m turn radius (@180), the Magic J is a tool best suited for ripping pow at speed…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


6. Nordica Patron

Nordica_Patron_2014

Overall score: 19.82

“The Patron has been on the top shelf of Nordica’s freeskiing lineup for a couple of years and this year is no different…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


7. Head Turbine 125

Head_Turbine_125_2014

Overall score: 19.57

“The Head Turbine is built to charge steeps, drop into burly lines and float in the deep stuff…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


8. K2 Annex 118 (Seth Pro)

K2_Annex_118_2014

Overall score: 19.55

“Annex is K2’s line of directional freeride skis and Seth Morrison’s pro model is the pinnacle of that line. This wide platform is great for powering down big lines…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


9. Moment Bibby

Moment_Bibby_2014

Overall score: 19.55

“Moment must have been feeding the Bibby cheeseburgers all year because it came back a little fatter and softer than we’ve previously known it to be…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


10. Line Mr. Pollard’s Opus

Line_MrPollardsOpus_2014

Overall score: 19.30

“Eric Pollard’s masterpiece returns unchanged this year because frankly, there was nothing wrong with it…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


Also read: Top 10 all-mountain skis | Top 10 park skis | Top 10 big-mountain skis | Top 10 microbrew skis

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