#1 Rossignol – BC110W
The BC110W is built 17.3 from the same mold as the wildly popular S7, but with different fibers in the core to reduce weight. â€œThis is a great tool for big-mountain skiing,â€ said one tester. â€œIt carves and shreds with confidence. Maybe a little stiff for jibbing around, but itâ€™s a beast in every other arena.
Carving: 4.3 Playfulness: 3.3 Stability: 4.7 Float: 5
#2 K2 – Missbehaved
Redesigned for 2010-2011, the Missbehaved comes back bigger and better. Unlike most girls, the Missbehaved wasnâ€™t afraid to beef up its mid-section, changing from 98 mm underfoot last season to 102 mm for 2011. The ski also has more tip and tail rocker, allowing for more float in the pow.
Carving: 4 Playfulness: 4.7 Stability: 3.7 Float: 4
#3 Scott – Lola
The tip and tail rocker Scott introduced to the womenâ€™s line this year in the Lola model were â€œas floaty as a bowl floating in dish water,â€ said one tester.Scott designed the Lola to be a femaleâ€™s one-ski quiver, and with the versatile waist width and sidecut, our testers felt the company was right on.
Carving: 3.3 Playfulness: 4.3 Stability: 4 Float: 4.8
#4 Armada – ARVW
Armada has pleased our chicas once again with the ARVW. â€œItâ€™s super playful and willing to go everywhere… like a loyal yellow lab,â€ said one tester. â€œThis ski will do anything and everything. Itâ€™s all good in the Armada hood,â€ said another.
Carving: 4 Playfulness: 4.3 Stability: 4 Float: 4
#5 Elan – Boomerang
Stability paired 16.1 with excellent performance in deep snow is the name of the game for this new ski from Elan. After the success of the menâ€™s Boomerang last year, Elan shrank the model down to 168 cm to fulfill the womenâ€™s need for a powder stick that wasnâ€™t necessarily playful, but was more stable for charging big lines and choppy crud.
Carving: 3.3 Playfulness: 3.1 Stability: 4.7 Float: 5