The best powder skis of 2016

The best powder skis of 2016

Also read: Top park skis | Top women’s skis | Top big-mountain skis | Top all-mountain skis

For most skiers, powder days are few and far between. However, the elusive, epic deep day is the one that sticks with us until we grow old. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the tools that’ll enhance your next pow-filled experience. These skis ranked above all others at our industry leading ski test; they’re also featured in our Buyer’s Guide. Have at ‘er!

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115+ mm-waisted freeride skis

You might enjoy these skis if… You’re always daydreaming of Alaska. You prefer your skiing nipple deep and crazy steep. Massive pow fields are your canvas—these skis are your paintbrush. Your masterpiece might just be two, parallel straight lines from top to bottom. Fall line face shots are your aphrodisiac. Cliff drops also get you hot and bothered. Your nickname might be “Freight Train.” Think Seth Morrison or Todd Ligare.

1. Rossignol Super 7

Rossignol Super 7 skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.64

“The Super 7 does it all…” Click for full review and scores.


2. Völkl Shiro

Volkl shiro skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.57

“Pow. Steeps. Crud. Pillows. Hardpack. More pow. The Völkl Shiro Skis were a popular choice among our testers who constantly yearn for big thrills…” Click for full review and scores.


3. Folsom Rapture

Folsom rapture skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.47

“An Editors’ Pick three years running, the Rapture is a highly sought-after pow slaying offering from Folsom…” Click for full review and scores.


4. Scott Sports Scrapper

Scott Sports Scrapper Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.46

“The Scrapper the go-to for powder hound Dane Tudor…” Click for full review and scores.


5. DPS Wailer 112RPC Pure3

DPS Wailer 112 Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.43

“A high-performance ski in an ultra-lightweight package, the DPS Wailer 112RPC Pure 3 Skis are intended for skiers with a knack for speed…” Click for full review and scores.


6. Faction Eleven

Faction eleven skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.26

“‘Stiff, yet nimble. I’d highly recommend the for hard charging and pow slaying,’ said one tester about the new Faction Eleven Skis…” Click for full review and scores.


7. Atomic Automatic 117

Atomic Automatic 117 skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.24

“Built to the liking of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr, the Automatic 117 is the widest offering in Atomic’s popular Automatic line…” Click for full review and scores.


8. Icelantic Keeper

Icelantic Keeper Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.21

“The Keeper is a big-mountain slayer, adept in all-mountain performance, as well…” Click for full review and scores.


9. K2 Pinnacle 118

K2 Pinnacle 118 Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.20

“Seth Morrison’s pro model, the Pinnacle 118 is made to crush deep pow and big lines…” Click for full review and scores.


10. Revision Subtraction

Revision Subtraction Skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.92

“‘It’s like a park ski for powder days,’ said one tester about the Revision Subtraction skis…” Click for full review and scores.


11. Dynastar Cham 2.0 117

Dynastar Cham 2.0 117 Skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.88

“The Dynastar Cham has been redesigned for 2015-16…” Click for full review and scores.

12. Foon Redneck Superstar 117

Foon Redneck Superstar skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.83

“This ski is intended for folks who slay pow on the reg…” Click for full review and scores.


115+ mm-waisted freestyle skis

You might enjoy these skis if… You stare down the dreamiest pillow line with this debate in your head: Enter with a spin to the right, left… or perhaps a switch 5? You stomp and destroy each pillow, then amid your run-out, you toss a beauty of a nose butter for added effect. These maneuvers come with ease, due in part to your ski’s hefty amount of rocker, forgiving flex pattern and plus-size waist width.

See the best 115+ mm freestyle skis on the next page.

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