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Top 10 skis: The best powder skis of 2015

Top 10 skis: The best powder skis of 2015

Also read: Top 10 park skis | Top 10 big-mountain skis | Top 10 all-mountain skis | Top 10 women’s skis

Powder days. They stick in our mind until our time on earth is finished and are, for the most part, what we live for as skiers. These days, a plethora of fat, floaty powder skis are at our disposal when the snow totals pile high. Skis that are wide enough to stay above the deep stuff and playful enough to perform trickery in dream conditions. Among the countless number of powder skis tested for consideration in the 2015 Buyer’s Guide, a total of 27 were given editors’ picks badges. Of those 27, we’ve highlighted the top 10, below.

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1. Blizzard Gunsmoke

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Overall Score: 21.61

“The twin-tip ski employs tip and tail rocker with camber underfoot and a shorter turn radius that keeps it agile….” Click for full review and scores.


2. Liberty Origin

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Overall Score: 21.60

“The Liberty Origin skis had our testers howling all across Aspen Mountain, and it wasn’t just because of that snazzy coyote topsheet…” Click for full review and scores.


3. Armada Norwalk

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Overall Score: 21.37

“One tester felt Armada should rename this ski ‘Charger McChargerson.’ The Norwalk, with a rockered tip, traditional camber…” Click for full review and scores.


4. Armada JJ 2.0

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Overall Score: 21.36

“The Armada JJ 2.0 skis received an update along with rave reviews, this year. Modifications include a longer turn radius and a more gradual taper, equating to greater…” Click for full review and scores.


5. Folsom Rapture

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Overall Score: 21.30

“With a mild, early taper tip and tail, the Folsom Rapture is the brand’s ‘big-mountain powder tool.’ Testers praised its ability to take on anything…” Click for full review and scores.


6. Folsom Trophy

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Overall Score: 21.26

“Folsom’s quick and nimble powder tool, the Trophy features nearly symmetrical amounts of rocker in the tip and tail as well as early taper, to help you float while staying…” Click for full review and scores.


7. Faction Candide 4.0

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Overall Score: 20.77

“When the snow is deep, Candide Thovex looks to the Faction Candide 4.0 skis as his tool of choice. This flat cambered beast has a generous amount of rocker…” Click for full review and scores.


8. Atomic Bent Chetler

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Overall Score: 20.38

“Chris Benchetler’s pro model got a major overhaul this year with the addition of angled ABS material in the tip and tail of the ski, similar to the hull of a boat…” Click for full review and scores.


9. Head Turbine 125

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Overall Score: 20.33

“The Head Turbine 125 skis are a straightforward ski that gets the job done. One notable feature is the elastomer exoskeleton found on the rockered tip and tail to dampen…” Click for full review and scores.


10. K2 Shreditor 120 “Pettitor”

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Overall Score: 20.28

“To be worthy of being called Sean Pettit’s pro model, a ski must be playful enough to nose butter massive cliffs…” Click for full review and scores.


Also read: Top 10 park skis | Top 10 big-mountain skis | Top 10 all-mountain skis | Top 10 women’s skis

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