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Backcountry Skis

The Best Backcountry Skis of 2022: Scott Pure

This beefy backcountry ski is made for skiers who want to go fast down the mountain, and don't mind hauling a little extra weight up for it.

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Brand: Scott

Model: Pure


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

182, 190

Radius (m)

21 (182)

Waist Width (mm)




Rocker Technology




2022 Scott Pure

The Scott Pure seems to be the perfect bridge between last season’s Gear of the Year Superguide Freetour backcountry ski and the brand’s surprisingly burly Scrapper 115 freeride ski. In other words, this is a surprisingly burly backcountry ski.

That’s probably because freeskier and alpinist Jérémie Heitz designed this ski to be his go-to option skiing impossibly steep lines in the Alps blazingly fast, as well as a tool to bring for high-elevation missions in the Himalayas.

Learn more about the design and origins of this ski

The design for these types of adventures incorporates a three-piece Titanal plate under a wood core of lightweight paulownia and stiff beech. There are also stringers of carbon fiber and aramid, as well as an additional Titanal mounting plate under the binding. The ski also has a fairly hefty rocker profile, and a progressive turn radius made for big turns on smooth terrain and quicker turns in soft snow and steeps.

The result is an undeniably freeride-oriented backcountry ski. Sure, you can carve groomers, but to get the most life out of this ski, it loves to be on steep, open terrain and with plenty of speed. The result is pure damp power that can handle the strongest skiers—including Heitz, notably—but is also thankfully accessible to smaller skiers or those with tired legs ready to cash in on a big tour to gnarly terrain.

Testing in Colorado’s Eagle County and Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon, these results were certainly confirmed. Skiing big, open bowls was as good as it gets, and it only got better with speed.

Lower down, as the trails and trees tightened, the Scott Pure tended to sigh with frustration that it couldn’t go faster. Most testers confirmed that at slower speeds or in tight terrain, it’s notably sluggish.

“Cruising Vail on a powder day, this ski would be heaven,” tester Mike Rogan says, summing up the performance of the Scott Pure. “Skiing the glade of the East is not gonna happen, unless you bring a chainsaw.”

Granted, I’ve never seen Heitz ski slowly, or in New England glades. But if you’re a fan of skiing fast in big terrain, you’ll be a fan of this ski.

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