From the front to the back, the soft to the firm, these are the only boards you need. You don't even have to check the snow report because these skis always deliver.
  • What are all-mountain skis? Narrower planks with a penchant for groomed, crud, and even pow.
  • Who should buy all-mountain skis? Those who explore the entire mountain with ease in all conditions.
  • Where are all-mountains skis best? Ski areas where fresh snow is measured in inches, not feet.

BEST IN TEST and BEST VALUE: Head Kore 93

2018/2019 Head Kore 93

The 2018/2019 Head Kore 93.

Once again, the Kore 93 dominated this category. Showing off for testers, this ski could perform a variety of turn shapes at a variety of speeds in ways that can make intermediate skiers advance and expert skiers smile. Made with graphene, a Nobel-prize winning compound that is super light and strong, fused with a karuba wood core layered with KOROYD, this ski wowed testers in all conditions. Larson: “So solid and stable, nothing comes close.” Read more about the Head Kore.

  • Strengths: Versatility, Forgiveness; Weakness: Stability at Speed
  • Overall Rating: 4.24 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 133-93-115
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 153, 162, 171, 180, 189
  • Radius (in meters): 16.4
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

Nordica Enforcer 93

2018/2019 Nordica Enforcer 93

The 2018/2019 Nordica Enforcer 93.

The narrowest member of the Enforcer family is by no means less capable than its wider siblings. In fact, it might be just a little meaner than the rest, as testers claimed it’ll cut up all terrain with the authoritative precision of a samurai. Traditionally built with two full sheets of Titanal over a wood core, this ski rewards its user with confidence everywhere on the mountain. Gleason: “At the top of the class in strong skiing character matched with ease of use.” See more details about the Nordica Enforcer 93 here.

  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance; Weakness: Playfulness
  • Overall Rating: 4.15 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 126-93-114
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 169, 177, 185, 193
  • Radius (in meters): 18.5
  • MSRP: $749 (BUY NOW)

Völkl Kendo

2018/2019 Völkl Kendo

The 2018/2019 Völkl Kendo.

Testers struggled to find anything wrong with the Kendo. They loved how it can lay down trenched arcs on groomed snow, play around in bumps, and even handle choppy re-frozen crud with predictable, reliable, German-built precision that skiers have come to expect from Völkl. Featuring a metal overlay, full wood core, and just a touch of rocker in the shovel, this ski goes everywhere and enjoys every turn. Rogan: “Just buy this ski, you’ll make the cost back in great skiing.” Check out how the Völkl Kendo ranked in every category here.

  • Strengths: Quickness, Versatility; Weakness: Forgiveness
  • Overall Rating: 4.08 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 127-90-110
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 163, 170, 177, 184
  • Radius (in meters): 20.8
  • MSRP: $775 (BUY NOW)

Blizzard Brahma

The 2018/2019 Blizzard Brahma

The 2018/2019 Blizzard Brahma.

This Austrian category killer was sending strong vibes to testers with its willingness to always have a good time. Even when technique started to deteriorate towards the end of the test, the Brahma remained easy to carve and strutted through the bumps with confidence. With Titanal sandwiching a poplar-beech wood core and bi-directional carbon inserts in the tips, the Brahma is a definite people-pleaser. Schiller: “Rich in design and appeal, this ski raises the fun meter all day in all conditions.” Read more about the Blizzard Brahma here.

  • Strength: Crud Performance; Weakness: Flotation
  • Overall Rating: 4.06 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 127-88-111
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 166, 173, 180, 187
  • Radius (in meters): 17
  • MSRP: $780 (BUY NOW)

Stöckli Stormrider 88

The 2018/2019 Stöckli Stormrider 88

The 2018/2019 Stöckli Stormrider 88.

While these skis might look like they’re made entirely out of metal and need to be skied by guys who can squat 800lbs, they knocked the socks off the test crew. Testers found them to be surprisingly nimble all over the mountain, and not just for Stöckli’s usual frontside domination. Made with the brand’s signature freeride construction of Titanal sandwiching a not-so-traditional lightweight wood core, the Stormrider 88 has dynamic prowess everywhere it goes. Elling: “Holy hell in a handbasket, this thing rips!” Check out more info about the Stöckli Stormrider 88 here.

  • Strength: Hard-Snow Integrity; Weakness: Playfulness
  • Overall Rating: 3.93 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 128-88-114
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 168, 177, 186
  • Radius (in meters): 19
  • MSRP: $999

Blizzard Rustler 9

2018/2019 Blizzard Rustler 9

The 2018/2019 Blizzard Rustler 9.

Blizzard’s narrowest freeride ski offers more playfulness and forgiveness than the Brahma, making it more approachable for intermediate/advanced skiers and new school-oriented types who spend equal time in the air as on edge. With a mix of paulownia, balsa, poplar, and beech in the core, plus a Titanal mounting plate and carbon inserts at both ends to keep things lively, the Rustler unapologetically wants to have fun without a massive price tag. Megroz: “It’ll make you feel like a better skier.” You can find more info about the Blizzard Rustler 9 here.

  • Strength: Playfulness; Weakness: Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Overall Rating: 3.85 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 127.5-92-117
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 164, 172, 180, 188
  • Radius (in meters): 17
  • MSRP: $720 (BUY NOW)

Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

2018/2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

The 2018/2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti.

Borrowing innovation from its race skis, Rossi revamped the Experience line by inserting a vertically aligned sheet of Titanal in the middle of the ski. Called “Line Control Technology,” it does exactly that—holds the line of a carve from end to end, producing super-smooth stability on edge. This concept in the 88 Ti was especially favored by testers for frontside carving, and it could still hold its own in most conditions. Larson: “Has you grinning ear-to-ear trying to get your hip on the snow.” You can find more details about the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti here.

  • Strengths: Quickness, Stability at Speed; Weakness: Flotation
  • Overall Rating: 3.76 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 127-88-117
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 159, 166, 173, 180, 187
  • Radius (in meters): 16
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

Scott Slight 93

2018/2019 Scott Slight 93

The 2018/2019 Scott Slight 93.

Formerly the SKI Test’s bridesmaid and never the bride, Scott put a little bit of something special into its Slight series this year, impressing veteran and rookie testers alike. The lightweight composite wood core with carbon stringers and aramid fibers was noticeably enjoyable on harder snow surfaces. The Slight 93 also has some poppy playfulness that made it especially fun to slarve and jump around on in the bumps. Jay: “A tight package that’s confident everywhere, even in gnarly crust at high speed.” Read more about the Scott Slight 93 here.

  • Strength: Crud Performance; Weakness: Forgiveness
  • Overall Rating: 3.61 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 136-93-124
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 160, 165, 170, 175, 180
  • Radius (in meters): 16
  • MSRP: $800

Dynastar Legend X88

2018/2019 Dynastar Legend X88

The 2018/2019 Dynastar Legend X88.

As one tester noted, this ski has a “supple, lively touch that will be lost on thumpers, but skilled tacticians with touch will love it.” He’s right: The bigger guys found them easy to overpower, while medium-to-smaller testers didn’t want to take them off. With a freeride-oriented turn radius, a five-point sidecut, and a poplar wood core complemented by the brand’s Powerdrive technology, these are for expert skiers with finesse. Megroz: “Playful, balanced, and a perfect combo of flex and dampness.” See how the Dynastar Legend X88 scored in each testing category here.

  • Strength: Playfulness; Weakness: Stability at Speed
  • Overall Rating: 3.6 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (In Millimeters): 125-88-109
  • Lengths (In Centimeters): 166, 173, 180, 186
  • Radius (In Meters): 18
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

2018/2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

The 2018/2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti.

With a hollow shovel that features a trippy translucent pattern and a visco damper, this ski earned tester praise for how smoothly it transitioned in and out of different turn shapes. Featuring Line Control Technology, a vertical sheet of Titanal down the center of the ski ( just like the narrower 88 Ti, p. 25), the Experience 94 Ti was most comfortable on the frontside, though testers still enjoyed it in crud and variable snow. Sexauer: “Super fun ski for carving groomers and aggressively approaching variable terrain.” Check out more info regarding the Rossignol Experience 94 Ti here.

  • Strengths: Hard Snow Integrity, Stability at Speed; Weakness: Playfulness
  • Overall Rating 3.56 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (In Millimeters) 134-94-122
  • Lengths (In Centimeters) 173, 180, 187
  • Radius (In Meters) 19
  • MSRP: $800 (BUY NOW)

K2 Pinnacle 88 TI

2018/2019 K2 Pinnacle 88 TI

The 2018/2019 K2 Pinnacle 88 TI.

This ski resonated with the test crew for its general ease of use across the mountain. In classic K2 fashion, the Pinnacle 88 TI always finds a way to have fun, no matter the age or ability of the user. Made with an updated construction of fir and aspen with Konic technology and a metal laminate, this ski is a solid option for intermediate, advanced, and even expert skiers who make a variety of turn shapes in different terrain and snow situations. Gleason: “Smooth, precise, and quick is the name of the game with this ski.” Read more about the K2 Pinnacle 88 TI here.

  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Quickness; Weakness: Flotation
  • Overall Rating: 3.55 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 128-88-110
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 163, 170, 177, 184
  • Radius (in meters): 15
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

K2 Pinnacle 95 TI

2018/2019 K2 Pinnacle 95 TI

The 2018/2019 K2 Pinnacle 95 TI

This ski is eager to please and easy to ski, with appeal to die-hard locals, one-trip-a-year skiers, and everyone in between. Testers noticed the strong tail is especially handy for when the going gets tough, and the silky-smooth flex can handle any type of terrain. With a low-density composite core in the center of the ski combined with denser wood and a metal laminate over the edges, the Pinnacle 95 TI is a solid choice for almost every skier.= Larson: “Not much energy needed to get a lot of energy out of the ski.” Read more about the K2 Pinnacle 95 TI here.

  • Strength: Flotation; Weakness: Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Overall Rating: 3.54 / 5
  • Tip / Waist / Tail (in millimeters): 132-95-115
  • Lengths (in centimeters): 170, 177, 184, 191
  • Radius (in meters): 17
  • MSRP: $800 (BUY NOW)

People Also Ask

What are the best all-mountain skis?

  1. Head Kore 93 - Overall Rating: 4.24 / 5
  2. Nordica Enforcer 93 - Overall Rating: 4.15 / 5
  3. Völkl Kendo - Overall Rating: 4.08 / 5
  4. Blizzard Brahma - Overall Rating: 4.06 / 5
  5. Stöckli Stormrider 88 - Overall Rating: 3.93 / 5
  6. Blizzard Rustler 9 - Overall Rating: 3.85 / 5
  7. Rossignol Experience 88Ti - Overall Rating: 3.76 / 5
  8. Scott Slight 93 - Overall Rating: 3.61 / 5

What does "all-mountain ski" mean?

  • From groomed runs to moguls to the steep-and-deep freeride terrain, all-mountain skis are designed to take on the entire mountain. They usually feature a waist between 85-100 millimeters and are sold without bindings. The majority of all-mountain skis that our testers prefer feature wood cores and two sheets of metal—but there are exceptions about the metal, including the Head Kore and Scott Slight families. Although versatile, many all-mountains skis are a bit too narrow for very deep powder skiing.

How long do skis last?

  • With proper care and regularly performed tuning by a professional ski tech, skis can last for 200-300 days on snow depending on the size and aggressiveness of the skier. Larger skiers and people who are harder on their equipment will not get as many days on snow before the wood core, edges, or other aspects of the ski become compromised. Bindings should be tested by a professional ski tech every season, and replaced when they do not meet standardized norms.

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