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The Best All-Mountain Skis For Storm Chasers

If you're going to spend several days at the same resort, chances are you're going to want to explore more than just the frontside groomers.

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Planning to hit the road this winter to chase some storms? Watching the weather and tracking snow totals before pulling the trigger on a last-minute flight or late-night drive is one of the most exciting ways to go skiing. The anticipatory stoke of getting there can be a rush on its own and when the snow delivers, the juice is always worth the squeeze.

There’s only so much you can anticipate on a trip like this. Temperatures and conditions can be fickle, as can highway closures and airline delays. Packing is enough of a challenge on its own, and while getting your layers right is important, nothing is more crucial than your ski selection. Since not everyone has a quiver to choose from and you can only fit so many options in your luggage or roof box, it’s worth setting yourself up for success early by getting the right ski ready to go for the deep days and their leftovers.

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If you’re going to spend several days or more at the same resort, chances are you’re going to want to explore more than just the frontside groomers. So if it’s important that your ski can take you off the piste and into the mogul fields and trees, that already puts you in the All Mountain category. Of these versatile, go-anywhere planks, some are better than others when it comes to floating on the freshies thanks to the right combination of waist width, rocker, materials, and shape.

Pulling from our database of tester feedback from our annual ski test for the 2022 Gear Guide, we pooled the Top 5 Men’s All Mountain and Top 5 Men’s All Mountain Wide skis with the highest flotation ratings to put you in that sweet spot of skis that will be fun and playful in the powder but still charge the whole mountain days after the storm. These skis all fall within the 98-106 waist-width range.

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2022’s Best All-Mountain Skis For Storm Chasers

Nordica Enforcer 100

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 100mm
  • Flotation Score: 4.14/5
  • Overall Score: 4.23/5
2022 Nordica Enforcer 100

What Testers Say: “Comfortably stout, easy to get pressure to the tip to change your turn in variable conditions, able to move through most chunder, and still fun to load edge-to-edge and get a lighter feeling during that moment of transition.” —Otto Gibbons

 

Black Diamond Impulse 98

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 98mm
  • Flotation Score: 3.96/5
  • Overall Score: 3.6/5
2022 Black Diamond Impulse 98
IMPULSE 98 SKIS

What Testers Say: “Really playful, fun, and a little swingy (but just the right amount of swingy). Very quick and easy to maneuver in crud and bumps. A little tip-floppy at higher speeds but better than expected. Would be a good all-mountain ski for an intermediate to advanced skier who maybe has a little more of a freeride style.” —Nick Loomans

See how the 2022 Black Diamond Impulse 98 scored in every skill category in the extended review.

2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 99mm
  • Floatation Score: 3.96/5
  • Overall Score: 4.06/5

What Testers Say: “Looooved these. Everything I’m looking for in this category. Light but stable, floaty and nimble, stable enough at speed and pretty good performance on piste. I’d take these to prom.” —Dustin Cook

See how the 2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Dynastar M Pro 99

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 99mm
  • Flotation Score: 3.93/5
  • Overall Score: 4.08/5
2022 DYNASTAR M PRO 99

What Testers Say: “All the way around these skis were easy and predictable, in all terrain, all snow conditions. Arcing long-radius turns across groomed terrain was an absolute delight, making shorter skid turns off a groomer into the crud and through moguls was enjoyable. The skis performed better when driven a bit harder, but were just fine being ridden without as much input.” —Jon Sexauer

See how the 2021 Dynastar M-Pro 99 scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Stöckli Stormrider 95

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 95mm
  • Flotation Score: 3.92/5
  • Overall Score: 4.18/5
2022 STOCKLI STORMRIDER 95

What Testers Say: “Balance with a capital B! Grace under extreme pressure. Rewards are exponential with minimal effort. Really good skis are plentiful in this category, but these are truly GREAT skis. Must be the frequency-tuned metal used, as if every centimeter is calculated to work as a whole, providing a seamless wave of absorbing and returning pressure to the ground. Picking up where they left off last year in this category, minor evolvement yields confirmed prowess. Personally, this is the best ski for me. However, I could only imagine how the masses would benefit from the Stöckli character if given the chance. 100 percent winner. Best in test.” —Matt Schiller

See how the 2021 Stöckli Stormrider 95 scored in every skill category in the extended review.

 

2022’s Best All-Mountain Wide Skis For Storm Chasers

Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 104mm
  • Flotation Score: 4.13/5
  • Overall Score: 4.12/5
2022 Nordica Enforcer 104

What Testers Say: “Another powerful Enforcer, but more freedom to explore the skis’ capabilities. Stable at speed and in the crud, while still offering enough mobility in the tail to change your directions mid-turn. Engage the tip to charge a carve on groomers or in the chop, or load the tip for it to hook up and throw you into the next arc.” —Otto Gibbons

See how the 2022 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Head KORE 105

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 105mm
  • Flotation Score: 4.04/5
  • Overall Score: 3.66/5
2022 HEAD KORE 105

What Testers Say: “Smooth and balanced in any condition. Prefers a long turn over tight spaces so be ready to work in the trees.” —Michael Rogen

See how the Head Kore 105 scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Rossignol Black Ops Sender TI

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 105mm
  • Flotation Score: 4.04/5
  • Overall Score: 4.08/5
2022 ROSSIGNOL BLACKOPS SENDER TI

What Testers Say: “A true all-terrain vehicle, it can handle whatever conditions you have on hand. Surprisingly fun and snappy for a wider-waisted ski on trail. The tips keep you in control at all times and almost ski themselves. The ski stays nice and quiet at higher speeds, and lets you send it when feeling so inclined” —Luke Larsen

See how the 2022 Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Fischer Ranger 102 FR

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 102mm
  • Flotation Score: 3.58/5
  • Overall Score: 3.87/5
2022 Fischer Ranger 102 FR

What Testers Say: “This ski successfully defines the razor line of power and play! Calm demeanor and predictable response for run outs, airs, and speed … inspiring. Throw a quick direction change in the air, then stand on and power drive your exits.” —Matt Schiller

See how the 2022 Fischer Ranger 102 FR scored in every skill category in the extended review.

Salomon QST 106

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Waist width: 106mm
  • Flotation Score: 4.04/5
  • Overall Score: 3.79/5
2022 Salomon QST 106

What Testers Say: “From the first turn, settling into these skis was like snuggling into a down comforter. They are as reliable as a European touring car. These skis have a built-in smoothness crossed with nimble ease of use. Not a flaw in these.” —Bob Gleason

See how the 2022 Salomon QST 106 scored in every skill category in the extended review.

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