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All-Mountain Skis

The 17 Best Men’s All-Mountain Skis of 2022

Don't bother checking the snow report—these skis always deliver, no matter the conditions.

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The All-Mountain category is the sweet spot for those who want one ski made to handle every North American ski resort, every day. The skis we test in this category feature wider platforms underfoot—usually between 95mm and 100mm—but aren’t as fat as powder planks. This means they can float, but they still feature enough camber, sidecut, and beefy materials in the core to tackle the groomers and the the conditions you’re likely to encounter off-trail.

The 17 men’s all-mountain skis listed below are the cream of this year’s crop—out of 22 skis tested at the 2022 gear test at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort, these are the all-mountain sticks that impressed our testers the most with their ability to tackle anything thrown at them.

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No. 1 “Best in Test”: Nordica Enforcer 100

  • Overall Score: 4.23/5
  • Available Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191cm
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 133-100-121mm
  • Radius: 18.4m
  • Price: $850

 

2022 Nordica Enforcer 100

Back-to-back Best-in-Test winner? Count it! Testers once again rewarded the Enforcer 100 with top category scores in Flotation, Stability at Speed, and Crud Performance. Built with two full sheets of Titanal, a carbon chassis laminate, and full sandwich sidewalls, these skis are not for beginners. But strong skiers who know how to drive a ski are sure to find bliss. Says tester and Aspen Snowmass patroller Mike Britt: “Right at home in any snow conditions I threw at it. It’s an absolute hero ski.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback. 

Buy the Nordica Enforcer 100: evo | Backcountry

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No. 2: Stöckli Stormrider 95

  • Overall Score: 4.18/5
  • Available Lengths: 166, 175, 184, 193cm
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 132-95-123mm
  • Radius: 19.4m
  • Price: $1,149
2022 STOCKLI STORMRIDER 95

With more rocker in the tip and the tail, the new Stormrider 95 is less demanding on edge and allows skiers to get through tight spots and off-piste situations more easily. Stöckli also reduced the shovel mass with its freeride-specific tip construction, optimizing swing weight and variable snow performance. But the ski still has a ton of race-bred horsepower and likes to drive on edge with authority. Mark Syrovatka: “It has more gas and balance than the other skis in this category.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

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No. 3: Völkl M6 Mantra

  • Overall Score: 4.1/5
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 135-96-119mm
  • Available Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184, 191cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $825
2022 Völkl M6 Mantra

With a redesigned metal laminate called the Tailored Titanal Frame, which puts more metal in longer lengths and less in shorter ones, the all-new M6 Mantra was particularly phenomenal on Solitude’s groomed terrain. Testers gave it the top score in the category for Hard-Snow Integrity. It shined off the corduroy as well, finishing in the top three for Stability at Speed, Crud Performance, and Overall Impression. Drew Crosby: “Exceptional grip and carving abilities, and can bust through crud.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Shop the Völkl Mantra M6: evo | Backcountry

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No. 4: Dynastar M-Pro 99

  • Overall Score: 4.08/5
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 127-99-117mm
  • Available Lengths: 162, 170, 178, 186cm
  • Radius: 20m
  • Price: $800
2022 DYNASTAR M PRO 99

“Easy and predictable. Arcing long-radius turns across groomers was an absolute delight; making shorter skid turns off a groomer into the crud and moguls was enjoyable. The skis performed better when driven a bit harder, but were just fine without as much input.” –Jon Sexauer. Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Purchase the Dynastar M-Pro 99: REI | Backcountry

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No. 5: Armada Declivity 92 Ti

  • Overall Score: 4.08/5
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 132-92-11mm
  • Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188cm
  • Radius: 17.5m
  • Price: $775
2022 Armada Declivity 92 Ti

The Declivity 92 Ti has the skinniest waist in the category, but its shovel and tail are only a few millimeters narrower than its big brother, the Declivity 102 Ti. These robust measurements in the tip and tail give the ski true all-mountain capabilities with a sharp turning radius, which testers appreciated when the terrain warranted variable turn shapes and quick transitions. Luke Larsen: “Fun, stout, and responsive. A great ski for all-mountain, high-speed turns.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Shop the Armada Declivity 92 Ti: REI | Skis.com

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No. 6: Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

  • Overall Score: 4.06/5
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 130-97-121mm
  • Available Lengths: 174, 181, 188cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $800
2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

All of the speed and power of the Ranger 99 Ti requires a forward stance that drives from the shovel. Upright skiers might otherwise find the ski to be a lot to handle. Thankfully, the large sweet spot on this ski can coax any skier into a more forward position, something that is hard to find in big, burly, metal-laden charger skis these days. The aero shape design means the skis are very happy to perform with plenty of speed. Michael Rogan: “The skis guided me through tight spots and smoothed out the rough patches.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Buy the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti: evo | Backcountry

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No. 7: Rossignol Black Ops Escaper

  • Overall Score: 4.04/5
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions: 128-94-118mm
  • Available Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 178, 186cm
  • Radius: 19m
  • Price: $700
2022 Rossignol Black Ops Escaper

The Escaper’s versatility comes from a near-perfect rocker profile that allows the ski to have a good time everywhere it goes. The Air Tip design creates an ideal swing weight and helps the ski shed a few grams while a lightweight paulownia wood core that extends just beyond the effective edge offers control in variable snow. Matt Schiller: “The early rise really provides the skier so much versatility across the whole mountain. I would recommend this ski to anyone.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Shop the Rossignol Black Ops Escaper: Skis.com | REI

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No. 8: Blizzard Bonafide 97

  • Overall Score: 3.89/5
  • Dimensions: 136.5-97-118.5mm
  • Available Lengths: 165, 171, 177, 183, 189cm
  • Radius: 17m
  • Price: $900
2022 Blizzard Bonafide 97

Testers at Solitude were divided about the Bonafide. The bigger, harder chargers loved its tenacious edge hold and unflappable desire to go fast. Smaller testers struggled with how tightly the ski held on to the end of a turn and how gosh-darn stiff they are. The ski’s TrueBlend wood core technology backs a touch off previous generations’ horsepower, but this Bonafide is still best suited for experts. Britt: “Cuts through the snow like a hot knife through butter.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Purchase the Blizzard Bonafide 97: evo | REI

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No. 9: K2 Mindbender 99Ti

  • Overall Score: 3.8/5
  • Dimensions: 138-99-123mm
  • Available Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191cm
  • Radius: 18.5m
  • Price: $850
2022 K2 Mindbender 99Ti

“Fun and playful yet stable. Easy to turn and maneuver, making the ski versatile in all conditions. Skied well off-piste and ripped the groomers. A nice balance of energy and stability in this all-mountain ski that many different intermediate to advanced levels will be able to enjoy.” –Nick Loomans. Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Shop the K2 Mindbender 99Ti: REI | evo

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No. 10: Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition

  • Overall Score: 3.69/5
  • Dimensions: 136-96-110m
  • Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $1,000
2022 ELAN RIPSTICK 96 BLACK EDITION

Rounding out the top 10, the Black Edition Ripstick 96 earned praise for being easygoing at medium speeds, but also for being happy to carve at a quick pace when the snow is soft. What impressed the SKI Testers the most was the ski’s damp performance in all conditions, which is due to the additional carbon over the ski’s inside edges and the carbon rods laced into the wood core. Britt: “Smooth handling, even flex pattern, easy feeling.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback. Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Buy the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition: Backcountry

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No. 11: Kästle FX96 Ti

  • Overall Score: 3.64/5
  • Dimensions: 133-96-119mm
  • Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188cm
  • Radius: 18.1m
  • Price: $1,299
2022 KASTLE FX 96 TI

This ski would find itself right in the middle of a Venn diagram for strong all-mountain skiers who want a narrow freeride ski, and freeride skiers who want a hard-charging all-mountain ski. With two sheets of Titanal and three different types of wood, the Kästle FX96 Ti was found by testers to have some smooth brawn. It shines brightest in expert terrain. Casey: “The FX96 Ti has quiet strength waiting for the OK to go for it. It’ll eat your lunch if you let it.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

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No. 12: Black Diamond Impulse 98

  • Overall Score: 3.6/5
  • Dimensions: 132-98-119mm
  • Available Lengths: 161, 168, 175, 182, 189cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $700
2022 Black Diamond Impulse 98

The Impulse 98 hits the mark at intermediate speeds exploring places far from the groomed terrain. That’s where it was easiest to ski and especially maneuverable. The rocker and girthy shovel helped earn a top 5 rank for Flotation and allow the ski to eat up variable snow when going fast. While it didn’t have the carving caliber of some of the heavy metal skis, it could still hold its own on edge. Crosby: “A great ski for every day in every condition for a variety of ability levels.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Purchase BD’s Impulse 98: evo

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No. 13: Scott Slight 100

  • Overall Score: 3.59/5
  • Dimensions: 139-100-129mm
  • Available Lengths: 168, 178, 188cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $850
2022 Scott Slight 100

Built with sandwich construction, composite wood core, unidirectional and triaxial carbon weave, and aramid fibers, the Slight 100 is stable and damp at speed. The flat tails and sidecut give it plenty of drive on groomed terrain and stability when exploring more of the mountain. A great platform to improve your skiing. Otto Gibbons: “Will happily charge down any face in any condition you tell it to. Stout, powerful, yet still responsive in a pinch, these will get you where you need to go.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

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No. 14: Faction Dictator 2.0

  • Overall Score: 3.58/5
  • Dimensions: 127-96-117mm
  • Available Lengths: 163, 171, 179, 187cm
  • Radius: 19m
  • Price: $679
2022 Faction Dictator 2.0 YTH

Built with two sheets of Titanal, a full poplar wood core, and an elegant all-black top sheet, the Dictator 2.0 might look like a super-strong ski on paper. The on-snow performance, however, is actually more on-point for intermediate and advanced skiers who prefer to explore the entire mountain with a forgiving ski that doesn’t talk back. Bob Gleason: “These give back what you put into them. They offer a solid blend of performance traits and will not disappoint.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

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No. 15: Salomon Stance 96

  • Overall Score: 3.5/5
  • Dimensions: 132-96-114mm
  • Available Lengths: 168, 176, 182, 188cm
  • Radius: 20m
  • Price: $850
2022 Salomon Stance 96

Like Thor’s Hammer, inferior skiers won’t be able to handle the Stance 96, but those who can will destroy any ski resort. With two sheets of Titanal sandwiching a poplar wood core, this ski boasts almost as much metal as Thor’s Hammer, too. Salomon adds spunk by removing some of the upper layer of Titanal and adding a blended carbon and flax laminate. Larsen: “Buckle up and hold on, this ski will let you know how fast it can go.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Purchase the Salomon Stance 96: REI | evo

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No. 16: J Skis The Masterblaster

  • Overall Score: 3.44/5
  • Dimensions: 133-99-118m
  • Available Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 187cm
  • Radius: 18m
  • Price: $699
2022 J skis The Masterblaster

The Masterblaster proves that kids of all ages can enjoy riding J Skis’ planks. In fact, the older testers in particular—especially those with a relaxed athletic stance and the ability to finesse turn shapes—found these skis to be even more enjoyable than some of the young guns. The skis are lively, maneuverable, and fun at a variety of speeds. Gleason: “These have an easy style in the soft snow. The Masterblaster transitions with ease from short to long turns, soft to hard snow, and steep to shallow slopes.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

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No. 17: Head Kore 93

  • Overall Score: 3.44/5
  • Dimensions: 133-93-115mm
  • Available Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177, 184, 191cm
  • Radius: 16.4m
  • Price: $750
2022 HEAD KORE 93

While the shape of the Kore 93 did not change much, the ski’s ingredients did get modified this year. Head’s team removed the polyurethane honeycomb materials—known as KOROYD—and replaced it with a Caruba-poplar blended wood core, an additional layer of carbon, and graphene elements. Resort skiers who prefer something lightweight without sacrificing performance will be happy. Sexauer: “The Kore 93 is predictable and smooth edge-to-edge with plenty of power on groomed terrain.” Read the full review for category scores, strengths, weaknesses, and tester feedback.

Shop the Head Kore 93: REI | evo

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best all-mountain skis?

  1. Nordica Enforcer 100
  2. Stöckli Stormrider 95
  3. Völkl M6 Mantra
  4. Dynastar M-Pro 99
  5. Armada Declivity 92 Ti
  6. Fischer Ranger 99Ti
  7. Rossignol Black Ops Escaper
  8. Blizzard Bonafide 97
  9. K2 Mindbender 99Ti
  10. Elan Ripstick Black Edition 96
  11. Kästle FX96 Ti
  12. Black Diamond Impulse 98
  13. Scott Slight 100
  14. Faction Dictator 2.0
  15. Salomon Stance 96
  16. J Skis The Masterblaster
  17. Head Kore 93

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-mountain skis are a bit too narrow for very deep powder skiing.

Read on: Frontside vs. all-mountain skis—what’s the difference?

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.

Related: How old is too old when it comes to ski boots?

Looking for women’s-specific all-mountain skis? Check out the best women’s frontside skis of 2022 here. To revisit last year’s best skis, scroll down. 

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BEST IN TEST and GEAR OF THE YEAR: Nordica Enforcer 100

2021 Nordica Enforcer 100 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 SKI Magazine Gear of the Year Nordica Enforcer 100 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Nordica

Nordica’s iconic Enforcer 100 is all-new for 2021, and, according to our testers, it’s somehow better than ever before. The ski’s revamped construction, which features a new carbon chassis laminate and what the brand calls TrueTip technology, reduces weight and makes the ski smoother on edge, no matter the snow condition or speed. These new construction elements also add just a touch more forgiveness and a supple feel compared to previous versions, and are sure to make strong skiers smile. The testers at Taos showered the new Enforcer 100 with praise, noting that it rewards proper skiing technique with near-flawless performance. It earned the highest scores in the men’s All-Mountain category for Stability at Speed, Crud Performance, Hard-Snow Integrity, Versatility, and Overall Impression. All of these factors added up to winning Best in Test for men’s All-Mountain skis and the coveted Gear of the Year award for 2021. Says Schiller: “Blended perfection! Great to see small evolution in flex and playfulness without abandoning its charger roots.”

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2021 Nordica Enforcer 100 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.14/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 165, 172, 179, 186, 191
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 133-100-121
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18.4 (186 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

Head Kore 93

2021 Head Kore 93 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Head Kore 93 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Head

Head’s pioneering use of caruba wood is what makes these skis so capable while remaining light. Add in carbon, KOROYD, and graphene materials, and the ski can go from hard-charging carver to poppy bump ski without blinking. Our testers found more than enough to love about the Head Kore 93, and advanced, expert, and backcountry skiers looking for something that keeps their legs fresher for longer will especially appreciate the reduced weight. Rogan: “Comfortable doing anything and a modern shape with traditional values is a great mix.”

2021 Head Kore 93 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.02/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 153, 162, 171, 180, 189
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 133-93-115
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 16.4 (180 cm length)
  • MSRP: $750

Blizzard Bonafide 97

2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Blizzard

The new Bonafide 97 boasts a redesigned shape and Blizzard’s nifty TrueBlend core, which is custom-designed to place denser, harder woods where more stiffness is needed, and lower-density wood types tapered throughout the rest of the ski. With two layers of Titanal and FlipCore carbon sandwiching the uniquely designed wood, the ski is still as burly as ever according to testers, but with the new shape and the unique feel on edge, the crew still loves the Bonafide. Gleason: “The definition of an all-mountain performance ski.”

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2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.00/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 165, 171, 177, 183, 189
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 136.5-97-118.5
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17 (177 cm length)
  • MSRP: $900

Rossignol Black Ops Holyshred

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Holyshred mens all-mountain ski
The 2021 Rossignol Black Ops Holyshred Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Rossignol

The Black Ops Holyshred is Rossignol’s completely new solution to the all-mountain freeride equation. With a 98mm-waist, the ski is versatile enough to slice and dice groomers but keeps enough horsepower under the hood to take on steeper, ungroomed terrain with ease. Testers of all styles and backgrounds were more than impressed with the Holyshred’s do-it-all demeanor, and especially appreciated its ease of use right off the rack. Easy to see this ski become an instant classic. Britt: “Perfect blend of playfulness, hard-snow integrity, and quickness. I loved this ski.”

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Holyshred Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.98/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 162, 172, 182, 192
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 131-98-121
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 19 (182 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Fischer Ranger 99Ti

2021 Fischer Ranger 99Ti men's all mountain ski
2021 Fischer Ranger 99Ti Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Fischer

The Ranger 99Ti earned solid scores from testers across the board, with many commenting on the ski’s drug-sniffing-dog level of obedience and nimble versatility in a variety of resort conditions. While the Fischer didn’t necessarily stand out in any one category, the Ranger 99Ti’s consistency across the scoreboard makes a strong case for these sticks to be a solid one-ski quiver option for skiers in the East and West, especially those who prefer to go fast. Larson: “Smooth as a Cadillac. Wants to be skied aggressively from the front of the ski.”

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2021 Fischer Ranger 99Ti Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.98/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 166, 174, 181, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 130-97-121
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18M (181 length)
  • MSRP: $800

Armada Declivity 92 Ti

2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Armada

The Declivity 92 Ti opens the door to a whole new world for Armada. With a caruba wood core, two sheets of Titanal, and an elastic compound layer in the shovel, the new Declivity 92 Ti holds an edge at speed as well as every ski on this page, but still maintains a fun-loving attitude. Testers found the lively 92 Ti to be extremely versatile and fun, but stable, damp, and sharp when needed. Loomans: “Very well-balanced stability and energy, was definitely able to create energy coming out of a turn. Easy to maneuver and change turn shape, just a really fun ski.”

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2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.80/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 164, 172, 180, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-92-118
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17.5 (180 cm length)
  • MSRP: $775

Stöckli Stormrider 95

2021 Stockli Stormrider 95 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Stöckli Stormrider 95 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Stöckli

At Taos, the Stormrider 95 impressed the SKI Test crew with its ability to handle high speed on groomed terrain with ease, and its faculty to quickly transition into moguls and variable terrain without blinking. This balance of abilities comes from a well-positioned rocker in the tip and tail, combined with the torsionally stiff—and visually striking—sheets of Titanal above and below a wood core. Sexauer: “The ski was super damp and felt locked in on edge with no concern about carrying speed, I was surprised how easy it was to ski in the bumps.”

2021 Stöckli Stormrider 95 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.76/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 166, 175, 184, 193
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 131-95-123
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 19.4 (184 cm length)
  • MSRP: $1,099

Elan Ripstick 96

2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Elan

On the scale of damp, heavy metal skis to playful, energetic types in the All-Mountain category, the new Elan Ripstick 96 would be the top dog on the latter side. Earning high marks for Quickness and Playfulness, the ski’s new Carbon Line Tech—a laminate placed over the asymmetrical ski’s inside edge—adds another level of energy that testers really enjoyed. The Ripstick is also light enough for backcountry use, adding an important level of versatility for skiers across the country. Elling: “Responds to whatever language you speak to it. Very versatile, easy to jump on and go.”

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2021 Elan Ripstick 96 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.75/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 164, 172, 180, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 136-96-110
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (180 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

K2 Mindbender 99Ti

2021 K2 Mindbender 99Ti Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 K2 Mindbender 99Ti Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of K2

The K2 Mindbender 99Ti keeps a maple/aspen core sandwiched between two sheets of Titanal (the modifi ed upper layer puts metal over the edges in the shovel but not over the tail’s edges). While tester comments about the 99Ti were all positive, they varied on exact reasons why this ski stands out. Solid ski for intermediates looking to break through? Check. Stable crud destroyer? Check. Can make different turn shapes with a forgiving tail? Check. Damp at speed? Check. A true jack-of-all trades. Britt: “Sinks its teeth into the snow and bites down hard.”

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2021 K2 Mindbender 99Ti Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.73/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 170, 177, 184, 191
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 138-99-123
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18.5 (184 cm length)
  • MSRP: $750

BEST VALUE: 4FRNT MSP 99

2021 4FRNT MSP 99 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 4FRNT MSP 99 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of 4FRNT

With new-school roots and a freeride pedigree, the MSP 99 surprised many testers for being just plain fun everywhere it went at Taos. The soft-yet-poppy tail earned this ski the highest score in the category for Forgiveness, a trait that was especially appreciated in a category full of stiff chargers. But the 4FRNT ski still held its own in every other skill department, too. The MSP 99 is best enjoyed with a more upright, new school stance and comes alive in the steeps. Casey: “Couldn’t find enough fun terrain features to zoom these around, over, and onto. Super fun!”

2021 4FRNT MSP 99 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.72/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 171, 175, 181, 187
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 134-99-122
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (181 cm length)
  • MSRP: $599

Liberty Evolv90

2021 Liberty Evolv90 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Liberty Evolv90 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Liberty

With two struts of metal aligned vertically in the wood core, plus a carbon laminate and race-grade sidewalls, the Evolv90 has a lot of bite with minimal chatter. Testers enjoyed railing large-radius arcs at high speed and appreciated the ski’s confident ability to quietly shut down speed. A few testers struggled to find the sweet spot between full gas and full brakes, but those who did believe this damp ski can go toe-to-toe with the big European brands. Gleason: “Reliable as a Toyota Tundra, facilitates skiing in various zones and conditions.”

2021 Liberty Evolv90 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.67/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 165, 172, 179, 186
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-90-115
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18.5 (179 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Völkl Blaze 94

2021 Völkl Blaze 94 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Völkl Blaze 94 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Völkl

The new Blaze line from Völkl is oriented towards freeride skiers who want one easy-to-use ski for both the resort and backcountry. With a multi-layer wood core that extends into the tip and tail as well as an elastomer tip inlay called “Suspension Tips,” this ski was deemed the floatiest of the category despite its middle-of-the-road waist width. This perceived buoyancy meant that the Blaze 94 performed best in softer conditions at Taos, but some skiers found it could handle everything else, too. Casey: “The Blaze is a convertible: Top down, Bon Jovi blaring, predictable fun.”

2021 Völkl Blaze 94 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.65/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 165, 172, 179, 186
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 134-94-116
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17 (179 cm length)
  • MSRP: $650

Salomon Stance 96

2021 Salomon Stance 96 Men's All-Mountain Ski
2021 Salomon Stance 96 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Salomon

Testers couldn’t find consensus about what they liked in the all-new Stance 96. Some felt the skis were fully capable all over the mountain on a wide variety of terrain, while others felt the skis truly excelled making smooth arcs at high speeds. Built with two sheets of Titanal and Salomon’s signature Carbon/Flax blended laminate, this race-inspired ski shape can rail turns and handle variable conditions. Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to size down to get the most all-mountain versatility; there’s more meat here than one might expect. Donahue: “Smooth and supple, quiet and damp.”

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2021 Salomon Stance 96 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.65/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 168, 176, 182, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-96-114
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 20 (182 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

Dynastar M Pro 99

2021 Dynastar M Pro 99 Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Dynastar M Pro 99 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Dynastar

The new directional Dynastar M Pro 99 was especially appreciated by the ski instructor testers. The shape and construction are ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers who need a ski to help them improve to the next level and beyond. All of the testers praised the M Pro’s liveliness all over Taos Ski Valley. With just enough Titanal to stay damp at higher speeds and a poplar/PU blended core, the M Pro 99 really allowed testers to put the pedal to the metal. Loomans: “Nice balance and good versatility in different conditions; very smooth and easy to ski.”

2021 Dynastar M Pro 99 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.63/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 162, 170, 178, 186
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 127-99-117
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 20 (178 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Scott Slight 100

2021 Scott Slight 100 Men's All-Mountain Ski
2021 Scott Slight 100 Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Scott

Testers with smaller builds or the bigger guys who know how to feather turns were impressed by the Slight 100’s manners on hard snow and beyond. Made with a full-length wood core plus a carbon and aramid elliptic laminate, these playful, lightweight skis were just as fun on chalky hard snow as on pristine groomers. The pure-power testers failed to find the Slight 100’s sweet spot, however, especially in crud. Schiller: “Aptly checked the boxes for playability, edge hold at speed, variations in turn shapes. Strong ski for the category!”

2021 Scott Slight 100 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.61/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 168, 178, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 139-100-129
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (178 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

Atomic Vantage 97 Ti

2021 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti Men's All-Mountain Ski
2021 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Atomic

For skiers who want to keep their skis glued to the mountain like white on snow, the directional Vantage 97 Ti aims to please. The ski’s Prolite construction focuses on putting more materials where weight is needed and less where it’s not. The result is a stiff all-mountain ride designed to aggressively take on hard snow at blazing high speeds. Not an ideal option for those who skipped leg day or those hungry to catch big air, but great for those who always keep it pinned. Caven: “Holy wow. Crushing it is the best way to describe this ski. The metal really responds and does what it’s told.”

2021 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.58/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 172, 180, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 130-97-119
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (172 cm length)
  • MSRP:  $850

J Skis Masterblaster

2021 J Skis Masterblaster Men's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 J Skis Masterblaster Men’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of J Skis

With a poppy maple wood core and a forward geometry, testers had a ball popping this playful ski off every obstacle they could find at Taos, especially in the famously steep terrain off Kachina Peak. Two strips of Titanal keep the Masterblaster stable at speed and easy to engage on edge, which happily entertained the more traditional testers, too. Don’t be fooled by the Masterblaster’s new-school roots, these skis can show every skier a good time. Britt: “You won’t notice your legs burning until the end of the day because you’ll be having too much fun!”

2021 J Skis Masterblaster Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.46/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 161, 168, 175, 181, 187
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 125-96-114
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (181 cm length)
  • MSRP: $666

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