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All-Mountain Skis

The 13 Best Women’s All-Mountain Skis of 2022

These skis are designed from their cores out to deliver the perfect balance of edge control and playfulness.

The best all-mountain skis can tear up the groomed, demolish chutes with ease, and eat bumps for breakfast. A wider waist and more tip rocker make these skis party in the front, business underfoot, and capable in everything but the deepest powder. This roundup of women’s all-mountain planks is for ladies who ski all aspects of the mountain, from frontside groomers to tracked out bowls, and everything in between. If you’re seeking one pair of planks to do it all, and do it all well, these versatile skis with a little more underfoot will help you tackle all terrain and all snow conditions all season long.

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No 1: Best in Test: Fischer Ranger 94 FR

2022

2022 Fischer Ranger 94 FR Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.17/5
  • Strengths: Playfulness, Quickness
  • Weaknesses: Flotation, Crud Performance
  • Dimensions (mm): 125-91-116
  • Available lengths (cm): 153, 161, 169, 177
  • Radius (m): 116
  • Price: $700 (without binding)

Meet the new queen of the mountain. The Fischer Ranger 94 FR features the same bomber construction as the wider Ranger 102 FR, but it’s quicker and more playful thanks to its narrower waist. Testers loved its energy and appreciated how solid it felt underfoot. A supremely fun tool for ladies who live for short turns and technical skiing. Northrop: “Intermediates will grow confidence and experts will hone their skills.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Fischer Ranger 94 FR scored in every skill category

Shop for the Fischer Ranger 94 FR: evo

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No. 2: Stöckli Nela 88

2022 Stöckli Nela 88

2022 Stöckli Nela 88 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.11/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weaknesses: Flotation, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 127-88-113
  • Available lengths (cm): 152, 160, 168
  • Radius (m): 16.9
  • Price: $999 (without binding)

Stöckli’s Nela 88 moved way up in testers’ books this year, and not just because of its flashy Barbie topsheet. Testers applauded its ability to handle a variety of terrain. If we had to pick a weakness, it’s flotation—but who buys an 88mm ski for powder? And while Forgiveness is also listed as a weakness, the Nela 88 is still more accommodating than others and would make the perfect all-mountain crusher for intermediates to experts. Humes: “Stable at speed but still fun and playful off-piste.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Stöckli Nela 88 scored in every skill category

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No. 3: Völkl Secret 96

2022 Völkl Secret 96

2022 Völkl Secret 96 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.96/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weaknesses: Flotation, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 135-96-119
  • Available lengths (cm): 149, 156, 163, 170
  • Radius (m): 14
  • Price: $825 (without binding)

Testers know a Völkl is going to be stable as all get out on the groomers, they’ve always just wished Völkls had a little more personality. The new Secret 96 fulfills that wish. It still slays at speed, but it’s a little more playful than its wider sister, the Secret 102. That’s courtesy of the new Tailored Titanal Frame, which reduces the amount of metal in the ski depending on length. The ski is more approachable and less demanding because of it. Knight: “These rip. Great daily driver for resort skiers.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Völkl Secret 96 scored in every skill category

Shop the Völkl Secret 96: Backcountry | Skis.com | REI

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No. 4: Armada Reliance 92 Ti

2022 ARMADA RELIANCE 92 TI

2022 Armada Reliance 92 Ti Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.94/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Playfulness
  • Weaknesses: Flotation, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Dimensions (mm): 130-92-116
  • Available lengths (cm): 156, 164, 172, 180
  • Radius (m): 16.5
  • Price: $775 (without binding)

Testers were split on the new Reliance 92 Ti. Some found it excelled everywhere, but others felt it wasn’t as reliant in the crud and on edge as its name implies. The difference probably comes down to how you ski it. Featuring an elongated tip rocker but fully cambered tail, this ski is designed to be playful in the front, business in the back. Relax and let the ski do what it was made to do, and it will show you a good time. Bremner: “Up for shenanigans or just cruise-mode.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Armada Reliance 92 Ti scored in every skill category

Buy the Armada Reliance 92 Ti: Backcountry | Skis.com | evo | REI

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No. 5: Blizzard Black Pearl 97

2022 Blizzard Black Pearl 97

2022 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.92/5
  • Strengths:Crud Performance, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 136.5-97-118.5
  • Available lengths (cm): 153, 159, 165, 171, 177
  • Radius (m): 14
  • Price: $840 (without binding)

Testers usually claim to love all Black Pearls equally, but this year they let slip that the Black Pearl 97 is their favorite. It’s more versatile than the slimmer versions and handles groomers just as well. Black Pearls will never be known for their forgiveness, but they sure are dependable all-mountain tools thanks to Blizzard’s no-nonsense construction that emphasizes stability above all else. Gibbons: “Requires being just a bit active, but fun and responsive.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 scored in every skill category

Shop the Black Pearl 97: evo | REI 

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No. 6: Nordica Santa Ana 98

2022 Nordica Santa Ana 98

2022 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.90/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 131-98-118
  • Available lengths (cm): 151, 158, 165, 172, 179
  • Radius (m): 15.6
  • Price: $800 (without binding)

The Santa Ana 98 slipped in this year’s rankings, not because it got worse, but because it’s no longer the only great option for women. Testers still rave about its stability, knack for hardpack, and power in crud. But it takes a skilled skier to swing these burlier sticks around. Testers still highly recommend this ski to strong ladies as well as intermediates who are willing to put in some work to tap into this ski’s full potential. Gibbons: “Keeps you honest in the chunder and moguls.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Nordica Santa Ana 98 scored in every skill category

Purchase the Santa Ana 98: evo | REI

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No. 7: 4FRNT MSP CC

2022 4FRNT MSP CC

2022 4FRNT MSP Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.85/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Hard-Snow Integrity, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 132-99-121
  • Available lengths (cm): 159, 165, 171
  • Radius (m): 16
  • Price: $679 (without binding)

The graphics sold these to our testers before they even hopped on this ski, but the MSP CC is more than just a pretty topsheet. It’s built to carve on edge and tackle tough conditions. Testers praised its versatility accordingly, calling it quick but also reassuringly damp and stable. A great choice for strong skiers on the hunt for an all-mountain ski with a propensity for carving. Northrop: “Once on your feet you’ll know you can do no wrong.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 4FRNT MSP CC scored in every skill category

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No. 8: Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer

2022 Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer

2022 Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.80/5
  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Flotation, Stability at Speed
  • Dimensions (mm): 127-92-117
  • Available lengths (cm): 154, 162, 170
  • Radius (m): 14
  • Price: $700 (without binding)

Testers expected this ski to be the “mom” version of the Rallybird Ti. But the Stargazer is more like the cool aunt: She’s more forgiving and will be your partner in crime, but she’ll also help you out of mishaps. This ski dispenses with the Titanal in the Rallybird Ti in favor of Rossi’s Diago Fiber reinforcement, making it lighter and more playful. But thanks to an extended core and Damp Tech technology, this ski still charges in tough conditions. Harkins: “I’d put my beginner friends on these and also rip them myself.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Rossignol Rallybird Ti scored in every skill category

Shop the Rossignol Black Ops Stargazer: Backcountry | evo 

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No. 9: K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance

2022 K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

2022 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.73/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Playfulness
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Versatility
  • Dimensions (mm): 134-98-120
  • Available lengths (cm): 154, 161, 168, 175
  • Radius (m): 15.6
  • Price: $850 (without binding)

This K2 really shows up in the Stability at Speed and Playfulness departments. K2 didn’t mess with the construction for this season, which makes sense, since things are running smoothly as is. The Titanal Y-Beam and Powerwall edge technologies give this ski the backbone to hold steady at speed, in crud, and on edge, while a lightweight aspen veneer core and just enough tip and tail rocker give the ski some pop and pizazz. Northrop: “Let these skis run and everything will be bueno.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance scored in every skill category

Buy the K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance: Skis.com | evo

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No. 10: Salomon Stance W 94

2022 Salomon Stance W 94

2022 Salomon Stance W 94 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.72/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Flotation
  • Dimensions (mm): 124-94-106
  • Available lengths (cm): 154, 161, 168, 174, 182
  • Radius (m): 18
  • Price: $800 (without binding)

The Stance W 94 is one smooth operator and continues to impress our ladies with how unflappable it is. It’s lightweight with a poplar/caruba wood core reinforced with Salomon’s Metal Twin Frame technology, but it skis with the conviction of a heavyweight while ripping big GS turns down the fall line. With an 18m turning radius, it’s not the quickest tool in the shed, but it will get you from A to B without asking for directions. Peterson: “Likes to gently coax some good out of a bad turn.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Salomon Stance W 94 scored in every skill category

Shop the Salomon Stance 94: REI | Backcountry

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No. 11: Kästle FX96 W

2022 Kästle FX96 W

2022 Kästle FX96 W Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.69/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Flotation
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 133-96-119
  • Available lengths (cm): 156, 164, 172
  • Radius (m): 14
  • Price: $849 (without binding)

“This ski is for your aggressive and athletic woman who wants a ski to keep her technically on-point. When you’re balanced over the ski, these babies are a piece of cake. But the moment you get a little lazy, you get a serious wake-up call and it’s time to fight for your form.” –Georgie Bremner

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Kästle FX96 W scored in every skill category

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No. 12: Elan Ripstick 94 W

2022 Elan Ripstick 94 W

2022 Elan Ripstick 94 W Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.68/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Dimensions (mm): 136-94-110
  • Available lengths (cm): 146, 154, 162, 170, 178
  • Radius (m): 15
  • Price: $750 (without binding)

The Ripstick 94 W is still the same great ski that testers raved about last season thanks to Elan’s tried and true Carbon Line Technology, which gives the ski its gumption. But compared to the livelier skis in this category, it has room for growth in the playfulness department. That said, testers agreed that it’s one of the most confidence-building skis around. Gibbons: “One-ski-quiver for the gal who spends 70 percent of her time on piste, 30 percent off.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Elan Ripstick 102 W scored in every skill category

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No. 13: Faction Dictator 2.0X

2022 Faction Dictator 2.0 X

2022 Faction Dictator 2.0X Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.52/5
  • Strengths: Playfulness, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Stability at Speed, Flotation
  • Dimensions (mm): 127-96-117
  • Available lengths (cm): 155, 163, 171
  • Radius (m): 17
  • Price: $679 (without binding)

This ski didn’t wow testers in the Hard-Snow Integrity or Stability at Speed categories, but the Dictator 2.0X’s fun and exuberant personality made it easy to turn a blind eye to those shortcomings and embrace its playful nature. A great ski for intermediates who want an easy and encouraging playmate to accompany them off the groomed. Barnes: “Put a huge range of abilities on this ski, especially the gal who fancies herself an all-mountain skier.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Faction Dictator 2.0X scored in every skill category

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No. 14: Head Kore 91 W

2022 HEAD KORE 91 W

2022 Head Kore 91 W Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.44/5
  • Strengths:Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness, Crud Performance
  • Dimensions (mm): 130-91-113
  • Available lengths (cm): 149, 156, 163, 170
  • Radius (m): 14.7
  • Price: $750 (without binding)

Head gave the Kore 93 W a slight nip-tuck in the waist this season, making what was already one of the lightest skis on the market even lighter. The new Kore 91 W is a great all-mountain option for ladies of varying ability levels, especially for those who prefer the frontside. It just has a smaller sweet spot now courtesy of Head’s new stiffer construction. Ghent: “A good option for an intermediate skier who doesn’t want a demanding ski.”

Read the full review and see how the 2022 Head Kore 91 W scored in every skill category

Shop the Kore 91 W: evo

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The 15 Best Women’s All-Mountain Skis of 2021

BEST IN TEST: Head Kore 93 W

2021 Head Kore 93 W Women's Best in Test All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Head Kore 93 W Women’s Best in Test All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Head

Last year the Kore 99 Wd stole her spotlight, but this year the Kore 93 W got her due as testers heralded it as the All-Mountain category-defining ski. Still featuring Head’s innovative construction of graphene, KOROYD, and caruba wood, this ski delivers top-of-the-line performance all over the mountain without forcing you to work for it, making it easy, quick, and forgiving for ladies of all abilities. Set it, forget it, and just enjoy the ride. Northrop: “Don’t need to think about anything but having fun. Transitions from off-piste to on-piste without missing a beat.”

2021 Head Kore 93 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.20/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 153, 162, 171
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 130-91-113
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15.4 (171 cm length)
  • MSRP: $750

Elan Ripstick 94 W

The 2021 Elan Ripstick 94 W Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Elan Ripstick 94 W Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Elan

This favorite from last year got a major construction overhaul to make it lighter underfoot while boosting its overall performance. Elan’s new Amphibio Carbon Line technology includes carbon mesh reinforcement for added stability and carbon rods inserted around the perimeter of the wood core for a playful rebound. A new tip and tail profile also makes turn initiation easier. Testers crowned the new Ripstick the zippiest ski in this category—as lively as last year, now more accessible to intermediates. Gleason: “Like the best mullet. Serious in the front, party in the back.”

2021 Elan Ripstick 94 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.17/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 146, 154, 162, 170, 178
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 136-94-110
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15 (162 cm length)
  • MSRP:  $750

Nordica Santa Ana 98

The 2021 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Nordica

Need an all-mountain ride that will also keep you afloat on those surprise snow days? Ask and ye shall receive. Featuring Nordica’s new TrueTip design that removes heavy materials from the shovel, this ski earned the highest marks for Flotation in the category. But Nordica’s Terrain Specific Metal also makes this ski a high-speed carver and crud-buster. Now that the ski has only one instead of two layers of metal, testers agreed it’s more versatile and forgives some—but not all—user errors. Gleason: “More energetic and playful than its predecessor.”

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2021 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.11/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 151, 158, 165, 172, 179
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 131-98-118
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15.6 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Salomon Stance W 94

The Salomon Stance W 94 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The Salomon Stance W 94 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Salomon

The all-new Stance W 94 scored top marks in Stability at Speed while also ranking high in Playfulness. Our ladies loved this ski’s blend of dependability and responsiveness, a result of the ski’s Metal Twinframe technology and Titanal construction paired with a poppy caruba/poplar core. This specific blend makes the Stance W 94 an inspiring all-mountain charger that will take strong intermediates to the next level, but also appease hard-charging chicks. Barnes: “A solid performer that welcomes you to bring your A-Game, yet isn’t so burly that it demands brute strength.”

2021 Salomon Stance W 94 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.06/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 154, 161, 168, 174
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 124-94-106
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 18 (161 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Stöckli Nela 88

The Stöckli Nela 88 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The Stöckli Nela 88 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Stöckli

The narrowest ski in this category proved to have one of the biggest personalities. Testers gushed about the Nela 88’s responsiveness, a trait it comes by thanks to its Super Light Core and Stöckli’s Softflex and Solid Metal Edge Light technologies. It positively hums with energy and bounds from edge to edge on groomers, delighting the ex-racers among our test crew. Strong skiers will call the Nela 88 a versatile all-mountain ride that can tackle any terrain, but cruisier skiers may find this ski hard to command anywhere but on the ’roy. Bremner: “For the pro chasing the perfect turn.”

2021 Stöckli Nela 88 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.01/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 152, 160, 168
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 127-88-113
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15 (160 cm lentgth)
  • MSRP: $999

Blizzard Black Pearl 97

The 2021 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Blizzard

Tester confession: Over the years, this wider-waisted Black Pearl has been a smooth and dependable ride, especially on groomers, but, TBH, somewhat of a one-trick pony. But this year, Blizzard updates her core with its new TrueBlend technology to optimize her flex so she adjusts and responds better to variable snow conditions. The result? A more energetic Black Pearl than we’ve seen in the past, though she still prefers athletic skiers inclined to let her rip. Gleason: “Hits all the senses like a full-bodied red wine: well-rounded from the beginning of the turn through the finish.”

2021 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.01/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 153, 159, 165, 171, 177
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 136.5-97-118.5
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $840

BEST VALUE: 4FRNT MSP CC

The 2021 4FRNT MSP CC Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 4FRNT MSP CC Women’s Best Value All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of 4FRNT

The MSP CC has been around long enough now (and won enough awards) that our testers are acutely aware of how awesome this indy-turned-mainstream ski is. Unchanged from last year, the MSP CC ranked No. 1 in Crud Performance and No. 2 in Quickness. Its crud-crushing tendencies can be attributed to the Titanal laminate that surrounds a poplar core and a gradual rocker rise, which allow the ski to plow through chunky snow while smoothing out the ride. Testers also love this ski outside of the crud, praising its stability and versatility. Krause: “Both lively and stable.”

WATCH: SKI Review – 4FRNT MSP CC

2021 4FRNT MSP CC Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.96/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 159, 165, 171
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-99-121
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 16 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $579

Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W

The 2021 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Atomic

East Coasters, step right up. This narrower-waisted all-mountain ski was made to give you the stability and edge grip you crave for your hardpack, but thanks to its all-mountain rocker profile, it will also tackle crud with a steady hand. A poplar wood core makes it feel light underfoot, though testers wished it also gave the ski more energy. Instead, Atomic’s Titanium Tank Mesh in the construction adds a torsional stiffness that saps some of the ski’s pizzazz. Alas, the price you pay for stability and predictability. Gibbons: “For the gal who spends the majority of her time on the groomers.”

2021 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.91/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 153, 161, 169
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 126-90-112.5
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17.6 (169 cm length)
  • MSRP: $725

Armada Trace 98

The 2021 Armada Trace 98 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Armada Trace 98 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Armada

We thought we liked the Trace series last year just the way it was. But then we got on the new Trace 98 featuring caruba instead of poplar in the core, and testers crowned the new version the most playful all-mountain ski in all the land. The new Trace 98 is poppy and quick off-piste, but for a lightweight ski designed for the backcountry, surprisingly smooth and stable at high speeds thanks to rubber/Titanal pads that absorb chatter underfoot. Harkins: “Seriously fun. A stiffer ski that can nuke turns but is also playful in soft snow and crud.”

2021 Armada Trace 98 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.91/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 156, 164, 172
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 127-98-119
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17 (164 cm lenght
  • MSRP: $825

Völkl Blaze 94 W

The 2021 Völkl Blaze 94 W Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Völkl Blaze 94 W Women’s All-Mountain Ski Photo courtesy of Völkl

The Blaze 94 W represents a new direction for Völkl, a brand best known for producing stiff skis more suited to charging groomers and crud than playing in the bumps and trees. The new Blaze 94 W, however, has a livelier personality and more forgiving nature courtesy of the ski’s new hybrid multilayer wood core. Testers found they could ski it like a traditional Völkl ski, i.e. high edge angles at high speed, but appreciated this new ski’s agility and willingness to also skid turns in tight places. Hackett: “Balanced ski with a knack for hardpack. Flirtier than anticipated.”

2021 Völkl Blaze 94 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.88/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 158, 165, 172
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 134-94-116
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 14 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $650

K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance

The 2021 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of K2

New last year, the women’s Mindbender 98Ti has improved like a fine wine. The construction hasn’t changed—it still features K2’s Titanal Y-Beam which optimizes torsional and longitudinal flex, enhancing performance and stability underfoot. This year, ladies described the ski as spunky-yet-solid and awarded it top marks in Forgiveness. Seems like this year, our girls just wanted to have fun, and this ski delivered. Gleason: “’Mindbender’: A thing that radically and suddenly affects ones thinking and perception. This ski made all-mountain skiing a blast.”

2021 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance

  • Overall Rating: 3.87/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 154, 161, 168, 175
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 134-98-120
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15.6 (168 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

Liberty Evolv 90w

The 2021 Liberty Evolv 90w Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Liberty Evolv 90w Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Liberty

The overriding comment on Liberty’s new ski for women was about its unique blend of playfulness and stability. These characteristics are a result of Liberty’s new VMT construction—a hybrid wood core of poplar, bamboo, and paulownia combined with carbon stringers to create a ski that’s simultaneously poppy and stiff. Testers liked how this combo skied in the bumps and crud especially, but also noted the Evolv90w could be trusted on groomers as long as it wasn’t kicked into fifth gear. Northrop: “Good times all over the mountain. Lets you drive and adapts to your beat.”

2021 Liberty Evolv90w

  • Overall Rating: 3.81/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 151, 158, 165, 172
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-90-115
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 14 (158)
  • MSRP: $750

Dynastar M Pro 90 W

The 2021 Dynastar M Pro 90 W Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Dynastar M Pro 90 W Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Dynastar

Some ladies struggled to locate the sweet spot on the M Pro 90 W, the middle child of Dynastar’s new freeride line for women featuring a hybrid poplar/PU core and Titanal. But those who did loved the ski’s bouncy energy—especially in the bumps and in short turns—saying it reminded them of a traditional slalom ski. All ladies agreed, though, that it takes a strong skier to make this ski perform in variable snow conditions. Bremner: “Explosive, launched me from turn to turn. Had to step up and pay attention. Loved them in the bumps as they held a great arc and also smeared.”

2021 Dynastar M Pro 90 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.77/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 152, 164, 170
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 118-88-108
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 13
  • MSRP: $700

Rossignol Black Ops Blazer

The 2021 Rossignol Black Ops Blazer Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Rossignol Black Ops Blazer Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Rossignol

Looking for a good time? Dial 1-800-Blazer. There wasn’t a tester who didn’t have fun on this ski, calling it an amiable playmate just about everywhere on the mountain. While they certainly didn’t have to, ladies found they could pressure the Blazer to step up its game and it willingly obliged. With a metal mounting plate but no metal in the core, the Blazer isn’t as comfortable in the crud or powder as her big sister, the Rallybird Ti, but the lighter swing weight makes her more accessible to intermediates. Bremner: “Learn to explore more of the mountain on this ski.”

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Blazer Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.69/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 160, 170
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 131-98-121
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 16 (160 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800

Scott Slight 93 W

The 2021 Scott Slight 93w Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Scott Slight 93 W Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Scott

Testers quickly learned the new Slight 93 W is not as “slight” as advertised—at least, not when it comes to performance. Ladies were leery of the shorter length options, assuming they wouldn’t be able to really drive this ski, but the Slight 93 W ended up impressing with its willingness to tackle any terrain and conditions. Scott’s new air-channeled wood core technology and 3Dimension sidecut make this ski easy to turn on a dime, and testers loved how it slithered through bumps. Robinson: “Ripping short turns. Fun for an expert but will also coddle a newbie.”

2021 Scott Slight 93 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.61/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 155, 160, 165
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 132-89-120
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 14 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $800