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Carving Skis

The 6 Best Men’s Carving Skis of 2022

If you’re in the market for a pair of carvers to slice up fresh corduroy and live out your racing fantasy, check out this list.

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If you’re in the market for a pair of carvers to slice up the ‘roy, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find the best of the best of 2022’s crop of carving skis. These six models rose to the top after impressing SKI’s crew of veteran testers with their ability to dig in on hardpack, leap from turn to turn with energy, and hold steady at speed down the fall line.

Each of these carving skis feature waist widths of around 70mm-80mm and a more dramatic sidecut than you’ll see on frontside or all-mountain. Why? Because this shape makes carving effortless—these skis are designed from the inside out to tip onto their edges and help you arc a beautiful turn. Some of these skis even go a step further: They not only carve like recreational race skis, they gently coax carving newbies onto their edges and teach them how to lay ’em over between turns.

So now it’s up to you—what type of carving ski will you choose? One that lets you relive your racecourse glory days? Then look for a ski that excels in our Stability at Speed and Hard-Snow Integrity scoring criteria. Want something a little more mellow, accessible, but still energetic and fun? A carving ski that ranks high in Forgiveness, Versatility, and Playfulness might be just the ticket.

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with SKI’s top men’s carving skis of 2022. The six carving skis listed here have strengths and weaknesses, yes, but they all have our testers’ seal of approval.

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No. 1 “Best in Test”: Stöckli Laser AR

2022 STOCKLI LASER AR

Testers loved the Stöckli Laser AR for how easy it is to ski and yet still holds its own when they put the pedal to the metal. The ski has some rocker in the tip and tail, but Stöckli incorporates its Adaptive Contact Length technology into the ski, which increases effective edge contact when the edge angle increases. It’s a ski that gets better as the user improves. Says tester Mike Britt: “Stable as a table! GS turns are as smooth as glass, and they flow downhill like a mountain stream.”

2022 Stöckli Laser AR Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.10/5
  • Strengths: Versatility, Quickness
  • Weaknesses: Playfulness, Stability at Speed
  • Dimensions (mm): 130-83-112
  • Available lengths (cm): 154, 161, 168, 175, 182
  • Radius (m): 16.5
  • Price: $1,249 (without binding)

See how the 2022 Stöckli Laser AR scored in every skill category

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No. 2: Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB

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Designed to bring some serious Austrian heat to a relatively wide-bodied carver, the Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB really shines when transitioning between turns thanks to a perfect mix of lively energy and damp stability. While a race plate, two sheets of metal, and Nordica’s Performance Wood Core won’t disappoint on the slopes, carbon inserts in the tip and tail reduce the ski’s mass and optimize swing weight. Says tester Todd Casey: “With the race plate, this set-up is no joke.”

2022 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.05/5
  • Strengths: Crud Performance, Versatility
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 130-80-110
  • Available lengths (cm): 156, 162, 168, 174, 180
  • Radius (m): 16
  • Price: $1,000 (without binding)

See how the 2022 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB scored in every skill category

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No. 3: Head WC Rebels eSpeed

2022 Head World Cup Rebels eSpeed

With the narrowest profile in the category and a stiff demeanor, the Head WC Rebels eSpeed is designed to gouge deep cuts into groomed terrain. This super carver incorporates an Energy Management Circuit to damp vibration with graphene, and a race plate for even more smoothness. Expert skiers who just want to carve all day long will be more than happy with this ski. Some testers noted the timid need not apply. Says tester Nick Loomans: “Best edge hold of the day, always felt super strong.”

2022 Head WC Rebels eSpeed Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.00/5
  • Strengths: Hard-Snow Integrity, Stability at Speed
  • Weaknesses: Crud Performance, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 118-68-99
  • Available lengths (cm): 170, 175, 180, 185
  • Radius (m): 18
  • Price: $975 (with binding plate)

See how the 2022 Head WC Rebels eSpeed scored in every skill category

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No. 4: Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB

2022 BLIZZARD THUNDERBIRD

“The Thunderbird is more than willing for you to punch into the front and hook up to make that last-second turn to make a gate, or turn on a dime to avoid hitting a kid. If you apply mild pressure to the front, the ski will happily carve GS turns. If you like a tight turning ski, here you go.” –Otto Gibbons

2022 Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.98/5
  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Overall Impression
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 126-76-107
  • Available lengths (cm): 158, 166, 174, 182
  • Radius (m): 15
  • Price: $1,080 (with binding)

See how the 2022 Stöckli Laser MX scored in every skill category

Shop for the Blizzard Thunderbird R15 WB: Skis.com

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No. 5: Völkl Deacon 76 Master

2022 Völkl Deacon 76 Master

Like a complex wine, the Deacon 76 Master is an ideal ski if you have the right palate, strong legs, and only want to carve all day long. With a World Cup race plate, World Cup ash wood core, and two sheets of Titanal, the Deacon’s race influence is obvious. But a Tailored Carbon Tip with tip and tail rocker combined with a medium-to-long turn radius make this ski enjoyable for mere mortals and hard-core racers alike. Says tester Mike Britt: “These take no prisoners, but once you find the sweet spot, they are a joy to ride.”

2022 Völkl Deacon 76 Master Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.96/5
  • Strengths: Versatility, Quickness
  • Weaknesses: Crud Performance, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 124-76-104
  • Available lengths (cm): 176, 181
  • Radius (m): 17.6
  • Price: $1,065 (without binding)

See how the 2022 Völkl Deacon 76 Master scored in every skill category

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No. 6: Armada Declivity 82Ti

2022 ARMADA DECLIVITY 82 TI

The Declivity 82Ti was notably soft compared to the rest of the carving fi eld, but it still topped the rest in Playfulness and tied two other skis for
second place in the Quickness column. Smaller, lighter testers— or those with a light touch—got the most out of this ski’s layup, featuring a full caruba wood core with two sheets of metal and articulated Titanal banding. It’s easy to ski, easy to carve on, and has a massive sweet spot. Says tester Bob Gleason: “These skis blend olive oil smoothness with a light, energetic responsiveness.”

2022 Armada Declivity 82Ti Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.80/5
  • Strengths: Quickness, Playfulness
  • Weaknesses:  Hard-Snow Integrity, Stability at Speed
  • Dimensions (mm): 130-82-111
  • Available lengths (cm): 166, 174, 182
  • Radius (m): 16.4
  • Price: $700 (without binding)

See how the 2022 Armada Declivity 82Ti scored in every skill category

Buy the Armada Declivity 82Ti: REI

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between carving skis and all-mountain skis?

Carving skis are made to perform exceptionally well on groomed terrain, or “piste.” Their construction, sidecut, and bindings are optimized for hard snow performance. All-mountain skis might be able to carve well, but their overall carving abilities might be sacrificed for better all-around performance in moguls and choppy snow. Carving skis have heavier wood cores and thicker sheets of Titanal to optimize performance on edge while somewhat sacrificing performance on ungroomed terrain.

What length of carving ski is right for you?

Carving skis are usually shorter than all-mountain or freeride skis, but don’t be fooled: There is a lot of ski packed into all of the carving skis listed above. And shorter skis are usually quicker edge-to-edge, which can make carving even better. Don’t be afraid to try something shorter if you’re planning to buy carving skis.

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The Best Men’s Carving Skis of 2021

BEST IN TEST: K2 Disruption MTi

2021 K2 Disruption MTi
The all-new K2 Disruption MTi carving ski.Photo courtesy of K2

The new Disruption MTi stole the show at Timberline. With two layers of Titanal and the brand’s proprietary Dark Matter Damping system, this ski impressed testers with its edge-to-edge quickness and quiet calm on less-than-perfect snow. The Disruption really comes alive at speed.

  • Strengths: Quickness, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weakness: Forgiveness
  • Score: 4.25/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 118-74-104 
  • Lengths (cm): 165, 170, 175, 180
  • Turn Radius (m): 18.1 (175 length)
  • MSRP: $999 with binding

Völkl Deacon 84

2021 Volkl Deacon 84
The new Völkl Deacon 84 for 2021.Photo courtesy of Völkl

Testers appreciated the Deacon’s wider waist in the mushy conditions, but that doesn’t mean this ski requires soft snow for a good time. The 3D Radius Sidecut is noticeable in this narrower profile, making the ski nimble and easy to turn at moderate speeds, but ready to race when let off-leash.

  • Strengths: Crud Performance, Forgiveness
  • Weakness: Playfulness
  • Score: 4.09/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 132-84-115
  • Lengths (cm): 162, 167, 172, 177, 182
  • Turn Radius (m): 14 (177 length)
  • MSRP: $1,150 with binding

Blizzard Firebird HRC

2021 Blizzard Firebird HRC
The 2021 Blizzard Firebird HRC.Photo courtesy of Blizzard

Last year’s Best in Test ski continues to impress with its tenacity and edge grip. Two different carbon technologies and two layers of metal help with stability and rebound, but the beefy construction means the Firebird skis like an Austrian bodybuilder: There’s so much muscle that it’s a little hefty. Great for athletic skiers.

  • Strengths: Quickness, Versatility
  • Weakness: Crud Performance
  • Score: 4.02/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 126-76-107
  • Lengths (cm): 158, 166, 174, 182
  • Turn Radius (m): 15 (174 length)
  • MSRP: $1,320 with binding

Salomon S/Force Bold

2021 Salomon S Force Bold
The Salomon S/Force Bold.Photo courtesy of Salomon

With the top score in Forgiveness, the S/Force Bold proved to be the most approachable ski among the top-ranked carvers. But testers were also impressed by the ski’s snap and stability, courtesy of Salomon’s proprietary Edge Amplifier tech. A great option for West Coast carvers.

  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Stability at Speed
  • Weakness: Quickness
  • Score: 3.94/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 132-84-116
  • Lengths (cm): 170, 177, 184
  • Turn Radius (m): 16 (177 length)
  • MSRP: $1,100 with binding

Stöckli Laser AX

2021 Stockli Laser AX
The 2021 Stöckli Laser AX.Photo courtesy of Stöckli

When this ski is driven “from the cockpit,” it’s an absolutely fantastic ride. Get off balance, however, and it will teach you a lesson. The dynamic stance required by the snow conditions of the test made this even more apparent. But a few testers who found the sweet spot asked to take them home “for extended testing.”

  • Strengths: Hard-Snow Integrity, Versatility
  • Weakness: Quickness
  • Score: 3.90/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 124-78-111
  • Lengths (cm): 154, 161, 168, 175, 182
  • Turn Radius (m): 15.9 (175 length)
  • MSRP: $1,249

Fischer RC4 CT

2021 Fischer RC4 CT
The all-new Fischer RC4 CT.Photo courtesy of Fischer

Skinny with a lot of muscle, this is the exact ski that Fischer’s athletes use on the World Cup Tour. Built with Titanal and a stiff, laminated Beech core, it made testers get it up to speed to maximize returns, but once they did, it paid dividends. Unless you have FIS points, size down for maximum enjoyment.

  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity
  • Weakness: Playfulness
  • Score: 3.88/5
  • Dimensions (mm): 113-65-98
  • Lengths (cm): 165, 170, 175, 180, 185
  • Turn Radius (m): 15.5 (175 length)
  • MSRP: $1,400 with binding

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