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We Compared the 110 Best Skis of the Year So You Don’t Have To

See how that ski you have your eye on ranked against the competition in every test category.


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Looking for more beta on this season’s skis? You’ve come to the right place. We do our best to pack as much data and tester feedback into SKI’s annual Gear Guide as possible, but we figure 8-point font is as low as we can go, so there’s a lot that doesn’t make the cut. Here then, for your perusing pleasure, is everything we squeezed out of our crew of 35 testers at SKI Test to inform the rankings and reviews of this season’s best skis. Happy hunting!

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Frontside Skis

The skis entered into the Frontside category of SKI Test are designed to perform on groomers and hard-snow above all else. Typically, the skis in this category have a waist width of around 84mm-90mm, since narrower skis are usually better suited to firm snow conditions and edging down groomed runs.

Testers first and foremost zero in on how the Frontside skis perform in the Hard-Snow Integrity scoring category. That said, these skis should also be versatile enough to tackle moguls and crud conditions skiers are likely to encounter off the side of groomed runs. These skis should also be reliable and stable at speed.

2020-’21 Men’s Frontside Ski Scores 2021 SKI Test Scores for Mens Frontside skis

Top 3 men’s skis in Hard-Snow Integrity:

  1. Stöckli Stormrider 88
  2. Blizzard Brahma 88
  3. Fischer RC1 86GT (unisex ski)

2020-’21 Women’s Frontside Ski Scores2021 SKI Test Scores for Women's Frontside Skis

Top 3 women’s skis in Hard-Snow Integrity:

  1. Nordica Santa Ana 93
  2. Stöckli Nela 80
  3. Fischer RC1 86GT (unisex ski)
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All-Mountain Skis

It’s in the name: All-mountain skis are designed to perform all over the resort—on groomers, in moguls, in the glades, in the back bowls, you name it. These skis typically come in waist widths between 90mm-100mm and have more generous rocker profiles in both the tip and tail. In this category, testers focus on a ski’s performance in the the Versatility scoring category above all else.

2020-’21 Men’s All-Mountain Ski Scores

2021 SKI Test Scores for Men All-Mountain category

Top 3 men’s skis in Versatility:

  1. Nordica Enforcer 100
  2. Head Kore 93
  3. Blizzard Bonafide 97; Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

Women’s All-Mountain Ski Scores for 2020-’21

2021 SKI Test scores for womens all-mountain skis

Top 3 women’s skis in Versatility:

  1. Head Kore 93W
  2. Nordica Santa Ana 98
  3. Elan Ripstick 94W
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All-Mountain Wide Skis

Like the skis entered into the All-Mountain category of the test, All-Mountain Wide skis should be versatile enough to excel in all terrain and snow conditions. But because these skis are slightly wider underfoot—typically between 95mm-110mm—they should be able to handle crud and deep snow better than narrower skis in the all-mountain category.

2020-’21 Men’s All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores

2021 SKI Test Scores for Mens All-Mountain Wide skis

Top 3 men’s skis in Crud Performance:

  1. Nordica Enforcer 104 Free
  2. Stöckli Stormrider 105
  3. Blizzard Cochise 106; Völkl Mantra 102

2020-’21 Women’s All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores

2021 SKI Test scores womens all-mountain wide skis

Top 3 women’s skis in Crud Performance scoring category:

  1. Blizzard Sheeva 10
  2. Fischer Ranger 102 FR
  3. Nordica Santa Ana 104 Free
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Deep Snow Skis

The skis entered into our powder category have some serious girth—110mm underfoot is usually the minimum but the sky’s the limit when it comes to the maximum width. Testers expect a ski in this category to offer excellent flotation in deep snow conditions, but they also consider how playful these skis are.

Men’s Deep Snow Ski Scores for 2020-’21

2021 SKI Test scores mens deep snow skis

Top 3 men’s skis in Flotation:

  1. K2 Mindbender 116c
  2. Armada WhiteWalker
  3. Dynastar M Free 118

Women’s Deep Snow Ski Scores for 2020-’21

2021 SKI Test Scores womens deep snow skis

Top 3 women’s skis in Flotation:

  1. Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free; Atomic Backland 107 W
  2. Völkl Blaze 106 W
  3. K2 Mindbender 115C Alliance