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!Section divider
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
Top 3 men’s skis in Hard-Snow Integrity:
2020-’21 Women’s Frontside Ski Scores
Top 3 women’s skis in Hard-Snow Integrity:Section divider
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
Top 3 men’s skis in Versatility:
Women’s All-Mountain Ski Scores for 2020-’21
Top 3 women’s skis in Versatility:Section divider
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
Top 3 men’s skis in Crud Performance:
2020-’21 Women’s All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores
Top 3 women’s skis in Crud Performance scoring category:Section divider
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
Top 3 men’s skis in Flotation:
Women’s Deep Snow Ski Scores for 2020-’21
Top 3 women’s skis in Flotation: