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The 6 Best Women’s Powder Skis of 2022

These big sticks that feature more rocker in the tip and tail to help you stay afloat, but can also carve a turn when asked.

Long gone are the days flimsy and noodly powder planks. Today’s powder skis don’t just surf, they can also turn on a dime and rail at speed. So if you ski mostly soft snow, are a dedicated powder chaser, and generally find yourself in deep powder more often than not, check out these big sticks that feature more rocker in the tip and tail to help you stay afloat. And if you need to ride groomers and bust crud in order to get where you want to go, you can count on these skis to have your back all season long.

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No. 1 “Best in Test”: Fischer Ranger 115 FR

2022 Fischer Ranger 115 FR

2022 Fischer Ranger 115 FR Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.20/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Flotation
  • Dimensions (mm): 144-115-134
  • Available lengths (cm): 172, 178, 188, 196
  • Radius (m): 20
  • Price: $900 (without binding)

These fat sticks topped the other skis in this category in Stability, Forgiveness, and Crud Performance, and that’s why testers named them the best resort powder skis: They won’t let you down when the steeps and back bowls get tracked out by noon. The one downside: The shortest length available is 172cm, and even that takes some muscle to maneuver. Northrop: “Jumping on this ski is like getting your car back from a mechanic who gave it lots of upgrades. Make sure you’re ready to drive.”

See how the 2022 Fischer Ranger 115 FR scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Shop the Fischer Ranger 115 FR: Backcountry

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No. 2: Blizzard Sheeva 11

2022 Blizzard Sheeva 11

2022 Blizzard Sheeva 11 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.10/5
  • Strengths: Quickness, Crud Performance
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 140-112-130
  • Available lengths (cm): 156, 164, 172, 180
  • Radius (m): 16
  • Price: $840 (without binding)

“This is a true big mountain powder ski. Like a lot of Blizzards, it feels a little heavy underfoot. But strong skiers can still whip it around, which makes it easy to bop around in tight, techy terrain and still stomp big lines. This is my choice on a powder day when every turn counts.”  –Marina Knight

See how the 2022 Blizzard Sheeva 11 scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Buy the Sheeva 11: evo

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No. 3: Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free

2022 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free

2022 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free Specifications

  • Overall Score: 4.01/5
  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Versatility
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Flotation
  • Dimensions (mm): 138-110-127
  • Available lengths (cm): 161, 169, 177
  • Radius (m): 14.5
  • Price: $900 (without binding)

You can throw pow, crud, frozen crust, and slush at this ski, and it will plow over and through it without hesitation. And though this Santa Ana features less metal than the narrower models in the line, it still rails on hardpack. It’s a touch burly, making it a little cumbersome in tight spots, but it’s hard to beat this kind of surefire dependability when you’re tackling the whole mountain on a pow day. Gibbons: “Ski the deep up top and still manage the skied-out lower slopes with confidence.”

See how the 2022 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Purchase the Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free: evo | Backcountry

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No. 4: Dynastar M-Free 108

2022 DYNASTAR M FREE 108

2022 Dynastar M-Free 108 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.94/5
  • Strengths: Stability at Speed, Versatility
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness, Playfulness
  • Dimensions (mm): 138-108-128
  • Available lengths (cm): 172, 182, 192
  • Radius (m): 18
  • Price: $900 (without binding)

“I could dial it back to a mellow speed and just enjoy the ride. But the ski felt like it was humming with an underlying energy and asking me to step on it. So I turned it up and it was still playful, fun, and forgiving in the crud. You can also enjoy smooth short turns on groomers. A balanced powder ski great for a wide range of abilities.” –Georgie Bremner

See how the 2022 Dynastar M-Free 108 scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Shop the Dynastar M-Free 108: evo | Backcountry

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No. 5: Völkl Blaze 106W

2022 Völkl Blaze 106 W

2022 Völkl Blase 106W Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.91/5
  • Strengths: Forgiveness, Versatility
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Flotation
  • Dimensions (mm): 146-106-128
  • Available lengths (cm): 158, 165, 172
  • Radius (m): 14
  • Price: $900 (without binding)

With a name like Blaze, it should come as no surprise that this ski impressed testers with its zippiness. Yet it is a little surprising considering Völkl’s tendency to design skis with more serious personalities (we’re looking at you, Kenja). Testers loved how nimble this ski is in tight spots and praised how approachable it is to skiers of varying abilities. They just wish that it had a smidge more of that traditional Völkl oomph for tackling crud and hardpack. Harkins: “Perfect for skiers looking for a fun pow slasher in trees.”

See how the 2022 Völkl Blaze 106 W scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Buy the Völkl Blase 106 W: REI | evo

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No. 6: Black Diamond Impulse 112

2022 BLACK DIAMOND IMPULSE 112
IMPULSE 112 SKIS

2022 Black Diamond Impulse 112 Specifications

  • Overall Score: 3.80/5
  • Strengths: Flotation, Stability at Speed
  • Weaknesses: Quickness, Forgiveness
  • Dimensions (mm): 139-112-126
  • Available lengths (cm): 181, 186
  • Radius (m): 20
  • Price: $800 (without binding)

If you don’t get scared off by the length (181cm is as short as it comes), the new Impulse 112 is actually quite the amenable charger. And there are upsides to longer powder planks: more surface area and more effective edge, which translates to high scores in Flotation and Stability at Speed. Downsides: You need to keep to wide open spaces unless you can make these big sticks turn on a dime. Ghent: “More responsive than I thought it would be.”

See how the 2022 Black Diamond Impulse 112 scored in every skill category and read the full review here

Shop BD’s Impulse 112: evo

Looking for men’s pow planks? Check out the best men’s powder skis of 2022 here. To revisit last year’s best skis, scroll down. 

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The 8 Best Women’s Powder Skis of 2021

BEST IN TEST: Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free

2021 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free Women's Deep Snow Ski
2021 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free Women’s Best in Test Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Nordica

A lot has changed about the Santa Ana 110 this year, though one thing hasn’t: She still dominates in powder and crud. But this year, she’s not just a top choice for ladies who know how to bend a stiff ski. The all-new Santa Ana 110 Free makes skiing deep snow effortless even for intermediates thanks to only one layer of metal, and a tip using less heavy plastic in the sidewall to further reduce the ski’s swing weight. Testers gushed about how quick, fun, and forgiving the new version is not just in the pow, but everywhere else, too. Bremner: “Exceptionally energetic and inspiring.”

Watch: SKI Reviews the Nordica Santa Ana Family

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2021 Nordica Santa Ana 110 Free Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.32/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 161, 169, 177
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 139-110-128
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15.5 (169 cm length)
  • MSRP: $900

Head Kore 105

2021 Head Kore 105 All-Mountain Wide and Deep Snow Ski
The 2021 Head Kore 105 Women’s Deep Snow SkisPhoto courtesy of Head

Testers unanimously agreed that you can do no wrong on the Kore 105, calling this unisex ski exceptionally balanced and accessible to skiers of varying abilities. Thanks to Head’s lightweight Kore design, our female testers were able to command this ski without issue, changing up turn shapes at will and ranking it one of the quickest skis in the category. They also loved how this narrower pow ski performed on hard snow and on edge, agreeing it would also make a great all-mountain wide ski. Barnes: “I expected burliness but got buttery and playful with a side of solid.”

2021 Head Kore 105 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.98/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 162, 171, 180, 189
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 135-105-125
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17.8 (180 cm length)
  • MSRP: $875

BEST VALUE: K2 Mindbender 115C Alliance

2021 K2 Mindbender 115c Alliance Women's Deep Snow Ski
The 2021 K2 Mindbender 115c Alliance Women’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of K2

Patience is key to understanding the new women’s Mindbender 115C. Testers who hopped on and tried to send it without first getting to know this ski ended up working harder than necessary. More patient skiers realized that if you let this ski do its thing—that is, rip huge arcs down the fall line—it really comes to life for you. Featuring a maple/aspen core, K2’s Spectral Braid, and the brand’s Powder Rocker profile, this ski was designed to charge the steep and deep. Gibbons: “Versatile, high-performance powder ski for a confident skier.”

2021 K2 Mindbender 115c Alliance Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.11/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 165, 172, 179
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 140-115-129
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 20.4 (172 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

Fischer Ranger 115 FR

2021 Fischer Ranger 115 FR deep snow ski
The 2021 Fischer Ranger 115 FR Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Fischer

“A ski for ladies who choose their ski days wisely and call in sick on pow days,” as one tester put it. With 115mm underfoot, a Titanal mounting plate, and a twin-tip profile, the new Ranger 115 FR was born to crush mega pow days. But this ski will also bust through crud left between storms and hold an edge on dry days, making it more versatile than a pure deep snow ski. That said, forgiveness is not one of its strong suits and it prefers skiers who will go along for the high-speed ride down the steeps. Northrop: “Welcome to the Indy 500 on skis! Wants a rippin’ lady.”

Watch: SKI Reviews the Fischer Ranger FR Line

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2021 Fischer Ranger FR 115 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 3.78/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 172, 178, 188, 196
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 144-115-134
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 20 (188 cm length)
  • MSRP: $900

Blizzard Sheeva 11

2021 Blizzard Sheeva 11 Women's Deep Snow Ski
2021 Blizzard Sheeva 11 Women’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Blizzard

You’d be hard-pressed to find another powder ski that can keep up with the Sheeva 11 on firmer snow. Testers were impressed by how stable this fat ski felt on edge—but then, this ski’s construction, featuring a multi-layer wood core, Titanal, and carbon, was designed to come alive at speed. The downside to this beefy construction: The Sheeva 11 is not the most user-friendly pow ski in the category. But if you’re willing to throw your weight around, the Sheeva 11 will reward you. Barnes: “Like a rocket ship—will launch you down the steep and deep.”

2021 Blizzard Sheeva 11 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.08/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 156, 164, 172, 180, 188
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 139-112-129
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 16 (164 cm length)
  • MSRP: $840

Völkl Blaze 106 W

2021 Völkl Blaze 106W Women's Deep Snow Ski
The 2021 Völkl Blaze 106 W Women’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Völkl

Testers who ski with an aggressive, forward stance loved the new Blaze 106 W, calling it maneuverable and poppy yet stable at speed. Those who don’t drive their skis so hard had a difficult time coaxing this ski’s playful personality out of her. With a multi-layer wood core and Titanal power plate, this ski isn’t the lightest in the category and does require steering. But if you’re on top of her, she’ll do it all for you with gusto. Bremner: “Tremendously balanced and has a flex that eats up bumps like mini-apps (we all know how big the bumps are in actuality).”

2021 Völkl Blaze 106 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.05/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 158, 165, 172
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 146-106-128
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 14 (165 cm length)
  • MSRP: $700

Salomon QST Stella 106

2021 Salomon QST Stella 106 Women's Deep Snow Ski
2021 Salomon Stella 106 Women’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Salomon

One of the favorites from the All-Mountain Wide category last year made its debut in the Deep Snow category at the test this year. Testers still loved it, but called it an all-mountain ski with powder capabilities—not necessarily a bad thing for most female skiers. Ladies loved its happy-go-lucky attitude, responsiveness in tight places, and willingness to show up in crud. More accessible to intermediates than most in this category, this ski would make for a great introductory ski to playing in pow. Geary: “Ego-builder ski! Like a Labrador, happy and eager to please.”

2021 Salomon QST Stella 106 Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.00/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 159, 167, 174
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 137-106-123
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 17 (167 cm length)
  • MSRP: $900

Atomic Backland 107 W

2021 Atomic Backland 107 W Women's Deep Snow Ski
The 2021 Atomic Backland 107 W Women’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Atomic

The new Backland line was designed primarily for backcountry touring, though testers found the women’s Backland 107 also makes an approachable pow ski for the back bowls of the resort. Atomic’s HRZN Tip tech places a horizontal rocker in the nose of the ski, and testers agreed the increased surface area combined with the ski’s lightweight core promotes exceptional float. The one complaint: the tip tended to deflect in crud and at high speeds. Gleason: “Light and feathery. Great for untracked powder like coming out of an apron of a couloir.”

Watch: SKI Reviews the Atomic Backland 107 W and Backland 117

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The 2021 Atomic Backland 107 W Factsheet

  • Overall Rating: 4.00/5
  • Available Lengths (In Centimeters): 159, 167, 175
  • Tip-Waist-Tail Dimensions (In Millimeters): 136-107-123
  • Turn Radius (In Meters): 15.8 (167 cm length)
  • MSRP: $850

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