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All-Terrain Expert

Atomic Femme Fatale

$459

After going head to head with unisex all-terrain-expert skis, the Femme Fatale—a result of 12 months researching women’s ski techniques—emerged with the top overall score from our women testers. It’s knife-like and responsive on groomers, and makes short work of corduroy. Gripes: Too stiff and unforgiving to absorb the hiccups of cruddy snow. Props: Rock-steady for racking up inbounds vertical.

Test length (cm): 170

Tip/waist/tail (mm): 106/72/98

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Big Mountain Pro

K2 Dawn Patrol

$519

The widest women’s tele ski on the market, the new Dawn Patrol is surfboard-floaty in powder and chop, but still has a crisp and energetic side—and a tip that loves to engage on firm snow. Gripes: Heavier, more aggressive women will overpower it. Props: Like the Phat Luv, K2’s alpine ski equivalent, the Dawn Patrol’s Bioflex core has dense wood underfoot, with a softer tip and tail for easy turns and strong edge hold.

Test length (cm): 167

Tip/waist/tail (mm): 122/89/112

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Big Mountain Expert

Karhu Jil

$519

The Jil is sister to Karhu’s other fat board, the Jak—with a slightly different wood core that makes for a lighter swing weight. On-piste, the Jil is quick and easy to maneuver, but it really shines in deep, light fluff. Gripes: Better dig in with your toenails when you hit hardpack—the Jil would rather hover than carve. Props: Heading to Utah or California? Bring these rafts.

Test length (cm): 170

Tip/waist/tail (mm): 120/90/110