Wide and Wonderful: Big Mountain Monsters


(95-mm waists and up)

Völkl’s Explosiv is the distinguished elder, while Atomic’s Big Daddy, with its 107-mm waist, and Fischer’s Big Stix 10.6 (106 mm) take the prize for porkiness among the conventional (non twin-tip) constructions. Beware: If you’re not heading for heli-land, or at least spending the winter in the Tahoe Basin, don’t be too tempted by any of these. They’re built strictly for deep-snow environments.

A. Atomic Big Daddy 133-107-123$875

B. Atomic Sugar Daddy124-99-114$795

C. Fischer Big Stix 10.6135-106-123$795

D. Head i.M 103 Pro126-103-118$800

E. Völkl Explosiv120-95-112$695