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10 GREAT FREERIDE SKIS

If you’re an experienced skier committed to the eternal pursuit of the perfect powder then you definitely need a set of freeride skis in your arsenal. Here are 10 Great Freeride Skis that have everything you need to handle unchartered territory.


Volkl Mantra

The Volkl Mantra has made a name for itself as a go-to all-mountain ski for the advanced and expert skier. If you’re looking for a ski that can handle everything from hard pack to powder but don’t want to compromise on speed then this is a great ski for you. It floats through the powder with ease yet gives you the stability and edge-grip to pull out some big, fast turns on your way back to the lodge.

Rossignol Sin 7

This ski was a real favourite amongst out testers, delivering smile inducing performance and great value for money. At 98cm underfoot it’s astonishingly versatile, thanks to a combination of Rossignol’s progressive 5-point shaping, full sidewalls and Air Tip technology. Solid edge hold, smooth float in the powder, effortless manoeuvrability and chatter-free performance at speed makes the Sin 7 a joy to ski, opening the up the backcountry to aspiring powder hounds, without closing off the piste.

Black Crows Navis

The Black Crows Navis is not for the timid skier; fast and powerful, it’s the perfect vehicle for taking on challenging, big mountain terrain. Vibration is kept to a minimum for a smooth ride at speed and it has plenty of muscle in the tail to help you accelerate out of your turns. Designed to keep you in contact with the mountain, its extended sidecut gives you great edge grip, allowing you to confidently push your turns on the steep as well as enjoy your ride back to the lodge.

Line Supernatural

The Supernatural is a real chameleon, adapting to almost any scenario to giving you float, grip and a smooth, vibration-free ride that will help you to conquer the mountain. The rocker in the tip and tail starts earlier than in many freeride skis, giving great float and effortless turn initiation in the powder. At 108 under foot, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you may lose some performance on groomed runs, but the 5-Cut sidecut allows the ski to perform all kinds of turns with a longer Active Edge that gives better grip, even on corduroy!

Atomic Bent Chetler

Now in its sixth incarnation, the iconic Bent Chetler has undergone an exciting and impressive redesign for 2015. Atomic have incorporated HRZN tech into the tip and tail to give extra a float and an agile, surf feel through the powder. The base of the tip and tail is beveled a bit like the hull of a boat, resulting in a 10% increase in surface area without having to make the ski wider or slow it down. Add to this a lighter wood core, a step down sidewall for added durability and enough camber under foot to keep you stable through the crud and you’ve got some serious fun coming your way!

Rossignol Saffron 7

The Saffron 7 is a versatile, user-friendly freeride ski for female riders, which offers incredible levels of performance in the powder without falling flat on the piste. Powder Turn Rocker delivers effortless floatation, stability and control across a wide range of conditions, while the brand’s renowned Air Tip technology reduces weight to keep tips above the surface and allows quick and easy turning on piste and off. If you’ve always struggled to find your feet in the powder, this could be the answer.

Volkl Yumi

This is a fantastic go anywhere, do anything ski that delivers nothing but fun and great performance. A torsion box construction and vertical sidewalls give the Yumi plenty of power and added grip on firmer snow, while a multi-layer wood core and just the right amount of rocker in the tip means that this agile ski will carve up the piste, be nimble in the bumps and will help you to conquer the powder with confidence.

Line Pandora

The Pandora is a great choice whether you’re an expert skier that lives for deep powder days or an advanced skier trying to build your confidence off-piste. Line’s Early Rise tip rocker makes surfing through deeper powder a lot easier to handle, while the ski’s deep sidecut gives you the grip and stability that you need to feel in control on firmer snow making the Pandora fantastic powder ski that will deliver fun all over the mountain.

Black Crows Atris Birdie

This twin-tipped ski is a blessing for freeriders and backcountry freestyle riders alike. Lightweight and agile, it offers fantastic natural float through the powder and a unique playfulness that delivers fun across a wide range of snow conditions. The rocker in the tip and tail makes turn initiation a dream and landing a lot easier if you like to take advantage of those natural obstacles, while shock and vibration are kept to a minimum with a layer of rubber and sturdy, ABS sidewall construction.