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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.