The new generation of women’s powder skis brings hardcore engineering, design, and construction to the slopes. These skis are ready to ride; they each bring a little something different. The question only remains “which is right for me?” Our picks for the best women’s powder skis for 2019.
The fully rockered Volkl 100Eight Women’s Ski has a 108 mm waist and a 20-meter turn radius; she will take you places. The hardwood core gives this ride stability while the fiberglass wrapping in the binding area lends it a snappy rebound characteristic. Full-length sidewalls give the Volk 100Eight Women’s great ski to snow power transmission; they grip like crazy. This is a mid-weight ski which has a more nimble feel than other skis this size. The Volkl 100Eight Skis are Available in 157, 165 and 173 lengths.
The versatile Rossignol Soul 7 Women’s Ski will escort the strong intermediate skier off-piste as well as answer a ripping expert’s call for performance. Rossi’s new Carbon Alloy Matrix capitalizes on the strength and lightness of carbon and the stabilizing properties of basalt. The Rossignol Soul 7 ski’s playful, across the mountain nature is attributed to the moderate 106 cm waist and the rocker/camber combination. A traditional sidecut underfoot makes edge control easy; cap construction in the tip and tail lighten the Rossignol Soul 7. Many, many skiers will enjoy this as their one go-to quiver. Available in 156, 164, 172 and 180 lengths.
The Nordica Santa Ana 100 Skis are straight-up burly. With 110 underfoot and weighing in at 2078 grams, this ski means business. She is slightly stiffer than the other skis reviewed; this means incredible edge hold when you absolutely must ski the hardpack. The tip and tail rocker lend the Nordia Santa Anna 110 great floatation in the deep stuff and allows for a playful turn in tighter spots. The hard-charging adventurous skier is going to appreciate the Nordica Santa Anna Skis performance. Available in 161, 169 and 177 cm lengths.
The LINE Pandora 104 Skis are new to LINE Skis for 2019. With 12 mm of rise in the tip, this ski will float in the deep and over the chunder. The 4 mm camber underfoot with a vertical sidewall over the edge will also give this ski great performance on the groomers. Pandora’s calm predictability underfoot is the result of a medium and round flex pattern. For a solid low drama ride through anything, the Line Pandora could be your choice. Available in 158, 165 and 172 cm.
This indy, hand-made ski brings some great features to the table. The ‘Fly-Weight’ core, featuring Pacific Albus wood, produces a lightweight playful feel. The rockered tip and partially rockered tail give the Icelantic Maiden Skis good float and allow a solid turn entry and exit. With only 2 mm of camber underfoot, this ski will butter a turn on the asking- bring on the trees and skinny spots! Available in a 162, 169 and a 177.
Already a proven performer, Salomon’s QST Stella Powder ski boasts a new full-length layer of basalt in addition to its carbon flax strip core. This addition adds a dampening effect rendering the ski quieter and smoother when the surface gets a little choppy. The tip and tail rocker allow for good maneuverability in tight spots with the Salomon Stella 106 waist giving you good float. Its relatively low weight (just 1740 grams) make this a lively ski and reduces leg fatigue at the end of a big day. Take this ski on an adventure; she won’t let you down.
The Legend 96 is the widest ski that Dynastar makes for women; it really doesn’t need to be any wider. The tip and tail rocker, consistent tip to tail flex pattern and 5 point sidecut pattern make this a playful and reliable performer in any conditions at any speed. The traditional full-length ABS sidewalls give the ski great grip on the hardpack. With real camber underfoot and the versatile 96 mm waist, these skis will zip out short turns in the trees and skinny spots as well. Probably the best candidate for the one-ski quiver. Available in 158, 165, 171 and 178 cm lengths.
DPS is hailing the Zelda Foundation as ‘the new flagship ski for women’ and they could be right. The bamboo and poplar core is wrapped in carbon and fiberglass to yield a ski that will power through crud and dampen the chaos under your feet. The low angled tail rocker will allow you to juice out of your turn as the camber underfoot allows confident grip on the snow surface. You can end up anywhere on the Zelda; enjoy the ride!
K2 GottaLuvit Skis
This is the widest K2 women’s powder ski with a 105 mm waist. At approximately 1715 grams, this is one of the lighter skis we are reviewing. The aspen and paulownia wood combination core gives the GottaLuvit a light-weight lively feel underfoot while retaining a large sweet spot. The wood is wrapped in alternating layers of metal and fiberglass to dampen and strengthen the ski without compromising the lightweight. The rockered tip enhances the skis float characteristic while the flatter tail will improve turn entry and exit. If the snow is soft and fluffy, reach for this ski. Available in 156, 163, 170 and 177 cm.
If pondering these fantastic skis don’t get you red-line stoked for winter, don’t know what will!!! See you on the hill.