Freeride skis are wide skis that deliver enough float to ski powder snow and enable you to go anywhere on the mountain. Within and outside the resort boundaries, on groomers, off-piste, in the woods, anywhere. The width of freeride skis is mostly from 95-120mm underfoot.
Powder skis are extremely fat skis for bottomless powder days. They all have a rockered profile, sometimes even full rocker. To get that surfing feeling. Powder skis are mostly wider than 115mm underfoot. On hard pack that makes most of them quite useless. But there are exceptions.
I have selected some of the wider offerings (approximate 115mm underfoot and above) that were available for 2016-17 season, as well, the new releases coming for 2017-18. See the individual ski reviews on the Yellow Gentian site for further details on each ski, and best internet pricing on...
"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."
"I like that great surfy feeling of skiing in powder snow like most people do. On extreme days a pure rocker ski is nice but usually I prefer the combination with camber. That challenges me more and supplies versatility."
"Most of all I want float in a freeride ski. And I like to be able to ski back to the lift in style. That means that the most extreme pure rocker skis are not my favorites. Versatility is key for my freeriding."