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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.

     
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2017-2018 Powder Ski Review

Wider skis are better! Let's check it out.

by Craig

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...

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Match your skiing profile with one of our testers' and read the reviews of their favourite freeride and powder skis.

 

 

Craig

 

Heyman

 

Alex

 
 

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017

 

2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105

 

3. Liberty Genome
Freeride ski Liberty Genome 2015

 

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Reviewer Heyman

"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."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:178 cm
 Weight:85 kg

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Liberty Double Helix
Freeride ski Liberty Double Helix 2015

 

2. DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Pure3
Freeride ski DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Pure3 2017

 

3. Line Mr. Pollard's Opus
Freeride ski Line Mr. Pollard's Opus

 

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Reviewer Alex

"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."

 SkillsLevel 7
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 9
 Length:181 cm
 Weight:77 kg

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Stöckli Stormrider 95
Freeride ski Stöckli Stormrider 95

 

2. Rossignol Soul 7
Freeride ski review Rossignol Soul 7 2017

 

3. Armada JJ 2.0
Freeride ski Armada AK JJ 2.0 2017

 

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Mary T

 

DellaSausa

 

Jocelyn

 
 

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Reviewer Mary T

"I prefer a heavy damp ski, without much rebound. I place emphasis on control and style, no matter the conditions. My favorite memories are double diamond bumps runs with a foot of untracked!"

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Liberty Envy
Freeride ski Liberty Envy

 

2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105

 

3. Liberty Origin 106
Freeride ski Liberty Origin 106

 

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Reviewer DellaSausa

"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."

 SkillsLevel 7
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Rossignol Soul 7
Freeride ski review Rossignol Soul 7 2017

 

2. Rossignol Super 7
Freeride ski Rossignol Super 7

 

3. Armada JJ 2.0
Freeride ski Armada AK JJ 2.0 2017

 

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Reviewer Jocelyn

"I don't need the extreme thrills, but powderskiing within resort bounderies is fantastic. The other teammembers seduce me more and more to try the pure powderskis and go freeriding. Good fun."

 SkillsLevel 6
 FitnessLevel 6
 SpeedLevel 6

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Armada Norwalk 2014
Freeride ski Armada Norwalk 2014

 

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