If the park is calling your name this winter you’re probably in the market for one of the best freestyle skis.
These products differ slightly from other types of skis and I’ll show you everything you need to consider when making your decision – after you’ll see my top picks for men and women.
By the time you’re done reading I’m sure you’ll see a piece of equipment that suits you perfectly.
How To Choose Freestyle Skis
There’s a couple things you need to think about when selecting skis for the park. The most important are:
- Picking a gender specific product
- Look at length and width
- Smaller features (ski profile, weight, core, etc.)
First and foremost, if you’re a man you’ll want a ski made specifically for you and if you’re a woman you’ll want a pair made specifically for you. This has nothing to do with skill or ability but more the needs and size differences between the genders.
Men tend to be taller and heavier and a men’s freestyle ski will cater to that – same with a woman.
Because you’ll want a little more agility and mobility out of your freestyle skis you’ll want to go a little shorter. So if you’re 5 ’10” choose a product closer to 165cm.
Park skis almost exclusively deal with groomed trails too. This means you’ll want a product a bit on the narrow side, somewhere between 80mm to 85mm. If you expect to ride trails with your new skis you’ll want to go a little wider than that, around 90mm to 99mm. This will make them a little more all mountain.
This is the exact opposite of powder skis which need to be wider; this is because they don’t deal with groomed trails and are meant for fresh, deep powder.
Lastly, you’ll want to look at the smaller features that make up the ski. Again, park skis won’t deal with fresh powder too often and this mean they’ll have a camber and rocker tip profile that’s suited for the park.
You’ll also want a product that’s lightweight and easy to maneuver in the air. All the skis on the list are designed specifically to excel in the park and will do fine in this area.
Now that you know exactly what to consider when making your purchase, let’s take a look at my top picks for men now. Directly after you’ll see my top picks for women.
Best Freestyle Skis For Men:
The Atomic Infamous’ is not the first choice for an expert level or a very advanced park skier. This is the perfect freestyle ski for anyone new to rails, jumps and half pipes or if you’re in the intermediate range – it caters to this type of rider.
One thing I really like about the Infamous’ is their lightweight design. This is due to the fact it has a light Wood Core that minimizes overall weight and gives you more agility and liveliness. It also comes with:
- Step Down Sidewall 2.0 that prevents damage and provides a smooth, comfortable ride
- Tough edges won’t chip or crack when you take on rails and boxes
- Underfoot is designed to help give you more consistent landings when you hit jumps
- Park Rocker ski profile is handy in all things park related
The price for this piece of equipment is excellent too. What makes this price even better is the fact they have a 2 year warranty.
Most skis won’t come with that type of guarantee and this is especially true for park skis. Think about all the different ways you can crack a ski when hitting rails. If you decide on the Infamous’ at least you know you’ll get a few years out of them before needing to replace them.
If you’re looking for a playful ski, that let’s you get creative out there, you should definitely consider the Armada Edollo’s. This product gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to tackle any part of the park you desire.
The Edollo’s is the creation of X Games gold medalist Henrik Harlaut – if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you. Some features that you’ll like include:
- AR Nose Rocker ski profile that makes turning easy to initiate and helps you grip
- Hybrid Double Core Zone is very stable and gives you more control
- Carbon fiber materials that add a bit of durability and make these ski lively
- S7 Base that doesn’t take much to maintain
I wouldn’t purchase the Edollo’s if you have no experience on rails or in the park. You need pretty good skill to click in to them this year. At the very minimum you have to be a strong intermediate.
Since this product is such quality it’s going to cost a little extra. Honestly, this is a pretty fair price for what you’re getting, though. Some things are worth paying a little extra for and a good pair of skis definitely fall into that category.
Plus, they’re pretty decent for trail skiing too.
Maybe you’ve been a trail skier your whole life and you’re tempted to take your talents into the park. Or maybe you have a little experience with big air and rails and want to get better this season. If this sounds like you, the K2 Sight’s just might be the skis you’ve been looking for.
The slim waist on these make them perfect for groomed trails and the all terrain rocker will help when things get a little unpredictable. You’ll also like that it has an:
- Aspen Core that keeps things light and durable
- Reinforcements in the tip and tail prevents cracking or breaking when you land too deep
- Twin Tech Sidewalls ensure a lasting product
If you have quite a bit of experience in freestyle skiing you’ll probably want a different product, like the Atomic skis you just saw – the Sight’s are more of a learning tool.
Also, they’re pretty budget friendly. This is the perfect price for a novice. If you fall in love with the adrenaline of the park you’ll have this pair of skis for a while.
The skis you just saw were for people dipping their toes into the world of freeride – that’s not the case with the Atomic Punx. This product is for those looking to really push themselves this season and already have a good amount of confidence in their ability.
The Punx’s are meant to get air.. big air. The landings will be soft and smooth with these skis too. Everything about this piece of equipment is meant to perform. Some awesome features include:
- Park Rocker helps out with butters and ensures you won’t get caught on the lip of a jump when taking off
- Stomp Sidecut makes sure your landings are smooth and consistent
- Slim waist grips hardpacked and groomed trails well
- Power Woodcore is lightweight and playful
- Atomic base ensures you reach fast speeds and zip down trails
You can even take the Punx’s out of the park when you’re looking to mix things up too. This is good for people that like to explore all parts of the mountain.
Usually high quality skis like these are pretty expensive. Lucky for you and I that’s not really the case here. That’s honestly a steal for what you’re getting.
If you have any amount of skill you’ll want a different ski than the Volkl Alley’s. This product truly is meant for skiers trying out the park for the first time. If you’re advanced in big air and rails the Alley’s won’t perform the way you need them too.
These skis really shouldn’t be taken off trail at all, either. This is because there’s no rocker and you’ll sink into any deep powder. This product is all camber and this comes in handy on trail and ensures you can grip hard packed snow well. It also comes with:
- Multilayer Woodcore that makes these skis durable and flexible
- Tough Box Construction means this piece of equipment can stand up to rails
- Stays stable at fast speeds and won’t be shaky when you kick it up a notch
The Alley’s are the cheapest skis on this list. This is a really good deal but I wouldn’t go much lower than that. If you go too cheap you’ll get a low quality piece of equipment. Wearing cheap equipment can lead to a whole bunch of problems ranging from poor performance to increasing your likelihood of getting injured.
So for a beginner, its price is an acceptable amount to pay. For intermediates and up you’ll want to pay a little extra to match your skills.
Nordica Soul Rider
Nordica is an excellent company and they make a ton of great gear. You’ll find people wearing their gloves, ski boots, and more. Their Soul Rider is a quality piece of equipment and one you’d be lucky to wear this season.
Although the Soul Rider’s excel in the park and will give you the performance you desire on jumps and rails, they work when you’re downhill skiing too. This makes them pretty versatile and perfect for anyone that likes to jump around the mountain.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Energy 2 Carbon Construction ensures a smooth ride at fast speeds and will help you stick your landings
- 97mm is a little wider than some freestyle skis but comes in handy when you’re riding through crud and powder
- Rockered tips mean you’re in control and will give you a hand in the handling department
I wouldn’t purchase this product if you’re not a confident skier and just starting out or a mellow intermediate. You need quite a bit of skill to have fun with the Soul Rider’s.
And the price isn’t terrible either. That’s definitely a fair price for everything that you’re getting.
The Salomon TNT is another piece of equipment that excels on all parts of the mountain. If you get tired of hitting rails and the half pipe you can get some trail runs in – it has the design to do both.
What I really like about this product is the 2 year warranty. There’s only a few skis on this list that have more than a 1 year warranty and the TNT’s are one of them. Salomon really believes in their gear and it shows with that type of guarantee.
It also has a:
- Woodcore that eats up annoying vibrations and ensures you have a good ski experience
- Single Ti Laminates really helps with edging and gripping hard packed snow
- XL Edges are extra thick and come with reinforcements that add to this products durability
Like many of the skis on this list you’ll need some skill to have fun with the TNT’s. I wouldn’t say you necessarily have to be a park expert but you’ll need a decent amount of ability in skiing in general.
The price is right where you’d expect a product like this to be. Factor in the warranty and the quality and you’ll realize what a good deal that is.
Best Freestyle Skis For Women:
The first freestyle skis for women on this list come from a company you can trust – K2. Their equipment is always high quality and that applies to their Missconduct’s.
One thing you’ll like about these skis is the fact you can explore all parts of the mountain with them. The park is fun and all but do you really want to spend all your time there? The occasional trail run is always needed and you’ll be able to do that with this product. Some other features you’ll like include:
- All Terrain Rocker that makes all mountain skiing possible; it’ll help with powder, hard packed snow, crud, etc.
- Aspen Core minimizes weight and makes your ride as smooth as possible
- Twintech Sidewalls ensure this piece of equipment will last and resists wear and tear
- Very easy to handle and the energy transfer makes for effortless carves and turns
This is one of the more advanced skis on this list and certainly shouldn’t be the skis you take into the park for the first time. You should already be very competent in this part of the mountain to purchase them – you’ll find the Missconduct’s on the feet of near professional level skiers.
Despite all this you can rock these skis for pretty cheap. As long as you have the skill to competently wear them, you should definitely consider this gear.
Rossignol Trixie Xpress With Look Bindings
I know a lot of the skis on this list are made for people that already can handle themselves in the park. But what should you do if you have no experience and want to learn? Well a good place to start is with the the Rossginol Trixie Xpress.
These skis are perfect for beginners looking to explore the park more and develop their skills. Plus if it turns out you don’t like jumps and rails, you can use this product for trail skiing and to hit some powder. There’s nothing really to lose here.
Additionally, it comes with a:
- Woodcore which keeps things light, playful and lively
- Transfer of energy is effortless and you can make sharp turns with a tiny flick of your ankles
- Extended Sidecut ensures you’ll be able to grip and edge efficiently
Plus you’re getting Rossignol quality. What do I know about Rossignol quality? Well, I wore Rossignol skis for the last few seasons and will again this year.
The price isn’t too bad either and you can hit the park this season with them on your feet for not too much. Not to mention they come with a high quality set of bindings too.
All novices should consider this product – you’d be lucky to start out with the Trixie’s!
The Roxy ILY’s is a ski that can take you all lover the mountain. If you feel like satisfying your need for speed take it down a couple steep diamonds. When you’re itching to get some air and hit some rails, take it through the park. Want to explore the untouched part of the mountain off trail? The ILY’s can handle powder skiing too.
These skis will help you keep your options open through out the day and you won’t feel confined to one part of the slopes. This makes for happy skiers! Some other features you’ll like include:
- Medium width and flex that make this product so versatile
- Rocker tips make’s this piece of equipment extremely easy to handle
- Unibody construction adds a sense of stability and power
- Fiberglass materials give you a lively and playful skiing experience
You don’t need to be an X Games level athlete to use these Roxy skis but you should have some ability in order to have the most fun. A sold intermediate to advance will like them the most.
How much for these cool looking skis? Not too much. That’s a good price especially when you think about all that you can do with them. There’s not much terrain this product can’t conquer.
Ski With The Best Gear Possible This Year!
I’ve been skiing for a long time and if I’ve learned one thing it’s not to have low quality gear. In order to have fun skiing you need he right equipment or else you’ll be in discomfort – or even worst you won’t be safe.
If you plan on hitting the park often this year you need a good pair of freestyle skis. No matter your skill level or budget there’s a product on this list that’ll work for you.
If you have any questions make sure to comment below and I’ll respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski section up top for more gear reviews and tips for this season.
Are you excited to get some air with your new skis?