If you’re expecting to hit some deep powder this year you’re probably looking for one of the best powder skis.
There’s a couple things you must consider to make sure you get the right product and I’ll show you what’s most important – after you’ll see my top picks for both men and women.
I’m positive you’ll find the perfect skis on this list.
How To Choose The Right Powder Skis
A pair of skis that work well in powder is much different than a product that works well on groomed trails.
In order to get the right piece of equipment, you should think about the following:
- Selecting the correct size/length
- Choosing the right width
- Ski profile and rocker
First off, you need to get the right size. Here’s a sizing chart that’ll help in this department:
You’ll want a ski that’s somewhere between your chin and head. If you’re a very skilled skier you can go a little longer while people new to the sport will want to go a little shorter.
Next, you should focus on the width of the product. In order to get an effective powder ski it must be wider than average – 111mm or more and you’ll find them as wide 125mm. The reason you want to go so wide is it helps you float and surf powder.
A narrower ski (like a freestyle ski) is good for gripping and carving groomed trails and hard packed snow. Keep in mind a powder ski won’t give you sharp turns on the frontside.
Lastly, you want to look at the rocker or tips of the ski you’re thinking about. You want a piece of equipment that has noticeable tips because this will ensure you stay on top of the soft snow.
Here’s a video that goes a little more in depth about powder skis:
Pretty simple, right? As long as you keep all these points in mind you’ll find a product you love.
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Now that you know exactly what to look for let’s take a look at my top picks for men. Directly after you’ll you see my top picks for women.
Best Powder Skis For Men:
Armada JJ 2.0
The Armada JJ 2.0 is a ski that I really like. First off, it has an awesome design and one that other people are going to notice. If you decide on these you can expect to get a few compliments through out the day.
But what’s most important is that they perform, right? Well you’ll be happy to know the JJ 2.0’s perform exceptionally well. They have a wide waist, 117mm, and this allows you to surf deep powder with ease. It also has a tight turning radius and this helps when things get tight. Some other features you’ll like include:
- EST Freeride Rocker keeps you on top of the snow instead of sinking in
- Hybrid Ultra Light core sheds unnecessary weight while improving handling and agility
- AR50 Sidewalls lessen vibrations and soaks up bumps for a smooth ride
- 1 year warranty and you’ll get more than that
This product is perfect for intermediate to advanced skiers too. If you’re an absolute beginner or near expert level in skill you’ll probably want a different ski – everyone else will love what this piece of equipment does.
These aren’t cheap but not too much either. Keep in mind powder skis tend to cost more than regular skis and their price isn’t overly expensive (you’ll see products for over a $1000 on this list). When you consider that you realize the JJ 2.0’s are a pretty good value.
Blizzard Bodacious Skis
The Blizzard Bodacious is another well made ski that performs well in the glades and other cramped areas. It has a wide width of around 118mm and this is perfect for almost all powder conditions, no matter how deep.
A lot of people consider this one of the most lively and playful powder skis on the market – they almost feel like they’re part of your feet. You’ll also like that it has a:
- Rocker camber rocker ski profile that allows you to float on powder
- Poplar Bamboo Woodcore makes this an extremely stable product
- Titanium binding interface is durable and long lasting
- Comes with a 1 year warranty which shows its quality
- Lessens vibrations so you won’t be uncomfortable
The Bodacious is a ski you must have quite a bit of skill to use. Honestly, I wouldn’t even consider these if you’re an intermediate. This is the type of product for people that live and breathe powder and skiing; the advanced to expert range.
Despite all this, this piece of equipment won’t completely break the bank. That’s a really a good price for all that you’re getting, that’s for sure.
Faction Chapter 116
The Faction Chapter 116 is one of the more versatile products on this list. Being a powder ski it thrives on the backside (you can check out my top picks for backcountry skis here) and the glades but it has enough stiffness that you can take it down groomed trails too.
One thing I really like about the Chapter 116’s is it comes with a a 2 year warranty. While most skis will last 2 or more seasons, they usually only have a 1 year warranty. The fact these skis guarantee 2 years of use really shows how quality they are and how much the makers believe in them.
Some other features include:
- 116mm waist that keeps you on top of the snow
- Exaggerated rocker tips make sure you float through deep powder
- Poplar and beach core provides an ultimate amount of stability
- 5 point side cut enhances your handling ability and this is especially good in the glades
- Fiber glass laminates keep this product lightweight and lively
This is another set of skis that beginners and intermediates should avoid – it’ll just be too hard to control for people that aren’t very skilled and experienced.
How much will it cost to rock the Faction Chapter’s? Not too much. This makes them one of the cheapest skis on this list. If you’re looking to save a couple bucks this season without giving up much in the performance department you should definitely think about this product.
Dynastar Cham 2.0 117
The Dynastar Cham 2.0 is an affordable product that many skiers will like. This is one of the lighter and more maneuverable skis on this list too.
One of my favorite aspects is the Cham 2.0 Rocker. This ski profile caters to deep powder and will make sure you keep things moving along, no matter how deep the snow is. The tips won’t get stuck and you’ll be cruising through the backside of the mountain with ease. It also comes with:
- Lighweight Paulownia core that provides good stability and durability
- Reinforcements in all the right spots ensure you get many years out of these skis
- Stays stable and smooth even when you reach fast speeds
- Fiberglass laminates take away from bulkiness and weight
- 5 Point Sidecut puts you in control and initiates sharper carves and cuts
To wear these skis you have to be at least a solid intermediate. If you’re absolute beginner the Cham’s might seem a little too much. Kind of like a mustang might seem too powerful for someone just learning how to drive a car.
Like I mentioned earlier, this product is fairly priced. This is another set of skis that won’t empty your wallet and still gives you the performance you desire.
DPS Wailer 112 Alchemist
Company: DPS Company
The DPS Wailer 112 Alchemist is an extremely high performing product and the favorite of many good skiers. That’s because these skis are extremely versatile and will tackle, head on, any type of powder or snow conditions you’ll face in the backcountry.
This is another piece of equipment that’s ultra lightweight and will feel extra lively on your feet. Also, it stays stable and smooth even when you reach high speeds. Some awesome features include:
- Paddle Tech Sidecut that enhances handling and gives you the ability for sharp turning while skiing in the trees
- Pure Carbon construction eats up bumps and vibrations leading to a sturdy ride
- Rocker camber rocker design ensures you won’t get stuck in the fluffy stuff
- 2 year warranty gives you peace of mind that you’ll enjoy this product for many seasons
Like many backcountry and powder skis you should only have a good amount of experience and skill to wear these. I wouldn’t even consider these if you’re an intermediate – leave the Wailers for the advanced and expert skiers.
These skis are very expensive too, which is another reason only very good skiers should think about them. If you have that to spend and have the confidence to handle this piece of equipment, you’ll really, really love the Wailer’s.
Rossignol Super 7 HD
Rossignol is one of my favorite ski brands and I like to purchase their gear whenever I can – I’ll actually be using Rossignol skis this winter. When you buy from them you know you’re getting a good combination of quality, durability and performance.
Their Super 7 HD’s are just that. These skis do an exceptional job off trail and you’ll appreciate the way they float over powder and how much fun you’ll have with them. You’ll also appreciate the:
- Powder Turn Rocker that’s designed specifically to excel in the backcountry and will give you a sense of effortlessness when making carves and turns
- Light Wood core prevents bulkiness and unnecessary weight while giving you more control
- Carbon Alloy Matrix materials used through out the ski improves both performance and sturdiness
- Minicap sandwich adds extra durability and gripping
These aren’t overly expensive either. For everything you’re getting that’s a very fair price.
Again, like every other product on this list you have to make sure your skill level matches the ski’s skill level. In order to have fun with these skis you need to have a bit of skill. I’d say you have to be at least a strong intermediate to put these on.
K2 is another company that makes excellent ski equipment. Any time you get a chance to ride with their equipment you should definitely consider it.
One thing you’ll notice about the K2 Pettitor is they’re really, really wide. At 120mm they have one of the widest waists on this list. This means you’ll have a good time in the powder and easily be able to handle the deepest, fluffiest snow. Some additional features include:
- Powder Rocker ensures you’ll surf through all trail conditions
- Twintech Sidewalls makes these skis durable and keeps them from getting damaged
- This ski is easy to handle and will give you a good amount of control
These aren’t the highest performing skis on this list but you should be a strong skier to wear the Pettitor’s. I would say you’d at least have to be a very strong intermediate all the way to near expert level.
They’re pretty cheap too. This is about the lowest you’ll want to pay for a pair of powder skis. If you go much lower you may find yourself skiing with a low quality piece of equipment and this will lead to a bad day.
Best Powder Skis For Women:
Atomic Backland FR 109
The first powder skis on this list for women is one that really thrives in the backcountry and in deep powder. The Atomic Backland FR 109’s is specifically designed to help you cruise along no matter what conditions you face.
This is because this product comes with a Powder Rocker. You’ll face a lot of different snow out there and having this type of ski profile will give you a lot of versatility. You can even cut through crud with the the Backland’s. Some other features that you’ll like include:
- HRZN Tech design adds more material to the tips and tail and this gives them more flex without adding any weight
- Light Woodcore ensures you have a sturdy ride and doesn’t skimp on performance
- Carbon inserts along the entire ski makes sure you have the best handling and control possible
- Step Down Sidewall 2.0 keeps these skis strong and prevents them from getting damaged
- Atomic Base will have you cruising down the slopes and will add a little speed to wherever you go
Because this piece of equipment performs so well you’ll want to be an advanced skier to wear these – if you’re a beginner or mellow intermediate you may be a little out of your comfort zone with them.
The price is fair too and you can pick the Backland’s up for pretty cheap. You obviously know the importance of quality gear if you’re exploring off trail and you can rest assured that these skis are quality gear.
Rossignol Savory 7
I already mentioned I’ll be skiing with Rossignol skis this year and that’s because I trust their equipment. I’ve never been disappointed by their quality, craftsmanship or performance.
If you decide on the Savory 7’s I’m pretty sure you’ll come to the same conclusions I have about Rossignol and their gear. These skis are versatile and aren’t meant exclusively for off trail – you can run them down groomed trails too. This is pretty handy and gives a more diverse experiences through out the day.
If that sounds good to you, you’ll also enjoy the:
- Powder Turn Rocker which makes it float on powder and grip on hard packed snow
- Centered Sidecut ensures you have more control
- Lessens vibrations and will guarantee a smooth ride in all conditions
- Air tip decreases the overall weight of this product which makes it more responsive
- Minicap Sandwhich is useful on trail and off
Here’s a video that goes a little more depth:
I agree with Amanda that you need quite a bit of skill to rock the Savory 7’s for them to feel right. If you’re new to skiing you’ll want something different.
The price is excellent too. This is the perfect piece of equipment for any person that’s on a budget but still values a good ski experience.
K2 Remedy 102
Need a good powder ski for the winter? Well I have the Remedy for you (I couldn’t help myself). These skis from K2 are just as versatile as the Rossignol skis I just talked about. Want to ski the powder? The Remedy’s can handle that. Feel like spending the day on the frontside of the mountain. The Remedy’s work well their too! Facing some crud? Don’t worry, the Remedy’s can slice through crud.
The main reason this product is capable of all this is the All Terrain Rocker these skis feature. This gives you the ability to just about ski anywhere. If that sounds appealing to you. you’ll also like the:
- The Bioflex Core does a good job limiting weight and keep things light and fast
- Swap Base adds a bit of durability to the Remedy
- 1 year warranty gives you peace of mind about the quality
Do I think you should purchase this piece of equipment if you’re not a strong or confident skier? No I don’t. In fact you should probably exclusively stay on trail if you don’t have quite a bit of skill.
Also, the price is right too. For everything that you’re getting that’s quite the deal.
DPS Yvette 112 RP.2 Foundation
The DPS Wailer’s were the most expensive skis in the men’s section and the DPS Yvette’s are the most expensive powder skis for women. There’s a reason for this – DPS make extremely high quality gear and that applies to the Yvette’s.
Like a few other skis on this list, this piece of equipment works extremely well on powder but is quite useful on hardpacked and groomed trails as well. So no matter what you’re feeling at the moment you’ll be able to tackle it while clicked into these skis.
Some other nice features include:
- Core made of both poplar and bamboo does a good job creating a lively and absorbing product
- Easy to initiate turns and carves with the rocker tip and tail
- Gives you a good amount of grip on the frontside and on freshly groomed trails
- Makes use of lightweight carbon fiber and fiberglass materials
- World Cup base keeps you moving quickly and ensures you’ll quench your speed thirst
A ski of this magnitude should only be worn by very good skiers. I’m not even talking strong intermediates, I’m talking people that are pretty advanced and can handle anything on or off trail.
Because of this it shouldn’t be surprising this product costs extra. For people that love skiing it’s worth it to pay a little extra for the best performance possible and that’s exactly what you’re getting with the Yvette’s.
Salomon QST Stella 106
Here we have another expensive pair of skis and this time they come from the well known ski company, Salomon. While the QST Stella’s perform like a champ in the powder they can handle on trail duties too (they’re all mountain). This is nice when you feel like taking a break from knee deep powder for a little and want to explore some groomers.
That’s mainly because the Twin Rocker profile let’s you surf the fluffy stuff and grip hard packed snow. No matter where you’re skiing you’ll feel comfortable and in control.
They also come with:
- Spaceframe 3.0 FR helps keep this product versatile
- 5 point side cut that’s especially useful in handling and turning in fresh powder
- Inverted 3D core keeps things nice and smooth while lessening the annoyance of vibrations
- CFX Superfiber throughout the ski lessens weight
- Power platform let’s you really edge your carves
It shouldn’t be a surprise that you need to be an advanced skier to wear the Stella’s. They’re a quality piece of equipment that’s made for quality skiers.
It also shouldn’t surprise you that they’re pretty pricey. If you have that to spend and have enough skill to handle the Stella’s you should definitely consider them. This is a pair of skis that live up to their price tag and won’t disappoint.
Rossignol Star 7
The Rossignol Star 7’s are the cheapest product on this list and should be considered by people on a tight budget. If you have a little extra to spend this winter you’ll probably want one of the more expensive skis I mentioned earlier.
This doesn’t mean the Star 7’s are low quality or anything like that – they’ll definitely perform off trail and in the powder. They’re just not the best skis on this list. Not everyone needs that, though, and if that’s the case for you, you’ll like that it has a:
- Powder Turn Rocker puts you in the driver’s seat and gives you complete control in the soft stuff
- Centered Sidecut gives you good carves
- Light Wood Core reduces weight and keeps you moving quickly
- Pretty durable and will last this season and the next and the next
Like with most of the skis on this list beginners should stay away from this product. If you’re a strong intermediate all the way to very advanced you’ll have a good time with this piece of equipment.
I mentioned at the top these are pretty inexpensive. You’ll have a hard time finding a cheaper pair of skis than that and honestly you don’t want to pay less than what these costs. It’s alright to get a good deal but you don’t want to purchase low quality skis.
Hit The Powder With The Right Skis!
There’s nothing better than fresh snow to ski on. If you’re fortunate enough to ski powder all the time you’ll definitely want a good pair of skis for this. If you get the right ones you’ll find yourself in snow heaven – get the wrong product and you’ll be sprinting back to groomed trails.
No matter your budget or needs there’s a piece of equipment on this list that you’ll love.
If you have any questions about what you’ve read comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible – you can search around the ski section up top for more gear reviews and ski tips.
Are you excited to take your new skis into the fresh powder?