We tested the newest crop of skis, finding the best builds that will make it easier to carve up resort groomers or dodge trees on backcountry tours.
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Best for Powder: Rossignol Blackops 118
The Blackops surfs on powder with a playful pop on moguls. Rossignol is mum about the materials (thus the name), but when skis rip like this, you won’t care.
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Best for Groomers: Elan Wingman 86 CTi
Carbon-fiber tubes keep these skis lively: Add pressure and they rebound with a snap. That, and the stability from fiberglass, made for zippy arcs on groomed trails.
Best for All-mountain: Nordica Enforcer Free 104
These versatile skis easily floated in two feet of Jackson Hole powder. But what we liked most: The Enforcer’s balanced weight makes pivoting easier.
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Best for Touring: Blizzard Zero G 105
We appreciated the six-pound Zero Gs during a backcountry tour through Colorado, where the carbon fiber lightened the tip and tail for easier turning.
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