Ski Reviews

Welcome to the Sturtevants buyer’s guide for skis.

In conjunction with our friends at realskiers.com we have created ski reviews of what we feel are the best skis on the market! We pride ourselves on having the best selection of skis in town, and are confident we carry a ski that is just right for you. We have organized our ski review into four main categories: On Piste, All-Mountain Frontside, All-Mountain Backside, and Powder. Whether you love arcing turns on the early morning hardpack, exploring the entire mountain, or are a powder hound who sniffs out the deep stuff, our buyer’s guide will give you honest and unbiased information on every ski we sell. Don’t let our large selection and intricate technology of today’s skis intimidate you. Embrace the process of purchasing your favorite new toys by referring to our ski guide, coming into the store to talk with our expert staff, and you will be on your way to wintertime bliss.

On Piste

Kastle MX74 Prem + K12 CTI Binding

Kastle MX74 Prem + K12 CTI Binding
124/74/103
14.7m @ 172cm
156,164,172,180
1723g in 172cm
Sturtevants Price $1499

At 74mm underfoot, any pretense of off-piste proficiency is pure puffery, so the new MX74 can be forgiven for losing interest in off-roading. This ski is built for the world’s best groomed runs of Baldy as it is all about arcing, and stringing round turns together as calmly as oysters make pearls.

Fischer RC4 The Curv

Fischer RC4 The Curv
120/74/104
18m @ 178cm
171,178,185
2500g @ 178cm
Retail $1200
Sturtevants Price $1099

The Curv Booster isn’t for an advanced skier looking for technical training wheels. It expects the pilot to have one leg extended and the other tucked up tight, with hips suspended just above the corduroy, setting up for the next exercise in total commitment. Skiers who want carving control that doesn’t require quite this level of athleticism should look at The Kastle MX 74 or Rossignol Famous 10 W.

Rossignol Famous 10 + NX 11 Binding

Rossignol Famous 10 + NX 11 Binding
127/73/109
14m @ 156cm
156,163
2750g @ 156cm
Retail $900
Sturtevants Price $799

It’s a natural impulse to compare any ski to the model that immediately preceded it in the same family, so the arrival of the new Rossignol Famous 10 invites one to contrast it with the Unique 10 that came before. The two skis are surprisingly quite different. The Famous 10 has considerably deepened its sidecut to accentuate carving action and short-turn facility, making this ski so fun you will want to skip your hot chocolate break in the Seattle Ridge Lodge. The new ski’s construction trades the Unique 10’s Air Core for an all-Paulownia core supporting the same Sandwich Duracap design used in the men’s Pursuit series.

Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ti + Look SPX 12 Binding

Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ti + Look SPX 12 Binding
127/71/107
15m @ 177cm
163,170,177,184
2150g @ 177cm
Retail $1100
Sturtevants Price $999

Built like a GS race ski but with a shape closer to a slalom stick, the Pursuit 800 Ti bites into the turn decisively. It’s filed teeth were meant to sink into snow that’s racecourse hard, which comes in handy during one of Sun Valley’s mid-winter dry spells. Regarded as one of the fastest non-World Cup skis on the market, the Pursuit 800 Ti boasts unreal edge hold, power transmission, and is stable as a brain surgeon. This ski eats up Baldy’s 3000 + feet of vert so fast it will make your ears pop when you reach the bottom.

Rossignol Hero Master

Rossignol Hero Master
116/71/98
18m @ 175cm
175,180,185
2150g @ 175cm
Retail $1000
Sturtevants Price $899

With the popularity of the Sun Valley Town Series bringing old ski racers out of the woodwork, the Hero Master is the perfect one-ski quiver for this local event. Rossignol created the Hero Master for Masters’ racers who, as in their adolescence, have to economize and use one ski for two events. But the Hero Master could live a long life without ever seeing a start house or a finish gate and still pass on to the celestial podium fulfilled. For this sweetheart loves to open up the gas line and burn fuel by the barrel, flying down Baldy’s groomed highways with its sirens on and lights blazing.

Frontside All-Mountain

Kastle MX84 Prem

Kastle MX84 Prem
128/84/112
16.3m in 176cm
152,160,168,176,184
1943g in 176cm
Sturtevants Price $1299

Anytime a ski as ridiculously good as the Kästle MX83 is retired, a ripple of concern spreads through Kästle’s cadre of fanatically loyal followers. Will its replacement, the MX84, be as good? Dare one hope it will be better? We’re relieved to report the MX84 is every bit as good as the MX83, but whether it’s better or not is a more a matter of taste than technicity. The MX84 retains one of its predecessor’s principal virtues, a fully cambered baseline, but the softer fore body of the MX84 puts up less resistance to pressure.

Kastle MX Limited

Kastle MX Limited
128/84/112
16.3m in 176cm
176cm
1943g in 176cm
Sturtevants Price $1699

For those whose pockets are as deep as the trenches they leave on Flying Squirrel, this is the ski. In brief, it’s a beauty. Built on the bones of the MX84, it’s covered in carbon, enough to absorb shocks measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. The power pumped out by the MX Limited is like that of a placid river: it seems to move calmly and effortlessly while it’s cutting its way through solid stone.

Kastle MX89 Prem

Kastle MX89 Prem
129/89/113
17m @ 172cm
164,172,180
1989g @ 172cm
Sturtevants Price $1299

It’s tough being the offspring of a genius! Someone is always comparing you to Dad. So it must be for the new MX89, taking its place in the Kästle line in the tracks of the MX88, indisputably one of the greatest skis ever made. But the MX 89 is up for the challenge. Powered by the same full camber profile and top quality construction (DNA), the MX89 sees a subtle update in sidecut, a larger Hollow-tech tip technology and a slightly softer fore body. The result is a very similar ski to its predecessor that seems to have better off-piste performance.

Rossignol Experience 88 HD

Rossignol Experience 88 HD
135/88/124
17m @ 180cm
164,172,180,188
2100g in 180cm
Retail $800
Sturtevants Price $699

No single ski benefited more from the addition of the Carbon Alloy Matrix (designated by the HD suffix in Rossi product nomenclature), than the Experience 88 HD. There’s nothing about this ski it didn’t make better. It grips the hard snow of Upper Limelight with more tenacity. It deflects clumps of day-old crud in Christmas Bowl with more contempt. It tosses aside the occasional deflection that occurs in the belly of a 40mph GS turn, something the old E88 – didn’t have the stuffing to resist. Pay attention, Dear Reader, for this is one of the more significant shifts in product behavior we’ve seen in the last several years. The previous E88 had limits that might not have been perceptible to all Finesse skiers, but the 2017’s Experience 88 HD has moved the boundary over the Power skier’s horizon.

Rossignol Temptation 84 Carbon

Rossignol Temptation 84 Carbon
133/84/120
12m @ 162cm
146,154,162, 170
1700g @ 162cm
Retail $650
Sturtevants Price $549

Rossignol’s Temptation 84 Carbon is geared for the gal who isn’t trying to overload her Fitbit™. She’s hoping for a reliable, responsive ski that will take care of her on all the trails she prefers. The Temptation 84 is comfortable operating between the extremes of absolute power and delicate finesse and is one of our best selling skis.

Fischer KOA 80 Powertrack + V10 Binding

Fischer KOA 80 Powertrack + V10 Binding
124/79/109
14m @ 159cm
152, 159, 166
1500g @ 159m
Retail $750
Sturtevants Pricing $599

Forgiving and smooth in nature, yet extremely accomodating to a wide variety of abilities, the KOA 80 is a perfect companion for women who start their day on Seattle Ridge, with an occasional foray into the wild snow of the bowls. With Air Tec and Razorshape technology, your fun quotient is guaranteed to reach new heights as you explore all Baldy has to offer.

Fischer Pro Mountain 86 Ti

Fischer Pro Mountain 86 Ti
128/86/116
16.5m @ 175cm
161,168,175,182
1750g @ 175m
Retail $750
Sturtevants Pricing $649

Excellent carvability with a solid feel, yet quick and very precise is the best way to describe how the Pro Mountain 86 performs, making this an ideal all-mountain ski for frontside conditions. Testers noted that this ski is very solid, and smooth as silk for high speed cruising in a variety of terrain. Once you get this ski going on the consistent pitch of Baldy, you may find it hard to reel it in, but if you don’t care to slow down, just hang on and grin.

Volkl RTM 81iPT with WR XL 12.0 TCX Binding

Volkl RTM 81iPT with WR XL 12.0 TCX Binding
128/81/109 17.9m @ 177cm
17.9m @ 177cm
156,163,170,177,182
3120g @ 177cm (w/ binding)
Retail $1065
Sturtevants Price $899

The RTM 81 was made for marauding groomers and while its composition has evolved over the years, its preferred pathways and mode of transport haven’t. The RTM 81 is every centimeter a carving ski; well, make that every centimeter minus a sliver of tip and tail rocker to maintain street cred as a do-it-all model. While it’s comforting to have some smear-ability on board even in a carving ski, if drift is its dominant trait then the ski is in the wrong genre. Last year the camber genie re-appeared, granting the RTM 81’s wish to be a real carving ski again. It’s been ripping up the frontside ever since.

Volkl Flair 81 with WR XL 11.0 TCX Binding

Volkl Flair 81 with WR XL 11.0 TCX Binding
128/81/109
13.3m @ 156cm
156, 163
2750g @ 163cm (w/ binding)
Retail $1065
Sturtevants Price $899

An all-new, top end frontside all-mountain ski for 2016/2017, the FLAIR 81 features a 128/81/109 shape, 3D.RIDGE construction, and the iPT WideRide XL binding system. It’s designed for the expert and near-expert female skier who wants excellent grip, stability, liveliness, and agility all over the mountain. Additional features include locally-sourced recycled steel edges, and recycled sidewalls.

Rossignol Temptation 88

Rossignol Temptation 88
135/88/124
13m @ 164cm
156, 164
1950g @ 164cm
Retail $750
Sturtevants Price $649

With the heart of a high-performance carving machine and effortless freeride feel, the new women’s TEMPTATION 88 is the all-mountain benchmark for expert women skiers. Now featuring revolutionary Air Tip technology; our most versatile blend of rocker and camber; and a powerful basalt-enhanced sandwich construction, the Temptation 88 offers award-winning all-mountain versatility across all terrain and snow conditions. Auto Turn Rocker blends powerful edge grip with effortless maneuverability and speed control while patented Air Tip technology enhances floatation and control even further, keeping tips afloat through variable snow and providing smooth turn initiation on hardpack and groomers. It’s racing DNA meets freeride. Precision and power meets effortless float. It’s everything you need for the ultimate one-ski-quiver. The entire mountain awaits – LET TEMPTATION RULE.

Black Crows Orb

Black Crows Orb
122/91/109
18m @ 178cm
172,178,183
1875g @ 178cm
Retail $699
Sturtevants Price $699

If everyone in skiing is part of a family, then the Orb is for the young uncle who only gets out on weekends. He spends most of his precious ski time inside the resort boundary but is not afraid to get off-trail if conditions are decent. He’s a good skier but would be great if only he skied more. If he gets a pair of Black Crow Orbs, he may chuck work all together. The tapered fore body and mildly rockered baseline are ready to party off-piste, but with two Titanal laminates on board, the Orb is so strong on edge it doesn’t really care where you send it. Its tip design obliges the Orb to be loose at the top of a laid-over turn, but once it settles into the arc it’s as solid as the Mont Blanc massif. The once rebellious boys of the Chamonix backcountry now are making perfectly balanced skis that any member of the ski culture can climb on and relate to immediately.

Black Crows Ova Birdie

Black Crows Ova Birdie
118/85/105
17m @ 162cm
152, 162, 170
1600g @ 162cm
Retail $659
Sturtevants Price $659

A ski made for women who enjoy groomer skiing but don’t shy away from variable snow conditions, this master of trajectory is stable with very quick edge-to-edge transition. With a slightly softer flex than the unisex version, the Ova Birdie is nonetheless a vigorous ski and stable and dynamic when carving. Its 85 mm waist and hint of rocker give the Ova Birdie good stability, grip, and float while dipping into the trees of Central Park, while the short turning radius and narrow width guarantee reactivity, quick transitions and energetic carving once you pop out on to Mid-River.

Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS with binding

Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS with Binding
125.2/80/110
15.9m @ 175cm
168,175,182
3207g @ 175cm (w/ binding)
Retail $950
Sturtevants Price $799

Crisp turn entry, smooth sensations through the turn’s midsection, and confident finishing power are traits any frontside ski would be proud to possess. Salomon’s X-Drive 8.0 FS is built on these principles and it lives up to them every day it’s allowed out to ski. The X-Drive 8.0 FS gets its gumption from a blend of three dampening elements. It uses basalt as a base layer, then adds a sheet of Titanal and an X-shaped structure over the rocker zones to keep them from acting up. This creates a great combination of edge grip (torsional stiffness) and off-piste versatility, making it a candidate for your favorite ski in the frontside category.

Backside All-Mountain

Rossignol Experience 100 HD Ti

Rossignol Experience 100 HD Ti
140/100/130
20m @ 182cm
174, 182, 190
2100g @ 182cm
Retail $850
Sturtevants Price $749

Looking for a high-performance ski that can rail hardpack and hold an edge at high speed one moment, and a second later smear a huge turn to dump speed as you boost off the catwalk into the fresh? Amplified with Rossignol’s new Carbon Alloy Matrix, the all-new EXPERIENCE 100 HD Ti is the ultimate one-ski-quiver for expert all-mountain skiers. With its award-winning power and versatility intact, the new Experience 100 HD Ti blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a smooth, powerful freeride feel. Carbon Alloy Matrix increases edge grip, stability, dampness, and drive for a finely-tuned fusion of damp, “planted-to-the-snow” edge grip and loose, playful mobility. Combined with Rossignol’s patented Air Tip technology, Auto Turn Rocker profile, and Extended Sidecut, the new all-mountain standard delivers high-definition performance across all terrain and snow conditions. It’s racing DNA meets freeride. Precision and power meets effortless float. It’s everything you need for the ultimate one-ski-quiver and no surprise this is a Sturtevants’ staff favorite.

Kastle FX85

Kastle FX85
119/85/108
17m @ 173cm
157,165,173
1820g @ 173m
Retail $849
Sturtevants Price $849

Kästle’s reputation for otherworldly edge grip was established by its MX models, fully cambered assault vehicles that tore groomed terrain to tatters. The FX series, here represented by the FX85, despite using all but identical materials used in the MX mix, could not be more different. Where the MX89 tries hard to adhere to terrain, the FX85 works overtime to keep the connection loose. Its pivot-friendly attitude begins with the baseline, a double rockered affair dubbed Dual Rise by Kästle. On a 173cm, the forward contact point is pulled back 361mm and the tail begins to elevate 217mm before it’s done. (We know these numbers because Kästle helpfully prints them on the topskin). Ski geek jargon aside, this ski offers exceptional versatility and will make itself at home anywhere on Baldy. A great soft snow ski for the lighter individual.

Kastle FX95 HP

Kastle FX95 HP
126/95/115
20m @ 181cm
165,173,181,189
2140g in 181cm
Retail $1199
Sturtevants Price $1199

The Kästle FX95 HP isn’t just an all-terrain, all-condition ski; it’s also an all-attitude ski. This odd elocution means that the FX95 HP doesn’t care if your style is docile or dominating, the FX95 HP is going to hold on to every medium-to-long radius arc as if the fate of Austria hung in the balance. There is one caveat: it helps to go lickety split. This is never more true than in the crisscrossed crud of the south slopes, when the Dual Rise baseline of the FX95 HP feels most appreciated as an aid to maneuverability over and around submerged obstacles. The trade-off is that its rockered tip and tail feel less motivated when confronted with bulletproof groomage. Because of its two layers of Titanal, the FX95 HP never feels unstable at speed, but its baseline unquestionably favors variable terrain as long as it’s not the consistency of haggis.

Fischer Ranger 98 Ti

Fischer Ranger 98 Ti
132/98/122
18m @ 180cm
172, 180, 188
1700g @ 180cm
Retail $750
Sturtevants Price $649

Another solid candidate for the ultimate Baldy ski, the unique Aeroshape construction and Carbon Fiber nose of the Ranger 98 provides a lightweight ski that knifes through any condition. An absolute weapon that can be driven at top speeds and thrown sideways in a heartbeat to dump speed…if needed. The law here is what you make it. Regardless of which terrain you want to conquer, the Ranger makes it your domain. Its light weight makes the Ranger stand out. This is thanks to three factors: the Aeroshape construction, Air Tec Ti wood core and the unique Carbon Tip, a particularly thin shovel construction made of carbon.

Fischer Ranger W 98

Fischer Ranger W 98
125/96/115
16m @ 164cm
156, 164
1620g @ 172cm
Retail $750
Sturtevants Price $649

This ski is particularly light and maneuverable, thanks to its Air Tec Ti construction and Freeski ROCKER. The specially milled Titanal laminate makes the ski both lightweight and extremely stable. Ranger W 98 handles steep descents with ease and makes uphill travel a breeze. All-mountain adventure that knows no bounds. Poplar Wood Core, combined with a Carbon Fiber tip make this ski an extremely lightweight tool for backcountry, side-country, and in-bounds skiing. For the lady that demands both top performance and versatility, whether on the slopes of Baldy or the backcountry off Galena Pass, the Ranger W 98 is a solid choice that will not disappoint.

Volkl Kenja

Volkl Kenja
127/90/110
16.8m @ 163cm
156,163,170
1760g @ 163cm
Retail $825
Sturtevants Price $699

One can make a case for the Völkl Kenja being the best ski ever made for the advanced woman skier. Its Titanal laminates – rarely found in women’s skis – give it unparalleled bite on hard snow and the resilience to fight back in heavy crud. The Kenja excels because it doesn’t condescend. Receiving rave reviews for its outstanding edge hold on ice while also being easy to turn at higher speeds, the Kenja allows the skier to attack the piste with both power and finesse. Hardpack prowess aside, the 90mm width underfoot makes it easy to go from the groomers to the glades, allowing for an uninterrupted experience on Baldy.

Volkl Kendo

Volkl Kendo
127/90/110
20.8m @ 177cm
163,170,177,182
1940g @ 177cm
Retail $825
Sturtevants Price $699

Someday, there will be a museum for everything; in the History of Ski Design Museum, the display devoted to today’s all-mountain genre will showcase the Völkl Kendo. The ski beneath the name has subtly mutated every few seasons, most recently last year; the consensus among testers is that the current incarnation is the best ski suited to, well, everything. What makes the Kendo so well admired by so many skiers is that it’s truly ready for anything. Powered by two sheets of Titanal around a multi-layered wood core, the Kendo retains enough camber underfoot to generate energy at the end of the arc, propelling the skier from turn to turn. This is the key to the Kendo’s confidence-building behavior on hard snow, while the 90 mm waist will not leave you under gunned when playing around in the soft stuff.

Salomon QST 99

Salomon QST 99
138/99/120
19.4m @ 181cm
174,181,188
1825g @ 181cm
Retail $725
Sturtevants Price $599

With a fore body that’s both amply rockered and tapered, the QST 99 is screaming, “I wanna go off-trail!” as loudly as a sugar-addled urchin ululating from his parent’s shopping cart. What it’s craving is a large dose of cut-up crud or wind-crusted berms it can chop into mincemeat. Taking it off trail is the best way to get the QST 99’s tips to settle down. While hefty lads and hard chargers might crave more metal than the dollop Salomon places underfoot, skiers with a slightly more mellow attitude or lighter weight will appreciate how maneuverable the QST 99 is for a ski in this category.

Powder

Rossignol Super 7 HD

Rossignol Super 7 HD
140/116/130
20.8m @ 180cm
172,180,188
2100g @ 180cm
Retail $900
Sturtevants Price $799

The elusive elixir Rossi’s quest hopes to capture is in essence the peppiness of fiberglass, so turns practically finish themselves, married to the calming qualities only metal seems able to provide. Yet marriages of metal and glass often flounder when metal tries to stifle fiberglass’s free spirit. What alchemy will allow metal to maintain its firm hand while giving glass the latitude to frolic down the fall line? The answer is the Carbon Alloy Matrix Rossi has concocted to boost the Super 7’s power quotient while maintaining its effervescent nature. The stiffer structure can sustain high velocity impacts with the calcified crud of the south slopes, yet the Super 7 HD still feels light and maneuverable in the trees off Fire Trail. Don’t be scared off by its wide 116mm waist, this ski is more versatile than you think and will absolutely change the game anytime Baldy is blessed with a blast of blower.

Rossignol SOUL 7 HD

Rossignol Soul 7 HD
136/106/126
17m @ 180cm
172,180,188
1900g @ 180cm
Retail $850
Sturtevants Price $749

The Carbon Alloy Matrix proves to be the perfect partner for the metal-free Soul 7, magnifying its playful properties and stiffening its resistance to chatter without adding heft or stifling snow feel. The overall reinforcement of the Carbon Alloy Matrix gives the new Soul 7 HD more stability when traveling through day-old crud and more edge grip on those occasions when it has to cruise a groomer. But please do not confuse “better on groomers” with “made for ripping Warm Springs top to bottom.” While there’s no question the alterations to the Soul 7 HD palpably improved its stability and edge grip, they didn’t alter its width or the deliberate disengagement of its pretty Koroyd tips and tails.

Rossignol SOUL 7 HD W

Rossignol Soul 7 HD W
136/106/126
17m @ 178cm
162,170
1800g @ 178cm
Retail $850
Sturtevants Price $749

Rossignol recognized some years ago that their off-piste unisex skis came out of the mold ready for the women’s market. What hadn’t Rossi already done to the Soul 7 (or Savory 7, as renamed for womankind) to make it female-friendly? The tip and tail were fashioned from Koroyd in see-through patterns reminiscent of stained glass, so swing weight was already low as basso profondo. Every shred of metal not named “edge” was omitted and the result was a user-friendly ski for ladies who crave adventure in the trees or in the wide open spaces of Easter Bowl.

Rossignol Sky 7 HD

Rossignol Sky 7 HD
128/98/118
17m @ 180cm
172, 180, 188
1800g @ 180cm
Retail $750
Sturtevants Price $649

Amplified with Rossignol’s new Carbon Alloy Matrix, the all-new SKY 7 HD is the ultimate fusion of lightweight backcountry innovation and progressive freeride performance. With noticeably more edge grip, stability, dampness, and drive than its predecessor the Sin 7, the new Sky 7 HD provides instinctive versatility and ease-of-use, while delivering groundbreaking, high-definition energy, mobility, and strength due to its new carbon and basalt weave. Combined with patented Air Tip technology; Powder Turn Rocker profile; lightweight paulownia wood core construction; and versatile 98mm waist width, the new Sky 7 HD offers an ultra-lightweight blend of all-mountain versatility, effortless float, and accessible backcountry performance. From the cat track airs and bumps of upper Plaza, to the pinner couloirs of the Sawtooths, the future of freeride is here.

Rossignol Sky 7 HD W

Rossignol Sky 7 HD W
127/97/117
16m @ 170cm
162, 170
1700g @ 170cm
Retail $750
Sturtevants Price $649

Amplified with Rossignol’s new Carbon Alloy Matrix, the all-new SKY 7 HD W is the ultimate fusion of lightweight backcountry innovation and progressive freeride performance for women. With noticeably more edge grip, stability, dampness, and drive, the new Sky 7 HD W provides instinctive versatility and ease-of-use, while delivering groundbreaking, high-definition energy, mobility, and strength due to the unique carbon and basalt weave. Combined with patented Air Tip technology; Powder Turn Rocker profile; lightweight paulownia wood core construction; and versatile 98mm waist width, the new Sky 7 HD W offers an ultra-lightweight blend of all-mountain versatility, effortless float, and accessible backcountry performance.

Kastle BMX105 HP

Kastle BMX105 HP
134/105/123
21m @ 181cm
173,181,189
2270g @ 181cm
Retail $1149
Sturtevants Price $1149

A ski gets its courage from its core and its affability from its baseline. The Kästle BMX105 HP never cowers in the face of crud, for it knows that behind its loose baseline, lurk the innards of a race ski, with a Silver Fir core encased in two sheets of Titanal. Its construction is intent on domination; its base profile is devoted to reconciliation. Either way, click into these rocket sleds and prepare to experience blazing speeds with the comfort and stability that only makes you want to go faster.

Volkl 100Eight

Volkl 100Eight
141/108/124
22m @ 181cm
173, 181, 189
1991g @ 181cm
Retail $825
Sturtevants Price $699

The 100EIGHT’s 3D.RIDGE construction delivers a lightweight, lively ski feel combined with a smoothness and stability formerly reserved for much heavier skis. A 141/108/124mm shape, flat tail, Full Rocker, Smart Early Taper, and a relatively open radius all combine to make this a top rated product for the skier seeking an all mountain freeride ski that can handle variable snow and groomers alike. Another example of a wide ski being truly versatile, this will be your go to ski in a big Sun Valley winter.

Volkl 90EIGHT W

Volkl 90EIGHT W
133/98/116
15.9m @ 163cm
156, 163, 170
1550g @ 163cm
Retail $775
Sturtevants Price $649

A lightweight, lively women’s all-mountain freeride ski, the 90EIGHT W is ideal for the skier who wants a nimble, easy-handling ride without sacrificing smoothness and stability. No matter what Baldy hands out, this ski is a go-to. It’s maneuverable in soft and variable snow, yet has plenty of punch for the groomers.

Volkl Nunataq

Volkl Nunataq
139/107/123
24.9m @ 170cm
170, 178, 186
1670g @ 170cm
Retail $825
Sturtevants Price $499

The Nunataq features a shape of 139/107/123, for the skier seeking a touring ski that is wide enough to take on the deep powder slopes just outside of Smiley Creek. With Völkl’s ELP full rocker design, the Nunataq is maneuverable in deep snow, yet very smooth and precise should the skier encounter sun crust, frozen mank, or other forms of hard snow found in the backcountry.

Black Crows Navis

Black Crows Navis
133/102/118
19m @ 179cm
169, 179, 185
1925g @ 179cm
Retail $739
Sturtevants Price $739

The Navis is an affable, autonomous and high-performance ski which carves really well, has quick edge-to-edge transition, and is very stable on all types of terrain. With a front rocker over 22% of its surface, this ski has remarkable pivot and offers great stability on hardpack or crud while a squared and progressive tail makes the Navis playful in soft snow without compromising its alpine character on hardpack. These characteristics make for less tail washout and easier pivot initiation. Combined with a bit of camber for on-piste performance, and a nice smooth medium flex, the Navis is comfortable and friendly for any skier with a sense of adventure.

Dynafit Chugach

Dynafit Chugach
135/107/125
22m @ 181cm
173, 181, 188
1950g @ 181cm
Retail $799
Sturtevants Price $799

An everyday soft snow ski that rules the backcountry, the Dynafit Chugach skis take their name from a place in Alaska known for spine walls, 50 degree ramps, and big dumps. With uncanny agility for a ski of this girth, the Chugach doesn’t need to be in the holy land of AK to shine, as it is quite capable in in all backcountry zones. Mount the Dynafit Chugach up with burly tech bindings and get ready for a ski that can go up and down, from the bowls on Baldy to the big peaks of the Boulder Mountains.