Ski manufacturers used to shrink men's ski and paint them pink for women's ski
equipment. Today, women's ski are ergonomic, powerful and pretty with
lightweight cores and unique characteristics that top female skiers have
demanded. And the graphics are girls and fun too, why not. Ski like a girl! Here
are our lady editor's favorite new skis for 2015.
Salomon Lumen Q96 is beautiful ski to behold with pretty pastel
tree graphics, and a bargain for the bold performance it delivers. The Q-96,
that's 96-cm underfoot, provides a ride that is glassy and smooth but carves
well on hard pack and crust. Salomon has really produced a well balanced skis
that you can typically buy for under $500 bucks. The Lumen is light but strong
in powder and crud and can still cruise on cruise on cord making nice finished
turns from tip to tail. Our tester, heather Burke loved them so much she bought
a pair of Salomon Lumens (ok, she likes the graphics) and brought them out west
to ski Mt Bachelor.
The Blizzard Black Pearl 88 continues to be a winner for women
wanting a mid-sized ski that versatile for varying conditions... 88 centimeters
at the waist this cool looking Black Pearl ski is quick in short turns but beefy
enough to plow through powder and mixed snow. The wood flip core technology
allows it to be light but woody. Ladies should wear black pearl if they are a
bit edgier than the traditional front side classic pearl girls. Since the Black
Pearl was first introduced in 2012, when many Volkl tech guys stepped over to
Blizzard, these Blizzard boards continues to tweak their strong ski fleet and
the Pearl continues to impress us.
Blizzard Viva 810 is a proven winner on hard pack for women.
This quick agile ski is beautiful but business like when it comes to skiing. We
continue to call it The Little Black Dress of women's skis - a wardrobe must and
a sure thing in most Eastern conditions. At just 81 under foot its not the best
in deep snow, as it dives in to find the substance, but this ski is ideal on
groomers and sharp on ice or boiler plate. Its like Irish Spring, strong enough
for a man but made for a woman. Just a shout out to Blizzard - their 2015 ski
graphics are not as pretty - we liked the pearls and lace patterns of previous
pairs, now its just plain black with technical stripes and stuff - boring
Rossignol Experience 88, while actually a
top men's ski, is just a great all
around all mountain ski for gals who like to rip. But there are no pretty
flowers, pink swirls or girly graphics. For that you need to hop on the
Rossignol Temptation 84 which are more forgiving, feminine and fun. But
our lady tester prefers the firm grip and solid edging of the auto-turn Rossi
88s even though they are a bit heavier to carry to the lifts. The Temptation is
smooth and silky - definitely ideal for an advanced intermediate mom who likes
to cruise. New for 2015 is the Rossi Temptation 88, borrowing
from the Rossi 7 series, we have yet to try these babies..stay tuned.
Nordica's Wild Belle isn't just a wonderful ski name, its a fun
light quick female ski, 88-centimers, that offers versatility without
sacrificing performance. Its light and quick but still grips well. The
Nordica First Belle is a bit narrower at 82 with similar cool graphics.
The HEAD Great Joy is a fantastic new free ride ski for
females. Head's lightwood core with graphene (an extremely thin carbon layer)
keeps these ski solid but supple. The Great Joy 98 waist makes it a big ski, so
not best for timid skiers. Head is making head turning skis, and equipping much
of the US Ski Team. The Head Great Joy and slimmer Head Super Joy 75
are funky looking with a blunt tip - like a ladies mascara wand that does laps
instead of lashes. Head's Big Joy 110s are bit too big for our
East Coast tester's conditions but we bet these beefy blue skis would crush deep
snow seamlessly. But, does anyone else think these skis sound like the name of a
female adult toy?!
Rossignol Savory 7 is a super pretty, super fun skis. Like the
men's Soul 7, this Rossi is 106-centimeters at the waist so wide but light given
its honeycomb design. The Savory is floaty and pretty fast, so a great light
powder day ski - but so strong in hard pack...so be a fair weather skier on your
sweet stylish teal and white Savory 7s.
Volkl was once a leader in ladies skis, K2 was too. We still like Volkl's
women's ski line up, but the price may not be as competitive as some of the
other late to the party skis listed here for ladies. Volkl Aura
is a great girls ski for mixed snow and powder with its tapered wide tip and
full rocker - but with two sheets of metal it's a strong person's ski. The
Volkl Kenja is a fun, front side carver in the Essenza series
that's responsive and likes to rip medium and short radius turns with its
87-width. The Volkl Yumi is a yummy pink color but packs a
punch on groomed terrain - very forgiving in bumps too.
We didn't demo the Dynastar Cham series, they look as goofy as
Salomon's BBR series and Kastle's FX boards that retail for
over $1,000...but until we ski them, we can't comment on their performance.
Similarly no Atomics made our 2015 must-ski for women's list and they used to be
our go to girl ski.