Top 2016 Women's Skis - we review the best new skis
Best New Women's Skis for 2016
Ski manufacturers used to “shrink it and pink it” to distinguish women’s skis
from men's skis. Thankfully, chics
who rip are now getting some respect and custom skis
designed for our weight, center of gravity, style and grace. That’s not to say
these chic sticks aren’t powerful – just because they feature prettier graphics
(an thankfully not so much pink this season). Here are our lady editor's
favorite new skis, and some tried and true women’s performance skis for 2015-16.
See our Top Men's Skis for 2016 review
Blizzard Black Pearl 88 keeps winning our gals ski test, a
mid-sized ski that’s versatile for varying conditions... this cool looking Black
Pearl ski has wood flip core for quick turns but its still beefy and smooth for
powder and mixed snow. Since the Black Pearl was first introduced in 2012, when
a few Volkl techs moved to Blizzard, these Blizzard chic sticks continue to lead
the ladies ski fleet. This year’s Blizzard Black Pearl is pretty in lilac. Blizzard Samba 98 & Sheeva 104 are strong Austrian made powder ski for
Sheila’s who ski steep and deep, but light beautiful boards. Blizzard Viva X8 is back as a proven winner as a female
frontside ski. This Little Black Dress of women's skis is now blue, but still
holds true as a great GS style carver with 81mm underfoot it’s ideal on groomers
but grippy on the hard crusty crap you might encounter.
Rossignol Temptation 88 is a great ladies ski. Don’t let Rossignol’s girly graphics fool you, there is
plenty of substance here for front side, to bumps and backside fluff and crud. Rossignol Temptation 100 has metal, and likes to rip, not for
the timid, but rewarding from strong skiing gals.
Rossi Saffron, Savory and Star 7 are the Rossi 7 series for
girls, much lighter with honeycomb cutout tips, delivering more smear factor for
gals who like buttery turns over the beef of Rossi’s Temptation and Rossi
Nordica’s new Santa Ana, sounds wild but it’s tamable and fun
to ski in all conditions, 93mm, the sister ski to the award winning
Nordica Enforcer. Nordica’s Wild Belle is still a fave for our female tester, a
light quick female ski, 88mm, comparable to the Rossi Temptation 88. Nordica Santa Ana 100 may be perfect, and pretty in pink &
purple, for this season’s huge snow
Volkl was the leader in ladies skis from Germany for years, quickly
catching up with K2’s Luv series a decade ago, but now eclipsed by Nordica
and Blizzard perhaps. Volkl Yumi is pretty but packs a punch on groomed terrain with
an 83mm waist, quick but smooth. Volkl Aura 100 is a strong girls’ ski with metal for mixed snow
force but rocker for that forgiving feel. Volkl Kenja is still a female favorite, 90mm this season makes
it more versatile for front and backside fun.
HEAD Great Joy is a purple powder eater for females. Head's
lightwood core with graphene (a thin carbon layer) keeps this 98mm ski solid but
supple – a great joy to ski like its name. Head Super Joy 75 are boxy looking with a blunt tip -
resembling a mascara wand, stiff but sure to bring out your best groomed. Head's Big Joy 110s are big fast skis best for deep snow, let’s
hope we get big joy on our slopes this season.
Atomic’s Vantage line for ladies is all new and amazing. Atomic Vantage CTIW 90 has carbon tank mesh making it a master
of powering through bumps, crud while being super stable at speeds. Atomic Vantage 95 CW is the widest of the series, powerful but
still able to make perfect arcs per Atomic’s reputation. Atomic’s Century 109 handles pow like a pro but is playful and
perky on the front side despite is width.
Fischer KOA 84 is a fun, flirty, forgiving ski for females who
don’t want a super demanding ride, your Sunday go to girl ski.
We have yet to demo the Dynastar Glory 89 or Elite series, or
K2s OOLaLuv 85, K2 LuvBoat or FullLovIt9, Salomon’s
Gemma, or Kastle's BMX boards so stay tuned for those
women’s ski reviews..
But remember gals, the best ski for you is the one you love - at the best ski
deal from your favorite ski shop. We recommend you demo women's skis on snow
when you have the chance - take them out for a snow dance. Just be warned: free ski demos can be costly to you when
you fall in love with new pretty pink powerful boards for babes.