Best All Mountain Skis (<100 Underfoot)

From Powder Magazine

How many days a year do you actually need to be on a ski fatter than 100 millimeters underfoot? Five? These so-called skinny skis were perfectly wide for skiing powder 10 years ago. Do you really want to clomp around on those clankers when it’s dust on crust and we’re skiing a hot zipper lap? The best part about these skis is that most of them come with metal—you won’t find floppy Donkey Ball Rocker here—which means they’re going to make some actual turns, and make them fast. And fast is fun. These sticks are going to get you into trouble. And getting into trouble? Also fun.

—John Clary Davies
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Skier’s Choice Description

With the new Sagebrush as your transport of choice, get ready to shred like the ski’s inspiration—hot-dogger Bobbie Burns, who used pieces of sagebrush, believing the bush was indestructible, as part of his original The Ski. No scratchy plants in this Sagebrush, however, but it does feature an elliptical-shaped, sandwich-laminate wood construction that runs the length of the ski. This lightens the load while maintaining torsional stiffness. With 320 millimeters of tip rocker and 1940 grams of weight per ski (in the 178), this snappy shredstick made my top five skis of Powder Week. It rails on piste, skis proficiently in bumps and packed powder, and is meant for the groomers of your dreams, aka Sun Valley’s Upper College to Warm Springs.

—JOHN STIFTER

Features

Pro-Tip Rocker, 3Dimension Sidecut, Full Ski-Length Wood Core, Elliptic Core

Manufacturer’s Description

New For 2015-16, Scott proudly introduces the Sagebrush. Inspired by its siblings in the Sun Valley collection, The Ski and Black Majic, Sagebrush offers the same innovative technology, but on a wider platform. At 100-millimeters underfoot, the Sagebrush can handle any condition any day of the week.

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Skier’s Choice Description

The Punisher 95 is incredibly quick edge to edge. With a 3D sidecut and 12-meter radius, these bad boys slashed everything with ease. Not only did it make those quick corners, it was very playful. I found myself loading the tails and popping off anything I could find. With a full wood core and sandwich sidewall construction, the Punisher is a bomber ski for those looking for a solid ride in variable to hardpack conditions, with plenty of park laps to boot. They were proven worthy in the steep tree stashes, which got ripped up during Powder Week.

—JED DONNELLY

Features

Twin-Tip Rocker, 3Dimension Sidecut, Full Ski-Length Wood Core

Manufacturer’s Description

New for 2015-16, the Scott Punisher 95 delivers the proven performance of the Punisher 110 on a narrower platform. A progressive, all-mountain ski, the Punisher 95 features twin-tip rocker technology that brings the award-winning punisher series to the front-side setting.

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If you are looking for something just a bit bigger than 100 underfoot, Power also selected the Punisher 110 as a Skiers Choice All Mountain Ski.


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Skier’s Choice Description

Transitioning from a groomer-oriented ski to an all-mountain one can be challenging, but as soon as I pointed the Punisher 110 down the fall line off Big Sky’s Headwaters, I felt as comfortable as I did on the groomers. Now in its third season, the poplar-cored Punisher, featuring a sandwich sidewall construction that runs the length of the ski and 3D sidecut, is stable at high speeds but also retains that lively snap through turns. With radius in the tip, a straight section underfoot, and radius in the tail, the 3D sidecut prevents speed wobbles and enables pivoting since you can ski in more of a centered stance. Combine that with rocker in the tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot and the torsionally rigid Punisher is a solid choice for versatility.

—JOHN STIFTER

Manufacturer’s Description

The Scott Punisher 110 is SCOTT’s signature one-quiver ski, able to handle whatever the mountain throws your way. With proven 3Dimension Sidecut and plenty of twin tip rocker, the Punisher 110 is an all-day party.

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