Best Overall Powder Ski
Back by popular demand, the Moment Bibby
is the people's champ. 2016 brought the revival of this beloved shape and fat-board fans rejoiced. Whether or not you knew the original, it's worth knowing now that the Bibby just got better. Still sporting the classic dimensions of 141/116/131, the 2017 Bibby has been upgraded with carbon fiber stringers and a UHMW sidewall with semi-cap construction. The result is an ultra-burly, lightweight, and stunty powder specific ski that was reviewed as "destroying everything in its path". These planks can float with the best of 'em but were also the go-to setup regardless of snow types. The relatively moderate waist width coupled with a camber-friendly Mustache Rocker gives it phenomenal edge hold while also remaining playful and surfy. Blending floaty, freeride surfability with an aggressive top-end stability, there isn't much that the Bibby can't do. Our reviewers agreed that this ski performed well across the board, though it preferred to be driven through deep snow and high-angle terrain. This is a hard-charging, in-your-face powder weapon that would never hesitate to send. User be warned: the Bibby is radder than you. If you're looking for excellent powder skiing but want to shed some ounces for all-day backcountry missions, look no further than the Bibby Tour
, the lightweight touring version of the favorite ski.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Rossignol Soul 7 HD
Rossi's worldwide best-selling freeride powder specific ski is back with some substantial performance upgrades. The Rossignol Soul 7 HD
was our 4th highest-rated ski overall and ties for 1st in versatility. One reviewer called it the "Swiss Army knife of powder skis"—providing reliable utility to a wide range of situations and users. The Soul 7 will cruise through everything but the most bottomless days. Pound-for-pound, these skis were a strong contender with the competition found in this lineup. Regardless of ability level, our testers found them to be forgiving, maneuverable, and stable tracking through variable snow. Add to that Rossignol's aggressive sidecut and you've got a ski that can rail GS turns and float through cream cheese on the same run. Due to their versatility and relative economy, we've deemed the Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis to be the Best Bang for the Buck.
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Top Pick for First Tracks Powder
When it came to dedicated float ability, there was an unmistakable and unapologetic victor. The Line Pescado
performed like no other powder ski in this lineup, delivering a decadent bounce out of deep particle and smearing turns like an absolute pro. One tester dubbed it the "Hokkaido Dream Machine" due to it's whimsical buoyancy in hero snow. With a sidecut of 158/125/147, the Pescado boasts an outrageously large shovel and swallowtail construction that conjures a likeness to old-school Hawaiian surfboards. Apparently, these elements of design work much the same way in blower—which is the preferred habitat of the Pescado. Being one of the lightest offerings in the lineup, these boards are exceptionally nimble and track best atop soft snow. Head-to-head comparisons proved to our testers that the Pescado can surf and slash like no other when the conditions are right, winning it the Top Pick for First Tracks.
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Top Pick for Freeride Powder
Atomic Backland Bent Chetler
Designed by backcountry-freeride Guru, Chris Benchetler, the Atomic Backland Bent Chetler
has made a name for itself as a jibby, spine-slurping powerhouse. It has been one of the winningest powder specific skis for the past 7 years, and for good reason. New for 2017 is the Atomic's innovative HRZN Tech construction that fuses lateral ABS sidewalls in tip and tail with a horizontal rocker that increases floatable surface area and makes for effortless shmears. With an updated poplar woodcore and carbon backbone for reinforcement, the Bent Chetler is very playful and remains stable in chop. This ski begs to be buttered, ollied, nollied, and spun. Although it's not as light as the Rossignol Soul 7 HD or Salomon qst 118, the Bent Chetler feels very nimble and floaty in a variety of snow conditions. Trippy graphics and a long-standing reputation caught the attention of our testers who were able to validate that the Chetler lives up to its name. Time and time again, our review team was impressed by this ski's ability to stunt around the mountain—whether it was deep, narrow, bombed-out or upside-down. For its rambunctiously playful float, we award the Atomic Bent Chetler the Top Pick for Freeride Powder.
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