Lengths (cm): 155, 165, 171, 179, 184, 189; turn radius (m): 15m (179); dimensions (mm): 132 / 100 / 117; weight (g) for 179 is 1,805.
7. Line Blade
We love this ski for its sweet price and all-around versatility. Line Blade performs in all conditions, but really excels in situations when you want quick turns and plenty of pop. Testers called this ski “balanced and even tempered.” It’s ideal for everything from slaloming trees to busting crud and, thanks to its moderate waist, it handles groomers with a surprising deftness. The ski features an aspen wood core, Line’s Gas Pedal Metal layup (titanal) across the width of the ski, with two independent tip and tail titanal pieces to increase power and energy.
Lengths (cm): 169, 176, 181; radius (m): 13.5; dimensions (mm): 154-95-124; weight (g) for 169 2,050.
8. Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 94
This new ski is the backcountry cousin of the legendary resort tool, the Enforcer 94. The Unlimited is a whopping 43 percent lighter, but still retains excellent carving ability and explosive power for downhill turns. To achieve this fine balance, Nordica refined every aspect of the traditional Enforcer construction, utilizing a strong Carbon Chassis LT in place of metal, a unique poplar beech core, a proprietary layer for damping, thinner top sheets, shorter edges, and the brand’s True Tip Technology. If you want to escape resort crowds in search of untracked powder, without sacrificing downhill turning ability for uphill lightness, here’s your ski.
Lengths (cm): 158, 165, 172, 179, 186; turn radius (m): 17.1 (179); dimensions (mm): 127-94-115.5; weight (g) for 179 is 1,540.