All Mountain Wonders
As fresh powder is skied out, a mountain transforms into many varied arenas: groomers, bumps, chopped-up crud. All Mountain skis are skis that do well in all of these conditions, while still excelling in one or another. Most people find these versatile skis excellent “one ski quivers” for all but the deepest of days, although make no mistake, these skis also can conquer deep snow.
Greg has selected a few such models to showcase here, ones that the staff has picked as “go to” skis on any given day. Each can tackle similar terrain, yet each has an environment in which it excels. Wider models have an advantage in powder and narrower ones carve better on groomed runs, but every one of them can truly do it all.
Stöckli Stormrider 95
Built to standards and with the quality of materials formerly found only on the World Cup tour, Stöckli offers a ski unmatched in both quality and craftsmanship. The Stormrider 95 is built with the same construction and feel as a World Cup ski. For the solid intermediates, and above, who like to cruise fast with big sweeping turns, this ski can’t be beat. With its 95mm waist the Stormrider is also powerful in crud.
While this Stöckli may be a handful in moguls, for the discerning skier it is pure confidence underfoot while cruising “off piste” as well as ripping Tahoe groomers at warp speed. Some pros who test skis for a living have been heard to say that the Stormrider 95 may be the best ski they’ve ever skied!
Head i.Supershape Titan
Simply put, this is a fantastic “all mountain” carving-oriented ski; tight turn radius, medium flex, ultra smooth. We like it a lot.
The Titan is a ski that pretty much all employees have on their top 3 scores list, which is rare for any one model. Why? Because the Titan probably does more things well under the boots of more skiers than any ski ever made.
It is incredibly easy to ski, versatile and fun. Sounds like big talk, but I think the ski can back it up. Head’s exclusive “KERS technology” feature uses an electronic devise that rockets you out of every turn! (visit Head’s website for more information).
Fischer Ranger 90 TI
This is an all mountain ski that we found to be pure fun. The Ranger line uses cutting edge technology to keep weight to an extreme minimum while not surrendering aggressive edge hold. Every Ranger uses Titanium laminates, a special milled and lightened wood core, and a fantastic all carbon fiber tip in its construction. This ski is super-light, with “cat-quick” performance features. It is easy and it is powerful at the same time. Gee… sounds like a great ski!
And guess what — it is!
For a ski this light and agile, it holds on ice like nobody’s business. The Ranger 90 offers a medium turn radius and light springy feel—solid in the crud and a blast for the aggressive mogul skier.