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The 9 Best Skis of 2022-2023

By: Jordan Sunshine: Ski Buyer | September 28, 2022

 

The leaves are turning, mornings are a little cooler, and when the wind blows right, you can imagine winter’s imminent arrival. So it’s time to get the gear out of the closet, go over your equipment, and lust after new skis. Indulge yourself. No one has ever regretted buying new skis, and winter is right around the corner!

New This Year:

And there’s never been a better time to shop for the best skis for your particular region and style. Ski brands are pumping out more versatile and high-performance skis than ever before. Weights have gone down, so it’s easier to make turns and learn tricks, without sacrificing straightline performance. More brands are figuring out the relationship between rocker profile and ski shape, so narrower skis can handle deep snow better, and wide skis can still grip well on groomers. And finally, some companies are breaking down the gender barrier and offering skis in more lengths, with gender-neutral graphic options. There’s never been a better time to buy new skis.

Season Pass

Season Pass

Introducing a backcountry ski for the most creative, pow-hungry earn-your-turners in the land, the Season Pass Skis are a wider, lighter take on the ultra-versatile Nexus skis, because the crew at Season knows why you tour. Built with an ultra-light wood core of Poplar and Paulownia and a nearly symmetrical twin shape, the Pass is light enough for full days on the trail but stout enough to shred hard on the way down. Never has there been such a wealth of options for skiing beyond the confines of the resort - the Season Pass pushes the envelope for the most playful and imaginative among us. This ski might be understated, but it’s sure to overdeliver.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
115 mm1690 g$799.00

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Elan Ripstick 94 W

Elan Ripstick 94 W

Magic on the mountain is more than just snowflakes falling tenderly on your glove, sometimes it is clipping into a pair of Elan Ripstick 94 Skis and feeling them grip the snow beneath you on every turn. Thanks to Elan's signature Tubelite Wood Core that provides torsional stability and supreme response, variable snow, moguls, groomers, and chop don't stand a chance. The Elan Ripstick 94 skis are almost better than a pow day... Almost. The Ripstick 94 is a versatile ski that’s very easy to get along with.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
94 mm1570 g$649.99

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Atomic Bent 110

Atomic Bent 110

It's not for us to decide which skis are most deserving of your attention, but if the Atomic Bent 110 Skis don't appear on your shortlist, we're ready to stage an intervention. As the middle child of the newly expanded Atomic Bent family, the Bent 110s combine the freeride power of the 120s with the all mountain capability of the 100s. With floatation enhancing HRZN tech tips and tails and Atomic's snappy Light Woodcore, they deliver resort shredding, backcountry busting performance you can count on every. single. day. Topped off with Chris Benchetler's most fluid, creative artwork to date, the Bent 110s may be the last skis you ever need. The Bent 110 is the versatile, playful quiver killer you’ve been waiting for.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
110 mm1750 g$699.95

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K2 Mindbender 99 Ti W

K2 Mindbender 99 Ti W

The all-new, woman's specific K2 Mindbender 99Ti Skis are designed for the gals who do it all. These skis do more than bend and stretch in technical terrain - they might be mind readers. You can practically think where you want to go and they'll take you there. From expert terrain to untouched corduroy groomers, the Titanal Y-Beam technology provides unmatched edge-to-edge speed and grip, all while remaining extremely stable. All techy talk aside - we dare you to put these skis to the test. They won't disappoint!

WidthWeightOriginal Price
99 mmNot Listed$749.95

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Salomon QST 98

Salomon QST 98

The outgoing QST 99 left big shoes to fill, so Salomon went huge on a replacement and absolutely stomped the landing. The Salomon QST 98 Skis bring a fresh freeride philosophy to the mid-fat range with an all-new shape that takes its cues from QST's new big brother, the QST Blank. There's noticeably more rocker and taper in tip and tail, a tighter radius, and a looser, more pivoty feel than their forefathers - think easier tail release, effortless slarves, and more playful riding in featured terrain. But don't worry, they still know how to rail on edge, with Salomon's new Double Sidewall Technology for added grip and power transmission. If you're in the market for a fun-loving everyday ripper, you can call off the search - you just found your forever ski. The QST 98 can handle any conditions you might throw at it with style.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
98 mm1970 g$599.95

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Black Crows Captis

Black Crows Captis

The all-mountain ease of the Black Crows Captis Skis will captivate you with its style. These smooth-turning skis are like a finely honed fusion delicacy. They borrow a bit from freestyle skis, a bit from carving skis, and a bit from freeride skis to give you an all-around platform that can do anything in the resort with surprising simplicity. They feature a versatile mid-skinny 90mm waist, a gentle flex, and the right blend of camber underfoot and rocker at the tips and tails. Set the Captis free and unlock playful, progressive riding across the whole mountain. The Captis can handle just about any conditions, the only question is, can you?

WidthWeightOriginal Price
90 mm1750 g$649.95

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Line Skis Pandora 84 W

Line Skis Pandora 84 W

The Line Skis Pandora 84 Skis are a sunny day ski done in a special way. The narrow waist, light swing weight, and tight turn radius make these things an absolute joy to lay across groomers. They're incredibly smooth on edge, easy to bend into a variety of turn shapes, and they provide tons of rebound and energy coming out of each turn. If your ski days consist mostly of zooming around groomers and playing through the occasional mogul field or tree line, the Pandora 84 is the ski for you. The Pandora just keeps getting better every year, and this new Pandora 84 will make a lot of skiers happy.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
84 mm1339 g$449.95

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Rossignol Black Ops 98

Rossignol Black Ops 98

A favorite of the Rossi team riders when the snow's not deep enough for the 118 and the day's menu features techy tricks, the Rossignol Black Ops 98 Skis turn the entire mountain into a terrain park. Fat enough to handle pretty much any snow conditions, twin-ny enough to spin it and switch it up with confidence, and with a sick new David Habben graphic, the Black Ops 98 is a multitool for the snow. If you like to make the most of every day on the hill, even when it hasn’t snowed in a while, the Black Ops 98 is for you.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
98 mmNot Listed$799.95

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Blizzard Sheeva 10 W

Blizzard Sheeva 10 W

The most versatile option in the remarkable Sheeva series, the Blizzard Sheeva 10 Skis split the difference in waist width between the "11" and the "9" and come up with a ski that doesn't have "bad snow conditions" in its vocabulary. Pow? Sure. Groomers? No problem. Chunky Monkey re-frozen mank? Oh yeah! If you're up for it, the Sheeva 10 certainly is. Carbon Fiipcore D.R.T. construction gives this ski the combination of power and forgiveness you (and everyone else) have been looking for. Join the legions of satisfied skiers who've settled on the Sheeva 10 and see what real all-mountain versatility is all about. This ski just gets it done, regardless of the terrain or conditions.

WidthWeightOriginal Price
102 mm1760 g$699.95

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The Selection Process:

Our ski buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things skiing stemming from years of experience in the ski industry in tandem with their countless hours spent on slopes everywhere from groomers to the remote backcountry around the world. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jordan Sunshine

I was born and raised in northern Vermont and moved west as soon as I turned 18. I bounced around the PNW for a while eventually following evo’s store openings to Denver where I have called home since and although I will always take even the wettest of pow days, have come to appreciate any day skiing in the sun, be it with friends or my kids.

I have been skiing since I was 2 and started working in a ski shop when I was 14, which was way more fun than washing dishes. Over the years I have worked as a ski tech, boot fitter, liftie, product copywriter, and eventually came to manage evo’s Portland and Denver stores. Now I am the Ski Buyer, overseeing ski hardgoods and backcountry accessories.