But one of the skis in this class we’re most excited about comes from a brand we haven’t carried in the past – the Stockli Stormrider 107. The top pick for many of our testers in this group, the Stockli SR 107 is a departure for Stockli, and an impressive ski for soft-snow oriented all mountain skiers.
“All I wrote on my testing card was ‘wow!’” said Kenzie, one of our expert testers who participated in Powder Magazine’s Powder Week at Jackson Hole.
Looking to next year’s skis, we’re seeing a lot of growth in the 100-110 waisted all mountain ski category. One of the shop favorites so far is the Nordica Vagabond, a 107 mm underfoot ski that got Jim and Phil re-thinking ski widths for next year.
As we’ve spent some time on next year’s skis, we have – believe it or not – been able to get a handful of powder days in, and one of our favorite powder skis for 2014 is the Volkl One.
That is, it’s been one of Jared’s favorite powder skis for 2014 for a while, and once we pried them away from him, the rest of us agreed. In a 12-inch storm, Jared quickly grabbed a pair of 186 cm Volkl One’s and headed into the backcountry outside of Sugar Bowl, foregoing his touring skis and skins, booting lap after lap.
One of the most unique skis that’s got everybody at the Start Haus excited for next year is the Volkl V-Werks Katana, a cutting edge evolution of the popular Volkl Katana big mountain ski.
V-Werks skis from Volkl typically blend high tech materials like carbon fiber and titanium to get the best performance and the lowest weight possible for a ski.
In the case of the V-Werks Katana, Volkl created an innovative structure with a wood core sculpted into a Carbon Fiber frame, resulting in what looks like a rail extending down the length of the ski, leaving the sides of the ski super thin.
Between Outdoor Retailer, SIA, WWRSA at Alpine Meadows and Mammoth Mountain, our ski testers have been hard at work figuring out what goes on the ski wall for next year.
It’s been mostly firm snow across the west, but we tested everything from skinny carving skis to fat powder skis, and a few favorites have started to surface. This isn’t a comprehensive list, just the skis that have already started catching our attention.
Just a few of the Start Haus crew out testing at Alpine Meadows.
One of our absolute favorite women’s powder skis is the Nordica La Nina. Based on another favorite, the Nordica Patron, we weren’t surprised when our female testers came back with big praise for these skis after testing.