Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Skis (All Mountain, Women)

Völkl Aura (2013/2014)

87

2014

Völkl Aura (2013/2014)

If the Völkl Aura suits strong, aggressive skiers or confident intermediates. It is stiff, holds an edge on hardpack and blasts through crud.

Dynastar Cham W 87

85

2014

Dynastar Cham W 87

The Dynastar Cham W 87’s best attributes are its playfulness and flotation in soft or cut up snow. The ski performs best in soft snow.

4FRNT Madonna (2013/2014)

78

2013

4FRNT Madonna (2013/2014)

The 4FRNT Madonna is an all-mountain twin tip for more playful-oriented female skiers.

Blizzard Black Pearl (2013/2014)

70

2013

Blizzard Black Pearl (2013/2014)

Blizzard's Black Pearl is for everyone from intermediates looking to up their game to experts searching for a carvy all-mountain ski.

K2 SuperStitious 84 (2013/2014)

68

2013

K2 SuperStitious 84 (2013/2014)

There’s nothing superstitious about this ski—it’s simple, fun, and uncomplicated.

Atomic Affinity Storm (2013/2014)

62

2013

Atomic Affinity Storm (2013/2014)

Atomic’s Affinity Storm handled steeps and crud with unexpected confidence, but really excelled on hardpack.

Salomon Quest 88 Lux (2013/2014)

61

2013

Salomon Quest 88 Lux (2013/2014)

Testers praised Salomon's Quest 88 Lux for making them feel comfortable and in control.

Scott Luna (2013/2014)

60

2013

Scott Luna (2013/2014)

East Coasters will love Scott’s Luna for schussing hardpack in Vermont.

Atomic Millennium (2012-13)

79

2012

Atomic Millennium (2012-13)

For advanced to expert-level women skiers looking for a legitimate powder ski that doubles as an all-mountain cruiser, the Millennium is your answer.

Armada VJJ (2012-13)

80

2012

Armada VJJ (2012-13)

The VJJ is 115 millimeters underfoot with a wide, shovel-like rockered tip and tail, a wood core, and camber underfoot.

Salomon Rockette 115 W’s Ski (2012-13)

82

2012

Salomon Rockette 115 W’s Ski (2012-13)

This user-friendly and playful ski can float through deep snow and carve up the rest of the mountain with relative ease. It’s stable and hardy enough for expert women tackling big-mountain terrain, but not so stiff and heavy that it’ll be overbearing for less aggressive skiers.