Looking for the best all-mountain skis for this year? The top performers should be made with the right balance of materials and sleek design—which, right now, often means titanium exteriors, a wooden core, and vibration-absorbent tip and tail rockers.
The best ski brands, including Völkl, Salomon, and the like have given their top-selling skis a tune-up to offer the most up-to-date technology and the best overall skiing experience. When shopping for winter ski season, these are the best all-mountain skis on the market:
Nordica Enforcer 93
For groomed slopes or full powder, Nordica Enforcer 93 men’s skis provide reinforced stability for downhill skiing. The skis make for an overall smoother ride—REI says their “early-rise tip and slight tail rocker readily absorbs bumps.” The all-wood core, flanked by two pieces of metal on the top and bottom of the skis, reduces vibrations and amplifies precision.
To buy: REI; $650
HEAD Wild Joy
Some of the best all-mountain skis for women, HEAD Wild Joy is made with layers of graphene, koroyd, and carbon-fiber, which work together to deliver a strong and stable ski pattern to the owner. The HEAD Wild Joy doesn’t demand speed, but it does exude confidence by offering all-terrain support. As the name suggests, these HEAD skis encourage fun and support you when you want to let adventure lead.
To buy: Amazon, $425 to $750
Völkl 2019 Secret Women’s Skis
The brand-new 2019 titanium skis are ultra light-weight. The “superior edge grip” offers the traction needed for firm and even icy conditions, while the “Multi-Layer Woodcore” serves skiers well in powder. Combined with the attributes of Völkl’s Tip and Tail Rocker, the balance and glide supports skiers of all levels.
To buy: Amazon; $550 to $825
Völkl M5 Mantra Skis 2020
Touted as one of the best all-mountain skis for men, the Volka M5 Mantras have received rave reviews in the last few years, and return this season with upgrades. The slight tweaks involve reducing the weight with a “Titanal Frame construction with metal only around the perimeter of the tip and tail rather than two full wall-to-wall sheets.” Combined with the wooden core, the titanial frame offers durability and stability, allowing these all-terrain skis to keep up with the most advanced skiers while providing the balance they need.
To buy: EVO; $700
Salomon QST 106
Some of the best-selling skis of the Salomon family, the QST 106 just got an additional revamp for the 2020 ski season. The Powerframe Titanal was added in 2020 for increased stability, as was the sidecut, which is meant to provide more flexibility on turns. There’s also now cork within the ski to minimize vibration and optimize the black-diamond experience.
To buy: EVO; $750
DPS Alchemist Uschi 94
These women’s skis are designed with speed and agility in mind. The best comparison to describe how these skis feel is how your car feels when it comes out of the shop and everything simply works better. Their response is lightning-fast, helping you push with ease out of moguls and turns. Their stability balances the responsiveness and reinforces the agile nature of the skis.
To buy: DPS; $1,300