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The Recommendations scores are taken from testers’ cards for each ski and averaged for each category. There is not a good score or a bad score – these numbers reflect what type of skier our testers think would be best suited for each model ski and the usual snow conditions the ski would perform best in. The scale is 10.

Skier weight: 1 << lighter .. heavier >> 10

Skier ability: 1 << intermediate .. expert >> 10

Conditions: 1 << soft snow .. hard pack >> 10

Skier style: 1 << finesse .. power >> 10

Big Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Savage Ti 6.6 8.0 4.7 5.9
BSI Valhalla 4.8 6.4 3.8 4.8
Fischer Watea 94 7.2 7.5 4.3 6.3
Head John 94 5.6 7.0 4.1 4.6
K2 ObSETHed 6.8 7.1 3.8 6.2
Liberty Helix 6.7 7.4 3.7 6.2
Ogasaka CC 9.7 7.0 7.9 3.6 6.3
Prior Overlord 6.6 7.5 2.4 5.8
Rossignol Phantom 97 6.2 7.4 4.3 6.0
Salomon Shogun 5.7 7.4 3.4 5.4
Volkl Mantra 5.5 7.5 4.7 5.6

Big Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Elysian 5.0 7.4 4.0 5.5
BSI Valhalla 6.7 7.3 3.1 7.1
Fischer Watea 94 6.2 7.5 3.9 6.1
Head John 94 5.1 7.6 4.4 5.7
K2 Missbehaved 5.2 7.2 3.4 5.5
Ogasaka CC 9.7 7.2 7.2 3.2 7.0
Prior Overlord 6.5 8.0 1.5 6.5
Rossignol Phantom 97 6.1 7.5 3.5 5.8
Salomon Geisha 5.1 5.8 4.2 4.7
Volkl Aura 4.6 6.5 4.1 4.8

Expert All-Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Crimson Ti 7.5 8.6 5.5 7.2
Fischer Heat 5.6 7.7 6.7 6.1
Head Peak 82 6.1 8.5 5.1 5.5
K2 Explorer 5.6 7.1 5.0 5.2
Liberty Hazmat 5.8 6.8 3.5 5.6
Ogasaka E-Turn X 5.4 6.4 6.2 4.6
Prior Original 5.6 6.8 3.1 4.9
Rossignol Avenger 82Ti 6.2 8.4 5.9 6.3
Salomon Fury 6.0 8.2 5.7 5.5/FONT>
Volkl Unlimited AC50 7.4 8.6 6.0 6.7

Expert All-Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic 7th Heaven 5.1 7.1 5.4 5.8
Fischer Vapor 4.7 6.2 4.8 4.9
Head Wild One 6.7 8.3 4.4 6.3
K2 Lotta Luv M1 4.5 6.1 4.3 5.0
Liberty Jinx 6.6 6.0 3.2 6.3
Ogasaka E-Turn X 5.3 7.0 5.2 5.7
Prior Sister 5.9 6.6 3.1 4.9
Salomon Fury 6.3 7.4 4.4 7.1
Volkl Attiva Aurora 6.4 7.2 4.6 6.4

Adventure All-Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Blackeye Ti 7.2 7.1 6.3 6.6
Fischer Watea 78 6.3 7.0 5.4 6.6
Head Peak 78 5.8 6.2 5.8 4.9
K2 Recon 5.6 5.9 5.4 4.8
Ogasaka CC 8.0 5.4 6.2 5.2 5.1
Rossignol Phantom SC 5.9 7.0 4.8 5.7
Salomon Tornado Ti 6.0 6.9 6.4 5.4
Volkl Unlimited AC 30 7.9 8.3 7.6 8.1

Adventure All-Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic 7th Heaven 76 5.3 5.6 6.2 4.9
Fischer KOA 78 4.9 5.5 4.6 5.5
Head Great One 4.9 5.4 5.3 4.4
K2 Free Luv 4.4 4.9 5.1 4.1
Ogasaka CC 8.0 Powder Girl 6.8 6.0 5.9 6.8
Rossignol Voodoo SC 80 6.3 6.6 5.5 6.1
Salomon Diamond 6.7 6.3 5.3 6.0
Volkl Attiva Tierra 4.9 4.7 6.2 4.5

On-piste Cruisers – Men


Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic D2 VF 7.6 8.5 7.5 7.6
Fischer Progressor 9+ 5.9 7.7 7.3 5.5
Head Icon 80 6.9 8.4 7.8 6.4
K2 Crossfire MX 6.0 7.0 6.5 5.4
Ogasaka Keos RF 6.1 7.1 7.2 6.2
Rossignol Classic 80 6.4 7.1 7.2 6.1
Salomon 24 Hour 6.2 8.3 7.9 5.4
Volkl Tigershark 11 7.6 8.7 7.5 7.5

On-Piste Cruisers – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic D2 VF 7.0 7.9 6.9 7.2
Fischer Progressor 9+ 4.2 6.0 6.3 3.8
Head Icon 80 5.9 7.6 7.3 6.2
K2 Burnin Luv 4.2 6.6 5.7 4.3
Ogasaka Keos RF 6.0 7.3 7.0 5.7
Rossignol Classic 80 Ti 6.2 8.5 7.1 6.7
Salomon 24 Hour 6.2 7.6 6.6 6.2
Volkl Attiva Fuego 5.0 6.7 6.4 4.9

Easy Cruise – Men


Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic VF 75 6.7 5.9 6.3 6.0
Fischer Viron 6.6 4.9 5.0 6.0 4.6
Head Peak LTD 5.8 5.0 5.8 4.9
K2 Ranger 5.9 4.8 5.6 4.9
Ogasaka Keos EX 6.0 4.7 6.3 4.8
Rossignol Avenger 82 Carbon 6.5/font> 5.1 5.3 5.5
Salomon Storm 6.4 5.6 6.4 5.6
Volkl Unlimited AC 20 5.0 5.4 5.7 4.9

Easy Cruise – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic VF 75 W 6.3 2.3 6.0 5.8
Fischer Breeze 4.8 1.8 6.3 3.8
Head Every One 5.0 3.3 5.8 4.3
K2 True Luv 4.9 2.3 5.6 3.9
Ogasaka Keos EX 6.7 4.0 6.0 5.4
Rossignol Attraxion 6 5.6 2.1 5.4 4.1
Salomon Opal 7.3 3.3 5.9 6.6
Volkl Attiva Sol 4.3 3.7 5.4 4.1

The Recommendations scores are taken from testers’ cards for each ski and averaged for each category. There is not a good score or a bad score – these numbers reflect what type of skier our testers think would be best suited for each model ski and the usual snow conditions the ski would perform best in. The scale is 10.

Skier weight: 1 << lighter .. heavier >> 10

Skier ability: 1 << intermediate .. expert >> 10

Conditions: 1 << soft snow .. hard pack >> 10

Skier style: 1 << finesse .. power >> 10

Big Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Savage Ti 6.6 8.0 4.7 5.9
BSI Valhalla 4.8 6.4 3.8 4.8
Fischer Watea 94 7.2 7.5 4.3 6.3
Head John 94 5.6 7.0 4.1 4.6
K2 ObSETHed 6.8 7.1 3.8 6.2
Liberty Helix 6.7 7.4 3.7 6.2
Ogasaka CC 9.7 7.0 7.9 3.6 6.3
Prior Overlord 6.6 7.5 2.4 5.8
Rossignol Phantom 97 6.2 7.4 4.3 6.0
Salomon Shogun 5.7 7.4 3.4 5.4
Volkl Mantra 5.5 7.5 4.7 5.6

Big Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Elysian 5.0 7.4 4.0 5.5
BSI Valhalla 6.7 7.3 3.1 7.1
Fischer Watea 94 6.2 7.5 3.9 6.1
Head John 94 5.1 7.6 4.4 5.7
K2 Missbehaved 5.2 7.2 3.4 5.5
Ogasaka CC 9.7 7.2 7.2 3.2 7.0
Prior Overlord 6.5 8.0 1.5 6.5
Rossignol Phantom 97 6.1 7.5 3.5 5.8
Salomon Geisha 5.1 5.8 4.2 4.7
Volkl Aura 4.6 6.5 4.1 4.8

Expert All-Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Crimson Ti 7.5 8.6 5.5 7.2
Fischer Heat 5.6 7.7 6.7 6.1
Head Peak 82 6.1 8.5 5.1 5.5
K2 Explorer 5.6 7.1 5.0 5.2
Liberty Hazmat 5.8 6.8 3.5 5.6
Ogasaka E-Turn X 5.4 6.4 6.2 4.6
Prior Original 5.6 6.8 3.1 4.9
Rossignol Avenger 82Ti 6.2 8.4 5.9 6.3
Salomon Fury 6.0 8.2 5.7 5.5/FONT>
Volkl Unlimited AC50 7.4 8.6 6.0 6.7

Expert All-Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic 7th Heaven 5.1 7.1 5.4 5.8
Fischer Vapor 4.7 6.2 4.8 4.9
Head Wild One 6.7 8.3 4.4 6.3
K2 Lotta Luv M1 4.5 6.1 4.3 5.0
Liberty Jinx 6.6 6.0 3.2 6.3
Ogasaka E-Turn X 5.3 7.0 5.2 5.7
Prior Sister 5.9 6.6 3.1 4.9
Salomon Fury 6.3 7.4 4.4 7.1
Volkl Attiva Aurora 6.4 7.2 4.6 6.4

Adventure All-Mountain – Men

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic Blackeye Ti 7.2 7.1 6.3 6.6
Fischer Watea 78 6.3 7.0 5.4 6.6
Head Peak 78 5.8 6.2 5.8 4.9
K2 Recon 5.6 5.9 5.4 4.8
Ogasaka CC 8.0 5.4 6.2 5.2 5.1
Rossignol Phantom SC 5.9 7.0 4.8 5.7
Salomon Tornado Ti 6.0 6.9 6.4 5.4
Volkl Unlimited AC 30 7.9 8.3 7.6 8.1

Adventure All-Mountain – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic 7th Heaven 76 5.3 5.6 6.2 4.9
Fischer KOA 78 4.9 5.5 4.6 5.5
Head Great One 4.9 5.4 5.3 4.4
K2 Free Luv 4.4 4.9 5.1 4.1
Ogasaka CC 8.0 Powder Girl 6.8 6.0 5.9 6.8
Rossignol Voodoo SC 80 6.3 6.6 5.5 6.1
Salomon Diamond 6.7 6.3 5.3 6.0
Volkl Attiva Tierra 4.9 4.7 6.2 4.5

On-piste Cruisers – Men


Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic D2 VF 7.6 8.5 7.5 7.6
Fischer Progressor 9+ 5.9 7.7 7.3 5.5
Head Icon 80 6.9 8.4 7.8 6.4
K2 Crossfire MX 6.0 7.0 6.5 5.4
Ogasaka Keos RF 6.1 7.1 7.2 6.2
Rossignol Classic 80 6.4 7.1 7.2 6.1
Salomon 24 Hour 6.2 8.3 7.9 5.4
Volkl Tigershark 11 7.6 8.7 7.5 7.5

On-Piste Cruisers – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic D2 VF 7.0 7.9 6.9 7.2
Fischer Progressor 9+ 4.2 6.0 6.3 3.8
Head Icon 80 5.9 7.6 7.3 6.2
K2 Burnin Luv 4.2 6.6 5.7 4.3
Ogasaka Keos RF 6.0 7.3 7.0 5.7
Rossignol Classic 80 Ti 6.2 8.5 7.1 6.7
Salomon 24 Hour 6.2 7.6 6.6 6.2
Volkl Attiva Fuego 5.0 6.7 6.4 4.9

Easy Cruise – Men


Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic VF 75 6.7 5.9 6.3 6.0
Fischer Viron 6.6 4.9 5.0 6.0 4.6
Head Peak LTD 5.8 5.0 5.8 4.9
K2 Ranger 5.9 4.8 5.6 4.9
Ogasaka Keos EX 6.0 4.7 6.3 4.8
Rossignol Avenger 82 Carbon 6.5/font> 5.1 5.3 5.5
Salomon Storm 6.4 5.6 6.4 5.6
Volkl Unlimited AC 20 5.0 5.4 5.7 4.9

Easy Cruise – Women

Skier weight Skier ability Conditions Skier style
1<lighter 5 heavier>10 1<int. – expert>10 1 <soft snow- hardpack>10 1<finesse-power>10
Atomic VF 75 W 6.3 2.3 6.0 5.8
Fischer Breeze 4.8 1.8 6.3 3.8
Head Every One 5.0 3.3 5.8 4.3
K2 True Luv 4.9 2.3 5.6 3.9
Ogasaka Keos EX 6.7 4.0 6.0 5.4
Rossignol Attraxion 6 5.6 2.1 5.4 4.1
Salomon Opal 7.3 3.3 5.9 6.6
Volkl Attiva Sol 4.3 3.7 5.4 4.1

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