Top Men’s Skis for 2022
We love the annual opportunity to demo next year’s gear, skiing brand new skis for a few laps and experiencing the latest innovations and technology on snow. Here are some exceptional skis from this season’s rack of gear. With supply chain stalled, get your skis asap for the coming ski season. Many ski manufacturers and ski shops sold out last year!
Top Skis for Carving, Groomers, Front Side, East Coast ski
Volkl Deacon 84 has carved its name into our top Front Side ski list. Like its brother – the RTM, “Ride The Mountain”, The Deacon is quick, stable, fun and pretty fierce on hard pack. You’ll be skipping church to be with the Deacon for Sunday carving.
Rossignol Experience 86 TI loves to carve, its versatile and quick, not for the timi. The Rossi Exp. is the most successful of the Experience family that Rossi has done so well with. Every ski instructor worth his PSIA has had a pair of Rossi Experience (slight hyperbole).
Blizzard Brahma 88 rips on hard snow and ice, its speedy, playful and loves to arc turns. This Austrian ski is versatile – stable at speed, edges like a razor – very responsive and quick. Bring your game to the Brahma.
Nordica Enforcer 94 need a strong turn enforcer on board. Good in bumps, crud, and fun in soft snow due to ample rocker. Not forgiving but fun for a strong carver. Impressive skis from the original ski boot maker since 1939.
Top All Mountain Skis – this is our go to category since you can’t fly to Vail with three pair of skis!
Blizzard Bonafide remains Greg’s go to one quiver ski, and a winner. Titanal and a poplar beech core sheets, plus rocker make it strong but forgiving, stable, and precise at 97mm. Blizzard’s Rustler 10 is more all-mountain slayer, and the Rustler 11 is Blizzard’s big powder day wrestler.
Nordica Enforcer 100 mm has momentum – a fave for a few seasons now. Reasons? Grips on hard snow, stable at speed, and just floaty enough to be fun in pow. We can even “endorse” the Enforcer as an East Coast ski. Nordica Enforcer also comes bigger – the 104 FREE.
Head Kore 93 and 105 are winners, lightweight with patented graphene technology. This Heads up ski still rips turns, and is smooth at speed. Did you know the Kore line evolved from Head’s popular Joy series for girls? Thanks Lindsey Vonn for showing the boys new toys! Don’t fret bozy, this Kore version is a bit stiffer and less forgiving, like a guy’s ego. The US Ski team love the Kore for their non race day runs.
Volkl Mantra M5 ski was reinvented again last season, 5th gen – hence the “M5”. Mantra has a Titanal Frame, making it stable, and speedy but good in bumps and crud too. Mantra M5 98 could be your one quiver ski – groomers to hard pack, not super playful – just enough in lightfluff.
Rossi’s Black Ops Send Ti 98 hit the scene last season, like a secret operative, but word is out about this all-around ski – fun, quick, forgiving and still stable on edge and crud. More of a one-quiver Rossi than the long revered Rossi Experience 98. Confession: We love Rossi – classic French ski brand since 1907 (that makes us sound ancient).
Big Mountain Skis – Powder Skis
Blizzard Rustler has been a winner for a while. 2022 season is no different for the Rustler 10 and 11. Plenty of rocker, but two sheets of metal, real wood, and flip core carbon, it floats and smears and carves depending on the mood you rustle up. Rustler 10 is more all-around versatile at 102mm under foot than the fatter 11.
Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti 106 is fun and fast, floaty, but beefy too in mixed snow –hence the HD. The Ops has better quickness and performance in “less than perfect” snow. Not super at crud – but who is? Pardon Rossi’s boring black yellow switcheroo graphics.
Nordica Enforcer 104 FREE gets high marks following its predecessor Patron. Strong in deep and steeps, stable at speeds, though maybe not the best in hard snow. The ladies version Nordica Santa Ana is a strong suitor to this male version, for the power couple on the slopes.
Armada Declivity 102 has versatility (rhymes, yes?!) in its vertical assault. Fast and floaty but strong – like our favorite Armada JJ’s. Power and performance oriented if you push it. This is a well-made Armada flotilla for fun. Armada’s Declivity X 100 is the ultimate ski, designed by Chamonix pro skier Tof Henry, its fast, stable and so cool cosmetically- white and gold in a limited edition for $975.
Men’s Best Value Ski
Nordica Navigator at $500 for a 75mm carver is easy to navigate for intermediate skiers, and easy to carve into your ski budget with Nordica bindings included.