Though versatility is king, the hugely popular all-mountain ski category is broken up into two groups: those more oriented to arcing up the frontside and those more suited for skiing the back of the mountain—bowls beware. All-Mountain Front skis have waists that range between 85 mm and 98 mm, with the majority at 90 mm or below.
All-Mountain Front models are predestined to handle the hardpack first and foremost, with waists wide enough to navigate soft or cut up snow. Some models are designed to drive down the fall line and are longitudinally stiff and torsionally strong thanks to constructions and cores that borrow from stiff-flexing race skis. Other skis in the category have shapes that allow the ski to pivot and smear in variable terrain thanks to significant rocker profiles and softer-flexing cores.
It’s a matter of skiing style and preference, but look to the following skis when the times comes to gear up for frontside fun with an adventurous side. View the list below to compare each All-Mountain Front ski we tested, and click on a ski name or image to check out reviews and specs for the full 2015/2016 fleet.
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