It’s self-explanatory—All-Mountain Front skis are designed for skiers who demand gear that can handle snow conditions and variable terrain found across the entire mountain, on and off piste, while favoring turns on the frontside. Perhaps less evident is that, like women’s gear in the clothing and accessories arena, different skis have different personalities.
Skis in this category have waists with a size big range (between 82 and 98 mm), with the majority landing at 90 mm or below. The narrower skis have a tighter turn radius and favor skiing the corduroy while the wider ones are designed to handle crud and soft snow conditions, and can smear and pivot.
All-Mountain Front skis typically have a sandwich sidewall construction with full wood cores and a combination of camber and rocker—with a swing-weight reducing technology in the tip. The weight saving trend continues this season, and many All-Mountain Front models have some design element that shaves or lightens core materials without short-changing on skiing performance. Most of these skis are sold flat with compatible recommendations for bindings.
If you are building a one-ski quiver or you need a little more versatility for your days on edge, arcing up the groomers, view the gear guide below to compare 2016/2017 women's All-Mountain Front skis, and click the ski name or image to view specs and reviews from each of the skis we tested.
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