No matter what country you’re skiing—Japan, Austria, the U.S. or Canada on down to Chile—you have the possibility of hitting the powder jackpot. When your destination mountain delivers the sought after snow, powder skis are your ticket to skiing every flake.
Powder skis have an inherent versatility in terms of the bindings you intend to mount on them. Whether you use an alpine touring binding to earn some of your turns in the backcountry or you spend your days on the mountain riding chairlifts with a traditional binding setup, the downhill skiing end game is the same (at least where first tracks are concerned). Skis in the Powder Category are designed to perform in soft snow—wherever you find it. Waist width size crests the 100 mm mark, and all models have some amount of rocker in the tip for flotation. Swing-weight reduction tops the trend chart for powder gear this season, with materials and construction techniques designed to remove tip mass or eliminate chatter.
Just like when planning a ski vacation, skiers have many choices of what gear to buy. Pick your ski destination, pray for pow and then compare the latest men's Powder skis for the 2016/2017 ski season from our guide below, and view the image or ski name to check out specs and reviews from each of the skis we tested.
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