The women's Backcountry Category of ski boots is defined by weight, mobility and binding style. These are some of the lightest boots on the market that can still drive a ski downhill after the ascent. Backcountry ski boots' liner construction is fully thermo-moldable EVA (or similar) foam for its light weight and high insulating quality and is typically articulated for maximized touring range of motion.

The Backcountry boot's cuff is highly mobile forward and aft, and in concert with a lugged and rockered sole offers a longer, more natural stride than found with Freeride Category ski boots. Due to this boot's permanently rockered sole style, A.T. frame bindings or tech bindings are required here.

Scroll through the list below to see tester sentiments for the season's top women's Backcountry ski boots, dubbed Editors' Choice winners by our equipment experts at, powered by Masterfit. Click through on the boot name to read more about each of our favorite ski boots. 

1. Salomon MTN Explore W

"Active and spirited, really fun to ski. Great for the advanced skier in any backcountry terrain."

Salomon MTN Explore W ski boot


2. Scott Celeste III

"Significant support in forward flex and a great balanced stance."

Scott Celeste III ski boot

3. Scarpa Gea RS

"You don't have to back off on aggressive skiing in the backcountry with this light but muscular boot."

Scarpa Gea RS ski boot