Best Powder Skis 2016/2017

Trey Cook •

What are the best powder skis for 2017? Since the crew here at Elemental Adventure make a healthy living off skiing powder in the best locations around the world, we seem to get asked that question a lot. We’ve taken a look at a handful of skis from the versatile Armada JJ’s to the more touring-oriented Völkl Katana.

Armada JJ 2.0

Lengths: 165, 175, 185, 195

Sidecut: 131/138/117/134/127 @ 185cm

Radius: 17m @ 185cm

Profile: Rockered twin tip, camber in the middle

Weight/pr: 4580g

Best for: Skiers who want to tap into the Armada mojo with a freestyle pow slayer that is super fun to ski thanks to its aggressive 5-point sidecut and tight, 17-meter radius. Its wide variety of lengths make it a good option for those who don’t fit most manufacturers’ preconceived notion of what size a skier should be. Thanks to its incredible versatility, the JJ is one of the most critically-acclaimed powder skis ever made.

Armada JJ 2.0 skis
Armada JJ 2.0

Black Crows Nocta

Lengths: 117.6, 185.5, 190.6cm

Sidecut: 140/122/132mm @ 185.5cm

Radius: 26m

Profile: full rocker

Weight/pr: 4000g @ 185cm

Best for: Anyone looking for a fat backcountry powder ski that is light, playful and easy to ski thanks to its full rocker shape and paulownia wood core. It’s also a smart choice for graphic designers that wonder who put all the blind people in charge of most ski graphics.

Black Crows Nocta Skis
Black Crows Nocta

Blizzard Spur

Length: 189cm

Sidecut: 146/125/134mm

Radius: 28.5m

Profile: Long gradual tip rocker, flat in the middle, mild tail rocker

Weight/pr: 4800g

Best for: Big, strong skiers who find it difficult to find pants to fit their enormous thighs and who want to beef up their quiver with a stiff, powerful powder ski. The Blizzard Spur is designed to lay waste to the steep and deep and blast through crud and mank at mach 5 speed.

Blizzard Spur Skis
Blizzard Spur

Faction Candide 4.0

Lengths: 172, 182, 188, 194cm

Sidecut: 140/118/134

Radius: 23m

Profile: slight camber with rockered tip and tail

Weight/pr: 3750g @ 182cm

Best for: Skiers who want a ski that’s fat enough to float through pow yet light enough to make backcountry missions more pleasure than pain. The Faction Candide 4.0 butters smoothly and lands big backcountry booters with ease and is perfect for skiers who love the surfy feel of a twin tip.

Faction Candide 4.0 Skis
Faction Candide 4.0

K2 Pinnacle 118

Lengths: 177, 184, 191cm

Sidecut: 145/118/135mm

Radius: 23m @ 184cm

Profile: 50% rocker, 50% camber

Weight/pr: 4660g @ 184cm

Best for: Skiers looking for a workhorse, all-purpose powder tool that floats through powder, blasts through variable snow, and holds an edge on hardpack thanks to K2s Konic Technology. The K2 Pinnacle 118 is a rock solid pow machine built for advanced skiers who ride hard and still expect their skis to last for more than one season.

K2 Pinnacle 118 Skis
K2 Pinnacle 118

Rabbit on the Roof - Norwegian Turbo Rockets

Length: 195cm

Sidecut: 131/120/95

Radius: Hmmm…

Profile: Erm…

Weight/pr: Ummm…

Best for: Skiers who appreciate the passion and soul that a gifted craftsman in Chamonix puts into each and every ski. Each pair of Rabbit on the Roof skis are as much a piece of art as they are equipment. These skis are also a great choice for those who like knowing they have the most expensive skis on the mountain.

Rabbit on the Roof - Norwegian Turbo Rockets
Rabbit on the Roof - Norwegian Turbo Rockets

Völkl V-Werks Katana

Lengths: 177, 184, 191

Sidecut: 143/112/132 @ 184cm

Radius: 23.5m @ 184cm

Profile: Directional full rocker

Weight/pr: 3810g @ 184cm

Best for: Skiers looking for a lightweight backcountry ski that floats like a butterfly in powder and also rails turns astonishingly well on groomers. Looking for a one-ski quiver that leans towards the ultimate enjoyment of untracked pow? Look no further than the Völkl V-Werks Katana.

Völkl V-Werks Katana Skis
Völkl V-Werks Katana

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