Our testers have a variety of skiing backgrounds—freestyle champions to ski instructors and ski patrollers. One big thing they have in common: they love to carve. These women have a need for speed, and they geek out on gear and the feeling they get when both ski edges engage and create arcs in the snow.
The Frontside Category is a carver’s happy place. These skis are designed for a tight turn radius thanks to waists that range between 72 mm and 85 mm and technology specific to the mountain terrain and snow conditions these skis perform best in: namely, corduroy and hardpack. Often, that technology reduces weight and adds edge grip, maneuverability and stability.
Our skiers know that many of our days skiing the resort consist of cruising the groomers and staying on-piste—and they relish the performance of these turn-happy tools and the fact that thin is in again when it comes to skis. If your quiver is missing a performance carver for these kinds of days, view the guide below to compare 2016/2017 women's Frontside skis, and click the ski name or image to view specs and reviews from each of the skis we tested.
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