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The White Room: every skier's happy place. It's a place where you float atop white clouds, where a face full of snow is a good thing and where the only sound you might hear is the occasional joyful giggle from your skiing partner. The promise of skiing powder is the reason we all ski. While skiers have been passionate about powder for decades, it's only recently that ski manufacturers have been building boards specifically made for the fluffy stuff. The skis below were made for the White Room. Each pair was put through the ringer by former World Cup racers, ski instructors, mountaineers and OTS staff at our annual ski test in Aspen last season. Find your pow skis here:

 

Atomic Automatic - Mens EC/PW 2013

ATOMIC AUTOMATIC

Atomic’s newest freeski Powder board has a 117 mm waist and Powder Rocker profile with 55 percent camber underfoot combined with tip and tail rocker. Testers thought the Automatic hit the mark for the Powder category. “Excellent float and maneuverability,” said Mahon. “It can and will carve but prefers to skid or float.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

 

Blizzard Gunsmoke - Mens EC/PW 2013

BLIZZARD GUNSMOKE

Blizzard’s Free Mountain series takes in a new family member this season with the versatile, 114 mm-waisted Gunsmoke. As with the other skis in the series, the Gunsmoke features Flipcore 3D technology, which flips the woodcore upside down during manufacturing, adding rocker without bending it into the twin tips. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

 

K2 Pettitor - Mens EC/PW 2013

K2 PETTITOR

As the new Sean Pettitt pro model, the Pettitor caters to the big mountain experience: powder, air and landings. As the stiffest ski in K2’s Factory Team series, it's designed for high-speed stability. Testers, however, scored it highest in the playfulness category. “This ski is a jungle gym with a slide,” said Sutton. “Makes you want to go bigger.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

patron

NORDICA PATRON

Testers awarded the Patron high marks for stability and versatility for this expert-level ski. “It’s absolutely as good as a 113 mm-waisted ski could be on firm snow,” said Mahon. “It skis short and carves well.” The Patron’s quick response and easy maneuverability comes from weight-reducing technology that combines wood with strips of lightweight polymer, as well as Nordica’s High Rise camRock, which adds rocker to the tip and tail and a low “hammer head” tip to reduce vibration and increase effective edge. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

 

Rossignol S7 - Mens EC/PW 2013

ROSSIGNOL SUPER 7

Rossignol’s user-friendly Freeride S-series has something for every shape, size and skiing ability. Ertl called the Super 7 “a fun, surfy powder ski,” and true to its soft snow calling, the Super 7 is available in only two lengths (188 and 195). At 117 mm underfoot, the Super 7 has a full wood core, vertical sidewalls and Rossi’s PowderTurn Rocker, or high rocker in the tip and pin-shaped tail and camber underfoot. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

 

Volkl Gotama - Mens EC/PW 2013

VÖLKL GOTAMA

At 107 mm underfoot, the Gotama is the narrowest of the Völkl big mountain collection, all of which are fully rockered skis with a smooth, gradual bend from tip to tail and a matching sidecut and flex. The more the Gotama is placed on edge, the more effective the edge becomes while also adding maneuverability in soft snow. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»