2013 EDITORS' CHOICE:
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Looking to get into a bit of everything this ski season and need the boards to take you there? Look no further than our 2013 Editors' Choice selections for the best All Mountain skis of the year. These seven versatile boards can reach mach speed on the frontside groomers, float atop the lightest pow and cut through the bulletproof chop. 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 one ski quiver here: 

Armada TST - Mens EC/AM 2013

ARMADA TST

The TST celebrates the memory of Travis Steeger, an Armada athlete known for his acumen in the air and in soft snow. It’s not surprising then that the TST received high marks for playfulness and floatation. “This is a beach party ski,” said Sutton. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»


Blizzard Bonafide - Mens EC/AM 2013

BLIZZARD BONAFIDE

There are some heavy hitters in Blizzard’s Free Mountain line, but as the middle child in terms of waist width (98 mm), the Bonafide nails the All-Mountain target. “This is a bonafide one-ski quiver,” said Volckhausen, who also applauded the “giant sweet spot underfoot.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»


Dynastar Cham 87 - Mens EC/AM 2013

DYNASTAR CHAM 87

The new Cham series (a nod to the company’s Chamonix heritage) includes four different waist widths (127, 107, 97 and 87) which share similar construction including full length vertical sidewalls, lightweight wood cores with titanal and Dynastar’s Levitation Profile (a 5-point sidecut) with a progressive tapering in the tip and tail, traditional camber underfoot and a flat pintail. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW» 

 

Kastle MX88 - Mens EC/AM 2013

KÄSTLE MX88

As the widest in Kästle’s Mountain Cross line, this 88 mm-waisted ski is designed to handle all conditions with control and speed. The MX88 combines full camber, a fast grip shovel and tail and a core construction of sandwich sidewalls, hardwood and titanal. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»


Nordica Steadfast - Mens EC/AM 2013

NORDICA STEADFAST

The skis in Nordica’s all-mountain Hell & Back collection are suitable for both inbounds and out-of-bounds skiing thanks to Energy Ca I-core, a carbon and composite stringer combo in the wood core that reduces the ski’s weight by 20 percent. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW» 

 

Rossignol Experience 98 - Mens EC/AM 2013

ROSSIGNOL EXPERIENCE 98

Rossignol wants skiers to “experience” more of the mountain with this versatile line of rockered all-mountain skis. In the Experience 98 (98 mm underfoot), tip and tail rocker add soft snow performance and a Cascade Tip—with staggered lengths of metal and fiberglass—decreases swing weight and helps with turn initiation. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»

Volkl Mantra - Mens EC/AM 2013

VÖLKL MANTRA

Völkl added rocker in the tip and slightly widened the sidecut to 98 underfoot last season adding better floatation and maneuverability to the venerable Mantra. But under the Asian-influenced artwork on the topsheet, it’s all about “trench digging power,” said Ertl. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW»