Lighter, faster and more versatile. Skis are shedding weight and employing carbon construction that helps carve those deep turns on those epic pristine days of which the memories can last a lifetime. Find out who's making the best-shredding skis of the season.
King of the editor's choice
Salomon's skis for the 2015 season earned awards from major ski publications including the magazines Powder, Freeskier, Skier, Ski, Backcountry and many others. Standouts include the versatile Stella for smooth transitions between a variety of conditions ($700, salomon.com) and the freeriding star Q-Lab ($749.95, evo.com). Their Quest Max 130 for hiking and riding ($749, salomon.com) and Quest Pro 100 W ($499.99, salomon.com) women's boots were honored in Powder magazine for their versatility.
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G3's fattest powder skis didn't get skinny, but this season's Empire Carbon 127 ($999.95) is two pounds lighter than last. Along with G3's Synapse Carbon 109 ($979), they received Gear Guide Select awards from Backcountry magazine. G3 took home nine editor's choice awards between the powder skis, the highly anticipated ultra-light ION bindings ($499.95) and Black Sheep splitboards. $449.97, genuineguidegear.com.
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Living up to its sponsorship
Atomic recently entered into a two-year partnership with Canadian Mountain Holiday (CMH), the largest and oldest heli-skiing organization, to provide rental skis. We were glad to see their Automatic 117 ($800) listed among the best powder skis in Powder magazine's top choice awards. The Atomic Century 109 will also be available for rent for use at the CMH heliports and it was listed among the top picks in Backcountry magazine. The Atomic Bent Chetler ($749.95) was listed as one of the top picks for men's powder skis in On The Snow magazine.