Category Killer: Freerider’s Choice

Sometimes you just want to go fast, and for that you need power and stability in a ski. These sidecountry chargers value performance over weight savings. 

FISCHER RANGER 108 TI

$850fischersports.com
SIZES: 174, 182, 188
DIMENSIONS: 140/108/130
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 13 oz. (182)

fischer_ranger

“These pull and lead into the turn so easily. The edge sets into the snow like a hot knife through butter. No speed limit. Damp as can be, but not in a dead way. I felt like I was driving the Bat Mobile and could do anything.”

—Matteo Campbell | Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.
5 ft. 11 in. | 155 lbs.

ROSSIGNOL SUPER 7

$850rossignol.com
SIZES: 164, 172, 180, 188
DIMENSIONS: 140/116/130
WEIGHT: 9 lbs. 4 oz. (188)

rossi_super7

“A rock steady alpine and resort ski. They’re a little bit of a rocking chair transitioning between snow conditions. It smears, carves and pops, and is versatile.”

—Eric Tiffany | Breckenridge, Colo.
6 ft. | 195 lbs.

BLIZZARD BODACIOUS

$840blizzard-skis.com
SIZES: 177, 185, 193
DIMENSIONS: 138/118/127
WEIGHT: 9 lbs. 13 oz. (177)

blizzard_bodacious

“Faster Daddy! This thing is a speed machine. Smears and carves well in all stages of the turn. A bit chattery on hard and in crud—my only complaint.”

—Kris Thomas | Lake Tahoe, Calif.
6 ft. | 185 lbs.

FAT-YPUS D’RIDDUM FT

$790fat-ypus.com
SIZES: 188
DIMENSIONS: 143/118/138
WEIGHT: 9 lbs. (188)

Phatty“Being on the D’Riddums is similar to being behind the wheel of a motorboat. They have a huge bow (or shovel), yet with the turn of a wheel (or the roll of the ankle) these things will cut hard and engage into the turn. By the same token, they plane above the snow while in the deep stuff and provide that classic, surfy feeling. For a ski of this profile and girth, they remain surprisingly nimble.”

—Mark Rosenberg | Salt Lake City, Utah
5 ft. 8 in. | 165 lbs.

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