Ski Equipment Reviews and Recommendations

Ski, boot and other ski equipment reviews help you get the right gear while cutting risks of costly mistakes. Our reviews provide you with accurate pictures of how a given ski performs and how that will relate to you, pictures drawn from the experiences of dozens of skiers of varying abilities and technical styles – recreational and pro alike – who test skis and other ski equipment from VT to California between January and May.


Ski Reviews in this public section are distilled from more comprehensive reviews in our Member Section, which has, say members, "the best ski reviews available anywhere, in print or on the 'Net."

After reading our Member reviews, you’ll be able to select ski models to try or perhaps we’ll give you that extra bit of information that makes you realize you want this or that ski right now. If you're considering skis from a past season, chances are we have those reviews as well in our 3000+ review archives (1999-present).

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Four Women We Love

anna fenningerThis shot of Austria's Anna Fenninger captures feminine perfection on skis.     
Call it gratuitous, but we’ll use any excuse to showcase talent like Anna’s.

This week’s pensée isn’t about the four brightest, most talented and photogenic stars in ski racing’s recent history – Anna, Lindsey, Michaela and Tina – although we admit to a bottomless appreciation for their skills.

Nor is this a follow-up to our encyclopedic encapsulation of the women’s alpine equipment market, The Wacky World of Women’s Equipment.

Instead, we culled through the 134 made-for-women models we reviewed this season to identify thos++e skis most deserving of the sobriquet, “best one-ski quiver” for the all-mountain skier. Consider it a collection of billets doux to our favorite womens' skis of 2016. 

We didn’t decide in advance to only select models from the All-Mountain East category, but when we factored in all the elements that define the ideal all-terrain women’s ski, every contestant that rose to the top was from this genre.

Our listing is alphabetical, but it might as well be random. All these skis are great.  They just come in different flavors, which we try to capture here. 

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More than merely ski reviews . . .

Beyond reviews, we have articles on custom boot fitting, boot design, ski sizing, binding placement, ski tuning, equipment maintenance, outstanding accessories, high performance ski technique (featuring Harald Harb and John Clendenin) and more. We offer unique 1-on-1 consulting. Got a skiing question? Top pros answer you directly.

We'll help you get the most fun per ski dollar. Whether you are just starting, a sometimes leisure skier, venerable veteran or working pro, we can help you find the best skis and other equipment and help take your skiing to a higher level, often saving money in the process.

Realskiers is independent; we accept no advertising from equipment manufacturers or distribution companies. Our reviews aren't subject to advertising pressure and embody no corporate compromises.

About Boots

rs130We know from experience the folly of trying to fit boots long distance – say, via the internet – and can tell you all you need to know about boots, including their role in how well you’re able to ski on any ski, but because we want you well served, we urge you to visit a specialty ski shop with veteran personnel who know their craft.

Top Shops

footloose sportsFor models reviewed this year, including more than 200 skis from the most popular brands, our find feature directs you to authorized dealers who not only carry recommended skis and top boots, but who also provide the expert services and additional equipment skiers need.

Our recommended shops are among the best in the land.

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Secrets of Snowbird
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This book by Realskiers Editor Jackson Hogen and "Snowbird Guru" Dave Powers is unique. The title may be coyly misleading: The "Secrets" are secret to elite skiers only in that they have not before been so clearly articulated and, although centered on Snowbird, Secrets reveals more than tactical approaches to that iconic big mountain playground. Secrets applies to all skiing, from local bunny hill to the vast reaches of the Chugach.

Equipment and technique certainly are central to performance, but not the whole story. Context, mental environment and, especially, the concept of Flow are as, if not more, important. "Secrets" addresses these crucial concepts is fresh and accessible ways.(disclosure: review by PK)
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About Our Partners and Mission

We feel a special obligation to maintain the integrity of our testing and reporting protocols, so we neither solicit nor accept ads from the brands we review. 

Identifying the best equipment and instruction that together contribute to the ideal alpine ski experience—and just as importantly, where to find said gear and guidance—has always been the core of realskiers’ mission. Central to accomplishing this mission is the support of our retail test partners, selected from among the top shops in the U.S.

The partners whose contributions allow this site to fulfill its mission share our values:

We believe this mission—and the ways in which we pursue it—to be unique in the universe of skiing support sites.