All-mountain 2018 ski reviews
They're designed for good to excellent riders looking for a highly efficient ski for the groomers that will also take them off-piste when the conditions are right.
We've been keeping an eye on the remarkable progress Stöckli has made with its all mountain models for several seasons now. This year, the Swiss brand carries off the "best ski" awards in these categories, with a special mention for the excellent Stormrider 85. Easy to handle and tolerant, it responds to a touch and is extremely forgiving. Its versatility got warm praise from the reviewers: the ski... Read on
Performing a little less well than the Stormrider 85, but just as enjoyable, the Astral from Nordica scored well for its extreme user-friendliness and exceptional fun on the piste. You’re immediately on top of it and need very little time to adapt. Simple to use, not to say intuitive, the ski steers at a touch with very little technical or physical skill. Above all, the Astral is a very playful ski, which enters... Read on
Incredibly accessible, easy to handle and to enter turns, very happy in skid turns, the Ripstick 86 W is a model that requires little physical engagement or technical prowess. Its behaviour off-piste is very good. The ski is docile and easy to handle, even in choppy snow. On piste, it’s a bit more challenging at high speed. The stiff tail tends to hamper it to some extent. It’s the ideal ski to discover the joys of virgin slopes with little experience and to begin exploring off-piste.
The SKi W's from Scott has the same qualities as its peer designed for men. It’s a relatively springy ski with progressive flex. The reviewers liked its accessibility, its overall behaviour, its great agility and fluidity on soft snow. The tip tends to bend slightly in chopped up crud, but it’s the price for its user-friendliness. Its flexibility means that the ski should not be chosen too short. The size of the model reviewed (160cm for 165cm requested) meant that it was judged insufficient by many of the reviewers. The Ski W's... Read on
The reviewers found the Legend 88 to be globally well behaved, especially on the piste. However, they felt it lacked responsiveness on the groomed runs, and stability and smoothness on challenging terrains, probably due to its relative flexibility.
Rossignol’s Temptation 88 HD proved too demanding to do well in this category where we’re looking for a good compromise between grip and the capacity to cut through crud, accessibility and comfort. On the whole, the ski performs well, especially carving on the piste. However, the reviewers found it very stiff and hard to bend, and it requires physical and technical prowess to be exploited correctly. Rossignol’s target is expert riders... and we agree! Recommended for heavier, athletic riders with good technical skills.