Line has seen immense success from their versatile Prophet series, with widths ranging from 90 mm to 130mm. Previously, the width options jumped from 100- 130mm underfoot, which left a big gap.
Enter the Prophet 115. With P-cut technology, this ski seamlessly travels from groomers to powder. Early rise tip and tail allow easy turn initiation (read: they’re easier to ski), and help you float when it’s deep. A metal-structured core adds strength and stability.
The Salomon Quest W is an AT boot. But it doesn't ski like one.
Last season, I bought a very stiff, high-end alpine boot. A telemarker by trade, I was wary to jump headlong into stiff, uncomfortable boots. But I did. And I hated them. Like a wuss, I had to stop in the lodge to take them off— multiple times a day. I just couldn't get used to those boots.
A vintage aesthetic with modern tech specs (750-fill goose down insulation and articulated sleeves) to keep you stylish and warm. Available in hot pink/white, black/white, white/collegiate blue, kelly green/white, black and collegiate blue. $189; spyder.com
Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.
Where the AfterShock features K2’s “all-terrain” rocker, its little brother the Rictor gets “speed rocker.” Just the forward 10 percent is rockered—the rest is traditionally cambered. K2 pairs that profile with a huge tip and aggressive sidecut for an 80-mm ski that carves with enthusiasm but never talks back. It gets excellent marks in forgiveness—truly an everyday frontside ski an a worthy successor to the late, great Apache Recon.