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October 6, 2010
This is one of our favorite women’s powder skis. The small dose of tip rocker was enough to dispel any notions of unwieldiness testers harbored based on its size. It manages to wiggle through trees and bumps just fine, but it really thrives on wide-open steeps where it has room to run. It requires some muscle and aggression to move and therefore isn’t well suited to intermediates looking for a first fatty. And while it carves decent GS turns on firm snow, it craves powder.
October 6, 2010
Womankind’s answer to the S7, this rockered powder board also employs AmpTek, making it an extremely versatile ski that is accessible to a wide range of skiers, from intermediate to expert. The underfoot camber locks into carves of any size, while the rockered tip and tail let you smear in junk and wiggle through trees and bumps. Powder is its favorite setting, and the pin-shaped tail settles nicely into the snow to facilitate an aggressive charging stance.
April 26, 2010
A lightweight carbon-fiber helmet. A glove that can pick up a sewing needle. Swedish sunglasses. Kids' rockered skis. Start saving now: You're going to want some of this new gear for next winter's ski season.
February 5, 2010
Skiing Magazine had a chance to ski a few of next year’s skis at the SIA On Snow Demo Days at Winter Park. Due to the huge amount of skis available and the little time we had, we limited ourselves to fat skis. We tested a handful of new, redesigned and carryover models between 95mm and 115mm underfoot. Although certain skis did better in certain conditions, there really wasn't a bad ski among them.
January 22, 2010
Here's a sneak peak at a 2010-2011 women's ski from Black Diamond called the Starlet. We had a chance to test this women's early-rise, lightweight powder ski during an early morning backcountry tour in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon.