By Greg Gardner
Intro: With the 2021-2022 ski season kicking off over the next few weeks, we thought it would be a great time to share a list of our favorite all-mountain skis for this year. In creating this list, we realized just how many great options there are! As a result, we struggled to pick our favorites. Still, we feel that this list does an excellent job of highlighting a lot of the best options. As always, if you have any additional questions, be sure to leave a comment or reach out!
All-Mountain Skis 96mm-104mm Underfoot
Most Versatile: Nordica Enforcer 100
MSRP: $749 | Buy From: Backcountry | skis.com | Utah Skis | evo | Bergs Ski Shop
Tip-Waist-Tail: 133-100-121 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 165,172,179,186,191
Rundown: The Nordica Enforcer series is a jack of all master of none, with the Enforcer 100 as the flagship. These skis are not meant for beginners but for someone who likes to drive their skis and ski fast. That being said, almost everyone who tries the Enforcer 100 enjoys it because it does not particularly excel in any one category; however, it provides satisfactory performance in all terrain types. The Enforcer 100 is the perfect ski for you if you want something you can genuinely take to any resort or ski area and be satisfied.
Best for Hard Charging: Blizzard Rustler 10
MSRP: $699.95 | Buy From: Backcountry | evo | REI | Buckman's | skis.com
Tip-Waist-Tail: 133-102-122.5 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 164,172,180,188
Rundown: Blizzard is a top name in the ski industry known for producing hard-charging skis, and the Rustler 10 does not disappoint. The Rustler 10 is 102mm underfoot, making It a versatile everyday platform for the east and west coasts. The Rustler 10 is incredibly stable and predictable at speed, making it perfect for those who like to go fast. Additionally, its rocker and camber profiles promote versatility for a wide variety of terrain and snow types. If you are a hard-charging skier looking for a one-ski-quiver you can take everywhere, get a pair of the Rustler 10s!
Best Skill Development: Icelantic Pioneer 96
MSRP $679 | Buy From: Backcountry | skis.com | evo | REI
Tip-Waist-Tail: 131-96-118 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 166,174,182,188
Rundown: The Icelantic designed the Pioneer line as an affordable and incredibly versatile series of all-mountain skis. The Pioneer 96 is the most versatile of the bunch. Its unique shape can handle everything from powder days to icy groomers. Additionally, this ski is pretty easy to manage and suitable for a large variety of skier types. As a result, it is an excellent option for lower-level intermediate skiers who want a ski that will help them continue to progress without growing out of it.
Best For Park: J Skis Allplay
MSRP: $599 | Buy From: JSkis.com
Tip-Waist-Tail: 119-98-117 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 157,164,171, 178, 188
Rundown: If you are someone who likes to ski both in and out of the park and are looking for one ski to do it all, the J Skis Allplay is the ski for you! This ski was designed with a nearly symmetrical shape making it perfect for switch hits and landings. Its mid-fat width of 98mm underfoot makes it a versatile and precise ski for all-mountain exploration. For these reasons, the Allplay is our top choice for a 50/50 park/all-mountain ski this season.
Best For Freeride: Line Sick Day 104
MSRP: $599.95 | Buy From: Backcountry | Skis.com | Berg's | evo | REI
Tip-Waist-Tail: 137-104-121 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 172, 179, 186
Rundown: The Line Sick Day 104 is a super versatile Freeride ski that can be ridden anywhere. The Sick Day 104 is playful and loves side hits, and drops yet has excellent control and precision on the ground. Additionally, it weighs roughly 1900g per ski, making it light enough to use as a 50/50 ski for the backcountry. The sick day 104 is an outstanding choice for you if you like to ski the whole mountain with precision and style.
Best For Making Dry Spells Fun: Armada Stranger
Tip-Waist-Tail: 139-100-121 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 172,180
Rundown: The Armada Stranger is arguably one of the most playful all-mountain skis available. The playfulness in the Armada Stranger is derived from the combination of its 15m turning radius and progressive flex. Which in turn provides short and snappy carving and unparalleled pop-off of side hits. These skis were designed to make the most out of the worst conditions, and they do exactly that by allowing you to ski the mountain in a whole new way.