Updated: Jan 25
By Greg Gardner
Best Backcountry Daily Drivers
Blizzard Zero G 105
Tip-Waist-Tail: 133-105-119 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 164,172,180,188 | Weight: 1530g
Rundown: The Blizzard Zero G is an excellent daily driver for backcountry use. They weigh roughly 1500g per ski providing exceptional uphill performance. Additionally, the carbon stringers provide the necessary rigidity for exceptional downhill feel. These are a great choice for anyone looking for a one ski backcountry quiver that can truly do it all.
K2 Wayback 106
Tip-Waist-Tail: 136-106-124 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 172,179,186 | Weight: 1559g (186cm)
Rundown: The K2 Wayback 106 was designed to be the perfect happy medium for skiers who want reduced weight on the uphill while craving the float and performance of a wider ski on the downhill. Like the Blizzard Zero G 105, this is another excellent choice for a backcountry ski to do it all.
Black Crows Camox Freebird
Tip-Waist-Tail: 133-96-114 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 160,166,172,178,183,188 | Weight: 1375g
Rundown: The Black Crows Camox Freebird was designed to be a lightweight and versitile ski for backcountry use that maintains a playful feel. This ski weighs just 1375g making it one of the lighter skis in this category. However, the waist is almost 10mm slimmer than the Zero G or Wayback, which does result in less float on the downhill.
Atomic Backland 100
Tip-Waist-Tail: 129.5-100-120 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 164,172,180,188 | Weight: 1400g
Rundown: The Atomic Backland series has been known for their ability to handle any and everything, in and out of bounds. The Backland 100 is the mid-fat ski in the category and does a great job of handling a wide variety of snow and terrain types.
DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP
Tip-Waist-Tail: 124-100-112 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 175,183,189 | Weight: 1355g
Rundown: DPS has been a well known brand in the backcountry scene for a long time. The Pagoda Tour 100 RP is likely their most versitile backcountry ski ever produced. This is due to their 100 underfoot waist in counjunction with their 1355g making them function equally well on the up as on the down.
Best Free-tour Skis
Line Vision 108
Tip-Waist-Tail: 142-108-128 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 175,183,189 | Weight: 1605g
Rundown: The Line Vision 108 is truly a remarkable ski. This ski is a lightweight Freeride ski that is stable at speed, surfy in powder, and light enough for easy ascent. This playful backcountry ski is so fun, that you might even find yourself reaching for it on resort days as well.
Moment Deathwish Tour
Tip-Waist-Tail: 138-112-138 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 174,179,184,190 | Weight: 1660g
Rundown: The Moment Deathwish Tour is one of our favorite skis available. This ski is super playful, while also fairly light. Additionally, the wide profile of this ski provides exceptional float in deeper conditions. When skiing more variable snow and chop, the Deathwish tour just plows right through it.
MSRP: $950 | Buy From: evo
Tip-Waist-Tail: 139-116-135 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 185,192 | Weight: 1800g
Rundown: The Armada Whitewalker is a freestyle focused backcountry ski designed to perform exceptionally in deep snow, while maintaining a lightweight profile. These skis are the ultimate tool when it comes to human powered freestyle skiing.
WNDR Intention 110
MSRP: $699 | Buy From: evo
Tip-Waist-Tail: 136-110-128 | Camber Profile: Cambered/Reverse Camber
Available Sizes: 164,171,178,185,192 | Weight: 1850g
Rundown: The WNDR Intention 110 was developed with in and out of bounds versatility and playfulness in mind. This ski would make the perfect in bounds powder ski - and out of bounds daily driver. Additionally, WNDR offers this ski in both a cambered and reverse cambered profile allowing the rider to choose what fits them best.
Best 50-50 Skis
Faction Agent 3.0
Tip-Waist-Tail: 134-106-124 | Camber Profile: Cambered
Available Sizes: 172,180,188 | Weight: 1740g
Rundown: The Faction Agent series was designed as a chargeable lightweight ski that can be used both in and out of bounds. This ski places a huge emphasis on the downhill, while still remaining light enough for touring. This is an excellent one ski quiver for someone looking for a ski to do it all regardless of location.