The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) SnowShow in Denver is a global gathering of snowsport's best brands, athletes, and business leaders touting next season's hottest new gear and innovations. Here's what you need to know about the next generation of all-mountain skis.
Mr. Luxury Ski
Manufacturers are closer than ever to engineering the elusive one-ski quiver, and 2018 will mark a milestone in all-everything offerings. These resort-facing rides provide enough shape to carve groomers, width to float pow, and they’re made of next-gen materials worthy of the backside.
Check out K2 for its new iKonic 84ti (above), engineered with a metal laminate construction alternating fiberglass and titanal layers that make every carve clean and damp. The ski stays snappy with Konic Technology shifting weight to the perimeter for on edge performance; the move cuts weight while also reducing swing-weight.
Blizzard is all-in on all women skiers with the expansion of its beloved Black Pearl to three sizes: 98, 88, 78 (above). The ski was a success when it was just available in one width (88), and the new sizes are sure to expand the ski’s all-mountain appeal. A product of the multi-brand Women to Women movement, the Black Pearl keeps it light and playful with a women-specific wood core; rocker-camber-rocker profile is at home on the soft stuff, while Carbon Flipcore tech adds a snappy uni-directional carbon frame for control on firm snow.
Its 2015 acquisition by a Wall Street mogul was a shot in the arm for 70-year-old Slovenian ski brand Elan, as evidenced by the success of its Ripstick series. For 2018 Elan expands into the women-who-rip market with the Ripstick 102 designed with input from Elan’s squad of World Cup racers and big line specialists. The 102 is light, but it stays it smooth and stable thanks with a TubeLite wood core lined tip-to-tail with hollow carbon fibers tubes.