Alpine Ski Test Program

The Jans Alpine Ski Test Program is designed to take the guess work out of buying skis. Through a series of questions that address your strengths, terrain preferences, turning style, and skier level, our Experts recommend a personalized selection of skis for you to test.

Karl 'Jake' Jacobson | Deer Valley, UT

We don’t just order skis off the trade show floor or from a manufacturer’s product catalog; if a ski is on our wall, it has gone through our extensive on-snow testing process, and it’s been debated, analyzed, and compared. We’ve discussed the nuances of the ski, and identified its targeted skier profile.

All of our test skis are carefully tuned and waxed for optimum performance, so you’ll get to ski them at their best.

Jans Test Program customers are provided with unlimited ski exchanges throughout the day, dependent upon the availability of specific Test Ski sizes and models. Should you decide to buy, we will credit up to three paid Test Program days toward the purchase price of a pair of new, full priced skis (receipts required).

CARVING SKIS

Carving skis are traditionally what most people ski, especially on the East Coast and in the Midwest. They are narrow underfoot, from 64 mm to 80 mm, so they transition from edge to edge quickly. And they are torsionally stiff, so they hold an edge even on firm snow. The narrow waist is an asset on the groomed runs, but becomes a liability in deep snow. With a turning radius of generally less than 17 meters, carving skis will rail turn after turn.

Carving Demo Skis

SKI BRAND & MODELDIMENSIONS (mm)TURNING RADIUS (m)LOCATION
Atomic Vantage 77 TI W14.3 (156 cm)142, 156 (Snow Park), 149, 163 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Light, responsive, and just plain fun. This ski is easy at slow speeds, yet plenty lively when you jump on it. This is the complete package for women who want all-mountain versatility without sacrificing performance on the groomers.

Atomic Cloud Nine14.7 (157 cm)143, 157 (Snow Park), 150, 164 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Here’s a ski that knows how to make turns feel fluid and effortless. The Cloud 9 is a cooperative carver designed for women who want a predictable and confident feel from their skis. An ideal groomer ski for women who value forgiveness and consistency.

Head Super Joy11.3 (158 cm)143, 153, 163 (Snow Park), 148, 158 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The Super Joy is known for friendly handling characteristics and ease of turn initiation. That makes this ski one of our very best for the female skier seeking to raise the bar on her performance. Revolutionary Graphene makes for a super light feel.

Head Supershape E-Speed15.3 (177 cm)163, 170, 177 (Snow Park)Snow Park Lodge

Advanced skiers seeking a race-inspired ski that will rip groomers at blisteringly fast speeds would do well to consider the Head Supershape E-Speed. Head's new EMC technology reduces vibrations, improves edge hold, and increases stability for a smooth ride — no matter how fast you go.

K2 Disruption 73 SC14 (168 cm)162, 168 (Snow Park), 168, 174 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Designed to tear up groomers, this ski pairs serious firepower with a quick and precise feel. K2's Dark Matter Damping construction provides elite edge grip and control through the entire turn.

K2 Disruption SC Alliance11.4 (153 cm)146, 153 (Snow Park), 153, 160 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This ski is a short-turn specialist that loves to carve. It tears up groomers with a quick and precise feel while providing elite edge grip and control through the entire turn.

Stockli Laser AX15.9 (175 cm)154, 168, 175 (Snow Park), 161, 175, 182 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Powerful and precise with a relaxed demeanor — the AX flows through transitions with an effortless feel, then locks and loads like a full-blown race ski. Forgiving enough to be skied at slower speeds, this is one impressively versatile carver.

Stockli Nela 8014 (157 cm)149, 157 (Snow Park), 157, 165 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Built for advanced skiers, this is an aggressive all-mountain ski that delivers effortless power and stability. The Light Core optimizes the flex for women without gutting the core of energy and responsiveness. That means energy-efficient skiing at a wide range of speeds.

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ALL MOUNTAIN SKIS

All-mountain skis range from 80 mm to 90 mm underfoot, and they are designed to go happily anywhere on the mountain. They’re narrow enough to carve and behave beautifully on the groomed runs, but wide enough in the waist to provide some floatation for those stashes of powder you find a day or two after a storm. For most people who only want one ski in their quiver, it should probably come from the all-mountain category.

All Mountain Demo Skis

SKI BRAND & MODELDIMENSIONS (mm)TURNING RADIUS (m)LOCATION
Atomic Vantage 90 TI18.4 (176 cm)169, 176 (Snow Park), 176, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

True all-mountain versatility! Quick and lively through short-radius turns, yet rock solid when you open it up on the steeps. This thing grips like a piste ski, but stays floaty and nimble in powder – no terrain is off limits.

Atomic Vantage 90 TI W16.5 (161 cm)153, 161 (Snow Park), 161, 169 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

A versatile all-mountain ski designed specifically for advanced women skiers – the Vantage 90 Ti W is comfortable on just about any terrain. Smooth and predictable when it needs to be, yet damp and stable when you want it to be.

Atomic Vantage 82 TI17.5 (174 cm)167, 174 (Snow Park), 174, 181 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Quick when you want it to be, damp when it needs to be. The Vantage 82 is smooth and balanced across a wide range of snow conditions. Ideal for all-mountain skiers who gravitate to the frontside.

Fischer RC One 86 GT17 (175 cm)161, 175 (Snow Park), 168, 182 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This highly versatile all-mountain ski uses BAFATEX in the tip and tail for reduced swing weight and quicker steering. With an 86mm platform underfoot, the RC One 86 GT is an ideal anything-goes ski for hard chargers.

Fischer RC One 82 GT W13 (152 cm)145, 152 (Snow Park), 152, 159 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Fischer's RC One 82 has the agility to weave through bumps, strength to blast through crud, and stability to carve groomers at mach speed. A capable, incredibly fun frontside ski for aggressive skiers!

Head Kore 87 14.3 (171 cm)162, 171 (Snow Park), 171, 180 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The KORE 87 offers all the technical features of the KORE 93, but with a narrower waist for those who prefer an all-mountain ski that excels on hardpack. Like its sibling, it's an extremely lightweight ski that is stable, responsive, and offers precise control in varied terrain.

Head Kore 87 W12.7 (162 cm)153, 162 (Snow Park, Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Head took their popular KORE ski and optimized it specifically for women! The KORE 87 W is super lightweight, playful across the whole mountain, and yet somehow unfazed by speed. This is your do-it-all freeski that thrives on any terrain.

K2 Mindbender 90 TI16.3 (170 cm)163, 170 (Snow Park), 170, 177 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This ski maximizes all-mountain versatility by balancing quickness and precision with power and stability. Quick and precise across the full range of terrain and snow conditions, the 90Ti will definitely bend your mind!

K2 Mindbender Alliance TI13.3 (156 cm)149, 156 (Snow Park), 156, 163 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The perfect everyday ski for women who take an opportunistic approach to terrain and snow conditions. All-Terrain Rocker for smooth turning, PowerWall for great edge grip, and Titanal Y-Beam for power and stability. One pair to go anywhere and ski anything!

K2 Disruption 82 TI16.9 (170 cm)163, 170 (Snow Park), 170, 177 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Stiff, stable, and built for carving, this ski is an absolute blast on the frontside. It’s confident under pressure at high speeds, yet still plenty easy to maneuver at slower speeds. Plus, Speed Rocker and a metal laminate make for an almost "self-turning" feel.

Kastle MX 8818.8 (180 cm)173, 180 (Snow Park), 180, 187 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Smooth, balanced, and full of energy from the time you set an edge to the time you unweight. The MX88 is one of those rare all-mountain skis that truly excels across the entire frontside. It’s built to be skied with aggression, but it also knows how to relax from time to time.

Kastle MX 8316.3 (175 cm)161, 175 (Snow Park), 168, 182 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The MX83 is a confidence-inspiring frontside carver. Offering an ultra-stable ride while locked into the turn, this ski has a smooth and predictable flex pattern that lets you finish every turn with authority.

Kastle DX 85 16.5 (168 cm)160, 168 (Snow Park), 168, 176 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The DX85 offers up versatile, go-anywhere performance for a broad range of skiing abilities. A lightweight construction allows for quick and easy turning, yet the DX85 still has that smooth and balanced feel of a Kastle when you open it up.

Kastle DX 85 W12.5 (152 cm)144, 152 (Snow Park), 152, 160 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This is the DX85 optimized for women! A lightweight construction allows for quick and easy turning, without sacrificing that smooth and balanced feel of a Kastle when you open it up. This is a go-anywhere ski for a broad range of skiing abilities.

Liberty VMT 82 W12.5 (158 cm)151, 158 (Snow Park), 158, 165 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Take the V82, optimize the core for women, and you have the V82w — an elite all-mountain carver that balances power and stability with forgiving versatility. VMT and tip rocker mean rock-solid stability, predictable response, and directional freedom from a ski that rides impressively light and playful.

Liberty VMT 8215 (172 cm)165, 172 (Snow Park), 172, 179 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The V82 expertly balances power and stability with forgiving versatility. Vertical Metal Technology (VMT) and tip rocker mean rock-solid stability, predictable response, and directional freedom from a ski that rides impressively light and playful.

Stockli Stormrider 8818.4 (175 cm)166, 175 (Snow Park), 175, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The Stormrider 88 is for the advanced among us. Stockli’s renowned sandwich sidewall construction lays the foundation for an all-mountain ski with almost no limitations. It bites on hardpack, powers through crud, and feels like it is gaining stability the faster you push it.

Stockli Nela 8815 (160 cm)152, 160 (Snow Park), 160, 168 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

These skis provide the ideal combination of carving prowess and soft-snow functionality for a versatile frontside ski that takes in-bounds skiing to new levels of fun — click in for power, precision, and versatility across the entire mountain!

Stockli Laser AR16.5 (175 cm)175, 182 (Snow Park), 168, 175 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This is an ideal companion for versatile all-mountain skiers. With a wide shovel and slight rocker for catch-free steering across varied snow, this 83-waisted ski is as happy poking around in the trees as it is trenching morning corduroy.

Volkl Kenja 8812 (156 cm)149, 156 (Snow Park), 156, 163 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Designed to keep up with the modern all-mountain skier, the Kenja is at home across a wide range of terrain and snow conditions. Great edge grip, confident stability, and just enough rocker to keep things fun.

Volkl Yumi13 (154 cm)147, 154 (Snow Park), 154, 161 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The Volkl Yumi 84 is built for intermediate to advanced women skiers who want a playful ski that is easy to handle on- and off-piste. But the real beauty of this ski lies in its ability to be skied hard with minimal effort.

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ALL MOUNTAIN - WIDE SKIS

Wide all-mountain skis range from 90 mm to 100 mm wide underfoot. It used to be that skis of this width were strictly for powder, but over the last decade, especially with the addition of rocker and better manufacturing techniques which provide more torsional rigidity, many of these skis are just as happy plowing through crud and cutting occasional trenches in the corduroy as they are floating through powder.

All Mountain - Wide Demo Skis

SKI BRAND & MODELDIMENSIONS (mm)TURNING RADIUS (m)LOCATION
Atomic Backland FR 98 W14.6 (164 cm)156, 164 (Snow Park), 164, 172 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

This is a women’s powder ski with legit all-mountain capability. They’ll dart through short radius turns, hold an edge on hardpack, and float with the best of them in powder. If you’re poking around the backcountry, pair these with a touring binding and go get the untouched stuff.

Fischer Ranger FR 9417 (177 cm)169, 177 (Snow Park), 177, 185 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

A lightweight and playful mid-fat that will lock and load when you step on it. Thanks to its Carbon Nose, this ski darts into turns with minimal resistance, yet still provides great stability when you’re ripping at high speeds. Also great in powder – bring it on!

Fischer Ranger FR 94 W15 (161 cm)153, 161 (Snow Park, Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Thanks to its Carbon Nose, this ski darts into turns with minimal resistance, but it still provides great stability when you’re charging at high speeds. It's no shrinking violet when it comes to powder, either – bring it on!

Head Kore 9315.4 (171 cm)162, 171 (Snow Park), 171, 180 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The Kore 93 is super lightweight, playful across the whole mountain, and yet somehow unfazed by speed. A versatile waist width is paired with TNT Rocker for a powder-ready ski that remains impressively forgiving on piste.

K2 Mindbender 99 TI16.9 (177 cm)170, 177 (Snow Park), 177, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The new family of Mindbenders have improved edge grip for groomed conditions, while offering the same off-piste prowess you expect from K2. The 99Ti is an impressively versatile mid-fat that provides freeskiers with a playful and stable platform to charge anywhere on the mountain.

Liberty Evolv 9018.5 (179 cm)165, 172 (Snow Park), 172, 179 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Building on the success of the VMT and Origin series, the all-new evolv90 provides a finely-tuned balance of energy and dampness – from groomers to powder, and everywhere in between. This ski won our hearts when we tested it last winter. Enjoy!

Stockli Stormrider 9517.2 (175 cm)166, 175 (Snow Park), 175, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Offering the most do-it-all versatility of the Stormrider lineup, the 95 is a finely-tuned combination of energy and dampness. This freeride ski is built for big-mountain lines, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find its upper limit.

Volkl M5 Mantra19.8 (177 cm)170, 177 (Snow Park), 177, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The M5 Mantra takes hard-charging, all-mountain performance to new levels. It delivers max power and control on groomers without losing feel and finesse in the soft stuff. Now with Tip & Tail Rocker and Carbon Tips, the M5 Mantra adds to its versatility with a little extra slow-speed maneuverability.

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POWDER SKIS

Powders skis range from 100 mm to 130+ mm underfoot, and most of them aren’t very happy on anything other than steep and deep, especially the ones with zero camber or reverse camber underfoot. Almost all have rocker (early rise in the tips) to help the skis float in the deep snow, and to make them easier to turn. Powder skis rise above the snow so they are very easy to turn in the tight trees, and quite stable making big long arcs in open bowls.

Powder Demo Skis

SKI BRAND & MODELDIMENSIONS (mm)TURNING RADIUS (m)LOCATION
Atomic Bent Chetler 10018 (172 cm)164, 172 (Snow Park), 172, 180 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Atomic's innovative HRZN Tech Tip is paired with Powder Rocker to maximize float and minimize chatter – meaning these soft-snow specialists are impressively adept at blasting through chop, crud, and any other junk snow that stands in your way.

Fischer Ranger FR 10218 (177 cm)170, 177 (Snow Park), 177, 184 (Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

Don’t let the weight fool you, this ski is loaded with power and stability when engaged. It will play in powder, blast through crud, and carve on groomers. This is one powder ski that you'll have fun on all day — even after everything's skied out. Or, you can pair it with touring bindings for a very capable backcountry setup.

Fischer Ranger FR 102 W16 (163 cm)156, 163 (Snow Park, Park Ave)Snow Park Lodge, Park Avenue

The Ranger 102 FR is loaded with power and stability when engaged. It will play in powder, blast through crud, and carve on groomers. This is one powder ski that you'll have fun on all day — even after everything's skied out!

Fischer Ranger 107 TI19 (189 cm)175, 182, 189 (Park Ave)Park Avenue

Built for powder, yet fully capable on hardpack, this ski defies categorization. They’re lightweight and maneuverable through the tight stuff, yet rock solid when you need to point them downhill. This is an ideal ski for advanced freeskiers who rally the whole mountain.

Stockli Stormrider 10522.5 (188 cm)170, 179, 188 (Snow Park)Snow Park Lodge

This Stormrider is for the skiers who will go anywhere and send anything. Modern freeski specs, plus Stockli’s elite construction, equals the ideal all-mountain ski for experts. It’s forgiving enough for everyday use, but at its best on big-mountain terrain.

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