If you're searching for that elusive one-ski quiver, this is the category to find it. The definition of “all-mountain” varies by manufacturer and retailer, but generally includes skis from 85mm to 105mm underfoot that can both carve on hardpack and provide float in fresh snow. In general, those who ski primarily on the East Coast should look in the 85mm to 90mm range, and those who ski out West will want a waist width from 90mm to 105mm. It’s a crowded all-mountain field but below we’ve picked the best models for the 2016-2017 season. For more information on choosing the right ski, see our buying advice below the picks. 

1. Nordica Enforcer 93 ($649)

Nordica Enforcer 93 all-mountain skiType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 126-93-114mm
Ability level: Intermediate to expert
What we like: Versatility exemplified.
What we don’t: A little narrow for big powder days.
Women’s: Nordica Santa Ana 93

With the new Enforcer 93, Nordica has put together the definitive all-mountain design. Following the successful launch of the 100mm-wide Enforcer last year, the slimmer 93 is a standout for its frontside performance while retaining plenty of flotation and quickness to get off-trail. This is an all-mountain ski that loves the bends: the unique hammerhead tip is a great turn initiator and a medium flex with a metal edge means it’s fun but can really rail through corners. Stable at speed, the Enforcer 93 is a great option for strong skiers and in just about all conditions except big powder days out West. This versatile coast-to-coast appeal sets it apart as our favorite all-mountain ski for the 2016-2017 season.
See the Nordica Enforcer 93


2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD ($700)

Rossignol Experience 88 HD all-mountain skisType: All-mountain front
Dimensions: 135-88-124mm
Ability level: Intermediate to expert
What we like: Great performance in hardpack.
What we don’t: Less comfortable off the groomers.
Women's: Rossignol Temptation 88

The Experience 88 has long been a favorite for its solid groomer performance, and Rossi made a few tweaks for 2017 to give it an even more eager feel. The updated HD model features a Carbon Alloy Matrix, which brings a light and snappy personality to an already great carving ski. Combined with Rossignol’s Air Tip Technology that reduces weight at the tips, turn initiation is very easy and it has excellent edge-to-edge quickness. Based on its dimensions, we like the Rossignol Experience 88 as an all-mountain front ski for places with traditionally more hardpack like the East Coast and Midwest. Those in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest that sometimes ski in deeper snow should consider the wider Rossignol Experience 100 HD.
See the Rossignol Experience 88 HD


3. Salomon QST 99 ($600)

Salomon QST 99 all-mountain skisType: All-mountain back
Dimensions: 138-99-120mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: Fun, light, and playful in soft snow.
What we don’t: A step down in groomer performance from the two skis above.
Women’s: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Transitioning from the stiffer on-piste skis above to one that loves some powder time, the Salomon QST 99 is a mid-width freeride option that brings some fun to the slopes. In creating the QST line, Salomon focused on keeping weight down while retaining solid all-around performance. To do this, they combined a wood core, edge-to-edge Titanal insert, and a laminate of carbon and flax to make a ski that is playful but buttoned down in steep and technical sections. The 99mm width hits a nice medium for those that spend a good amount of time in the soft stuff, but look to the 106mm and 118mm options for deep powder.
See the Salomon QST 99


4. Fischer Pro Mtn 95 Ti ($750)

Fischer Pro Mtn 95 Ti all-mountain skisType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 137-95-122mm
Ability level: Advanced to expert
What we like: Stiff and strong but very light.
What we don’t: Too much ski for an intermediate.

The Pro Mountain 95 is Fischer’s premium all-mountain weapon and one of the more serious skis to make our list. With a full-length Titanal metal layer, it’s stiff and great for strong skiers, but Fischer included carbon in the tip and tail to keep weight in check. In fact, Fischer claims the Pro Mountain Ti is the lightest ski in the segment. East coast or Midwest rippers will be happy to know that 80mm and 86mm versions of the Pro Mtn Ti are available, and we’d put those models right up there as strong competition to the Rossignol Experience 88 HD above. A rocker tip and tail round out a nice design that, while on the pricey side, is a great match for the aggressive skier looking to trim some weight off their downhill sticks.
See the Fischer Pro Mtn 95 Ti


5. Volkl Kendo ($699)

Volkl Kendo all-mountain skisType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 127-90-110mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: One of the most versatile skis on the market.
What we don’t: Expert pilots may want a little more ski.
Women’s: Volkl Kenja

For true intermediates that mostly ski the frontside on the resort but want the ability to hit the back bowls and get off piste on occasion, try the Volkl Kendo. At 90mm underfoot, it’s a highly versatile ski that is narrow and stiff enough to carve well and take on groomed runs at a variety of speeds, but wide enough to not be out of sorts after a good storm. Past versions of the Kendo have been criticized for being too unforgiving for intermediate riders, but Volkl loosened things up a bit for the 2016 version, took the waist out another millimeter, and added some rocker in the tail for better float. For hardpack and light powder days, the Kendo is a great all-rounder.
See the Volkl Kendo


6. K2 Pinnacle 95 ($700)

K2 Pinnacle 95 all-mountain skisType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 132-95-115mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: Great feel and ideal all-mountain width.
What we don’t: Not for the hard charger.

Legendary ski brand K2 is not as prominent as it once was this category, but we love the Pinnacle 95. Now in its second year, the Pinnacle aims for that elusive all-mountain distinction—a ski that’s equally adept at hardpack and powder. And the Pinnacle has all the right bones: a 95mm width combined with an early rise tip and tail rocker for a playful feeling off trail, and a traditional camber for good edge control for spending the occasional day on the groomers. Showing some real prowess, K2 incorporates what they’ve dubbed Konic Technology, which amounts to distributing weight to the outside of the skis for strength, while cutting weight in the center for a lighter swing weight. We’re hopeful that this engaging ski (as well as the women’s fulLUVit) is a sign of more good things to come.
See the K2 Pinnacle 95


7. Blizzard Brahma ($650)

Blizzard Brahma all-mountain skiType: All-mountain front
Dimensions: 125-88-110mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: A top option for resort skiers.
What we don’t: Narrow for deep snow and the sidecountry.
Women’s: Blizzard Black Pearl

Blizzard jumps aboard the carbon craze with its updated Brahma, a ski that’s been a mainstay on our list thanks to great frontside performance in almost all snow conditions. With carbon built into the core at the tip and tail, the ski is now lighter but no less potent. Blizzard’s popular Flip Core technology remains, which allows their rockered skis to flex and behave more naturally than traditionally constructed skis. Combined with the relatively modest 88mm waist and light camber underfoot, the Brahma has great turning ability and decent float in powder, while Flipcore tip and tail rocker profiling retain rock solid edge hold on firm snow. A great coast-to-coast ski as long as you don’t get too crazy in the powder, the Brahma is a classic all-mountain choice.
See the Blizzard Brahma


8. Line Supernatural 86 ($550)

Line Supernatural 86 all-mountain skisType: All-mountain front
Dimensions: 125-86-112mm
Ability level: Intermediate
What we like: Great price for a capable ski.
What we don’t: Best matched to an intermediate rider.

Proving that an affordable ski doesn’t have to compromise in technology, the Line Supernatural 86 is a great option at $50 less than our next cheapest ski. The 86mm model is new for this year and a nice width for skiers that spends most of their time carving up the groomers but who want something capable should fresh snow fall throughout the day. Although it’s a supremely smooth operator all over the mountain, the Supernatural 86 is more tuned to intermediate skiers with easy turning and a light feel. Experts may want to look into the Pro Mountain Ti or Experience 88 HD above, which are more stable at speed. Despite a few qualms, the Supernatural 86 should continue (and expand) the popularity of the Supernatural line with its approachable all-mountain width.
See the Line Supernatural 86


9. Armada Invictus 99 Ti ($700)

Armada Invictus 99 Ti all-mountain skisType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 134-99-124mm
Ability level: Advanced to expert
What we like: Strong and fast.
What we don’t: Not the best for short, tight turns.

With two layers of metal, carbon fiber and Kevlar stringers, and a medium turning radius, the Armada Invictus is built for speed and straight lining runs. These skis are super stable and plenty stiff for the expert rider, and at 99mm at the waist (there’s also a 108mm version) they’re very capable all-mountain skis in most conditions. To reduce chatter when running at full tilt, Armada combines the stiff construction with traditional camber underfoot and a modest tip rocker. Intermediates who like to take it easy will be best served by looking elsewhere, including the less intense Sick Day below, but aggressive skiers should give the new Invictus 99 Ti serious consideration.
See the Armada Invictus 99 Ti


10. Line Sick Day 102 ($650)

Line Sick Day 102 all-mountain skisType: All-mountain back
Dimensions: 135-102-120mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: Playful and wide enough for good floatation.
What we don’t: Not as much edge control for icy conditions.

For a fun and surfy all-mountain option, we like the powder-friendly Line Sick Day 102. Featuring a directional flex pattern, the Line Sick Day 102 flexes softer in the tip than it does in the tail, resulting in easy turn initiation through the tip at slow speeds and solid hold in turns through the tail at higher speeds. Line also employs a unique tip/tail thinning technology to reduce overall ski weight, swing weight, and tip bounce through crud. There’s just enough camber underfoot in the Sick Day for good edging and liveliness between turns, and there’s proper rocker in the 130mm tip for when you find your secret stash in the trees. The Sick Day isn’t built for wide and fast GS turns on hardpack, and the 102mm width limits its appeal in areas that don’t get a lot of snow, but the it’s a great match for the backside of the resort and sidecountry.
See the Line Sick Day 102


11. Kastle FX95 HP ($1,199)

Kastle FX95 HP all-mountain skisType: All-mountain
Dimensions: 126-95-115
Ability level: Expert
What we like: Pro-level performance on and off piste.
What we don’t: Only pros can afford it.

With big time power, performance-oriented skiers love the Kastle FX95 HP, which was developed by renowned ski mountaineer Chris Davenport. All Kastle skis feature a unique hollow construction tip to reduce swingweight and chatter through variable snow. Classic metal laminate construction will smooth out the bumps going Mach-looney on a groomer or through cut up powder, and a wonderful ash and silver fir core makes the FX95 a flickable off-piste joy. The older version of this ski was associated with being a difficult ride for non-experts, but the new design is more approachable and can be enjoyed even when you’re not muscling it around. Of course, price is the biggest barrier to entry here, and the improvements from other models on this list are incremental at best. But for those who truly get the most out of their skis, the FX95 HP is worth the extra dough.
See the Kastle FX95 HP


12. Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 ($600)

Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 all-mountain skisType: All-mountain back
Dimensions: 133-97-113mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: Light and touring-ready.
What we don’t: Less of an all-mountain design than the skis above.
Women’s: Dynastar Cham 2.0 W 97

The Dynastar Cham 2.0 has a lightweight construction that works great as a crossover all-mountain and touring ski. In its second iteration, the Cham has lost some weight to make uphill travel easier, and retains its flat tail, which provides a large contact patch for skinning. Given its light feel, the ski is surprisingly stiff, but it’s easy to maneuver in tight spots thanks to a short turning radius. Overall, the Cham 2.0 is less of a true all-mountain design than the skis above and can get a little skittish at speed on hardpack. But if you’re eying a touring set up and want a ski that can play nice on a groomer day, this is the one to get.
See the Dynastar Cham 2.0 97


13. Rossignol Soul 7 HD ($750)

Rossignol Soul 7 HD all-mountain skisType: All-mountain back
Dimensions: 136-106-126mm
Ability level: Intermediate to advanced
What we like: Our favorite wide all-mountain ski gets better.
What we don’t: Too wide for those that stay on-piste.
Women’s: Rossignol Soul 7 HD

Yes, 106mm is wide for the all-mountain category, but Rossignol’s 7 series has garnered so much praise in the past few years that it’s nearing legendary status. The Soul 7 is the flagship all-mountain offering and, as you would expect, does pretty much everything very well. For 2017, we picked the HD model, which adds carbon for a stiffer feel without any real weight penalty. This helps decrease dreaded “tip flap” while charging crud and improves performance in all conditions. Those that spend a good chunk of time on groomers will be better served by the more on-piste skis we cover above, but for those living in powder country, the Soul 7 HD is an all-mountain dream. 
See the Rossignol Soul 7 HD


All-Mountain Ski Comparison Table

Ski Price Type Dimensions Radius Ability Level
Nordica Enforcer 93 $649 All-mountain 126-93-114mm 16.5m Intermediate - expert
Rossignol Experience 88 HD $700 All-mountain front 135-88-124mm 17m Intermediate - expert
Salomon QST 99 $600 All-mountain back 138-99-120mm 19.4m Intermediate - advanced
Fischer Pro Mtn 95 Ti $750 All-mountain 137-95-122mm 18m Advanced - expert
Volkl Kendo $699 All-mountain 127-90-110mm 20.8m Intermediate - advanced
K2 Pinnacle 95 $700 All-mountain 132-95-115mm 17m Intermediate - advanced
Blizzard Brahma $650 All-mountain front 125-88-110mm 19m Intermediate - advanced
Line Supernatural 86 $550 All-mountain front 125-86-112mm 17.8m Intermediate
Armada Invictus 99 Ti $700 All-mountain 134-99-124mm 21.5m Advanced - expert
Line Sick Day 102 $650 All-mountain back 135-102-120mm 17.1m Intermediate - advanced
Kastle FX95 HP $1,199 All-mountain 126-95-115mm 20m Expert
Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 $600 All-mountain back 133-97-113mm 17m Intermediate - advanced
Rossignol Soul 7 HD $750 All-mountain back 136-106-126mm


Intermediate - advanced


All-Mountain Ski Buying Advice


What Is an All-Mountain Ski?

By definition, an all-mountain ski should be adept at just about anything you’ll encounter during a day on the slopes (the commonly used term is the “quiver of one”). This isn’t a hard-and-fast category and keeps getting wider, but generally encompasses skis from 85mm to 105mm underfoot that are best for the front side of the mountain and skiing in bounds (at least most of the time). At the narrow end are focused on-trail groomer skis and at the wide end are skis that can handle back bowls and powder just fine.

It’s equally important to understand the limitations of this ski type. All-mountain skis are not ideal for deep powder or the backcountry. They’re also often too heavy for uphill travel (one exception on this list is the Dynastar Cham 2.0 97). What they do offer is that all-in-one functionality: for anything from crusty hardpark to bluebird soft snow days, there’s an all-mountain ski for that.

Logically, it’s not as simple as just choosing any old all-mountain ski and calling it good. The decision should involve local snow conditions, skiing style, and ability level. We cover these important considerations below.

All-Mountain Front vs. All-Mountain Back

The all-mountain category tries valiantly to cover a very wide range of skiing styles and terrain, but there are significant differences between the models we’ve listed above. As such, we’ve found it helpful to refer to the skis at the narrow end of the spectrum as “all-mountain front” and the widest as “all-mountain back.”

In short, an all-mountain front ski is best for tackling groomed runs. It has a narrower width and the construction is tuned for a comfortable ride and good edge hold on hardpack. Some of our favorite all-mountain front skis are the Rossignol Experience 88 HD and Blizzard Brahma. All-mountain back skis on the other hand are wider and built to float in soft snow. These are just shy of a powder ski, (but are more planted if you have to ski on-piste) with examples including the Rossignol Soul 7 HD at 106mm in width. They aren’t as fun for carving and can be less stable at speed, but they remain a suitable option for skiers that spend about 50 percent or more of their time off trail.

Waist Width (85mm to 105mm)

The width of the very middle of the ski is the key measurement in choosing a proper all-mountain setup. You’ll see the waist width measured in millimeters, also referred to by the term “underfoot.” Skis nowadays are trending towards ever-wider waist widths for improved stability and control in soft snow. If you line up a current all-mountain ski with one from 10 years ago, the change in waist width is dramatic. Here is where things stand for 2016-2017, and for more information, see our full article on choosing the right ski waist width

  • 85mm to 95mm - Best for groomed, on-trail skiing. Closer to 85mm (Rossignol Experience 88 HD): a great ski for those primarily on the East Coast. And around 95mm (K2 Pinnacle 95): coast-to-coast capabilities.
  • 95mm to 105mm - Solid performance on groomers, but enough float for powder too. Ideal for Colorado, Utah, and other places that get a lot of fresh snow. 

Moving to a wider ski increases flotation in powder. Old ways of keeping yourself afloat involved straining your toes in your boots to keep the ski tips from getting bogged down under the surface. Nowadays with a wider ski base along with rocker technology (covered below), the greater surface area means you can ski more easily and aggressively.

It’s not all good news with fat skis. Wider skis generally make wider turns, and the benefits are mostly appreciated by those that ski off trail or live in areas like Utah or Colorado. We’ve seen too many skiers suffering on hard pack with skis that are too wide and cumbersome. The lesson: don’t get caught up too much in the wider is always better mantra. Make sure you’ll be able to appreciate the tangible benefits wider skis provide.

Ski Profile

The profile of a ski can be broken into three main categories: camber, rocker and mixed rocker/camber. There are others, including skis with a flat bottom shape, but the three listed below are the most popular—and for good reason. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses for skier and snow type.

Camber is the traditional groomer ski design. The profile has a half moon-like shape that peaks right underneath your boot and contacts the ground towards the tip and tail of the ski. While skiing, your weight presses the ski into the snow, and when you lift coming out of the turn, you get a satisfying pop that propels you into the next turn. The design has been popular for many years because it provides even contact with the snow and superior edge control when carving down a groomed slope.

Camber used to dominate the all-mountain category, but now it’s become a bit of a rarity. So why has traditional camber fallen out of favor? In short, because the industry fell in love with the new kid on the block: rocker (and then mixed camber/rocker). But traditional camber remains a great choice for those that like to ski aggressively on groomed runs. Don’t buy the marketing hype that pure camber is dead.

Rocker, also known as reverse camber, is when the tips of the skis are raised on either end, creating a sort of banana shape to the ski profile. This design came about originally for its benefits in deep powder. And even just a few years ago, rocker was mostly resigned to powder skis, but the design has come on strong in all-mountain setups of late. Our take is that a full rocker setup, rising at both the tip and the tail, is still best for those that like to spend more of their time off-trail. The downside of a pure rocker ski is the flat surface underfoot has a tendency to be more skittish when carving on hardpack. Although it turns easily, it just doesn’t hold an edge like traditional camber. From this issue was born a third category: mixed rocker/camber.

Mixed Camber/Rocker
With both rocker and camber providing real world benefits enjoyed by skiers of just about any ability level, manufacturers have turned their attention recently to mixed camber. In theory, it should provide the best of both worlds: the edge control of a traditional camber ski and the crud busting and easy cruising in deep powder that you get with rocker. And reality isn’t that far off. There are variations in how manufacturers pull off this mix: some go with a tip-only rocker while others go for tip and tail (the latter is great for those that spend some time riding switch). If you’re a skier that tries to cover all of the mountain, a mixed camber/rocker setup is a great pairing.

For you visual learners, snow sports retailer Evo has put together a helpful video explaining the various profile types.

Turning Radius (Side Cut Radius)

Side cut radius is a key measurement of the turning radius of your ski. A ski with a higher number makes wide sweeping turns, while a lower number means tighter turns. A tight turning radius is great for moguls or cutting in and out of trees, but trimming away materials also means it doesn’t float as well in the soft stuff. Below are general ski parameters:

  • Carving: Less than 16 meters
  • All-around: 16-20 meters
  • Sweeping turns in powder: 20+ meters

Keep in mind that a longer version of the same ski will increase the side cut radius, so if you’re weighing two ski lengths know that the shorter option will be more inclined to turn a little sharper (at the sacrifice of some top end speed and flotation).


The stiffness of a ski is one of its defining features and a clear differentiator between beginner and advanced-level models. A rigid design is stable at speed and has the highest performance potential, but a beginner or less confident pilot will lack control and may find it difficult to turn. On the flipside, getting a ski that is too soft can lower the ceiling of your top-end performance and leave an advanced (or advancing) skier wanting more.

A ski’s stiffness is the result of its material mix, and key indicators include how much metal (if any) the manufacturer is using. Commonly, a stiff ski will have 2-layers of Titanal (a strong alloy) that runs the full length and width of the ski. While it adds a little weight, the metal increases stability, and expert-level skis like the Fischer Pro Mtn Ti utilize this type of construction. On the other end of the spectrum is a softer ski like the K2 Pinnacle, which only has a metal laminate along the outer edges. The focus is less on speed and more on a playful nature, which makes it a better match off-piste and at milder speeds.

What’s with the Carbon Craze?

Almost without fail, brand new or updated skis are promoting their use of carbon fiber in the construction. The material is light and strong—two excellent characteristics for skis, which benefit from a lighter weight and stiffer construction. But carbon is best used as a secondary or complimentary material as it lacks the natural feel and durability of a wood core.

Fischer’s Pro Mtn Ti is a great example of the benefits of carbon fiber. With extensive use of the material in the tip and tail, swing weight is reduced but tip chatter is kept to a minimum thanks to the thin but rigid construction. Just don’t assume any application of carbon is automatically beneficial. Some manufacturers seem to throw it in for good measure, and limited use of carbon probably won’t make a lick of difference in either weight or performance.

Location, Location, Location

East Coast (85mm to 90mm)
As folks on the East Coast are aware, deep powder days are few and far between. When a snowstorm blows through overnight, it’s best to be laying the first tracks as those couple of inches probably won’t make it to lunchtime. As a result, most East Coast skiing is focused on the groomed runs, and it’s best to pick a ski accordingly. In other words, don’t be seduced by a wide powder ski, not matter how amazing it looks. Take this is a generalization, however, as there are some powder oases out there. But if you’re used to snow machines and staying primarily on groomed runs, a skinnier waisted ski in the 85mm range (sometimes stretching to around 90mm) will be an ideal pairing. For more on this category, see our list of 7 great skis for East Coast hardpack.

All-Arounder (90mm to 100mm)
An all-arounder ski can handle anything from early season groomer days to the occasional off-track powder runs. East coasters that like to take the occasional trip out West or those that live along the West Coast are well suited for this category of ski. As a result of the universal appeal, this is the core of the all-mountain category. Ideal waist widths vary from about 90-100mm and a more universal profile is preferred (light tip/tail rocker to limit tail flap).

Western Powder Sleds (100mm+)
Utah and Colorado skiers are usually blessed with a couple months worth of glorious light powder. Avoiding the dense, wet snow that often sets in in the Pacific Northwest, the dry and light stuff that falls in these Western States have made them a skier’s paradise. So what’s the best all-mountain ski for these conditions? To start, it’s best to acknowledge that a one-ski quiver will be insufficient for backcountry powder hounds—those folks will be better served with a dedicated powder ski that can stay afloat in the deep stuff. But should you stick to lift assisted skiing and don’t get too lost in the trees, a ski with a width of 100-110mm should be just right.

Choosing the Right Ski Length

Picking skis used to a pretty simple process, and could be done simply by knowing your height (the center of the forehead was a common match for a ski). Those days are long gone, replaced by more of a scientific process. Now, ski manufacturers are basing their recommendations on height and weight. This allows you to maximize the ski’s potential with proper amounts of flex and power transfer. Other considerations are skiing style: shorter skis are easier to handle for beginners and turning faster, while longer skis float better and are more stable at high speed. In the end, the right skis might only come to your chin or they may reach the top of your head, so all length should do is give you a good ballpark. We’ve found the sizing chart on Evo to be helpful as baseline information.

Finding the Right Ski Boots and Bindings

Of utmost importance in choosing a ski setup is to realize how interconnected each piece is. Boot, binding, and skis need to be all working in concert to maximize the performance potential of your gear as well as to maximize your enjoyment. Skimping on one will impact the performance of everything else. As an example, if you have a stiff, performance-oriented boot, you’re going to waste its abilities with a slow and cumbersome entry-level ski and binding. Alternatively, if you have a beginner, flexible boot with an advanced ski and binding set, you won’t be able to transfer enough power to really carve your way down the slopes.

To help guarantee you end up with a proper match, our ski binding and downhill boot recommendations breakdown the categories in a similar fashion as all-mountain skis: tailoring picks to ski conditions and ability level. Should you have additional inquiries, feel free to fire away in the discussion section below.

Ordering Skis Online

It goes without saying that purchasing a pair of skis is a significant investment and one that requires a good deal of research. Ideally you’ll have a chance to get your hands on the skis before taking the plunge, but that isn’t a reality for everyone and ordering them online is a pretty seamless process these days. Most major retailers offer free and surprisingly fast shipping, which makes it a very attractive option.

Once you get your skis, you’ll need to get your bindings mounted. Just about any ski shop will do the work for you, with the average cost ranging from about $40 to $70. The only online retailer that we’re aware of that will do the work prior to shipping is Skis.com. For 2016-2017, they offer the service for $50, but you have to purchase the boots, bindings, and skis all at once so they can get everything properly fitted. Many of REI’s 145 stores have a ski shop and they offer a good discount on the mounting service. Prices vary by store, but we checked with the flagship in Seattle and the cost is $25 for an alpine mounting. The price goes go up to $50 if you didn’t purchase the skis from them. Evo and Backcountry offer mounting services at their stores, but that’s limited to Salt Lake City (Backcountry), and Seattle and Portland (Evo). 

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