Ski Buyer’s Guide

From powder sticks to all mountain skis and park twin tips, the latest gear for skiing is better than ever before. We talked to employees at a couple of ski shops in Mammoth and asked what they recommend for skiing Mammoth Mountain’s big mountain terrain, and the Unbound parks and pipes. Here is what Dave at P3 Mammoth and Madeline at Footloose Sports recommend for the 2014/2015-ski season.

Atomic Bent Chetler

The sixth generation of Mammoth local Chris Benchetler’s signature pro model is designed to handle the type of skiing Chirs loves – big mountain lines, bottomless powder and big drops. With the powder rocker and lite wood core, the Atomic Bent Chetler is an ideal ski for an advanced Mammoth skier who is burning laps off the top and hunting for powder stashes.

Sizes: 178, 185, 192

MSRP: $749.95

Available at: Footloose Sports

LINE Sir Francis Bacon

The Line Sir Francis Bacon is an all-mountain freestyle ski for the rider who is seeking powder stashes, and natural hits. The early-rise early-taper keeps your tips floating in soft snow while the flex underfoot and deep sidecut provide edge control for speed.

Sizes: 172, 178, 184, 190

MSRP: $649.95

Available at: P3 Mammoth

Stockli Stormrider 88

Made in Switzerland, the Stöckli Stormrider 88 is a handcrafted ski designed for advanced skiers searching for the ultimate all-mountain and powder ride. The longer curvature of the Powderrocker improves lift in powder while the light wood core is stable underfoot.

Sizes: 168, 177, 186

MSRP: $1,099.00

Available at: Footloose Sports

Kastle MX98

A unique high-performance ski, the Kastle MX98, is designed for all mountain freeriding for advanced to expert skiers. The Hollowtech technology’s cutout in the shovel section minimizes weight and stabilizes the ski for maintaining control and speed.

Sizes: 174, 184, 194

MSRP: $1,349.00

Available at: Footloose Sports

LINE Chronic

Designed for the park and half pipe, the Line Chronic is a top-selling twin tip ski at P3. The lightweight construction makes it quick and nimble for performing tricks, and the early rise camber offers tip control for floatation in soft snow. This is an ideal ski for the pure park rider but is versatile enough to shred the entire mountain.

Sizes: 164, 171, 178, 185

MSRP: $499.95

Available at: P3 Mammoth

APO Sammy Carlson

Pro skier Sammy Carlson’s pro model is ideal for intermediate to advanced slopestyle and big air skiers who mostly ride in the park. The APO Sammy C is a true twin tip and a traditional cambered ski that is designed for superior control while the big side cuts allow for carving and spins.

Sizes: 166, 172, 178

MSRP: $599.9

Available at: P3 Mammoth

Rossignol Experience 88

The new Rossignol Experience 88 is an all-mountain performance ski for advanced and expert riders. The Auto Turn rocker technology combines rocker and camber for enhanced control through variable terrain and offering stability for high speed on groomers and hard pack.

Sizes: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188

MSRP: $649.95

Available at: Footloose Sports

K2 AMP Rictor 82XTI

The K2 AMP Rictor 82XTI is an all mountain all-terrain ski designed for intermediate skiers and will perform best on the trail. The signature All-Terrain Rocker features an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance, as well as camber underfoot for power, energy, and edge-hold in firmer conditions.

Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184

MSRP: $649.95

Available at: Footloose Sports

Blizzard Black Pearl – Women’s

The Blizzard Black Pearl is a favorite and top selling women’s specific freeride ski designed for intermediate to expert riders. The lightweight construction and early rise tip and tail with camber underfoot combine for a stable and progressive ride in all mountain terrain and conditions.

Sizes: 152, 159, 166, 173

MSRP: $599.99

Available at: Footloose Sports

Armada ARW – Women’s

Designed for park riding and jibbing, the lightweight Armada ARW is a top everyday ski for the intermediate to advanced female park skier. Traditional camber engages the tip and tail of the ski, while enhancing the ease of carving turns while maintaining solid edge control.

Sizes: 161, 166

MSRP: $499.95

Available at: P3 Mammoth

LINE Celebrity – Women’s

An all mountain twin tip, the Line Celebrity is an intermediate ski, which will handle jumps in the terrain park, as well as speed laps from the top of the mountain. The lightweight construction is playful underfoot while maintaining superior control.

Sizes: 148, 158, 168

MSRP: $449.95

Available at: P3 Mammoth

Nordica Belle to Belle – Women’s

An all-mountain all-terrain ski built for women; the Nordica Belle to Belle is a beginner to intermediate ski that will help with progression on the mountain. The camber-rocker technology gives increased floatation, and stability, while the lightweight construction maintains maneuverability.

Sizes: 145, 153, 161, 169

MSRP: $499.99

Available at: Footloose Sports

Monica Prelle

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