Ski Bum Reviews picks for the best freeride skis of 2022
Ski Bum Reviews top freeride skis for male and female skiers. Freeride skis need to be able to float on powder, have the pop and playfulness of a freestyle ski and still be able to carve up the steeps. This list is made up of our picks for best male, female and unisex Freeride ski
Atomic Bent Chetler 120
Alternative: Atomic Bent Chetler 100
Everything is bigger with the Atomic Bent Chetler. These skis are made for huge drops and jumps on DEEP powder days but can still holds up on tough big mountain terrain. One of the most award-winning skis to ever grace the mountain, the Atomic Bent Chetler 120 is a pillow-bashing, powder slashing ski legend. East coast free skiers might opt for the narrower Atomic Bent Chetler 100 instead.
SHOP Atomic Bent Chetler 120: Amazon
J Ski Slacker 110
Alternative: J Ski Hotshot
“The Slacker” is an all-terrain freestyle ski designed with uphill efficiency, while maintaining the solid, intuitive downhill performance J skis are known for. Built with the backcountry in mind, its weight-conscious aspen core construction coupled with maple running over the edges gives it a light yet one-of-a-kind solid feel.
Rossignol Black Ops Gamer
Alternative: Rossignol Black Ops Sender
Float it. Stomp it. Blast it. The Blackops Gamer is the tool of choice for full gas freeride performance. Solid when it counts and playful all the time, it has the width to float and smear through the deepest days and the stability to stick every landing. Race-developed construction and a lively wood core blend for the power to get creative.
SHOP Rossignol Black Ops: Amazon
4Frnt Hoji 112
Alterntive: 4Frnt Devastator
Eric Hjorleifson designed, tested and refined every detail of this ski to be the ultimate ‘do it all’ powder tool for ski touring, charging side-country, and crushing laps at the resort. Eric has created the perfect balance of powerful performance in a lightweight construction. You’ll use less effort on the way up so you can charge harder than ever before on the way down
Salomon Blank 112
Alternative: Salomon QST 106
Pillow-popping and powder-loving, the Blank’s 112 mm waist width and progressive shape enhance the flotation and playfulness of your turns, while its combination of Double Sidewall Technology, Cork Damplifier and C/FX provides the stability you can rely on whether you’re rallying inbounds laps or touring for first tracks.
SHOP Salamon Blank 112: Amazon
Blizzard Rustler 11
Alternative: Blizzard Rustler 10
For skiers who spend their days getting pitted in secret stashes, the award-winning Rustler 11 is the ultimate resort powder ski. It’s founded on two signature concepts, Carbon Flipcore D.R.T Technology and an innovative waist concept: the longer the ski, the wider the waist, which gives ambitious freeriders and freeride athletes more control and float, even on steep terrain.
SHOP Blizzard Rustler 11: Amazon
K2 Reckoner 112
Alternative: K2 Mindbender 108Ti
Unisex / Womens K2 Mindbender 106C Alliance
You know that ski that can do it all? The one that slarves, slashes, jumps, and cuts? The one that can bounce pillows to the ground floor, hit jumps late into the afternoon sun, and charge through tracked-out pow? People say it doesn’t exist, but we’re here to tell you otherwise.
SHOP K2 Reckoner 112: Amazon
Völkl Revolt 121
Alternative: Völkl Revolt 104
The tip & tail rocker ski comes with a slight camber under the binding for that little bit of extra pressure and steering when approaching the kicker. "Incredibly versatile" - that's one of the most often heard comments from people riding the Revolt 121.
SHOP Volkl Revolt 121: Amazon
Black Crows Anima
Alternative: Black Crows Corvus Freebird
A rejuvenating treatment for the animal to improve its performance on hard ground and at low speed. The side lines have been lengthened to the extremities to reinforce its hold, its flex has been homogenised, its heel lightly drawn-out and its tip enlarged. With better weight balance, this freeride beast has an improved performance on hard snow and has gained precision.
SHOP Black Crow Anima: Amazon
Dynastar M-Free 118
Alternative: Dynastar M-Free 108
This ‘fat' ski delivers serious float combined with responsiveness and agility! The M-FREE 118 offers unlimited horizons for anyone whose visions are as wide as these skis...
This progressive shape combines Poplar, a natural and traditional material offering an excellent balance of rigidity and responsiveness, with P.U. for suppleness and ideal dampening.