Having wide enough skis can make the difference from ripping the mountain on a big snow day and sinking down into the snow. Want to know what the best mens powder skis are? Here is a quick list to get you started.
Dimensions: 142/115/126 Ability Level: 8/10 Weight: 4130 grams The Basics: The beloved Black Crows Anima returns for the winter of 2019 with a graphic update, but no structural changes. Which is good, because the wide and stable Anima has always been an excellent weapon for big mountain skiers. Despite its 115mm waist and generous tip and tail rocker, the Anima can't be pigeonholed as just a deep snow animal. It excels in untracked powder, of course--but also ... learn more
Dimensions: 139/122/132 Ability Level: 7/10 Weight: 3900 grams The Basics: Big snow requires a big-time ski. Refreshed with a new topsheet for 2019, the Black Crows Nocta is the connoisseur's choice. That's why, if you watched a ski movie filmed in the last few years, the odds are pretty good you saw some pro sending it on the Nocta. At 122mm underfoot and with a full reverse camber profile, this beast is fat, floaty, and fun. Stiff enough to straightline wide open ... learn more
Dimensions: 139/116/135 Ability Level: 7/10 The Basics: The stoic king on the topsheets says it all: the ARV 116 JJ is royalty. It comes back for 2019 with a new poplar and ash core plus a revamped flex profile with a stiffer tip and tail. On snow, this means more energy and response popping in and out of pow turns and off pillows. ... learn more
Dimensions: 141/115/130 Ability Level: 8/10 The Basics: The BMX115 is the widest ski Kastle offers and the only BMX that doesn't come in an HP version. With Hollowtech 2.0 tips and freeride rocker, and you get an absurdly fun powder ski that floats with the best in the class and still skis smooth and damp with premium Kastle construction and silver fir/beech in the core. This ski is a stellar addition to the quiver for aggressive skiers who want ... learn more
Dimensions: 141/112/129 Ability Level: 7/10 Weight: 4220 grams The Basics: If ski magazines handed out actual trophies to the best-reviewed planks each season, the DPS Wailer 112 RP2 would have a garage full of statues. It's one of the most acclaimed big mountain skis in the world, and it earned that universal praise the hard way: by being consistently awesome. The Wailer 112 shines in all conditions: in untracked snow and spring hardpack, at reckless speeds as ... learn more
Dimensions: 140/116/130 Ability Level: 7/10 Weight: 3640 grams The Basics: The Super 7 HD is 100% redesigned this season to help make your powder days 60% easier, 40% more natural and 100% more fun! Rossignol kept the same Power Turn Rocker that gave the Super 7 its playful, surfy feel so steering and speed control are still effortless. But now the all-new Air Tip 2.0 and Carbon Alloy Matrix technologies work together to lighten the ski up while simultaneously ... learn more
Dimensions: 141/112/128 Ability Level: 9/10 Weight: 3820 grams The Basics: A true big mountain legend, the DPS Wailer 112 has more awards than any other ski in its category--and it earned that acclaim the hard way: by being consistently awesome. The Wailer 112 shines all over the mountain. It's surfy in untracked snow, stable on spring hardpack at reckless speeds, and smooth while shredding wide open bowls. The 112mm waist width, generous tip rocker, and Paddle ... learn more
Dimensions: 144/117/133 Ability Level: 9/10 Weight: 4190 grams The Basics: The Volkl Confession is a burly ski, with a stiff flex and a penchant for charging lines. It's Titanal band construction and early rise in the tip give you the confidence to conquer whatever is in front of you. These directional powder skis are athlete tested the world over, so you know they will hold up for you! ... learn more
Dimensions: 143/112/132 Ability Level: 8/10 Weight: 3810 grams The Basics: The Katana V.Werks is an elegant ski built using Volkl's finest construction and manufacturing techniques. It is also a no holds barred bruiser of a big mountain ski that does not mess around with slow speeds and wimpy terrain. Volkl uses 3D.Ridge Carbon, an ICE.OFF topsheet, and a full carbon jacket to trim all the fat from this ski leaving a lean mountain crushing machine. The SkinPin in ... learn more
Dimensions: 142/118/135 Ability Level: 8/10 Weight: 4080 grams The Basics: Armada rolled out the Tracer family last year, and ski testers loved their versatility. Lightweight but strong as resort skis, worthy backcountry tools, and ideal for people who want to split their time between on- and off-piste terrain about 50/50. The 118 CHX is the big guy, built for big-mountain lines and deep pow. For 2019, a bit more rocker and a tweaked taper profile give you more ... learn more
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