Value Skis

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS IN­EX­PEN­SIVE STICKS THAT RIP? YES, AND TH­ESE 12 PAIRS FIT THE BILL WITH PER­FOR­MANCE AND CASH TO SPARE.

SKI - - CONTENTS - By Jon Jay and Kim­berly Beek­man Photo by Keri Bascetta

Quite sim­ply, the most af­ford­able of the best-per­form­ing skis in our an­nual ski test.

There are two truths in ski­ing: it can be fun, and it can be ex­pen­sive. To help keep it awe­some but fight the man, we tested a num­ber of skis that don’t re­quire a small bank loan. While they might not have all the car­bon fiber bells and Ti­tanal whis­tles, our testers made turns on th­ese skis along­side ev­ery other pair found in SKI’s Gear Guide.

To qual­ify as a “Value Ski,” the price for a pair must be less than $650 (or $850 if bind­ings are in­cluded), and it must be en­joy­able to ski. There is no width pre­req­ui­site, so any ski cat­e­gory can make the cut. We take the ski’s over­all av­er­age test score, mul­ti­ply it by 1,000, and di­vide it by the price to come up with a Value Score. Th­ese are the planks with small­est price tags that stood out.

Pro Tip: Prices here are MSRP, so th­ese skis are prob­a­bly marked at a lower price in-store. You’re wel­come.

Ski tester Tim Dyer en­joys thin crowds and deep pow­der at Deer Val­ley Re­sort, Utah.

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