2015/2016 Stockli Stormrider Motion

The Motion is still plenty of ski, testers note. But is it happier these days? With pleasing heft and dampness, it rewards a woman who wants to get after it-smooth at speed, with a capable, luxurious feel. But it doesn't require overdeveloped glutes, and it seems content to relax and just cruise. The Swiss precision is there, tempered with a dose of soft-snow enthusiasm. Brown Lovell: "Stockli listened to what women want. More inviting yet equally rewarding. The more you give, the more it gives back."

NOTES: The Stormrider Motion is the more versatile option of the two women's skis in Stockli's Freeride series. The Stormrider Motion 100 is super wide, with a 100 mm waist, while this ski has an 84 - 86 mm waist, depending on length. It's still very much intended to rip through powder and other off-piste terrain, but is equally intended to ski well on groomers and other on-piste terrain, too.

Powder Rocker lifts the tip dramatically off the ground, designed to mow over deep snow and other various terrain outside of the groomers. This rocker profile also lifts the underfoot section up and off the ground, intended for extra floatation when the ski needs it. Meanwhile, Women's-specific Softflex technology is designed to soften up the ski and create a more forgiving pattern.

The all-new Freeride series is comprised of eight different powder-focused models, all falling under the the "Stormrider" subcategory. There's the Stormrider Pro 115, Stormrider 107, Stormrider 95, Stormrider 88, Stormrider 100 Motion, Stormrider Motion, Stormrider Vario, and Stormrider Light. All skis in the series share Light Core technology, which integrates woods like fuma and balsa, designed to reduce weight while maintaining durability and stability. Outside of this shared technology, however, each model has its own unique set of technology to set itself apart from the others. If you're looking to ski powder and other varied conditions outside of the groomers, this might be the best series Stockli has to offer you.

Stockli, based in Wolhusen, Switzerland, was founded in 1935. Its U.S. headquarters are in Shelburne, Vermont.