2015/2016 Stockli Stormrider 88

Here, obviously, is the all- mountain midfat that thinks it's a GS ski. But testers noticed a pleasing subtlety to its carve-ready performance. Edge engagement is progressive in and out of the turn, rather than abruptly on or off the way some skis are. That makes the Stormrider's power smooth and manageable and broadens its terrain options well beyond the firmly groomed. Elling: "The faster you go, the quieter and smoother it gets. Super damp, stable, and fast."

NOTES: The Stormrider 88 is a middle ground ski in Stockli's Freeride series, with a 127 mm tip, 88 mm waist, and 113 mm tail. While it's intended to rip up powder, it's built with versatility in mind and these dimensions are supposed to be practical enough for the ski to perform equally well on all terrain, even hardpack.

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, 3AX technology integrates fiberglass into the sidewall, designed for durability on burlier terrain. For something similar but wider, check out the Stormrider 95, Stormrider 107, and Stormrider Pro 115.

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.