Images from Whiteface Mountain, New York
The following is Unofficial Networks picks for the best East Coast skis for the 2016 – 2017 ski season. One thing you will notice about all of these skis are that they sit in a very small width range at between 88-90mm underfoot. We feel this is the sweet spot for an EC ski that will spend its life charging firm groomers, bouncing between tight trees and enjoying the occasional float.
#5. Atomic Vantage 90 CTI
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 132/90/115 (@176cm)
Your gonna see a lot of these on the hill this season. The Atomic Vantage 90 CTI is a hot ski and for good reason. Atomic’s new Carbon Tank Mesh works magic by increasing the strength of the ski without increasing its total weight. The ski’s Titanium Backbone keeps the ski torsionally stiff, giving you additional power for charging through crud and down firm groomers.
#4. Fischer Ranger 90Ti
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 122/90/111 (@179cm)
A stable and highly versatile ski makes the Fisher Ranger 90Ti an easy pick for one of the Top 5 East Coast skis for 2016 -2017. The ski’s thin carbon nose coupled with it’s carbon inlay gives you a stable platform that’s easy to steer. Fischer’s Air Tech Ti Construction reduces the weight of the ski by 25% without giving up much in the crud blasting department. #3. Head Monster 88
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 133/88/114 (@177cm)
The Head Monster 88 feels like a GS ski that can still duck into the woods for some pow slashes. They accomplish this feat by using Graphene, a material that is incredibly strong but only one molecule thick. This gives the skis a nice balance of strength and lightness hard to find anywhere else on the market.
#2. Dynastar Powertrack 89
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 126/89/110 (@179cm)
It’s shocking to see the number of skis built today to do things other than actually ski down a mountain. Dynastar has built a reputation for building skis that refrain from gimmicks and trends to produce well thought out skis that can fly. Two Full Length Titanium Layers sit above the Poplar Wood Core giving the ski a damp and smooth feeling. Sandwich Sidewalls allow you to drive your edges into the firmest of firm. The ski maintains maneuverable feeling thanks to the Progressive 5-Point Sidecut that brings the contact points closer to the center of the ski.
#1. Stokli Stormrider 88
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 127/88/113 (@177cm)
Much like Pit Vipers, these handmade Swiss skis demand respect and authority. They obey no speed limits and have no sympathy for weak ass skiing. Stay over the bolts and these skis will deliver you to the Promised land. Dual Titanium Layers sit on top of a light core giving the Stormrider 88’s an incredibly stable platform that can blast through crud, death cookies or anything else that might stand in your way. The ski’s TGL (Thin Glass Laminate) adds weight reduction, without compromising or apologizing.