Previously, we took a look at some of the best women’s skis and best park skis we’ve seen. Our last category definitely inspired the most debate around here, because it’s such a multi-dimensional category about self-expression, all over the mountain. But at the end of the day, the criteria was to find a ski that could handle big mountain lines, park laps, backcountry kickers, trees, and bumps, and groomers—whether skiing fairly agressively, or just poking around the mountain, and whether the snow is great or not. The winners?
Best All-Mountain Jib Skis
Given its low swing weight and progressive, symmetrical flex, the Sir Francis Bacon is the ski that fits the above criteria nearly to a tee. And not only can the Bacon handle everything we’ve listed, it’s playful in every setting.
The Rocker2 108 is more soft-snow oriented and more directional than the SFB, and it won’t feel as comfortable in the park. But it was still one of the most fun skis we’ve tested over the past three seasons—whether or not you’re flipping or spinning.
Serious Contender Alert:
• Blizzard Peacemaker
We have this ski in hand, we’re just about to start putting time on it, and we think it has a very serious shot to top this list. There’s nothing particularly dramatic about the Peacemaker, and in this category, that’s a good thing. It doesn’t have a ton of camber, it doesn’t have a lot of tip and tail rocker, it’s not super soft, nor is it overly stiff. In short, it looks like it might have a shot to be as good as the all-time great in the category, namely…
Throwing Down the Gauntlet
We’re breaking our own rules here to discuss a discontinued ski, because we’ve never seen a better ski in this category. And to any company out there that builds a ski exactly like the 11/12 Sickle, we promise to give you the top spot on this list next year.
On that note, we conclude the first Blister ‘Best Of’ Awards. There will certainly be more categories next year, and we can’t wait to find out which new skis will earn their way on to our list. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be fun to find out.