We take a look at the best new skis for the coming 2022/3 winter season at the UK SLIDE snowsports trade fair. Find further information and links to full previews of each ski below.
K2 Dispatch Skis and Wayback Skis Preview Winter 22/23
The Dispatch ski series is one of K2’s new ranges for winter 2023. A lightweight, freeride/tourist-oriented ski that is comfortable both in and out of bounds. This soft snow-specific ski offers a flawless combination of weight-conscious stability and dampness thanks to the all-new Titanal Hex Beam construction, Steadfast Base, and Uni-Directional Flax. Ideal for transforming the wilderness into your own little playground.
Strapped up with T3 Technology – that’s metal-laden construction – the Wayback 96 offers uncompromised downhill capabilities in a super-light package. Whether you’re on a multi-day hut trip or pushing out for a quick dawn patrol, the Wayback 96 offers the best stability-to-weight ratio on the market. Efficient on the way up, while still inspiring confidence on the way down.
To find out check out www.k2snow.com
Atomic Bent Chetler Skis Preview Winter 22/23
One of the most award-winning skis to ever grace the mountain, the Atomic Bent Chetler family is a pillow-bashing, powder slashing ski legend. Constantly evolving since its inception in 2008, the latest iteration not only floats better in deep snow but redefines what’s possible in big mountain terrain.
For more info see www.atomic.com
Head V-Shape Skis V8 & V5 Preview Winter 22/23
The lightweight construction of the V-Shape V8 creates a responsive yet stable ski for carving up the groomers with confidence. The V-Shape V6 has a strong construction with weight-saving technology for a fatigue-free day on the slopes.
Black Diamond Helio Carbon Skis Preview Winter 22/23
Helio Carbon range is built for dawn-to-dusk backcountry missions where slashing powder stashes is the name of the game. Balancing playful, soft-snow performance with a lightweight build and technical precision for when conditions are variable, the Helio features a pre-preg carbon fiber layup with full-perimeter ABS sidewalls for improved dampness and a smooth ride, while the engineered paulownia wood core keeps it lightweight for big vert days in the backcountry.
The Helio also maintains a smooth flex and torsional stiffness for reliable, responsive skiing on the way down. Early rise in the tip and tail improves flotation and trail-breaking efficiency, and an ABS tail protector also has an integrated skin-clip tab to keep your skins from sliding off.
Volkl Kendo & Kenja 88 Ski Preview Winter 22/23
The Kendo 88 is also built with a Titanal frame and carbon tips, providing more stability and impressive damping. As a result the ski offers an extremely lively yet smooth ride, even at high speeds. A multilayer wood core framed by full sidewalls and with a P-Tex 2100 base rounds off the premium construction. When it comes to the buffet of skiing, if you are a glutton that cannot decide between groomers or powder, bumps or trees, the Kenja 88 is the plate (ski) that can handle your hearty appetite.
The Kenja 88 is also built with a Titanal Frame and Carbon tips which gives stability without losing playfulness. The result of all of this is a ski that holds beautifully at high speeds while still remaining extremely lively. If you’ve got Kenja 88’s on your feet, it’s time to unbuckle your belt and dig in to all the mountains can offer.
Porsche X Head Series 7 & 8 Skis Preview Winter 22/23
Yes you heard that right – Porsche do skis! Like their cars, these skis are high performance and build for speed with 77 or 88 underfoot they are a great option to race around the pistes. You wouldn’t drive a Porsche without a seat belt so these skis come with the Protector binding which releases at both the toe and heel giving the rider extra protection when ejecting in a fall.
Dynastar Speed Omeglass Master SL & M-Pro 99 Preview Winter 22/23
Dynastar Speed Omeglass Master SL Packed with slalom-inspired performance straight from our race department, the Speed Omeglas Master SL is a ski for carving connoisseurs. Its powerful edge and agile feel are thanks to the smooth ride and light swing weight of our Hybrid Core and V-Tech design. It’s a playful ski that you can open up and count on through every turn.
Dynastar M-Pro 99 When you’re on the hunt for fresh tracks, powerful arcs and smooth landings, the Dynastar M-Pro 99 delivers an adventurous and floaty ride. Its shape with a rockered tip and flat tail create a stable and smooth freeride feel for getting creative on and off piste. Its Hybrid Core adds a titanal Rocketframe for precise control and a solid ride that holds up to speed.
Rossignol Blackops Skis Preview Winter 22/23
Float, slash, or carve, send it on the Blackops. This is a full-gas freeride ski for pushing your limits. Athlete-driven design combines a wood core with race-developed layup and comes in a variety of mm underfoot to suit your skiing.
Womens – 98 / 102 / 104
Mens – 92 / 98 /118
K2 Mindbender Skis Winter Preview 22/23
The K2 Mindbender Ti Collection puts its own spin on the traditional hard-charging freeride ski category, thanks to K2’s Titanal Y-Beam construction and TCD construction. Titanal has long been used in high-end skis and is known for providing a damp, stable ride at high speeds and on variable terrain, but our Y-Beam technology takes things a step further with dramatically enhanced performance tuning.
Refined for the 2022 collection, these Y-shaped prongs set over the edges in the shovel of the ski provide precise, powerful turn initiation, while the narrower metal shape in the tail of the ski provides the support you need for charging while still remaining maneuverable, forgiving, and easy turn release.
Scott Sports Pure Mission Ski Preview Winter 22/23
The Pure range and the Mission ski has been developed by freeride skier Jeremie Heitz so is the perfect tool to tackle big mountain extreme skiing. Watch to find out why.
Armada Declivity Skis Preview Winter 22/23
Armada aren’t necessarily known as a piste performance ski however the Declivity range is here to change all that. This all-mountain ski will have your back wherever you take it on the mountain perfect for an intermediate skier all the way up to a ski instructor level.