has created a Value Rating System to identify the best ski deals. The Realskiers VRS correlates a ski’s street price with its overall performance score to determine the season’s best buys. The envelope, please….

  1. Blizzard Black Pearl 78

A testament to how well Flipcore design translates to Frontside conditions.

  1. Dynastar Menace 98

The old Slicer is still a terrific twintip with true, all-terrain chops.

  1. Salomon QST 92

The revised QST 92 made a quantum leap in overall performance.

  1. Atomic Vantage 97 C W

Atomic’s lightweight Prolite design hits its sweetspot.

  1. Liberty Genesis 90

Despite its bias for off-trail skiing, this Liberty miss does well on groomers.

  1. Elan Wingman 82 Ti

Elan is onto something with its new on-trail/off-trail hybrid Wingman series.

  1. Blizzard Sheeva 9

The Sheeva 9 makes off-trail skiing sinfully simple.

  1. Salomon XDR 84 Ti

One of the few Frontside skis that favors the Finesse skier.

  1. Blizzard Brahma 82

No other double-rockered baseline adapts so well to groomed terrain.

  1. Line Sick Day 104

The best bargain in the Big Mountain genre smears crud effortlessly.