There are no women’s race skis made for consumers, only women’s lengths. Thus has it ever been so. If you calculated all the varieties of race models already being built at great expense by the brands committed to the category, you’d understand why creating another whole layer of duplication isn’t in the cards. Plus women who belong on these skis don’t require pandering, as anyone who has ever seen Lindsay, Anna or Michaela ski in person can attest.
Since technical skis are usually direct spin-offs from a race design, little wonder there are so few carving skis being built specifically for women. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the few sticks being made for this elite female are all excellent.
The 2017 Women’s Technical Trio
When there isn’t much demand for a category, suppliers have little incentive to introduce new models, so the women’s Technical field is a small and shrinking sorority. The only new entry, Rossignol’s Famous 10, comes from one of the few brands to continually create women’s specific designs for the Technical market. K2’s dedication to the women’s market runs so deep they make a first-rate women’s carving ski, the Luv Machine 74Ti, even though they haven’t made a race model in years. Atomic’s Cloud Eleven XT is a near clone of the unisex Redster XT, giving women the same access to power as men.