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The Best All-Mountain Skis Of 2021-2022 | Versatile Skis That Can Take On The Whole Mountain

Dreaming of that one ski quiver? Here's our pick of the best all-mountain skis of 2021-2022

Choosing the best all-mountain ski can be a tricky task to say the least. ‘The single ski quiver’, ‘the quiver killer ski’ and ‘the one-ski-that-rules-them-all’; All-mountain skis are frequently bigged-up by ski brands as the only ski you’ll ever need in your life.

“All-mountain skis are easily the most versatile skis out there”

And, to be fair, while we’re always pretty dubious of these claims, they’re the closest thing you’re going to find to the holy grail of that single ski quiver.

Featuring a moderate waist width, varying use of both tip and tail rocker and an approachable flex rating, all-mountain skis are easily the most versatile skis out there: the kind you reach for when you’re unaware of the conditions that may be coming your way. This versatility makes all-mountain skis the closest ski you can get to that dream one ski quiver.

Best All-Mountain Skis Of 2022

  • Head Oblivion 94
  • Line Blade
  • Nordica Enforcer 100
  • Faction Dictator 2.0
  • Black Diamond Impulse 98
  • Atomic Maverick 100 Ti
  • Blizzard Black Pearl 88
  • Volkl M6 Mantra
  • Scott Scrapper 95
  • Armada Reliance 92 Ti

Here’s a bit of a dive into the features to look out for when making your next all-mountain ski purchase:

Camber

Giving the ski heaps of bite in firm snow, camber is quite simply an all-mountain skis best friend. This grip has been achieved thanks to a rise in the ski which starts underfoot and stretches to the tips and tails. The rise means that when the ski is weighted (flexed), it will have an even distribution of weight throughout the whole length of the ski rather than exclusively at its midpoint.

The use of camber can vary massively between all-mountain skis. Expect to find 1 mm – 6 mm of camber on a pair of all-mountain skis, blended in with rocker both in the tips and tails, which we’ll touch on next.

Rocker

Rocker is essential the opposite to camber. It’s the upwards curve into the ski profile, usually in the tips and tails. By rising the tips and tails up off the snow, it means that the tips don’t have a tendency to ‘tip-dive’ into fresh snow even when the skier is driving the tips. 

On top of this, rocker also shortens the contact length of the edges, making the skis easier to turn in fresh, whereas a ski without rocker might just sink / plough through the fresh snow. 

“If you’re in the market for an all-mountain ski, then we’d suggest looking for skis that use a subtle bit of rocker”

Fully ‘rockered’ skis will have minimal contact points on the snow, as the tips and tails are heavily raised above the surface. This makes for an extremely manoeuvrable ski at the cost of bite on firm snow. If you’re in the market for an all-mountain ski, then we’d suggest looking for skis that use a subtle bit of rocker both in the tips and tails, and reserve the heavily rockered profiles for your powder boards.

Camber/Rocker Mix

It’s common, or even the norm, to see Rocker-Camber-Rocker blends in all-mountain ski designs these days. Take a look out for our ski profile shots found within each ski review to see how much camber and rocker the ski in question carries. This blend combines all the good stuff of camber and rocker together to create an extremely versatile rocker profile.

Sidecut

Presented by brands as  ‘120 / 95 / 115’ this figure shows the width of the tips (first number), waist (second number), and tail (third number) in millimetres. When combined (also taking the amount of tapering into account), the sidecut also gives the radius (in metres) of the ski in question.

This radius is the distance the ski would travel to make a turn, if you were to put it on edge and follow the shape that the sidecut creates. For example, the set of numbers in the paragraph above represent a radius of 25 metres for 180cm ski. 

All-mountain skis with a longer radius are stable at speed through long turns, while skis with a shorter radius are easier to turn, and to create shorter snappier turns.

Width

It’s important to take the waist width of an all-mountain ski into account as the more surface area you’re carrying underfoot, the more chance you have of floating through fresh snow. On the flip side, smaller waist widths have more bite on firm snow as power from your boot can be directly driven to the edges of the skis.

The waist width of a ski will give you a very rough understanding of what the ski is most suited towards. In modern skis, widths of 80 – 110mm are great for all-mountain riding. This does, however, depend on where you’re riding. If you’re in BC then you’re going to favour a wider all-mountain ski, but if you’re usually skiing on the East Coast, then you’ll most likely favour a narrower all-mountain ski.

Waist widths of 110mm + become a little more focused towards powder riding.

Head Oblivion 94

Best For: Park-focused shredding
Sidecut: 128 / 94 / 118 (184 cm)
Radius: 22.8m (184 cm)

The Oblivion is back. Head has retired the legendary Caddy line and replaced it with an all-new and updated Oblivion series of skis that come in a waist widths of 79 and 84 while these 94 mm skis sit as the widest in the range.

The Head Oblivion 94s have been designed with the sole aim of providing an extremely playful ride across the entire mountain and, after taking these skis for a blast in the Austrian Alps, we can say they’ve hit the nail on the head.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Head Oblivion 94 review here.

Line Blade

Best For: Ear-to-ear grinning
Sidecut: 154 / 95 / 124 (176 cm)
Radius: Tight

The Line Blade is unlike many skis we’ve tested before. Its 154 millimetre shovel, super tight turn radius and powerful metal laminate make it a hallmark ski for cutting clean lines across the mountain. Line’s aim when designing this ski was to put fun and playfulness back into resort skiing, and we can confirm that they’ve hit the nail slap bang on the head.

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Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Line Blade review here.

Nordica Enforcer 100

Best For: Versatile power
Sidecut: 133 / 100 / 121 (186 cm)
Radius: 18m (186 cm)

The Enforcer series from Nordica has quickly established itself as a category-defining range that sits within the ever expanding all-mountain / freeride class. The Enforcer 100 blends a traditional shape and playful rocker profile with a burly construction that lives up to the Enforcer name, bringing exceptional power and stability across the entire mountain.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Nordica Enforcer 100 review here.

Faction Dictator 2.0

Best For: Metal power
Sidecut: 127 / 96 / 117 (179 cm)
Radius: 19m (179 cm)

We first got our hands on a pair of Dictators with the Dictator 3.0, and now we’re taking a look at the Dictator 2.0 – a zippy all-mountain ski that carries a narrow waist width to apply that power directly to the edge.

Every ski brand needs a metal ski in their line up. The powerful and damp qualities metal provides has long been worshipped by ski builders around the world. Long have people tried to replicate these qualities with other materials, but nothing quite comes close to the power of metal.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Faction Dictator 2.0 review here.

Black Diamond Impulse 98

Best For: Playful resort ripping
Sidecut: 131 / 98 / 119 (175 cm)
Radius: 16m (175 cm)

The new Impulse range from Black Diamond has been brought in to replace the old and, quite frankly, dated Boundary range. For those of you who may have spent time on the Boundary will know that those things were pretty stiff which, with their large turning radius, meant they were a pretty demanding ski for the everyday punter.

This is where the Impulse 98 comes in. It’s one of those all-mountain skis that’s been designed to perform well across the entire mountain.

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Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Black Diamond Impulse 98 review here.

Atomic Maverick 100 Ti

Best For: Fantastic blend of metal and clever shaping
Sidecut: 129.5 / 100 / 120 (180 cm)
Radius: 19.2m (180 cm)

Replacing the old Vantage 97Ti, Atomic are claiming that this, the all-new Atomic Maverick 100, is the perfect all-mountain ski for those living in North America, thanks to its ability to cut up groomers, while remaining buoyant and manoeuvrable in the sidecountry. And, given not all of us here in Europe dedicate our lives to staying within the pistes, we could see this also being a great ski for the right kind of European skiers.

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Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Atomic Maverick 100 Ti review here.

Blizzard Black Pearl 88

Best For: Hard snow performance
Sidecut: 128 / 88 / 110 (165 cm)
Radius: 11 – 16m (14m @ 165cm)

You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 as an all-mountain ski. While they’re not a dedicated off piste ski, if you do find yourself following your crew into some fresh lines, we’ve always found the Black Pearl will have our back no matter what the conditions.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Blizzard Black Pearl 88 review here.

Volkl M6 Mantra

Best For: The all-mountain blueprint
Sidecut: 135 / 96 / 119 (177 cm)
Radius: 18m (177 cm)

We’ve been big fans of Volkl’s Mantra shape for many years. If we’re ever at a ski test, there’s a good chance we’ll reach for a pair of Mantras to warm up our legs and dial in our testing heads on these trusty skis.

Don’t just listen to us, either. The shape has quickly been picked up by many advanced to expert skiers – professionals and punters alike – around the world as their go-to all-mountain ski that can tackle just about everything on the mountain, no matter what the mountains decide to throw their way.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Volkl M6 Mantra review here.

Scott Scrapper 95

Best For: Lightweight playfulness
Sidecut: 131 / 95 / 119 (178 cm)
Radius: 19m (178 cm)

The Scott Scrapper 95 builds on the now-legendary Scrapper profile in a 95 mm all-mountain waist width. This results in a freeride-specific shape with a lightweight and highly responsive construction for those who like to keep things playful both in the park and beyond the resort boundaries.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Scott Scrapper 95 review here.

Armada Reliance 92 Ti

Best For: Women’s specific all-mountain design
Sidecut: 130 / 92 / 116 (164cm)
Radius: 16.5m (164cm)

Armada have upped their game with an entirely new women’s all-mountain line – the Reliance Series. Following the footsteps of K2’s Women’s Alliance and similar movements – Atomic’s #sheskis ambassador team also comes to mind – Armada gathered their finest female shredders to develop the new line.

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Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Armada Reliance 92 Ti review here.

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