Best Freestyle Skis For 2022-2023 | Durable And Playful Skis Built To Lap The Park

Here's the best freestyle skis for winter 2022-2023

Tired of skiing with two planks firmly on the ground? Looking to spice up your skiing? Grab yourself a pair of freestyle skis and get airborne. Freestyle skis are designed to bring out the most creative, playful, and stylish elements of your skiing, a pair of freestyle skis really can turn the mountain into your playground (excuse the cliché, but it exists for a reason).

“Freestyle skis really can turn the mountain into your playground”

Despite what the monumental level of trickery currently displayed in freeskiing films and competitions might suggest, freestyle skis tend to be pretty inclusive in terms of ability level (with a few competition-specific exceptions). This accommodating nature comes from their soft to medium flex range, relatively light weight, and optimal manoeuvrability.


Best Freestyle Skis For 2022-2023

How To Choose A Pair Of Freestyle Skis

Ski Widths Explained
How To Choose The Right Ski Length
Ski Shapes Explained
Ski Camber and Rocker Explained



Lay a pair of skis flat on a surface and you’ll most likely see the ski rise up from said surface. The rise, most prominent from the waist, is something we call camber. This rise means that when the ski is weighted, it will have an even distribution of weight throughout the whole length of the ski rather than exclusively at its midpoint. If you’re looking for skis with a lot of energy and bite in firm snow, then look for skis with a liberal use of camber underfoot.


Rocker is essentially the opposite to camber. It’s the upwards curve into the ski profile, usually in the tips and tails. Rocker shortens the contact length of the edges, requiring less effort to steer your skis into turns. 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 extremely manoeuvrable skis that sail through deep snow, at the cost of bite on firm snow.

Credit: Ed Blomfield

Camber/Rocker Mix

Similar to all-mountain skis, most freestyle skis these days combine camber underfoot with rockered tips and tails. This blend combines all the good stuff of camber and rocker together to create an extremely versatile rocker profile. Camber underfoot ensures the skis can hold an edge at speed on kicker take-offs and landings. Meanwhile, rocker allows you to whip, press, and swivel your skis around at will. Plus, lift in the tips and tails also minimises the chances of your skis snagging on rails or features.

Generally speaking, if you’re looking for an ultra-stiff park ski for exclusive use on larger park jumps, opt for maximum camber. A healthy dose of rocker will help you out if you fancy a more playful ride trying your hand at natural features, jumps and jibs.


Presented by brands as ‘120 / 95 / 115’ (numbers will vary) 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. Skis with a longer radius are stable at speed through long turns, while skis with a shorter radius are easier to turn and create shorter snappier turns.

Freestyle skis tend to have a medium radius making them easy to handle, but stable at the higher speeds required for ultimate control on kicker in-runs and landings.


Unlike traditional skis (often referred to as ‘directional’ skis), freestyle skis feature near symmetrical shaping in the tips and the tails, which is why you’ll often hear them referred to as ‘twin tips’. This symmetrical shaping is what allows freestyle skiers to ride switch (backwards) as effortlessly as forwards. Skis intended for exclusive use in the park tend to have a more symmetrical sidecut, whilst freestyle skis designed with all-mountain versatility in mind feature more directional shaping for downhill and powder performance.

Mounting point

Freestylers learn early on that keeping your body weight evenly distributed over your skis is the key to stability and control. Freestyle skis are usually ‘centre mounted’, meaning the boot is placed almost directly in the middle of the ski to help you remain centred.

For those used to directional skis where the binding is situated closer towards the ski tails, this requires some adjusting, but a centre mounted ski makes switch skiing, spinning, and landing tricks a whole lot easier.

‘Freestyle recommended’ mounting points are a fail-safe mounting option for those who are new to freestyle. Make sure to ask your ski technician if you want your ski mounted in the true centre, as this often differs slightly to the recommended mounting point.


Freestyle ski widths tend to fall within a range of 80 – 100mm. Smaller waist widths (approx. 80 –  88mm) offer more bite on firm snow as power from your boot can be directly driven to the edges of the skis – great for generating speed and power off booters.

Wider waist widths (90mm +) create a larger surface area underfoot, providing stability on rails and enabling the ski to act as a launchpad for buttering around. A waist width of 95+ starts to take you into the realms of an all mountain/freestyle ski.

You don’t really want to go wider than 100mm for a freestyle ski, however, as too much width and swing weight underfoot will feel clunky on features and hard to handle in the air.

Faction Mana 2

Why we chose the Faction Mana 2: Playful, ‘chargey’, durable
Lengths (cm): 166, 173, 178, 183 & 188
Sidecut (mm): 131 / 102 / 127 (183 cm)
Radius: 20m (183 cm)
Weight (per ski): 1,880g
Price: £549


The Faction Mana 2 is a freestyle ski with a freeride spirit. Following on from the (now retired) Faction CT range, the Mana 2 offers a powerful build with nearly symmetrical shaping which results in a ski that’s happy to charge across the entire mountain, while still being a treat within the park gates.

How is this done? well, firstly, the Mana 2 makes use of a Poplar and Beech core at its heart to provide both pop and dampening in their own right. Remember that Faction’s aim in creating this ski was to produce a ‘chargey’ symmetrical ski with a park bias, so it totally makes sense that Faction went for this hybrid core construction.

Selected for the 22/23 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Faction Mana 2 Review here

Atomic Bent 85

Why we chose the Atomic Bent 85: Light, rail-god-worthy, affordable
Lengths (cm): 150, 160, 165, 170 & 175
Sidecut (mm): 109 cm
Radius: 16m (170 cm)
Weight (per ski): 1,750g
Price: £280


When Atomic discontinued the Punx , hey knew there would be a lot of upset fans who have been using the same ski for the last 13 years. Instead of forcing them onto fatter skis and telling them to get with the times, they released the narrow Bent 85. This, we think, is more similar to the Atomic Infamous (another discontinued ski from Atomic).

Who Is The Bent 85 For?

The Atomic Bent 85 is a ski designed for people who want to get into park skiing, and advance their way up to the bigger stuff. It’s perfect for thrashing around the domes or out on the dry slope. Don’t expect this ski to keep up with its bigger brothers on the mountain, but it won’t let you down either; especially for the price.

If you are willing to buy a couple of pairs, these will be one of the better comp ski options on the market. The weight alone will make you forget you’ve got skis on. If there is a ski that’ll spin you to the future, then this is it.

Selected for the 22/23 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Atomic Bent 85 Review here

Armada ARV 106

Why we chose the Armada ARV 106: All-mountain ripping, no matter the conditions

Lengths (cm): 172, 180 & 188 cm
Sidecut (mm): 134 / 106 / 124 (180 cm)
Radius: 20m (180 cm)
Weight (per ski): 2,125g (180 cm)
Price: £540


Armada is known for their creativity and dedication when it comes to freestyle skiing, always having some of the best graphics and consistently innovating new technology to ensure they have a ski for every skier out there. Your choice: disappear into the mountains or never leave the streets like an urban junkie. The ARV 106 is the perfect in-between and, what’s more, they haven’t cut corners when it comes to durability.

Who Is The Armada ARV 106 For?

The ARVs are the perfect ski for someone who wants it all without having to break the bank , and load the car with several pairs of skis, to get it. These are playful enough for spring days in the park and still have enough ski about them to charge through some early season crud. You’ll very rarely feel out of place on these skis and it’s very unlikely you’ll break them either. A great ski for the all-rounder.

Selected for the 22/23 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Armada ARV 106 Review here

Volkl Revolt 90

Why we chose the Völkl Revolt 90: World Cup winning heritage, freestyle-specific
Lengths (cm): 168, 174, 180, 186
Sidecut (mm): 118 / 90  / 118  (180 cm)
Radius: 21.5m (180 cm)
Price: £475

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Völkl has some of the world’s most competitive riders on their team. From Birk Ruud (the four-time X-Games medalist) to Markus Eder (one of the best freeride-freestyle hybrid skiers of all time). No one can doubt their ability to produce some of the highest-performing skis on the planet, and the Revolt 90 is no exception.

Who Is The Volkl Revolt 90 For?

The Revolt 90 is a ski that is really suited to people who want to be riding in the park all day.  It is what they have been designed to do and they do a bloody good job too. You will of course have a great time riding out of the park on these, but if you’re looking for something to take on a powder day or shred the open-face gnar with your mates then I’d click the back button and keep on scrolling through the Ski 100. 

Selected for the 22/23 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Volkl Revolt 90 Review here

Head Oblivion 84

Best For: Lightweight durability
Sidecut: 120 / 84 / 109 (176cm)
Radius: 19m (176cm)
Price: £335 / €350 / $475

Head are ‘beefing-up’ their current Caddy freeski line and relaunching the revamped skis under their revived Oblivion range name. Developed alongside park and pipe legends Jesper Tjäder and Aaron Blunck, Head have focused their efforts on crafting a ‘virtually indestructible ski’ to withstand the numerous beatings thrown upon any park ski. They have achieved this increased durability by incorporating thicker impact resistant ABS sidewalls, their toughest base material, and a laminate sandwich core construction.

If the Oblivion survives Jesper Tjäder’s monstrous rail tricks, we’re pretty sure it will work for us. The Oblivion’s narrow 84mm waist is paired with a significantly wider tip and tail, making it easy to throw around on hardpack but difficult to destroy.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Head Oblivion 84 Review here

Note: Faction Prodigy 1.0 pictured (same ski, different topsheets)

Faction Prodigy 1.0 X

Best For: Playful performance
Sidecut: 120 / 88 / 112 (164cm)
Radius: 16m (164cm)
Price: £469 / €469  / $500

There isn’t a more dominant ski on the women’s freeski podium than Faction’s Prodigy 1.0 X, repped by the likes of Swiss-trio Mathilde Gremaud, Sarah Hoefflin and Giulia Tanno (to name just three of the leading athletes sporting this ski). The Prodigy 1.0 combines playfulness with performance, making it a hit with those just dabbling in freestyle skiing to those topping podiums.

A poplar core makes for a medium flex ski and the relatively short turn radius (12 metres at 164cm) enables smooth and relaxed steering. But make no mistake, the Prodigy 1.0’s directional twin shaping ensure that when pressure is applied, these skis deliver maximum pop and enable explosive skiing. The Prodigy 1.0 model features an identical construction to the 1.0 X – only the top sheet and minimum/maximum lengths differ – which, of course, also lands the Prodigy 1.0 on our selection of best freestyle skis.



Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Faction Prodigy 1.0 Review here

K2 Poacher

Best For: Burly durability
Sidecut: 163 / 170 / 177 / 184 (184cm)
Radius: 19m (180cm)
Price: £435 / €500 / $500

We agree with K2’s assessment of the Poacher: their ‘twin-tipped freak’. From X-Games podiums to urban shoots and everything in between, the Poacher leaves its mark loud and clear. This is no flimsy park ski. Thanks to K2’s twin tech sidewalls, the Poacher is intended to withstand serious impact.

Added to its impressive durability, an aspen and fir core construction with additional carbon stringers woven throughout the ski, make for a stiff, energetic, and damp ski. At 2kg per ski (at 177cm), the Poacher is best suited to those who prefer a bit of burliness underfoot. This substantial weight does not, however, prevent the Poacher from more playful riding. The Poacher’s 96mm waist and considerable tip and tail rocker, will have you buttering, smearing, and slarving away. The Poacher is aggressive in its performance and serious fun.

Selected for the 21/22 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full K2 Poacher Review here

Scott Scrapper 95

Best For: Tough, but lightweight
Sidecut (mm): 131 / 95 / 119 (178 cm)
Radius: 19m (178 cm)
Price: £490 / €550 / $700

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.

This lightweight build started from the top down with Scott’s award winning carbon and aramid construction. This construction utilises the lightweight power of carbon with the dampening qualities of aramid to produce a highly responsive ride, with a very slight weight penalty.

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

Line Honey Bee

Best For: Tough, but lightweight
Sidecut (mm): 120-92-116
Radius: 16.5
Price: £290

Line modified their Honey Badger park ski to create a shorter, flexier, and lighter weight women’s model. Despite the reduced weight, the result is one of the toughest park skis out there. Line’s trademark Fatty Base and Edge construction ensures ultimate durability: the 4D Fibrecap construction – layering four directions of fibreglass over the core – increases resistance, without adding weight.

A 1.7mm thick base and 2.5mm high steel edges equip the Honey Bee to take on the streets and all manner of rails. At 92mm underfoot, the Honey Bee offers a stable base for pipes and rails, and a larger ski surface for smooth, stylish, transitions. Lightweight enough to float out spins but beefy enough to conquer metal, the Honey Bee is a deceptively gnarly ski. Watch Taylor Lundquist’s 2021 X Games Real Ski edit for a true testament to the Honey Bee’s combination of style and strength.



Selected for the 20/21 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Line Honey Bee Review here

Faction Prodigy 2.0

Best For: All-mountain playfulness
Sidecut (mm): 127 / 98 / 119 (183 cm)
Radius: 20m (183 cm)
Price: £470

Faction’s Prodigy 2.0 brings the park performance of the 1.0 with a good sprinkling more versatility thanks to its all-mountain friendly width. The 2.0’s 98mm waist is more than enough to keep you afloat during heavy powder days, yet not so much that it becomes a nuisance when you’re putting these skis on edge, or stomping spins in the park.

Gracing this shaping is some pretty standard rocker built into both the tips and tails, with 3 mm of camber underfoot, which’ll help you bite into those piste carves or booter takeoffs. Those who like their skis with a stout flex will enjoy the feedback generated by the 2.0’s responsive but light weight poplar core. In short, the Prodigy 2.0 can handle first lift powder frenzy just as smoothly as it handles cruising through the park.



Selected for the 20/21 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Faction Prodigy 2.0 review here.

Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Best For: Playfulness across the entire mountain
Sidecut (mm): 129.5 / 100 / 120 (180cm)
Radius: 19.5m (180cm)
Price: £450

We can’t get enough of the Bent Chetler 100. Featured in our Best All-Mountain Skis of 2021, we are now claiming it as one of the best park skis out there. Sure, at 100 mm underfoot the BC 100 is a good deal wider than your traditional park ski, but since it performs just as well, the added width only makes the BC 100 that much more versatile and more stylish.

Since the BC 100 features a directional rocker, sidecut, and recommended mounting point, we were surprised by just how smoothly these skis ride switch. Need convincing that this ski excels in the park like it does everywhere else? Just watch Annika Rava and Lukas Mullauer cruise through the park on their BC 100s. As we’ve said thrice before, if you’re an advanced skier looking to combine freestyle and freeride, the BC 100 is pretty damn close to a perfect one ski quiver.



Selected for the 20/21 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Atomic Bent Chetler 100 review here

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