Frontside skis are the most popular style of skis for women, excelling on the groomers where the majority of skiers will spend their time. Typically less than 85mm at the waist, frontside skis for women are designed to spend nearly all of their time on the groomers with little ability to head off the beaten path when the conditions are deep. As it is the most common form of skiing, you can find a frontside ski for every level of skier, from the first-timers to the frontside experts. We had our team of Skis.com testers hop on dozens of 2018 frontside skis and determine which five stood out the most.
Women’s Frontside Skis Vs. Men’s Frontside Skis – What’s the Difference?
Before we dive into the picks, it’s important to understand just what the difference is between men’s and women’s skis and why getting a women’s-specific ski is beneficial. Women’s skis are designed a little differently than men’s ski. No matter how strong or aggressive of a skier you are, women’s skis are designed to be more efficient and less fatiguing for you. Since women are typically lighter weight than men are, frontside skis for women are typically softer in the tail, making them easier for you to release them out of a turn. Your mass plays a significant factor in how much pressure you can apply to a ski. A softer ski in the tail requires less energy to make it do what you want it to. Women also carry their weight a little differently than men do. Men carry their weight in their beer bellies, while women carry their weight in their hips and backside. This weight distribution causes many women of all skiing abilities to sit slightly in the “backseat” while skiing which results in a lack of total control. To compensate for this different distribution of mass, ski manufacturers have moved up the mounting position on the ski to allow for easier turn initiation and less fatiguing skiing.