ROSSIGNOL SQUAD 7
The Squad 7—which comes in a single, 190-cm length—is bigger and wider than Rossi's other top powder ski, the Super 7, making it somehwat less versatile. Still, its metal-free construction makes it feel light underfoot for such a big ski, and its fat tail makes it float higher in powder. It's stable ("as solid as Chuck Norris," according to one tester at Freeskier, who made it an Editor's Pick), with better-than-average edging for a fat ski, thanks to its low tail and tip rocker. It's happiest in deep snow, to be sure, but the Squad 7 is nimble enough for experienced skiers who want to navigate glades and bomb steep chutes. "If you've reached the point where the S7 feels insufficient," says Skiing, "this is your ride."
Best For: Loose, flowy turns in deep powder.
Overall: 3.59 | Float: 4.30 | Stability: 3.86
Length (cm): 190
Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 145-120-126
Buy It ($800 at backcountry.com)