Rating: / 5
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134/100/123 in 183
Lengths: 163, 173, 183
Stability at speed: 3.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 3.00 / 5
Forgiveness: 4.00 / 5
The Powd’air is an extremely light ski that is as suitable for going uphill as it is for the ski down. It has a really touchy feel on the snow and it’s light, nimble, and quick in tight spots like trees and bumps. It mixes up the pace with ease, blasting out quick turns and holds its own on long high-speed turns. I expected to be able to fold this ski in half because it felt so light. That didn’t happen. At a paltry 7.5 pounds per pair, touring on these is a breeze. It comes in 163, 173, and 183 lengths. The 183’s dimensions are 134/100/123 and it has 19.5-meter turn radius. Scott uses what they call Sandwich Sidewall Construction Laminate Carbon—a braided carbon laminate top and bottom sheet, classic sandwich sidewall, and hardwood poplar-ash core to give this ski its lightweight and snappy feel. It has traditional camber and sidecut. If you are primarily a backcountry skier but also ski the resort and will only buy one ski, this will do the trick.