Wide and Wonderful: Frontside Porkers

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(85-94 mm waists)

They prefer to think of themselves not as fat, but merely full-figured. Rubenesque. Use them to plunder the frontside run after run on those frantic powder mornings. Your skinny-skied rivals will wallow in your tracks. The group includes a new fatty from Rossignol (the B3), a women-specific offering from K2 (T:Nine Phat Luv), a pricey handmade creation from Dynastar (Super Nobis) and one of the originals (Volant Chubb). Go with a short length for ripping tight Eastern trees. (And remember: The flotation makes mellow woods that aren't steep enough for skinny skis a whole lot of high-speed fun, even days after the dump.) In the West, go long.

A Blizzard Titan 9.2 126-92-112 $795

B Dynastar Super Nobis 117-90-109 $1,100

C Dynastar Inspired 117-89-110 $775

D Elan Mantis 777 117-87-107 $750

E Fischer Big Stix 8.6 120-86-107 $750

F Head i.M 85 122-85-110 $750

G K2 Axis AK 118-90-108 $675

H K2 T:Nine Phat Luv 122-90-112 $675

I Kneissl Flexon Tanker 125-93-116 $699

J Rossignol Bandit B3 122-94-112 $839

K Salomon AK Rocket Pilot 118-86-110 $1,245*

L Stöckli Stormrider DP 120-91-109 $779

M Volant Genesis V2 Chubb 128-94-116 $799

N Volant Machete FB 128-94-116 $799

* Includes binding