When it comes to skis, buying without trying can be confusing. I prefer demo days or demo-ing from shops at or near the mountain. Reading how a ski performs can provide helpful guidance in your selection process but using those skis – especially on familiar terrain – really helps in deciding how to make the best purchase.

That said, we’ve posted the annual list of skis recommended for older skiers. They include models from Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, Fischer, Head, K2, Kastle, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Stockli, and Volkl. 

You’ll find the list by clicking here.

Most of the recommended skis have relatively soft flex, allowing the ski’s sidecut to engage with snow with minimal exertion. This ski design component requires less physical effort to turn and, regardless of your physical condition, reduces loss of stamina. 

The recommendations come from data assembled during last Spring’s ski tests conducted by RealSkiers.com, the go-to site for in-depth ski equipment evaluations. The 45 recommended skis are organized by ski width categories, which correspond to types of terrain and snow conditions, factors considered in their design and engineering.

While many consider skis to be unisex, some women prefer skis with weight and flex more suitable to their size and physique. The list identifies 10 women’s skis.

What’s the best way to use the information on the list? First, identify the ski category you want to add to your quiver. Then work with a quality ski shop. And, as mentioned at the start of this article, if possible, demo the selections to compare before making your purchase.

BTW, SeniorsSkiers.com subscribers enjoy a 50% discount off subscriptions to realskiers.com subscriptions. Use Code SS21.

3 Comments

  1. Hello, I’m kind of confused as to why you would not have any Elan skis on the list for best skis for seniors – The Elan Ripstick 88 is probably one of the best if not the Bess skier for senior men- it’s one of the lightest skis and with its 88 CM waist it makes skiing the crud and cut up snow a breeze- if you want to carve them, they are more then willing – it is truly a all mountain east ski-

  2. Mark Zmich says:

    Trying before buying was rule one during my work life. I broke the rule & bought the Nordica Enforcer 94. The Enforcer checks every box for this N E skier. I was so impressed the 104 Free had to be my next pair. This summer my wife (your niece) found a long slender box at our back door. Outside wet paint brush in my hand she approached me with the box. Dare I say her father’s passion for skiing had her more than aware of the contents in hand. Have a Great Season, MZ

  3. Jon Weisberg says:

    Thanks for the comment, Mark. All my love to you, Debbie and family! Jon

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