Assembling a ski quiver is certainly fun, and a great way to procrastinate and make the hours at work fly by.
But it can also be a bit tricky, and we get a lot of questions about whether ski X is too similar to ski Y to hang on to both, and basically, how to think about putting together a quiver that makes sense.
So the first thing to figure out is (a) whether, for you personally, it’s worth owning more than a single pair of skis in the first place, and then (b) how to put together a group of skis that will help you get the most out of every day on the mountain.
To be clear (and like many aspects of skiing) there is no single perfect quiver for everyone. This depends very much on where you ski and how you ski. So our selections below aren’t necessarily the answer to the question, “What are the best skis out there?”, our selections below are the specific choices of several of us here at Blister, and include our rationale for why we’d choose them.
And if you’re looking for more general suggestions and recommendations (as opposed to what we personally would pick) check out our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide. In the guide, we offer our thoughts on which particular combinations of skis pair well — in areas that get less snow, and in areas that get more snow — so those selections might be a useful complement to what we’ve written here if you’re still looking for general ideas, or if you already own one ski and are wondering what other skis would go well with it.
So between the Buyer’s Guide and what we have here, we hope to help you figure out (a) whether you should look into a 1-, 2-, or 3-ski quiver, and (b) give you a bit of direction on how to build your own quiver. We’ll be starting with 3-ski quivers, then narrowing it down to our 2- and 1-ski quivers in the coming weeks.
For each of our reviewers, we asked them to answer the following questions:
I. Which currently available skis would you pick for your own 3-ski quiver?
II. What skis were the most difficult to leave off your list?
III. What skis do you imagine have the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski them, or get to ski them more?
IV. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 3-ski quiver, which company would you pick?
(1) For our quivers, we’re only including skis that we’ve actually spent time on, but we will allow some speculation regarding skis that we think might fit into our quiver once we get to ski them / ski them more.
(2) We will be updating this post with more options from some of our other reviewers in the near future, but we’d also love to hear your answers to some or all of our four questions, too, so please do so in the Comments section.
NEXT: The Selections