On Tuesday, we published our selections of the best *all-mountain* carvers and dedicated pow skis. If you haven’t read that piece or our Intro to the Best Of Awards series, you can do so here. Today, we have two more categories of skis for you:
Best Playful Pow Skis
The 192cm Bent Chetler is an incredibly versatile, soft-snow ski that will work for many different styles of skiers. It can spin, butter, and slash with the best of them, and it’s super intuitive and easy to ski. But what makes the Ben Chetler truly remarkable is that it can still mach through resort pow with ease—no folding up, no deflecting.
Reviewer Jason Hutchins call this “the most confidence-inspiring playful ski” he’s ever ridden. You can’t ski it hard like the Bent Chetler, but if you want to poke around the mountain and spin, butter, drag, and slash everything in sight, this is the ski.
The width makes it forgiving, while the progressive and symmetrical flex makes it predictable. It also does well on firm snow as long as speeds are kept in check.
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