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The 9 Best Value Skis of 2022

Skiing has long carried an image of being an expensive sport for rich people, for good reason. It’s easy to spend a ridiculous amount of money to go skiing. And that side of skiing gets all the hype, expensive gear, high-class lodging, exclusive resorts, and exorbitant apres cocktails. But, on the flip side, for the discerning skier, there are plenty of deals to be had, and lots of places where it’s possible to save money and still have an incredible skiing experience. And the most obvious of these is when it comes to buying your own skis.

Skis don’t have to be expensive to be a whole bunch of fun, and the skis on this list prove that. They’re affordable, but still high performance, which makes them a great option for folks getting into skiing who want to prioritize their time on the hill, not the gear that gets them there. All of these skis offer a great performance to price ratio, but each one of them is geared toward a slightly different style of skier, so we’ve broken down what sets them apart from one another, to help you find something that fits your budget, and puts a smile on your face with every turn. This isn’t your typical list of discount ski gear, so save some money for lift tickets, and grab a pair of one of the best value skis.


Line Skis Pandora 84 - Women's

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Line Skis' Pandora family of skis has long been a favorite of female skiers who like to have fun all over the mountain. They’ve cemented a legacy as approachable, reliable skis that won’t break the bank. At 84 mm wide, the Pandora 84 is the narrowest ski in the line, which makes it the most accessible to beginner skiers. It’s easy to carve a turn on and its early rise tip and tail mean it handles variable snow well too. Line has gone to great pains to shave unnecessary weight off of the Pandora 84, so it's easy to handle in the lift line or the trees. Unlike some of the ski packages on this list, the Pandora 84 doesn’t come with bindings, so you’ll have to factor that into the cost, but its performance on the mountain justifies the slight price premium.

If you’re a female skier looking for a reliable all-mountain ski that won’t let you down for years to come, the Pandora 84 was designed specifically for you.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
84None$399.95

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Armada ARW 86 - Women's

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Armada has a long history of making great park skis, so it’s no surprise that their affordable women’s ski, the ARW 86 is just as comfortable in the terrain park as it is outside of it. That’s not to say that the ARW is a one-trick park pony, its 86 mm waist, poplar/ash core, and tip and tail rocker make it a great all-mountain crusher too. So, while the ARW is just as comfortable on groomers or in the glades as skis like the Pandora, it’s got a slight edge when it comes to doing tricks in the park. This is the value ski for ladies who want to learn to spin and jib, who look at the terrain park’s jumps and rails with excitement, not with trepidation. In the past when going this direction you often had to settle for a pair of cheap skis that would take a beating while in the park, but not anymore.

So, if that sounds like you, give the ARW 86 a shot. It’s a great ski to make your first turns on, and learn how to ride the whole mountain with, but when you decide it’s time to send it in the park, the ARW 86 is up to the challenge.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
86None$399.95

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Salomon Stance 80 Skis ​+ M11 GW Bindings

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It used to be that only the most hardcore and aggressive skis had metal laminates in them. Metal layers do a great job of helping the ski stay stiff and absorb chatter, but historically the skis that have featured them have been aimed at experienced skiers who don’t mind a demanding ride. Luckily, in recent years, Salomon has figured out how to get the benefits of metal skis, without the demanding downsides. That’s how the Stance 80 can have a metal layer but still be an easy, approachable ski. At lower speeds, it’s very easy to get along with the Stance 80, and when you decide you’re ready to ski faster, it won’t hold you back at all.

While there was once a time when beginner skiers had to steer clear of skis with metal in them, those times are gone. With the Stance, Salomon has managed to bring metal’s performance benefits to the masses. If you’re looking for an approachable ski with a high top end, the Stance 80 fits the bill.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
80M11 GW$499.99

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K2 Reckoner 92 Alliance - Women's

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When K2 revamped its entire ski line to include the Reckoner series last winter, they didn’t leave out the ladies. The Reckoner 92 Alliance brings the playful all-mountain performance of the Reckoner to an approachable ski that will appeal to female skiers. The Reckoner 92 is similar to the Armada ARW in some regards, both are aimed at female skiers who are interested in freestyle skiing. The Reckoner 92 is a little wider though, so it’s more comfortable in mixed snow conditions, while still staying nimble in the park.

If your freestyle ambitions extend to the whole mountain, and every bump looks like a jump, the Reckoner 92 Alliance should be high on your list.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
92None$299.95

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Faction Prodigy 0.0X - Women's

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The Prodigy 0.0x takes the best traits of Faction’s all-mountain freestyle Prodigy line and scales them down and makes them more approachable. It’s another park-biased all-mountain ski with an affordable price tag. Like the ARW 86, it’s a narrower ski best suited for groomed snow, in, or out of the terrain park. The Prodigy’s hybrid foam core makes it ridiculously light and easy to turn and spin, although it won’t stand up to repeated abuse as well as skis with a full wood core. The Prodigy 0.0x is a great first step into the world of down rails and double corks, and will help you grow as a skier anywhere on the mountain.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously approachable ski that’s easy to spin and pop on, the Prodigy 0.0x is just your typical pair of discount skis, Faction dreamed up this exact model just for you.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
85None$329

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Rossignol Black Ops Dreamer ​+ Xpress 10 GW Bindings - Women's

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Rossignol’s Black Ops line has something for everyone, from first-time skiers to seasoned backcountry pros. The Dreamer is one of the most versatile ladies skis in that line, it’s very easy to get along with, no matter what terrain and snow conditions you’re dealing with, it’s happy to make consistent turns. And the best part is that the Dreamer isn’t just easy to ski, it’s easy on the environment too. The Dreamer uses recycled materials throughout, with a sustainably harvested wood core. At 90 mm underfoot the Dreamer can handle anything from spring groomer days to your first really deep pow day with aplomb.

So, if you’re looking for a very versatile platform, that comes with bindings at a price that’s hard to beat, the Black Ops Dreamer checks all the boxes.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
90Xpress 10 GW$399.95

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Atomic Maverick 83 + M10 GW Bindings

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Are you a maverick? Do you want to buck the trends, avoid crappy rental gear, and rock your own setup? The Atomic Maverick 83 is a great first step to becoming a genre-defying skier. Atomic designed the Maverick to bridge the gap from rental gear to owning gear. So the ski/binding package is very affordable and provides an accessible and easy ride that won’t let you down as you progress. These skis were designed to grow with you, giving back as you develop new skills. The 83 mm waist makes them quick and maneuverable, and the tip rocker helps them float in fresh snow. A carbon insert makes them snappy and responsive, and Atomic’s HRZN tech keeps the tips loose in deeper snow.

If you’re ready to make the jump from renting or borrowing your skis to owning your setup, but won’t be satisfied with the same old cheap ski gear, the Maverick is ready to make that leap of faith with you.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
83M10 GW$499.99

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Rossignol Black Ops Smasher + Xpress 10 GW Bindings

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The Black Ops Smasher is the men’s version of the Dreamer. As such, it’s another very versatile ski, that’s available in lengths that will fit everyone from young children to full-grown men. That means if you’re still growing, or buying skis for your kid, you can seamlessly graduate from one length to another with no loss of ride quality. Like the Dreamer, the Smasher is a ski package and comes complete with bindings, so all you’ll need are boots and poles to round out your kit.

The partial twin tip means this is a great ski to start learning freestyle skills on, and tip and tail rocker make it fun to slash and play in fresh snow. The Black Ops Smasher is a consistent ski that’s here to help you level up, and one of the best skis that would work well for anyone in the family.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
90Xpress 10 GW$399.95

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Völkl Bash 86

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Looking for a great value park ski that won’t break the bank? Well, look no further than the Bash. Völkl took everything they’ve learned from decades of making competition-ready park and pipe skis and put it all together in an affordable, user-friendly package to create the Bash 86. Even if you’ve never entered the terrain park before, this is the ski to get you there. And, if you’ve been skiing your all-mountain skis on jumps and rails, the Bash will be a nice upgrade.

It’s light and easy to spin, the wider 86 mm waist means it’s capable all over the mountain, and it will hold up to years of abuse. So go for it, put on that baggy jacket, and go hike some rails, the Bash 86 has you covered.

Width (mm)BindingsOriginal Price
86None$399.99

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