The 5 Best Backcountry Skis Of 2017

What makes a good backcountry ski? Depends what you’re using it for. For long tours, prioritize weight. For gnarly descents, look for control and responsiveness. And for do-everything backcountry skis, balance uphill and downhill performance to stay comfortable in deep powder, hardpack, and everything in between. No matter your style, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our list of this winter’s best skis.