Discussions of a perfect, “quiver-of-one” ski tend to get bogged down in questions of geography: where do you ski, and how often? What’s the snow like there? When you ski elsewhere, what kinds of snow are you chasing after? The discussions can go all night and get you through an entire case of PBR. Or you could save the beer money and listen to the Swiss ski-design experts at Scott, who say their redesigned SuperGuide 95 is the one ski to rule them all. Given the ski’s moderate turn radius, long effective edge, pronounced early rise, and planted feel on hard snow, we’d be inclined to concur: the SuperGuide 95 does well in everything from choppy mashed potatoes to dust-on-crust. The svengalis of snow at Backcountry Magazine agreed, and granted the ski its highest “Editor’s Choice” honors for 2020-21.
- Excellent all-rounder that feels more like a piste ripper than a touring-specific ski.
- Full wood core makes for a round flex that’s easy to turn in all conditions.
Damp, planted feel excels at higher speeds and with a slightly stiffer boot, such as the Dynafit Hoji Free.
- Elliptic construction combines carbon and aramid to stiffen the paulownia wood core.
- Moderate tip rocker lets the ski plane out of the snow when necessary, without compromising the hard-snow performance of the flat tail.
- Confirmed weight: 1316g/ski (168cm)