If you’re ready to move beyond the rental and want a pair of skis to call your own, the new K2 Hardside Skis ($700) should do the trick — they certainly have for us this (short) season. Their versatility will keep you carving through ice on the crusty days and shredding powder on snowy days, meaning they’re the only blades you need to conquer any mountain in any weather. The all-terrain rocker is elevated for gripping soft snow, and the stable tips won’t catch in rough conditions. Add in the progressive sidecut for turning in hard snow and the flat tails for trekking through back country, and you’re all set. Even better, the metal laminate construction reduces weight, which comes in handy whether catching air or lugging your skis to the nearest après ski warming hut.
Buy Now: $700