MARK JONES’ TOP SKI PICKS

SALOMON GEISHA
£450
At higher speeds this women’s ski has the stability to feel secure, but is still soft enough to be playful and easy to use. It’s a hard ski to fault. It’s not great on the piste, but for back country it’s perfect. www.salomon.com

FISCHER WATEA 98 BC TT
£649 inc bindings
The new hull-shaped nose works well in the powder while the rocker gives great flotation and a smooth off piste ride. Feels forgiving in all conditions. www.fischersports.com

ROSSIGNOL
S7.117
£525
Its radical shape gives it heaps of flotation, making it perfect for deep conditions. You always feel you’re in charge, with adjustability on tap whenever you need it. www.snowandrock.com

K2 AMP RICTOR
TOP PERFORMANCE
£510
This is one of the new style piste skis that uses nose rocker. The Rictor feels particularly forgiving in softer, more chopped up conditions, but still carves well on the piste. A very easy skiing experience. www.edgeandwax.co.uk

K2 T: NINE FREE LUV
£280
The Free Luv is a women’s ski that’s been redesigned with nose rocker. It’s has loads of performance on the piste while having enough width and softness for deeper conditions. At higher speeds it has the stability to feel secure, but it is still soft enough to be playful and easy to use in all conditions. www.lockwoods.com