There’s a renaissance underway in the ski industry. For a few seasons now, boutique and major manufacturers have started crafting skis made just for women. These models are typically lighter, softer and a bit shorter than their male counterparts. Think of it as the difference between a men’s ski jacket and a women’s ski jacket. Both feature the same materials and technical specs, but the cuts and measurements are tailored just so for different shapes and sizes.
The Liberty Envy is the Colorado manufacturer’s flagship women’s ski, and like it’s male counterpart, the Liberty Origin, it saw a facelift in the 2015-16 season. It is now lighter and poppier than ever before, thanks in large part to a revamped core. The tri-layer core is built with three materials — bamboo, super-light paulownia and sturdy poplar — to give the ski plenty of strength without leg-killing weight. That combo makes this ski insanely light at about 3.4 pounds (1,530 grams) in the 156 cm length.
Also, like it’s bigger and beefier men’s Envy, it is an all-terrain machine. It features Liberty’s “Stealth Rocker” shape, also known as hybrid rocker (stiff traditional camber underfoot with mild reverse camber on the nose and tail) to help it tackle any conditions – from afternoon chop to a foot of shimmering fresh.