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2019 Liberty Genesis 96 Women’s Skis

The Liberty Genesis 96 is the middle ski in terms of width in Liberty’s Freeride collection and according to Liberty is designed to “turn heads from hardpack to your favorite powder stash.” At 96 mm under foot and with Liberty’s X Core Carbon construction, we expect that claim is pretty darn accurate. The core is made from a combination of bamboo, poplar, paulownia, and carbon, resulting in a ski that has good torsional stiffness, stability, and energy, but hits an impressively light weight of 1500 g at the 158 cm length. Liberty’s skis have always been known for their playful and versatile performance and we expect the Genesis 96 to continue that tradition, while taking performance to a whole new level.

Caroline Kessler was pretty psyched with the performance of the Genesis 96. She gave some high scores, including 5 out of 5 for playfulness. Caroline thought it would be “perfect for a playful skier who likes bumps, woods, and open terrain.” The Stealth Rocker profile of the Genesis and nicely tapered tips and tails provide a good feel for terrain like bumps and trees, but the ski feels stout enough underfoot that it holds an edge well on firm snow too. Caroline described the feel of the ski as being “very snappy,” and thought it “likes a short radius turn.” With a relatively short turn radius (14 m at 158 cm), we’re certainly not surprised by that feedback, even though Caroline was on the longest length, 171 cm.

Pascale Savard “really enjoyed” the Liberty Genesis 96. She gave it similar scores to Caroline: lots of 4s out of 5 and nothing standing out as a particularly low score. Pascale thought it had a “great feel, not too stiff, but performing at a high level.” Pascale was on the 165 cm length and thought it was “best for medium size turns.” There’s a good chance Caroline’s “small turns” are about the same as Pascale’s “medium turns,” as they do have slightly different ski styles.

Ann MacDonald and Kristi Brown both tested the 171 cm length and both found the Genesis 96 was nice and easy to ski. Ann actually found it had quite good stability, commenting that it felt “stable at speed,” and that it was “torsionally pretty stiff, holds an edge well.” Kristi found it to be “light and care free,” and we think it’s pretty impressive that these two accomplished, expert-level skiers can find it to be both easy to ski and also quite stable. Kristi also commented that it has “great graphics.”

Elissa DeGolyer liked the Genesis 96 the moment she saw it. “Cute graphics and quality design makes this ski a turn-on as soon as you meet it.” First impression goes a long way; it’s true with people and it’s true with skis. The Genesis 96 is one of those skis that just looks like a fun, high quality product, and it is. Liberty’s attention to detail in their core construction and rocker design is definitely noticeable and the results speak for themselves. Elissa thought it was very versatile after her runs on the 171 cm length, so much that she thought it would be a good “all mountain ski for any skiers that wants one ski for all season.”

While we expected the Liberty Genesis to be a fun, playful, maneuverable ski, the amount of stability and how often our tested commented on its wide range of performance is really impressive to us. It’s definitely a fantastic all mountain ski. It feels like a Liberty: light, quick, agile, fun, playful, but the X Core Carbon construction seems to have boosted torsional stiffness, stability, and overall performance at speed, making it a very versatile all mountain ski for a wide range of skiing styles and ability levels.


Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Pascale Savard SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Pascale Savard

Age: 51Height: 5'3"Weight: 116 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise and smooth with a top to bottom attitude

Caroline Kessler SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Caroline Kessler

Age: 23Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

Ann MacDonald SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Ann MacDonald

Age: 55Height: 5'1"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 29Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

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  1. I’m looking to purchase either the Liberty Genesis 96 or Nordica Santa Ana 93 and I need help deciding. I found the Santa Ana’s to demo but not the Liberty’s. I really liked the Santa Ana’s in their energy and playfulness with great rebound as I bounced through powder, moguls, and trees. How would you compare the two?

    1. Hi Samantha!
      Both great choices!
      The Genesis is made from wood and carbon, so no metal like the Nordica. As a result, they’re not as stable or damp at speed. They are, however, lighter and snappier, so you might like them more in bumps and trees, but it’s not quite the same performance level as the Santa Ana, especially on-piste. If you thought the Santa Ana was playful, you might find the Liberty to be a bit on the soft side. Hope that helps!

  2. Can you put skins on these skis, i want a ski that I can go back country and traditional Alpine ski.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Ashley!
      You can pretty much put skins on any alpine ski. When you buy them, make sure the width of the skin is greater than the width of the ski so they can be trimmed to fit properly. The Genesis is a great dual-purpose ski for those applications. Have fun!