The 2020 Liberty Genesis 96 is a fantastically versatile ladies ski that loves all-terrain and all-conditions skiing. We say it a lot, but this is a great choice for skiers looking for that one-ski quiver. At 96 mm underfoot, these skis have a ton of capability. They seem to want to explore new areas and avenues of the mountain, so it’s incumbent upon us to not get in its way. Built with a poplar and bamboo wood core with paulownia wood by the edges, it’s a playful and light ski that can make a wide variety of turns. Added to that core is a carbon stringer that stiffens the ski without adding weight. The twin-tip shape of the ski adds a lot of playfulness and maneuverability to the ski, and you’ll love the ski’s limitless capability to make a bunch of different turns. With a 14-meter turn radius, the skis are ready to turn on a dime, but that build makes it easy and fun to swing any type of turn. In the soft snow, the Genesis 96 is built to impress, and our testers loved the all-mountain format of these well-rounded skis.
Kristi Brown skied the 171 cm length, and whether it was the shape or the build, she found it a bit short. That didn’t affect her scores all that much, with a bunch of 4’s all the way through her card. Overall impression score of 4 is perfect for that all-mountain skier that loves exploring and adventuring. As a “softer” ski, Kristi was “missing the metal. The Genesis is a fun ski for intermediate women who is buying her first all-mountain ski. Not awesome on hard pack.” Big emphasis on the “fun” aspect of these skis, as they’ll go where you point them.
On the 158, Shelby Parenteau was a big fan of the versatility, and her overall impression score of 4 out of 5 is perfect for all-mountain performance. She had a low score of 2 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold, and that’s mostly due to the metal-free construction of the Genesis 96. “I like that this was a nice, soft ski. Felt very playful, but still had some snappiness to the core. Seems like a good ski in all conditions for the playful, freeride style skier. A forgiving ski, it seems good for a variety of users. My only concern would be chatter on hard pack.” Fair enough, Shelby, it does seem like the tips and tails were designed with more playful skiing versus hard-charging on firm groomers.
Another 171 tester, Nifer Hoehn scored the ski high marks for flotation, quickness, playfulness and versatility. All of her scores were either 3’s or 4’s, and this indicates that the ski is very well-rounded and up for any task. “This ski performs like a much heavier and stiffer ski. Good energy coming out of the turn—nice pep. Coming into the turn, I wish there was more ease—the tips seemed a little flimsy when I really leaned into the turn and put a ton of pressure on the ski.” This echoes Shelby’s concern that on hard snow, at speed, the tips have some waver to them.
Ariel Aidala skied the 165 and noted that it’s “a burly ski for having no metal. This all-wood ski held its own on the hard pack groomers but did have a bit of tip chatter at higher speeds. That makes sense though, as this efficient ski is made for soft, light snow.” It’s always nice to see our testers backing each other up. What a team.
If you’re looking for an all-mountain ski that you don’t have to think too much about, definitely check out the Liberty Genesis 96—they are supremely versatile and are up for adventure and fun at every turn.