2020 Stockli Laser AX

The 2020 Stockli Laser AX is an awesome choice for skiers who spend the majority of their time on the front side of the mountain. The 78 mm waist width will hold a pretty firm edge on some hard snow. While not a floater for sure, the Laser AX is an awesome choice for all-mountain and front side skis. Tip rocker makes the ski easy to turn and does help with some soft snow, the light core makes it quick and the turtle shell comfort design keeps all the material involved and the sandwich sidewall technology make some serious layers and create a ton of snap and pop out of this area. Our testers were pretty stoked on the Laser AX, and even at under 80mm wide, skiers thought it was a versatile carver that shouldn’t be locked just into the groomers.

Ryan Daniel is just the type of skier that Stockli envisions on their skis—fast, fluid, and dynamic. Ryan skied the 174 and thought it was the proper length. He gave top marks for quickness, maneuverability, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. Ryan scored the ski no less than 4 for any category, so it’s safe to say he was pretty impressed. “It liked short-radius turns and had great edge hold. Great ski shape, the tip initiation was great and the rest of the ski tracked right along with it.” Sounds simple enough—just make a ski that starts and finishes really strong and grippy turns! Ryan speaks to the wider audience as well: “A ski that is great for all conditions and turn shapes. It was not difficult to ski, but could also handle a stronger skier.” Sounds pretty nice!

Marcus Shakun found the 182 to be the right length, and gave top marks for stability and torsional stiffness. His 4.5 out of 5 for overall impression is a nice thing to see, and it didn’t take long for Marcus to see why Stockli has such a strong following the carving world. “This ski has the most consistent flex from tip to tail. It holds great on firm snow and digs some trenches in the softer snow.” Marcus echoes Ryan’s sentiments that the AX can be used by a bunch of different skiers. “User friendly ski that you can jump on at any time and have a great run. A skier that knows how to work a ski edge to edge and drive the ski would appreciate the AX.” Again, the AX is not an unapproachable ski, but does have a high-performance ceiling.

Benny Wax drew a smiley face at the end of his review of the 175, scoring it a perfect 5 out of 5 for overall impression. “Great all-mountain ski with solid de-tuned race performance. Transitions were great from short radius to long radius turns. It’s a damp, smooth ride that precisely initiates and completes turns.” Benny concludes his review with a simple message: “Great ride.”

Finding the 182 cm length to be a bit long, Dave Carter still liked the performance and stability of the Stockli Laser AX. He gave top scores of 5’s for stability and torsional stiffness, which with a narrow ski underfoot, is not that surprising, but still good to hear. “Great ski for high-speed cruising and also maneuvered pretty well in trees and bumps.” Dave echoes his scores by stating that the AX has “great stability and edge hold.” High-speed cruising is one of the best things about skiing!

Skiers looking to hit those high speeds will love the stability of the Stockli Laser AX. Our testers spoke highly of the versatility as far as a front side ski goes, with many of them stating that they were pretty fun in the bumps and trees.


Josh Wolfgang

Age: 23/24Height: 6'1"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and carvy with a love for the fall line

Phil McGrory

Age: 31Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

Ryan Daniel

Age: 36Height: 5'11.5"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and carvy

Benny Wax

Age: 68Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Dave Carter

Age: 61Height: 5'9"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: They don't call me "carving" Dave Carter for nothin'

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Steve Sulin

Age: 44Height: 6'"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

13 Comments on the “2020 Stockli Laser AX”

  1. Bought and skied a pair this season. Have 70 days on it at Deer Valley , Utah. Love at first turn. Lay ’em over. Smooth quick turns. Quick edge to edge. Curves railroad tracks leaving nice deep grooves. Holds an edge extremely well on grooms, hard pack, steeps,
    and crud. Cuts through powder great with the slightly rockered tips. Skis easily through a foot of fresh powder or chopped up powder.
    If you like skiing with a smile on your face because of the great ride you’re on; if you like finishing the day so happy because of the ride you had all day, this is the ski you want. I’m 74, 180 lbs, ski everyday on all kind of terrains and conditions and am so happy
    I found this ski.

  2. I am a 3+ aggressive, more frontside than 50-50 carver/charger, 5’7′ 180, and I was looking at the AR, but I have the opportunity to get a. 2-weeks used AX at 182. Would that be too much ski (length) for more than groomers? I’m not the “expert that doesn’t ski bumps” but that and off piste are where I still have the most room to improve. I already have Deacon 84, Hero Elite Plus Ti, and Redster X9i WB around that width. I know the AX is a better ski than any of my quiver, but would I be better off going for AR (or even SR 95) if I want the versality? I hear about AX having a tip-rise that is inviting to the softer snow, but I am not ready to get rid of my whole quiver to go to an AX-AR-SR 3 ski quiver just yet, and want to approach Stockli one ski at a time..

    1. HI Christopher!
      I’d look to keep the same general length in the Stockli as your other skis–the 182 is likely on the long side. I think both the AR and AX would overlap a bit too much with your other skis, so I’d lean to the SR 95 if you’re looking to diversify. Then the AX would be a strong second ski giving you a narrow/wide option. Have fun!

  3. Hi. 186 cm (6.1) / 86 kg (190 Ib). Intermediate skills. I am looking for one multi-purpose ski, mainly for routes. I can’t decide whether to choose Stockli Laser AX or AR. Which one should you choose? What length will be suitable for me 175 or 182? Regards

    1. HI Wojciech!
      I’d look to the AR just for a bit more versatility. AX is fantastic as well, but narrower and better suited for trails. I’d go with the 182. Take care!

  4. Hi there,
    I’m 61, 5’7 185lbs I ski on a 168 I believe. I’ve been wanting a pair of stockli skies I’m an advanced skier I like all mountain terrain. What’s your suggestion for length?

  5. Hi folks, I have been skiing frontside mainly for several years. Love to put my mantras M5 on edge and they do a respectable job. You do have to load them up to get their best performance. To the point. I’m 5-10” and 185lbs. Im 67 but still love to ski aggressively. I’d like to purchase the Stockli laser ax but now with the ar’s out it puts me in a dilemma of which to consider. Please let me know your thoughts on this. Oh, the Mantras are 170’s. I live in Ohio and no Stockli skis are sold anywhere near me so I can’t demo them. Generally ski 300 to 800 vertical drop.

    1. HI Bill!
      The AX as more of a GS race-like build while the AR is a bit more flexible and versatile. I think the AX complements the Mantra a bit better, I’d go with the 168. Have fun!

  6. For someone who skis groomers a lot and really wants to improve in the moguls, what do you think would be a better choice: the Laser AR or the Laser AX?


    1. HI Dan!
      I think the versatility of the AR puts it over the AX. Still quite the capable carver, the AR has a bit more compliance and balance than the narrower and more GS-oriented AX. Have fun!

  7. Hello, I’m trying to decide on the Neal 80s or the Laser AX. I’m intermediate to advanced and love the fast turning but also want to play in the bumps. I’m an athletic, fairly strong woman. Just retired so will be skiing full time.
    What do you recommend?

    1. HI Adele!
      The Nela will give you better bump performance by a good margin, while still being a fantastic carver on the trails. They’re light and quick but incredibly smooth and stable. I’d go Nela. Have fun!

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