2022 K2 Mindbender 90C Alliance Women's Skis

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K2 Mindbender 90 C Alliance Women's Skis

The K2 Mindbender 90 C Alliance is great choice for intermediate to advanced skiers that want a light, fun loving ski that provides a ton of versatility. This ski invites you to take it anywhere on the resort. At 90 millimeters underfoot, it approaches a category of skis that is more freeride oriented than frontside oriented, but it can definitely handle carving turns on groomers and hard-packed snow conditions. A full Aspen Veneer wood core keeps the ski light yet stout. Unlike the Ti models in the Mindbender collection, the 90 C Alliance features Carbon elements in its construction instead of metal to add power, stability and rebound to the ski without sacrificing lightness and maneuverability. Over the core lays K2's Spectral Braid which is a carbon fiber weave designed to tailor the flex of specific segments of the ski. In this ski, the weave is tighter up in the tip and in the center of the ski which adds torsional stiffness. This provides solid edge hold and a powerful feel through that portion of the ski. The weave is looser in the tail which allows for more torsional flex and more releasability which improves the maneuverability and control of the ski. Finally, Carbon Boost is added to this ski to give it tremendous snap and pop for an energetic and lively feel in and out of the turn. All-terrain rocker keeps you floating through soft snow and allow the ski to pivot easily when you find yourself in some tighter terrain. Intermediate to advanced skiers will love the easy-going personality of this ski, but experts can also get on this thing and have a blast.


  • Sidecut: 127/90/113 mm at 163 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 14.5 meters at 163 cm length
  • Core: Aspen Veneer
  • Spectral Braid
  • Carbon Boost
  • Rocker/Camber/Rocker Profile
  • Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced Skiers

Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers •  Powder 


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I am an older female, athletic, have not skiied in 4 yrs. Primarily ski groomed blue trails, but ski crude and ice in the midwest. I do not ski the fall line, but make long turns but follow husband down hill. He is advanced. I have looked at K2 Mindbender 85, K2 Mindbender 90C, Nordica Astral 84. Any other suggestions. Edith
Question by: Edith Pankowski on Jan 20, 2022, 7:08 PM
Hi Edith,

I would recommend the 90C. Very approachable, and easy to ski and very versatile. Great edge grip for the Midwest hardpack too but can handle 3-6" of powder if you happen to get a storm.


Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 21, 2022, 1:24 PM
My old skis are volant - midlevel - zip karve at 163. I am planning on the k2 mindbender 90C at 156. Is this a good length for me. Edith
Question by: Edith Pankowski on Jan 21, 2022, 6:37 PM
Hi Edith,

Would like to know your height but if you were are 163cm length before, going down a bit in size the the 156 would be best with the shape and profile of this ski compared to the old Valant. Will give you lighter swing weight and maneuverability too.


Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 24, 2022, 9:39 AM
Hi! I’m recently getting back into skiing after a shoulder injury at Mammoth 5 years ago. I am mostly a California mountain skier. Big Bear, Mammoth and Tahoe. Before more accident I would say I was a strong, confident intermediate who loved the trees, little jumps and carving on groomers, blues and blacks. While I’ve been having a blast this season being back on skis and now being 5 years older at 43 I don’t see myself being quite as aggressive as before. I am ready to update my gear though! My older skis are about 15 years old now. Salomon Origins and Salomon Scarlets. I’ve been demoing this season and didn’t love the Volkl Secrets or everyone’s favorite black pearl. I did have a surprising good time on the rosignol black op dreamer but did feel a little fatigued at the end of the day so was thinking something a little lighter. Most places I’ve been demoing pretty much have the same skis. I’m looking for something around a 90 waste, great for carving groomers but can handle a little fresh powder, some slushy crud and still hold a nice edge on hard pack and ice. I’m 5’5” 175lbs and tend to enjoy a shorter ski in the 150’s. I’ve really been going back and forth between the Dynastar Menace, Fischer Ranger, K2 Mindbender, Elan Ripstick and Black Crow Birdies. Any advice on which of those would be the best fit? Also any boot recs, comfortable with grip walk and not crazy expensive? Thank you!
Question by: Coco on Mar 1, 2022, 5:26 AM
HI Coco!
I think between the Ripstick 88 and the K2 90C, you've got two fantastic choices. The Captis Birdie is the Crow to be looking at as comparison, with that one being a bit more playful than the more directional K2 or Elan. I'd take a strong look at the Ripstick, though, as that ski has pretty much everything you're looking for. Boots must be tried on unless you know exactly what you need, but I'd say something in the 100-110 flex rating is a good place to start. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 1, 2022, 8:48 AM
Did the ripsticks change at all from 2020 to 2022?
Question by: Coco on Mar 1, 2022, 2:36 PM
In 2021 they added a horizontal sheet of carbon along the inside half of the ski making it more responsive and grippy than the 2020 versions. That Carbon Line Technology has carried forward to this year.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 1, 2022, 2:54 PM

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