2022 Salomon QST 106 Skis

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Salomon QST 106 Skis

The Salomon QST 106 is a playful and versatile soft-snow ski designed to conquer deep fresh snow or the leftover bounties of a big storm. The QST collection has been around for a few years now, and for good reason. They are designed around aggressive freeride skiers, but they are very approachable to a wide range of skiers as they have an easy-going persona. Built with a Poplar wood core, the QST 106 has a smooth and responsive flex. Salomon adds in their C/FX technology which is a combination of Carbon and Flax fibers which provide stability and strength overall. At 106 millimeters underfoot, these skis are definitely designed for softer snow, and would be plenty of ski on any powder day at the resort. The Rocker profile of this ski is pretty pronounced. Rocker in both the tips and the tails really allows for some great playfulness in deep snow and just gives the ski an undemanding feel. A bit of positive camber underfoot gives the ski a nice snap and also adds some solid stability in firmer or wind-buffed snow. The QST 106 also features a tapered shape in the tips and tails which allow the ski to act like a knife in deeper snow. Because this ski doesn't feature any metal in its construction, it doesn't have quite the heavy profile of some other skis in its category, so as robust as this ski is, it is a suitable powder ski for a lot of skiers who might have a more conservative ski style or just for skiers who want a lightweight and easy-going powder ski.


  • Sidecut: 139/106/125 mm at 181 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 19 meters at 181 cm length
  • Poplar Wood Core
  • Cork Damplifier
  • C/FX
  • All-Terrain Rocker
  • Full Sidewall Construction
  • Ability level: Advanced to Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 Big Mountain •  Powder •  Touring 

Big Mountain

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I am looking for that one ski to rule them all (conditions). 6 foot, 190lbs, in the PNW, like to ski blacks and trees. Intermediate/advanced skier. Demoed the QST 106 at 174 length and liked how easy to turn they were in the trees. Now ready to pull the trigger but unsure if I should go for the 181 length for the non-tree terrain, and what I would sacrifice in trees with the longer length?

Also, should I be considering any other ski similar to the QSTs? I demoed the Enforcer 94 and didn't love them, but I hear great things about the Enforcer 100. Any other I should really consider? Thank you guys so much, as soon you answer I am pulling the trigger on your site :)
Question by: Evo A on Mar 1, 2022, 4:09 AM
HI Evo!
I don't think the extra length in the 181 will be much of a downgrade in the trees. Maybe once in a while if it's tight, but for the most part, your size and stats should be pretty good on the 181. I'd say Enforcer 104 is a more direct comparison to the QST 106, using metal instead of Carbon/Flax to get the stability and performance. Enforcer 100 is more of a wide trail charger while the 104 has more maneuverability and flotation while still carving a clean turn. I think QST 106 in 181 is a great ski.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 1, 2022, 8:51 AM
Looking at these skis to upgrade from my old Salomon Shoguns which were 178cm in length. Question is should I go up to the 181cm or down to the 174cm? I,m 5' 10" tall and weigh 194lbs. Thanks.
Question by: Kevin West on Feb 2, 2022, 12:07 AM
Hi Kevin,
At your stats and due to the skis rocker profile, go for the 181cm length.,

A great ski!! Have fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 2, 2022, 12:45 PM
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Question by: Rob Yates on Feb 4, 2022, 11:43 AM
Thanks Rob!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 7, 2022, 12:00 PM
6'3", 195 lbs directional skier looking for a softer snow, *slightly* more playful companion to my 187 Brahmas. My gut says 188 in these; and reason to size down?
Question by: Gian F on Feb 6, 2022, 10:34 AM
HI Gian!
No. 188 will be great for you in that ski.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 14, 2022, 1:40 PM
I’m about 5’6 and 150lb. What about to mounting point -2cm (from recommended) in a QST 106 174cm. I like flat bindings like pivot or marker alpinist to have a more progressive stance. Will be the ski more playfull in the tree? but not missing the capabilities in hard snow/ice?
Question by: P Lima on Mar 2, 2022, 6:34 AM
Hi P Lima!
Unless you know something specific about the ski and the way you want it to behave, we've found the factory line to be just about perfect. The -2 on that ski will add a bit of playfulness in the fresh, but make that shovel a bit chattery on the trails.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 2, 2022, 2:33 PM
Advanced/expert skier. 5'7", 130lbs.
Hoping you could suggest whether i should go with the 167cm or 174cm. thanks!
Question by: Paul on Mar 7, 2022, 8:49 PM
HI Paul!
I'd go 167 in that ski. It's got some weight and stability to it so you don't have to size up to access the performance. have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2022, 8:01 AM
Hi there, I'm 5'11", 168lbs and an intermediate to expert skier. I tried out the QST 106 in 174cm and they worked great, but wondered if that was the right size or if 181 would be better. Based on your size guide, I'm right in between. Thanks.
Question by: Tom B on Mar 11, 2022, 2:08 PM
Hi Tom!
Yeah, I'd go with the 181, especially if you're going to be found in fresh and soft snow most of the time. The 174 would be fine for trees or tighter spots, but the added surface area and increased stability of the longer length makes sense to me. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 15, 2022, 9:03 AM
Ok, so I’m 5-10, always around 195-205, expert, and on the aggressive side. I’m currently on the newest iteration of Bonafide 97’s. I love them. The hold an absolute edge and at no point have I ever worried about the ski. I like that about them. I ski east coast, NH, VT, ME, so you know… get what you get for conditions. I have a pair of Ranger 94’s in a 177 that I don’t hate but don’t love. Just tried a pair of Ross Senders in the same size at Loon and conditions were typical for the spring, pushed around slush with hard packed iced. I personally didn’t care for them either. I love the Bonafide and crushed it in a recent 10” storm but they are fatiguing. I Love surfing the side of the trail especially on soft day but also value edge grip do to east coast conditions. Have looked at the new Ranger 102, Stance 102, Qst 106, Rustler 10, and Sender Ti. Looking for something not so fatiguing, floats well, surfy with a good edge hold? Would this ski in a 188 do the trick, or am
I looking for a unicorn? I know the new QST 106’s are coming out but the rocker profile on the 22 looks to have a longer effective edge. Thanks in advance.
Question by: Dan Kelley on Mar 20, 2022, 8:06 PM
HI Dan!
It is a bit of give and take. None of those skis will hold an edge and carve like the Bonafide, for will the Bonafide float like the QST 106. If you're looking for something in the middle, the Rustler and the Ranger 102 are fantastic choices. Metal underfoot and extending to the ends on both of these skis, they strike a nice balance between damp, stable, fun, and smeary. If you're looking for carving performance, I'd steer clear of the QST 106, especially when compared to Bonafide, but for soft snow, they're fantastic. Perhaps you're a two-ski guy?
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 21, 2022, 8:30 AM
How does this ski compare to the Rossi Sender? Thanks
Question by: Dan Kelley on Mar 23, 2022, 4:07 PM
HI Dan!
The rocker and taper of the QST is more dramatic than that of the Sender, which is a pretty straight-looking ski. This makes the QST smear, surf, and float better while the Sender is a smoother operator on groomed terrain. If I were skiing soft snow more often than not, I'd opt for the QST. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 25, 2022, 3:50 PM
I am a intermediate skier 5'7'' 178 lb and planning to get this pair for next season. I am not sure which one among the 167 or 174 cm will be right choice for me
Question by: Kalpesh K on Jun 7, 2022, 9:50 PM
Hi Kalpesh!

I think the 174 is the easy choice here. With your build the 167 is going to feel extremely short with how much rocker this ski has. There could even be an argument made for the 181 based on your weight, but I think the 174 is going to have the most balanced feel. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on Jun 17, 2022, 10:13 AM

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