2023 Fischer Ranger 96 Skis

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Fischer Ranger 96 Skis

The Fisher Ranger 96 is completely redesigned, with the Ski Essentials Test Crew having a lot of input in the design and development of these skis with Fischer engineering and product managers. At 96-millimeters underfoot, this is what we call the sweet spot for true all-mountain versatility, and you will feel on your very first tun on the 96. Construction starts with a sturdy Sandwich Sidewall and a Beech and Poplar wood core. This gives the ski dampness and precision for carving up groomers. A Shaped Titanal rib of 0.5 metal runs through the center portion of the ski, keeping the vibrations down and making this ski feel silky smooth under your feet. Freeski Rocker enables the ski to shone in 3-6" of powder, and makes releasing and engaging your turns effortless. Quick, turns, long turns and every other turn in between can be skied so easily on the 96, regardless of speed. This is a tremendous daily driver for most skiers East or West, so if you had to buy one ski for all of your needs this could be it. Advanced and expert skiers will appreciate how it performs in any terrain and the high energy the ski gives you coming in and out of turns. For those skiers looking for that elusive one-ski quiver should look no further than the Fisher Ranger 96.


  • Sidecut: 129/97/120 mm at 180 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 18 meters at 180 cm
  • Weight: 1950 grams at 180 cm
  • Rocker/Camber/Rocker
  • Beech/ Poplar Wood Core
  • Shaped Titanal 0.5
  • Sandwich Sidewall Construction
  • Sintered base
  • Ability Level: Advanced to Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers •  Park 


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2023 Fischer Ranger 96 Skis

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Hi, I was wondering when you might have the longer 180 cm back in stock?
Question by: Seth Knecht on Feb 5, 2022, 8:13 AM
Hi Seth,

Check back with us in two weeks for status report. On the way way shortly.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 8, 2022, 12:40 PM
Interesting! That tip looks pretty holy shreddy. I’m guessing the tail is flatter. How about mount point, flex pattern, & overall performance compared to the holy shred?
Question by: JB on Feb 2, 2022, 2:31 AM
Hi JB,
You are spot on for tip and tail on the Ranger 96. Center mount for this ski, and a solid mi-range flex for true all-mountain versatility. The Ranger is not twin like the Holy Shred, more of directional all-mountain ski. It's not quite the floater that the Shred is , but we give this ski the nod in hard pack and mixed conditions, and can certainly hold its own in 3-6" of fluff. The Ranger 96 is one of our favorite one-ski quivers for Stowe, VT.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 3, 2022, 1:04 PM
When the yellow ski in 180cm will be in stock?
Question by: Seok ho Kang on Feb 3, 2022, 8:12 PM
Hi Seok!
We'll likely have to wait until our inline order shows up in mid-summer. If we get them sooner, we'll post to social media that we have Rangers in stock.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 7, 2022, 11:24 AM
I'm 6'0'' 205lbs and will ski pretty fast on groomers (45+mph). What length do you think is best- 180 or 187? For reference: 94FR in 177cm felt a little too loose in the tails but maybe that's more tail shape and flex, and I worry about lost quickness in a longer ski (187 would be the longest ski I've ever had).
Question by: MKK on Feb 8, 2022, 10:19 AM
I think 180 is the way to go. Can still handle higher speeds but is agile enough for bumps and trees. 187 is likely a bit long, especially if that's going to be your longest ski ever.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 8, 2022, 2:33 PM
I have Ski on fisher motives for the past five years. Burned through three pairs. Best all around Ski I ever had, carving machines. The last pair was finally finished early this year, so I moved into the new 2022 ranger. Very disappointed. They ski too short, a little too stiff in the crud, they don’t carve nearly as well as the old motives. The 2023 ranger you guys reviewed sounds way improved, more like the motives. Will this Ski make me happy.
Question by: Denny Holder on Feb 9, 2022, 10:25 AM
HI Denny!
I sure hope so! They made us happy! It's not as on-piste as the Motive, with more of an all-around feel to it, but still very energetic.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 10, 2022, 2:38 PM
What lengths will be available and when?
Question by: Amy on Feb 9, 2022, 9:28 PM
HI Amy!
We're expecting our full-load of lengths and colors in mid-summer, but not much before that.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 10, 2022, 2:22 PM
To be honest, both those colors are so unappealing, is it possible to get a pair of one of each color and then resemble a flying bumble bee? Seriously. A little inspiration is warranted here.
Question by: Amy on Feb 9, 2022, 11:46 PM
Hi Amy!
Best comment so far as to the "graphics" of these skis! Lots of internal debate here at SkiEssentials on the new line.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 10, 2022, 2:20 PM
Can you show the base colors?
Question by: Nick on Feb 14, 2022, 3:27 PM
HI Nick!
Check Fischer's site for those photos, it's a good idea for us to look into though.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 17, 2022, 3:20 PM
Looking for a mid 90 ski to work mostly on east coast hardback but workable for a trip out west. Had settled on the Ripstick 96 or Ripstick 96 Black after watching and reading reviews. I'm a mid 50 5'10 175lb advanced skier who likes to ski a variety of terrain, not especially good at bumps but will dabble just to challenge myself. My dilemma is straddling between a competent groomer/hardpack board and one that has some playful and lively characteristics. Our conditions can sometimes approach boilerplate because of snowmaking with the occasional fresh snow on top. After reading and watching the reviews of these Fischer Ranger 96s, I'm now undecided again. How would you compare these two, if at all? I'm open to suggestions. The appeal of the Ripstick is the weight, rocker profile and the seeming ability to do a range of turn shapes. Not to mention that I have skied the 88s and really like them because they don't demand full gas all the time.
Question by: Stephen Gardner on Feb 15, 2022, 2:34 PM
HI Stephen!
I've found the Ripstick 96 to be a very complete ski. The Black adds another dimension of stability and power, but most skiers will get all they need out of the regular Ripstick. I think the Ranger 96 is more comparable to the regular Ripstick--fun and lively and very accessible. If you liked the Ripstick 88, the 96 seems like a logical transition. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 17, 2022, 3:42 PM
Hey guys….

On my 3rd pair of Volkl 98’s (from you guys) and am looking for the next ski. As Volkl stopped making these, I tried the Mantra, but too burly for daily skiing in trees, bumps and groomers here in Colorado.

Tried the Ripsticks, but they flutter at speed. What are your thoughts on the Fischer Ranger 96? Specs seem to indicate similar dynamics. I am 64, 160lbs and an advanced skier.


Question by: Dave on Mar 7, 2022, 7:19 PM
HI Dave!
Big fans of the new 96. Check out Volkl Blaze 94, though, as that ski replaced the spot occupied by the 90Eight. It's a different ski, but still has strong, versatile performance in a lighter weight feel. Not as fluttery as Ripstick. Back to Ranger, you get the same type of metal plate underfoot as Blaze, although it extends a bit further to the tips and tails. The front and back of the Ranger makes for a more playful feel, while keeping the ski quite business-like underfoot. I'd say it occupies a very similar slot as the 90Eight, but has more of a quiet feel to it.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2022, 8:08 AM
Have any of the testers played around with mount point on these skis? I have my 102fr mounted +4 and like it there.
Question by: Greg on Mar 13, 2022, 10:20 AM
HI Greg!
We just did a new Ranger 102 video and discussed mount point in the 2023 Rangers. The metal plate includes a "Flexcut" at the mounting zone. If you move more than +/-1 either way, you're getting into the edge to edge portion of the metal laminate and affecting the way the ski performs. This is not to say that you cannot do this, but in this ski more than the previous model, you're changing the intended character and flex of the ski. Jeff went +2 for a park run and found it was fine for park, but not quite as solid on the trails.
Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 15, 2022, 7:52 AM
I am a one ski quiver kind of guy looking to replace my 2020 Voelkl Mantra 102's (177 length) which are not much fun for me, (at 70+, 5' 10", 165lbs & bad knees I need something a little more forgiving). I ski mainly alpine turns with tele bindings (currently using 22 designs outlaw NTN set up) for mobility and the knee saving flex of a free heel. The last go anywhere ski's I really had a blast on were Fischer t-stix (127, 92, 115 / 177L) so the new Ranger 96 has peaked my interest. I typically prefer advanced-expert terrain trying to stay off the groomers which are still necessary at the end of the day when good edges are needed the most. Given all this, I would appreciate your thoughts on the Ranger 96's compatibility and recommended length for my set-up. Thank you
Question by: Don Raney on Mar 20, 2022, 5:21 PM
HI Don!
I think skis in the mid-90's range are fantastic for the one-ski crowd, and the Ranger 96 is one of the more well-rounded ones out there. Metal underfoot, but more playful in the tips and tails, the Ranger strikes a nice balance between front side and freeride. I'd say the 173 is a slightly better choice than the 180, depending on how much work you want to put in. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 21, 2022, 8:50 AM
How would these compare to the Rustler 9 and Ripstick 96 Black as far as stability and edge hold.
Question by: Kevin on Apr 6, 2022, 3:21 PM
Hi Kevin!
The new ranger is going to be more comparable to a regular Ripstick 96 than the black edition. The Black editions with all the added carbon are stiffer and feel more serious in comparison. The new Rangers are going to be a lively ski with more emphasis on the fun factor. The new Ranger and the Rustler are a much closer comparison. Both have partial metal laminates and great edge hold, but the Ranger gets the nod for on-piste performance.
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 8, 2022, 10:12 AM
I am 5’7”, 155lbs, advanced, mostly groomers/west coast. 166 or 173? Thanks!
Question by: Jim on Apr 25, 2022, 12:13 AM
Hi Jim!

I would recommend the 173 then if you see yourself mostly skiing groomers. You'll get a more stable ride and a longer effective edge for biting into hardpack and ice. If you see yourself jumping into woods and bumps skiing however the 166 will be more maneuverable and better suited for that environment.

Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 25, 2022, 1:19 PM
i have been very happy using a 184 cm volkl 90eight for powder skiing in colorado, during the last 6 seasons. i really like the90eight`s floatiness and pop in powder, and it doesnt require any changes in technique due to its mild rocker profile. on the other hand, i`ve never really like it as much on hard pack, probably because it doesnt have any metal. so i dont ski it as an all mountain ski. i am considering a new all mountain ski with approximately a 96 mm width. i spend most of my time carving, but like to throw down a couple of off piste bowl runs, and rarely ski bumps or trees. i am about 70 years old, still a strong technical skier, but ski at moderate speed, 186 cm tall weigh 190 lbs and ski a 120 flex head boot when skiing off piste. what ski would you recommend ? i prefer skis that have less of a rockered feel. may be the elan 96, ranger 96 ti, or the elan rip stick 96. thanks ps will the new kendo be available in the 92 mm width?
Question by: steve on Apr 28, 2022, 11:45 AM
Hi Steve!

The Kendo 92 unfortunately didn't make it onto the 2023 lineup so its just the 88 for 22-23. Looking at the Ranger 96 I think you would really like what they are offering. With shaped metal laminates running through the ski they feel stable, but not like planks. Still plenty maneuverable like previous iterations of the Ranger, but this one is a little more composed and predictable to handle compared to the manic high energy of the Ranger FRs.

Have Fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 28, 2022, 3:38 PM

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