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2023 Season Pass Skis Review

By: Jordan Berde, Assistant Ski Buyer | August 16, 2022

2023 Season Pass Skis

The Lowdown

Have you ever buttered a warm piece of toast? Really, it could be any topping - cream cheese, hummus, vegemite, marmalade – who doesn't like a little jam with their butters? Skiing on the Season Pass feels a lot like this. In the same way your knife easily crosses the smooth plane of that crispy goodness, so does the Pass across a fresh blanket of snow. Every turn feels consistent, inspiring confidence as you change directions.

Unlike my favorite carbohydrate, these skis don't leave me toast. Compared to the rest of the Season line, these have a lighter core and lower swing weight, making them easier to haul uphill to earn those creamy, buttery turns. Not into schlepping your gear uphill? This simply means you’ll have leftover energy to burn for a few more runs at the end of the day. I know we never say last run, but the Pass will make it hard to call it a day.

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Technical Details

The Pass is Season’s take on the ever-popular freestyle-focused backcountry touring ski, where shapes become more playful with more tip/tail rocker in a lighter construction. Those familiar with Eric Pollard’s previous work at Line Skis will notice the lack of artwork on his new Season line — these simple black topsheets provide increased durability and help cut down on ski waste by having a complete product line that doesn’t change graphics year after year.

At 115mm underfoot, you won’t find any storms too deep for the Pass. A generous amount of camber underfoot helps this ski feel planted when on edge, while added carbon gives this ski the pop it needs to effortlessly propel you from one turn to the next. Staying true to his roots, this Pollard-inspired design turns the mountain into your canvas, encouraging you to seek different terrain all over the mountain  from a pillow line on a sleeper pow day, to the steeps in the trees, to the slushy bumps at the end of a warm spring day.

It’s worth taking note of the turning radius. Skis of this waist width typically have a longer turning radius (18-24m), yet the Pass has a turning radius of 17m in the 176cm! No wonder it’s so capable everywhere on the mountain.

Sizes (cm)  165, [176], 185
Dimensions (Tip, Waist, Tail - mm) 146 - 115 - 142
Turning Radius (m) 17
Weight per ski (g) 1690
Camber Profile Rocker / Camber / Rocker 

Ride Impressions

Coming in at a towering 5’2”, I was somewhat intimidated by the longer length of this ski (176cm). My hesitations were quickly squashed once I realized just how light the Pass was! I have skied the Aero, Nexus, and Forma from Season and couldn’t believe how much lighter they were able to make the Pass. With a fair amount of rocker in both the tips and tails, the effective edge on this ski is shorter, allowing me to feel comfortable on the longer length.

When it comes to skiing in the backcountry, you can read the forecast and observations, but it’s always a mixed bag of what kind of snow conditions you’ll encounter. Paired with the Salomon Shift 10s, I felt confident that these skis would be able to quickly adapt to whatever pocket of snow I found - from wind slab, to sastrugi, to sneaky powder stashes. The Pass kept me on my line and didn't kick me around when conditions were questionable.

Early morning turns at Arapahoe Basin can be teeth-chattering in more ways than one - the north slope remains hidden in the shade, so it's quite chilly AND conditions can be bulletproof until the sun warms up the snow! This is where the Pass impressed me most. With the shorter turning radius and generous amount of camber, linking turns on frozen corduroy was very intuitive. As I picked up speed down a groomer, I did notice the ski deflect a bit, especially when encountering the crud leftover by the cat. This was expected as it is a lightweight powder/touring ski. That said, the Pass performed better than most in its class on hardpack.

This ski loves bumps. Me? I'm okay for a couple runs, but don't often seek them out. Softer tips and tails allow this ski to flex naturally in the bumps, providing the forgiving ride I hope for when skiing moguls.

Let's talk about powder! I was able to take the Pass out in about 6-8 inches of fresh snow. Although not as deep as I had hoped for, this was enough to give me an idea of how the Pass would handle bigger dumps. Here in Colorado, our snowpack tends to be drier than other regions, giving us that champagne and blower powder snow. When skiing in these conditions, I typically prefer nearly full rocker skis that are silly soft. The Pass does very well in these types of conditions, but I found that it really excelled when the snow was deep and heavy due to the solid construction and camber underfoot. I spend some of my winter(s) in the PNW and Tetons and find that this ski is better built for those regions.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆



  • Stable when conditions get choppy/variable.
  • With a fair amount of camber underfoot, turning is very intuitive.
  • Full of energy and very nimble.
  • Topnotch construction makes for a very durable ski you can throw around!
  • I know we try to stay away from this word, but this ski really is versatile! If you have to have a one-ski quiver and you live in a region where it snows often and the snow is somewhat heavier, the  Pass is a no-brainer.


  • Not as lightweight compared to more dedicated backcountry touring skis.
  • Black topsheets showed scuffs/scratches quickly.

Who Are They For?

The Season Pass is the perfect ski for someone looking to split their time riding the chairlift at the resort and putting in the skin track in the backcountry. Any and all ability levels will feel confident on this ski — strong beginners will be able to take advantage of the soft, forgiving tail, and the more advanced skiers will appreciate how well the ski holds up at top speeds. Home for this ski is softer snow, whether that’s following a big storm, or mid-afternoon when the bumps have softened up. This thing loves slush, so get ready to win the next pond skim! Despite the wider waist width, this ski feels very comfortable on-piste and slashing through crud. The Pass excelled in Colorado conditions, but I could see it performing best in the PNW plowing through heavier snowpacks.

The Bottom Line

Stable when I want it to be, forgiving when I need it to be. Sounds like a Tinder profile tagline, but it's true. The Season Pass offers the versatility I look for when I'm deciding on one ski to take on a trip. Will it snow 1-2 feet? Will it rain? Will the sun bake the snow? Doesn't matter - the Pass will perform well in a myriad of conditions. This isn’t a ski you’re going to want to pass up. Rather, this is a ski you want to take out to any and all mountain passes. The Pass is a paintbrush, the mountain is the canvas.

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From the Brand

"The all-new Pass ski is shaped for drawing your own lines through fresh snow. Lightweight construction with carbon additives create a responsive feel with a shape tailored to floating in powder forwards or backward. Ideal for deeper days touring or long days rallying the resort when new snow falls."

2023 Season Pass Skis Review

About the Reviewer

Name: Jordan Berde
Age: 33
Height: 5'2”
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Reviewed: 176cm
Location(s): Crested Butte, CO (touring) | Arapahoe Basin,CO + Copper Mountain, CO (resort)
Mount point: Factory Recommended
Bindings: Salomon Shift 10
Boots: Dynafit Hoji Free 110 & K2 Anthem Pro
Riding Style: A typical outing for me often takes place in the backcountry, where I try to sneak in a few runs as the sun comes up before work or day-long approaches to chutes and couloirs on the weekends. When I’m not earning my turns, I’m seeking out deep and steep runs in the trees or finding side hits to pop off of.

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