Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski

When big lines are what's for breakfast.

Long approaches? Booters up near-vertical couloirs? Survival skiing from the summit? Sounds like just another day at the office for the Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski. Putting an emphasis on uphill efficiency, the MTN Explore 95 has a super versatile 95mm waist that's manageable on the skintrack, floats boot-top pow, and holds an edge when conditions turns dicey. Underfoot, the MTN Explores have plenty of camber for easy carving down spring corn lines and solid edge hold on boiler-plate.

A generously rockered tip and raised tail keep them fun and playful on the descent, without sacrificing the edge hold you need when ticking off big descents. To keep the skis both light and torsionally stiff, the MTN Explores feature a carbon/flax laminate. A honeycomb tip shaves weight from the tip, while reducing excessive tip chatter for a damp feel once you open your turns up outside of the chute. A five-point sidecut allows for easy turn initiation and eliminates hooking. Salomon went with a semi-sandwich construction with a cap tip and tail and full ABS sidewalls underfoot—the result is a solid ski that's easy to maneuver when every turn counts.

  • MTN Rocker profile
  • Semi-sandwich construction
  • Wood core
  • CFX Superfiber carbon/flax laminate
  • Honeycomb tip
  • 95mm waist width
  • Five-point sidecut
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Size 177 or 184? I am 5'11" 180 lbs, advanced skier. I like a 178 in fully cambered skis and a 184 in a fully rockered one. Which way to go in this ski with its rockered tip and flat tail? Ski will be used exclusively for touring, mostly in the Pacific Northwest.

Hi John, At your height and weight either one of those lengths is going to be appropriate for you. The shorter ski will be a little lighter and easier to tour on, as well as being more nimble and maneuverable. The longer ski will give you more stability at high speeds and a little bit of additional float in the deep stuff. Please reach out to me directly with any other questions you may have and I'll help you out. - Matthew Pizza - Customer Account Manager

Fantastic skis

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mounted with dynafit radical 2 ; scott cosmos boot; 145lbs, 5'10" ; super light setup for going up, very responsive in any conditions; sinks a little in pow, but still floaty enough for surfy turns. Very quick and nimble in steep tight trees and bumps, skied awesome in slushy spring conditions. Super smooth, springy, predictable and easy to ski. And most of all, suprisingly stable at speed for such a light ski. A great ski for the backcountry, and the east.

What size are you on Manon?

Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Looking for a solid daily touring ski? The Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski can handle a variety of conditions from steep icy faces to bumps and ankle deep backcountry pow. The lightweight construction of this ski, waist width, and camber underfoot make this ski a solid and affordable everyday touring option. The MTN Expore 95 did very well in technical terrain such as: chutes, drops, and tight glades as it held a solid edge while still being very maneuverable. Personally, I tested this ski at Solitude Ski Area in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. In addition to great maneuverability, this Explore 95 model put down some absolute trenches on groomers and was very playful in the bumps. The MTN Explore 95 is a solid everyday touring option or a lighter all mountain performer. Please feel free to reach out to me directly for any questions.

1-800-409-4502 ext. 4690

So Much fun!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I tested that ski during the Backcountry Mag basecamp day at solitude on Jan 18. I tested the 184 ski, mounted with Dynafit Radical ST binding. I am 5'11", 205lbs agressive skier. Boots: Dynafit Vulcan.
It was a sleeper pow day, with only 6" reported overnight, but plenty of deep pow to be found once you hiked around.
Oh my! Was that ski fun to play with! It was stable on groomers, and was able to leave deep trenches while carving. On tree runs, the ski was really quick to throw around, and the camber and sharp edges allowed for quick stops on steeper, icier sections.
My final round was deep on the traverse from Honeycomb, where I found a run with 2 to 3 feet of untouched powder. They did not float as well as a bigger ski, but never were hooky under the snow, and still put a huge grin on my face!
I fact I loved the ski so much that I asked the Salomon Rep to buy a pair right on the spot.
He ended up selling me his pair! Steal of the day!

Charged and ready

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis rip! With the CFX construction these skis have some increadible power. With camber underfoot the ski is really great on the groomers and can carve really hard. The slight tip rocker is really great when you venture off trail at all to help keep you afloat in the softer, deeper snow. I really enjoyed the 95 mm waist, it's very quick edge to edge. I'm 5'10" and found the 177 cm length to be the most fun especially at high speeds. It was also short enough to make some tight turns through the trees. I'd recommend this ski to anyone who is looking for a great all mountain resort charger, or someone who is looking to get into backcountry touring on a light, hard charging ski with a solid construction.

I'm 6' 200lbs. Not sure if I should go with the 177 or 184. Looking to use equally on the slopes and for spring mountaineering/touring in the PacNW.

Hey Gabriel,

I would recommend you go with the 184 cm in the MTN Explore 95s based on your size. The MTN Rocker wil reduce the effective edge slightly on hardpack and you will appreciate the additional float you will get from the extra surface area when skiing powder. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in whole new touring set-up.

Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

light weight hiking machine

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Feather light in my eyes, these made easy work out of a long slog from the LCC road to the top of White Baldy... see video below. I was very impressed with the skis downhill performance too, I had them pretty full out. They have quite a bit of sidecut and camber so you can really lay them over.

White Baldy on the MTN Explore 95