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2024 Salomon Stance 96

SkiTalk Test Team

Testing skis so you don't have to.
SkiTalk Tester
Mar 5, 2017

Philpug: The Salomon Stance collection had been out for a few seasons now and unfortunately it hasn’t set the world on fire with sales. Could it have been the conservative topsheet or that it was one of the more demanding mid 90mm offerings? Either way, Salomon decided to go back to the drawing board and change these two aspects, but keep the shape that worked well.

Enter the new improved Stance 96 that is not only more accessible but not like it is hiding in a dark corner of the room. With the old Stance, I felt I fell in between sizes. The 176 was not enough and the 182 was a bit of a truck for me. With the new more accessible 96, the 182 feels just right and actually picks up where some of the other 178-180cm mid 90 mm offerings fall short.

I not only got to ski the new Stance 96 at our usual demo, but we have a pair in our test fleet so I was able to ski them at multiple areas and in varied conditions. I and other skiers who tested this ski at different times and locations throughout the season found that the new Stance is more accessible, but not at the cost of top end performance. The result? The new Stance can be enjoyed by more skiers.

Insider tip: The Stance is calling for the new Salomon Strive 16 binding.​
Who is it for?
Stronger skiers, this is a powerhouse, a skier’s ski. All mountain two sheets of metal fan boys.
Who is it not for?
Lighter skiers might get jostled around, but no worries, there is a QST for you.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. All Mountain
Ski attributes
  1. Moguls
  2. Off Piste
  3. Trees
  1. Men


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Available sizes
168, 176, 182, 188
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip rocker
Size Scaling
  1. Dimensions
Construction design
  1. Updated construction
  2. New graphics
  3. Carryover
Ski Weight:
Binding options
  1. Flat


Goin' the way they're pointed...
SkiTalk Supporter
Dec 28, 2015
Layton, UT
The stance 90 and 102 get the same core changes as the 96.


Booting up
Sep 19, 2022
I absolutely love the OG Stance 96 and thanks to the new Stance I have been able to pick up NOS 188cm Stance 96s for a song and keep them in reserve to replace my current pair. Thanks Salomon! The race to the middle helps my pocket book in the short term.


Notorious P.U.G.
SkiTalk Tester
Nov 1, 2015
Reno, eNVy
Long term update
: There is something to a ski that you don't have to think about and it is just intuative and does exactly what you expect it to do with out fanfare and a ski that does all that is the newly redesigned Salomon Stance 96. When the conditions are bad, be it the weather, snow, cold or whatever that is happening that can take you off your game you want a ski that, again, you don't have to think about and just skis and it just what you need to get you by,


Out on the slopes
Mar 20, 2017
Just to belatedly add my voice to the praise for this ski…

I have the OG version in a 176. When I first got on them I worried I may have opted too short, but after a few runs I feel comfortable with the length I’ve selected.

I noticed, after the fact, that Blister calls out the skis “precision” and that is exactly the adjective that came to mind when thinking about this ski - “precise”. It’s a very precise ski and carves including initiating a turn like a much narrower ski. It literally have nothing bad to say about this ski as notwithstanding its precision on piste, it also seems to work a treat in powder and bumps. It can shift from planted turns to rapid fire short ones on the fly. It also has no chatter - it hasn’t got quite the same damping as say an Enforcer but you aren’t having irregularities sent up your leg, and there is certainly no chatter on firm snow, particularly that steep firm variety I’ve seen induce chatter in some other non metal laminate based skis.

I can’t see how the slight changes to the core will make this any less pleasing ski but the graphics have gone from dull (mine) but inoffensive to just plain off putting.