2024 Head Kore 97 W Video Review

Tech Details

Head Kore 97 W
Freeride (Women’s)
Length Tested: 177
Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177
Dimensions: 131/97/118 @ 170
Radius: 15.3m @ 170
MSRP: $989.99
More Info: head.com

Test Notes

Before I even clicked into it, I appreciated that the construction of this ski is identical to its male counterpart. The women’s version simply comes in slightly different dimensions, lengths and graphics, which means the Head Kore 97 W is built to perform and stomp big landings, and the girls are here to throw down! This ski provided an energetic, lively release, and was incredibly easy to get comfortable on quickly. Its level of stiffness made it feel ready for some serious business, and it showed off its confidence while plowing through crud and maintaining stability in the steeps. The trend of brands constructing skis to be light, while maintaining stiffness, is growing, and Head’s line of Kore skis is built exceptionally well in that way. Clocking in at 1,740 grams per ski, the Kore 97 W proved its versatility, without sacrificing performance. There was very minimal chatter when I got up to speed on the hard pack, and it floated effortlessly on a 20-centimetre powder day. So whether you’re looking for one ski that can do it all in and outside the ropes, or a pure resort ripper, the Head Kore 97 W will not let you down. —Katie Spittlehouse

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  • Energetic and lively.
  • Versatile and reliable in all types of terrain.
  • Lightweight, but with a healthy amount of stiffness.


  • Less confident intermediate to advanced skiers may find it a bit stiff.
  • It requires a reasonable amount of energy from the skier to get the most out of it.

What type of terrain is the Head Kore 97 W best suited for?

All over the mountain, from groomers to moderate steeps and everything in between.

What type of snow conditions is the Head Kore 97 W best suited for?

Everything from firm hard pack to 20 centimetres of fresh snow.

What type of skier is the Head Kore 97 W best suited for?

An energetic intermediate to advanced skier.

Katie Spittlehouse

Age: 31
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 150 lbs
Occupation: MRI Technologist
Years Skiing: 30
Preferred Ski Length: 176-180cm
Preferred Ski Width: 99-115mm Underfoot
Preferred Terrain: Steeps
Preferred Conditions: Powder

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This review was independently done and the views are that of the author.

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