(Salomon) Salomon MTN Lab 0 Best For: Pure powder, face shots.
The first few days on hardpack and a choppy mix of ice and snow taught us a lot about how the boards performed in dicey conditions.
Then the storm gods dropped a foot of fresh powder.
Whatever your style, these four skis can handle anything at your favorite resort, but they're best suited to moguls, glades, and fast hot laps down groomers. The Test: The old Kendo was a fall-line machine that excelled at linking arcs on groomers, with occasional off-piste forays.
The new Kendo—with tip and tail rocker and some subtle tapering—is all that, just with more off-trail chops.
Best For: Racers The RS 130 borrows fit technology from Lange’s World Cup boots, with a 97-millimeter last that provides maximum control when laying down GS turns.
The new liners improve circulation and warmth, while the updated buckles are easy to adjust even with mittens on.
Like its older sibling, it uses wood and metal, but the new shape makes turn initiation far easier, despite Read More If you're a skier who spends most of your time out West and wants a one-ski quiver that can handle everything from nine inches of fresh to chunked-up chutes, look at one of the eight planks below.
(Rossignol) Rossignol Soul 7 Best For: Having buckets of fun.
Take boots: even models from traditional alpine companies are getting lighter, and they perform almost as well as their resort-bound siblings.