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Midseason Skis

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ELAN

Speedwave 14: 116/69/105

$1,125 with binding

A wave pattern is molded into the Speedwave's upper layers, a design that Elan claims creates soft fore-aft flex and superior torsional stiffness-and allows effortless transitions between short, tight turns and big ol' arcs.

DYNASTAR

Exclusive Legend Powder: 121/85/104

$599

Dynastar's first shot at a women's powder ski features a wood core and is built in a women's mold-not a modified unisex ski mold. Look for a revamped women's Exclusive Carve, too.

GOODEScoop 142: 145/142/139
$990
The Scoop's reverse sidecut and reverse camber-inspired by the Volant Spatula-betray its ancestry: Goode builds the world's best water skis. This 142-millimeter fatty is made for floating the megadeep.

K2One Luv: Breast Cancer Research Foundation special edition: 115/68/99
$875 with binding
The special edition is based on the women's T:9 One Luv, and a portion of the profits from its sale complements K2's hefty $100,000 annual donation to the BCRF.

NORDICASupercharger Ignition: 125/84/112
$500
Part of Nordica's new park, pipe, and freeride family, the Ignition is a park ski with a wood core to round out the genetic makeup.

VISTX-Free: 116/77/110
$1,600 with binding
A durable top-sheet material (it's called polyamide) and an ash-okume wood core are the chief upgrades to Vist's flagship all-mountain freeride board.


FEBRUARY 2006