Hart Contour HP

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1998 Executive-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 160-190 cm
Price: $495
Details: Minus the metal layer-and its attendant heft-this year's Contour HP is cut from exactly the same cloth as last year's popular HP. And speaking of cloth: "The HP is as forgiving as a priest," said Campbell. "It might be the ultimate ski for the Exec who doesn't care to press the speed envelope." Testers found the mellow HP incredibly easy to initiate and terrifically inviting for carved turns. "No need for high-energy input," said Moscarella. Just apply gentle pressure and it soars.

Positives: Versatile sidecut dices lots of turn shapes
Negatives: Limited growth potential