Rating: / 5
Lengths: 158, 165, 172, 178 ,184
Stability at speed: 3.22 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.12 / 5
Crud performance: 3.31 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.61 / 5
Pro Versatility and balance of skill sets may be the Holy Grail of an all-mountain expert ski, and while other skis put up higher scores in a few criteria, none scored so consistently high from the top of the test card to the bottom. The Contact 11 is the kind of ski that lets you forget about your skis, because it’s game for whatever you ask of it. With that deep sidecut, short turns are its forte, but it makes long, lovely ones too. Skids or carves, high speeds or relaxed cruising, trees or groomers—almost nothing throws it off its game. And pay attention: It rips in bumps, where it outperformed everything else in the category. Said Lewis: "What a combo: energy, quickness, stability—you don’t need anything else." Con Tail lacks power; turn finishes lack conviction.