Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.80 / 5
Crud performance: 3.05 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.80 / 5
Pro The Fire Magic possesses one of those ski geometries that fires on all cylinders. It’s wide enough to be fun in powder, and its sidecut radius is just tight enough to serve up automatic carves. Elan mills its wood core to fit edge-to-edge beneath its cap, so it has integrity. (Some cap skis feature rectangular cores with injected foam filling the gaps at the edges.) But most testers found it to be as forgiving as it is versatile. And its Fusion binding interface transmits a skier’s energy quickly and accurately to the edge, making it another great choice for those aspiring to carve rather than skid their turns. "It’s responsive, quick and nimble, yet wide and stable enough to smooth out rough snow," said Beekman. Con Some testers found it one-dimensionally carve-oriented.