Elan SCX Cap


1998 Aspiring Carver-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 143-183 cm
Price: $400
Details: The originator of the shaped ski, Elan knows a thing or two about moving skiers into carved turns in a matter of runs. And it shows with the SCX Cap, which returns this year. "This is an extremely easy ski," said McKinney, "which is perfect for the lighter skier. Without too much pressure, the wide tip floats well in the crud and initiates a carve easily." The SCX has a relatively deep sidecut of 10-15 meters (depending on length) and gives skiers an immediate sense of carving.

Positives: It's a shortcut to carved turns
Negatives: Its shape can limit turn-shape variety