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Ski Test Report Card

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LONG TURNS

If a ski constantly wants to cut out of its arc, across the fall line, into shorterswing turns, it gets low marks here. Which may be good for you.

STABILITY AT SPEED

Related to long turns. Stable skis lie smoothly on the snow, regardless ofsudden bumps. Unstable ones want to rebound out of every trough.

SHORT TURNS

Does it respond to the faintest hint of edge pressure by rocketing into thenext arc? Then it loves short turns. Which is good—unless you don’t.

REBOUND ENERGY

Every carved turn finishes with an upward pop of energy. Does this resemblea buttercup’s kiss? Or Krakatoa’s eruption? Must match your style.

FORGIVENESS/FUN

We sometimes make mistakes. Like, say, starting a turn with our keistersover our heels. If the ski locks into a white-knuckle arc, it’s not forgiving.

MOGULS

Skis with softer tips let you snake your way through a mogul field like adrop of mercury. Feel the ski’s soft touch. Or its hard trampoline of a tip.

HARD-SNOW GRIP

Skis either do or do not cut into hard snow (or ice) when you apply simpledownward pressure. You want a bite, but not necessarily a sudden one.

CRUD/POWDER

Rates the ski’s ability to float over powder (not submarine below it) or toplow through crud without getting thrown off an arc by snow reefs.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Your gut reaction to your experience on the ski. What’s the first word thatpops into your mind when you glide to a stop? Does it have four letters?