1. You plan or want to spend as much time on hardpack as anywhere, at least on this ski.
2. You don't expect to take this ski out unless there is powder.
Have an appetite for big mountains and big snow? SKI’s Director of Instruction, Michael Rogan, takes a closer look at the expert ski categories from the magazine’s 2008-09 Buyers Guide. Check out this clip and see which skis are right for you.