Volkl Carver Ultra


1998 All-Mountain Expert-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 170-200 cm
Price: $625
Details: The Carver Ultra will not spoon-feed you easy carves, but it rewards precision and energy with some of the most exciting turns in the business. Said Lyons: "It's confident if you are. Give this ski orders, and it will carry them out." Nearly every tester loved the shapely Carver Ultra's "kick" in the fall line on hard snow. You can't rely on auto-pilot to take control, but if you know how to drive a ski, the Ultra is a lean, mean carving machine well suited to all snow types.

Positives: Precision suspension for precision turns
Negatives: Requires an experienced driver