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The Perfect Match Pictures: A Look at 2001 Women's Skis

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Head Cyber LightPrice: $425Sizes:  150-180 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  103-63-92Whoever said women are hard to satisfy never met the Head Cyber Light.…

Head Cyber Light
Price: $425
Sizes: 150-180 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 103-63-92
Whoever said women are hard to satisfy never met the Head Cyber Light. Though it’s a crowd-pleaser for its forgiveness, the Light is no pushover. “Beautifully designed for this category,” Richardson said. “It’s steady and predictable yet still has spark.” Its broad range of talents makes for a smooth ride, whether for gliding on the groomed or hugging the bumps. The Light encourages skiers to play outside of their intermediate comfort zones. “A good ski to progress on,” Valentine said. The edge engages early and easily for a feeling of stability throughout the turn. “Just tip and rip,” Ryan said. A mere lift of the pinky toe sends it into an arc. Its fiberglass core keeps it light, and Head’s X-Frame construction distributes pressure to the edges to give it bite. The combination makes it, in Blomquist’s words, “a happy ski.”

Olin Super DTVPrice:  $450Sizes:  160-180 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  100-67-90Intermediates who like the security of a more solid craft can relax on…

Olin Super DTV
Price: $450
Sizes: 160-180 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 100-67-90
Intermediates who like the security of a more solid craft can relax on the steady and predictable Super DTV. “It skids underfoot easily yet is highly responsive when put on edge,” said Ryan, who recommended it highly as a ski to grow on. Even smaller testers didn’t necessarily mind its heft. “It’s not the total spunkster, but the heavier feel makes it hug the snow,” Richardson said. If you favor stability over liveliness, this is your ski. The DTV’s best quality is that it allows you to be you. Some skis force you into a particular stance; the DTV, Valentine noticed, “lets you find your own.” Quite simply, it’s a comfortable ski. Once at ease on this smooth workhorse, you’ll welcome higher speeds, and might not even notice as you breeze through multiple levels of improvement.

Völkl Vertigo G 20/20Price:  $575 Sizes:  158-188 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  105-71-93Often the trade-off for stability is aircraft-carrier…

Völkl Vertigo G 20/20
Price: $575
Sizes: 158-188 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 105-71-93
Often the trade-off for stability is aircraft-carrier maneuverability. But the Vertigo G 20/20 proves that a ski can be solid yet agile. The substantial Vertigo got praise from testers of all sizes. In fact, its biggest fan was our lightest tester: Richardson called its exacting feel “precision paradise.” A lightweight foam core makes it 20 percent lighter and 20 percent softer (20/20; get it?). Ryan loved its smooth, short turns. “The faster you go, the better it works.” The Vertigo earned its highest marks in stability at speed, whether in crud or powder or on the groomed. It’s more comfortable on the open road than in bumps. Blomquist found the Vertigo “best for women who like to go fast, but also a good choice for aggressive, athletic intermediates.”

Dynastar Venus 9Price:  $475Sizes:  160-186 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  100-62-87If you look to the gods for strength, Venus answers your prayers. The…

Dynastar Venus 9
Price: $475
Sizes: 160-186 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 100-62-87
If you look to the gods for strength, Venus answers your prayers. The Venus 9 is steady and stable, Valentine said. “Once it’s on edge, it makes a nice arc.” The Venus is packed to its metal-reinforced core with technical features: “power ribs” for edge-grip, “bi-kevlar” fiber to reduce vibration. Sounds fancy, but the Venus is simply solid as a rock and a comfort to intermediates. It’s also well suited for heavier or more aggressive skiers who can stand against the ski and feel it move easily from turn to turn. “Engage the edge early to make the Venus hum,” Ryan said. Blomquist found it a “strong, fun cruiser, though a bit tough for quick turns.” It goes off-road without balking, but is happiest on the groomed, skied with a solid stance and a little forward pressure.

Salomon X-Scream 7 LitePrice:  $565Sizes:  152-185 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  103-68-90Members of the extended X-Scream family have a lot in common.…

Salomon X-Scream 7 Lite
Price: $565
Sizes: 152-185 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 103-68-90
Members of the extended X-Scream family have a lot in common. They’re all popular, and they all prefer the scenic route. The Lite’sresponsiveness yields a variety of turn shapes¿great for exploring avariety of terrain. Intermediates will like its predictable ease of turning and its lightness of being (thanks to a foam core). Give it just a hint of forward pressure and it responds with easy, round turns. Then stay forward to take advantage of its forgiveness. Get back, however, and it “gets shaky,” Blomquist said. All found turning a snap on the X-Scream. Valentine liked the all-terrain flex but found it “prefers soft snow to ice.” Some heavier testers thought it lacked versatility, but lighter skiers “can own this ski through many levels of skill development,” Richardson said.

Dynastar 4X4 ATLPrice:  $595Sizes:  160-186 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  107-71-92Why pay when you can get good turns free?

Dynastar 4X4 ATL
Price: $595
Sizes: 160-186 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 107-71-92
Why pay when you can get good turns free? “I could go anywhere on anything, without having to work,” Boyd said of the ATL, which was the unanimous favorite for versatility. It’s smooth and strong at high speed, yet soft and supple in the bumps. A forgiving balance point lets you start a turn from almost anywhere on the ski, and once in it, there’s an enormous sweet spot¿strong but not blocky. With its any-speed, any-radius prowess, “this ski will help an intermediate become expert,” Wilson said. It’s stable for even the heaviest testers but also remarkably quick in short turns. Though it might not be the vehicle for snappy power arcs, “the name hits the mark,” Nelson said. “This 4X4 really goes anywhere, anytime.”

K2 Mod 7/8 W Price:  $600Sizes:  160-181 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  111-70-101Some girls like to play; others like to play rough. All will appreciate…

K2 Mod 7/8 W
Price: $600
Sizes: 160-181 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 111-70-101
Some girls like to play; others like to play rough. All will appreciate the Mod 7/8, thanks to its combination of forgiveness and performance. Assume a wide, relaxed stance, and enjoy the Mod’s power steering as you float through bumps and crud. Back on the groomed, it delivers clean arcs even with less-than-precise steering input from the skier. The name comes from its “modular” suspension system, which comprises two independently functioning core constructions¿a shock-absorbing elastomer atop a primary wood core. Toss in electronic dampening, and you have all the bells and whistles. Wilson deemed it her favorite, though its width made it “tough to be quick in bumps.” What it loses in agility it makes up for in a solid, secure platform that makes it willing to try new terrain. “The Dream Whip of skis,” Nelson declared. “Light, fluffy and easy.”

Salomon X-Scream 9Price:  $675Sizes:  161-193 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  103-66-93 The X-Scream 9 understands one of a woman's most basic prerogatives:…

Salomon X-Scream 9
Price: $675
Sizes: 161-193 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 103-66-93
The X-Scream 9 understands one of a woman’s most basic prerogatives: to change her mind, from run to run, even turn to turn. Go easy on the Scream, and it quietly obeys. Get progressively aggressive, and it keeps right up. It’s a comfortable ride that might not blow you away at first, but it won’t give up on you, either. Updated Prolink V dampeners work with a layer of supple Softex to keep the X-Scream grounded. Lyons liked its “spunk,” but in quieter moments appreciated that it “has enough forgiveness for the more moderate skier.” Boyd, known to overpower certain skis, found it “had good rebound, especially in short turns.”

Atomic Beta Carv 9.18L CarbonPrice:  $625Sizes:  150-180 cmCut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  105-62-94Got the need for speed? The Beta Carv 9.18L is like…

Atomic Beta Carv 9.18L Carbon
Price: $625
Sizes: 150-180 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 105-62-94
Got the need for speed? The Beta Carv 9.18L is like “lemonade on a hot summer day,” Brown said: soothing in big, smooth arcs, yet refreshingly snappy. If you ski the mountain like you own it, this is your ski. On the steeps it’s a boomerang, zinging right back under you no matter how far out you throw it. Brown gave it everything she had. “It passed all the tests and had much, much more.” The 9.18L also manages to be accommodating in turns of any radius, though some testers found it sluggish in moguls.Pelletier said that when she applied aggressive edge-angles, “everything clicked. It’s a masterpiece.” In short, the 9.18 is a precision carver with a sense of humor¿stable when you need it, lively when you want it to be.

Head Cross LightPrice:  $470Sizes:  160-180 cm Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail):  108-66-98Like the Cyber Light, the wider, shapelier Cross Light is a smooth…

Head Cross Light
Price: $470
Sizes: 160-180 cm
Cut (Tip/Waist/Tail): 108-66-98
Like the Cyber Light, the wider, shapelier Cross Light is a smooth operator: hospitable enough for leisurely strolls, but plenty sturdy underfoot when go-getters crank it up. A 108-cm tip sucks you into automatic carves, especially in short turns, where the Cross Light got its highest marks. It’s smooth-flexing and stable, especially in the transition between turns, where such qualities are most appreciated. Lyons called it “an easy rider: gentle, quiet and predictable.” The Cross Light was so gentle, in fact, that testers were surprised by its substance, even during unplanned diversions through crud and moguls. “Snappy but not skittish,” Nelson said. “You aren’t afraid to go anywhere on it.” All that’s required is a relaxed stance and a willing rider: The Cross Light¿very light and connected¿likes to make moves.