BEST FOR: Blower powder.
THE TEST: These loose and playful, rockered and tapered fatties deliver the fun. They scrub speed with a quick ankle flick and float high on stupid-deep powder days. And they even busted crud without complaint. Just don’t expect to carve up the groomers. You can eke out a turn on the belly of the ski, but it doesn’t hold a carve as well as other skis in this category.
THE VERDICT: The JJ is a powder ski you can ride every day ... as long as you’re always looking for powder. 126/136/115/133/121
Hard-Snow Pleasure: 3.8
Typically, a ski has three listed dimensions: the tip and tail (its two widest points) and the centers (its narrowest). But some manufacturers assign five to their skis, like the Armadas here and the Gear of the Year-winning Dynastars. All the additional numbers signify is that the ski has a tapered tip and tail.