BEST FOR: Occasional powder skiers who carve.
THE TEST: The Gotama held stable at speeds. It wasn’t the most buoyant ski in the category, but because it’s fully rockered, it’s easy to swing around when pinballing through the aspens. Tip them into a big, arced turn on packed snow and you’ll understand this ski’s versatility. Once you achieve the appropriate edging angles—meaning the rocker is engaging snow—the chubby Gotama flat out leaves trenches. 139/107/123
THE VERDICT: Völkl says the Gotama is a 35 percent groomer, 65 percent soft-snow ski, but we’d say it’s an even 50-50.
TURNING PLEASURE: 4