BEST FOR: All-around performance year after year.
THE TEST: The Mantra is the ideal ski for most of the skiing public. There’s tip rocker and a 98-millimeter waist, so it floats in boot-deep snow, but from the shovel on back the Mantra is a traditional völkl ski with camber, wood and titanium construction, and a flat tail for finishing turns on hardpack. 132/98/118
THE VERDICT: A groomer ski that’s ready to go off-piste.