Don't wait to float atop the top two setups from this year's test at Powder Mountain, Utah.
DPS Yvette 112RP.2 Pure Skis
This year’s Yvette ($1,299) has slightly less rocker than last year’s. What remains is a near perfect blend of shapely design, five-point sidecut, and high-performance carbon fiber. The price tag is shocking, but the maneuverability, float, and weight are even more attention worthy. 141/112/128; 7.4 lb.
Scott Celeste II Boots
The redesigned Celeste II ($800) was our favorite featherweight boot this year. The tall cuff and 120 flex provide just enough guts to drive either of the skis on this page, but you’ll love the light weight and wide range of motion on the way up even more. 5.5 lbs.
Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Bindings
The new unisex Vipec ($600) features a tech-binding first: lateral toe release, which, like an alpine binding, has a bit of elasticity in the toe and an adjustable DIN setting. Testers also praised the three-position heel riser and confidence-inspiring downhill performance. 2.4 lbs.
Dynastar Cham 97 W Skis
The Cham 97 W ($650) returned unchanged this year, as did the volume of praise it elicited from our reviewers. It charges hard in crud—its oversize, tapered tip doesn’t flop like some of the other lightweight rockered skis we tested—and its stiff, straight tail was reliable in all conditions. It’s most at home in technical terrain or not far from the lifts. 133/97/113; 7.9 lbs.
Tyrolia Adrenalin 13 Bindings
The Adrenalin ($475) is a bit lighter than the Atomic Tracker but every bit as powerful on the way down, and it works with both AT and alpine boots. Our only gripe: snow tends to get caught in the plastic that connects the heel and toe pieces. 6 lbs.
Scarpa Gea RS Boots
Built on the same light and powerful platform as the men’s Maestrale RS, the 120-flex Gea ($699) is heavier and stiffer than the Scott. Its walk mode isn’t nearly as wide ranging as the Celeste’s, but it’s just brawny enough to ski in-bounds all day and drive all but the heaviest alpine skis. 6.1 lbs.