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Whether you're about carving groomers or surfing sidecountry pow, there's a perfect new tool for you.

Fischer Progressor 10+ C-Line $1,150

Fischer Progressor 10+ C-Line
Fischer Progressor 10+ C-Line

The skinniest ski in our frontside test, the 73mm-waisted Progressor is like an ice ax with graphics. If you stay forward at all times and drive the ski forcefully into turns, you'll be paid back with unwavering edge hold and no speed limit. But back off or lose your concentration and you'll be skittering into the trees. Our bet: You'll love 'em if you spend all of your resort time linking turns down the fall line like a ski instructor or want to crush the beer-league racers on Wednesday night. 121/73/102; fischerskis.com
TAGS: edge hold, stability

Kästle LX82

SILKY CARVER

Kästle LX82
Kästle LX82
$990
Kästle builds some of the highest-quality skis on the market, with wood cores (ash) and titanal laminate. The only catch? Their stiff and racy frontside skis have been a little too powerful for some intermediate skiers. Not so the brand-new LX82. While it's nearly as strong on edge as Kästle's top-of-the-line carvers, it has a much bigger (and slightly softer) sweet spot and knows how to ease off the gas. "It's a forgiving race rocket with easy transitions, not the buck of a slalom ski," said one tester. 127/82/109; kaestle-ski.com
TAGS: responsive, forgiving

Völkl Kendo

24/7 ALL-MOUNTAIN MACHINE

Völkl Kendo
Völkl Kendo
$775
One word: versatility. The simple wood-core-and-metal Kendo is as powerful on edge as any speed-freak carving ski, and yet despite the traditional camber, it's as loose and multitalented in soft snow as many big-mountain skis. The chubby tip (127mm) floats in boot-deep resort powder, while the 88mm waist lets you arc hardpack turns and then pivot your way through glades. "Nimble and maneuverable but beefy and damp at the same time," said one tester. 127/88/109; volkl.com
TAGS: versatility, edge hold

Black Diamond Justice

RESORT TO BACKCOUNTRY

Black Diamond Justice
Black Diamond Justice
$700
If you're buying a ski that's fatter than 110mm underfoot, you likely do a lot of hiking to hunt down untracked powder. That's why the Justice, one of the best resort-to-backcountry crossover skis we've tested, is designed to be a pound or more lighter than most alpine skis of similar girth. It performs best in soft snow (naturally) and holds its own on corduroy, but because it's so lightweight, it can get deflected by chunks of ice or frozen crud. 140/115/125; blackdiamondequipment.com
TAGS:
float, stability, sidecountry

Scott Dozer

SOFT-SNOW THRASHER

Scott Dozer
Scott Dozer
$750
The Dozer is a mid-fat (100mm underfoot) all-mountain plank for powder skiers who love squirreling around in the woods, navigating tight chutes, and charging down soft bumps. Our testers found the Dozer incredibly loose and playful in soft snow, thanks to the slightly rockered tip and tail, but there's enough effective edge underfoot to check a decent turn on hard snow, too. Buy it in a longer length for more of a big-mountain feel (wide-open terrain at speed); go shorter if couloirs and trees are your thing. 133/100/129; scottusa.com
TAGS:
all-mountain, player

Rossignol S7 Freeride

JOHNNY UTAH

Rossignol S7 Freeride
Rossignol S7 Freeride
$900
The S7 is two skis in one. On a powder day, reverse camber at the tip and tail, reverse sidecut in the shovel, and a 115mm waist make it an effortless soft-snow tool. But the traditional camber and sidecut underfoot let you carve decent turns on groomers, in part because the ski is so heavily rockered up front that it's easy to tip it on edge. "You can run them straight out, get agile in the trees, or set your edges and imitate a carved turn," said one tester. "It's the perfect Utah ski." 145/115/123; rossignol.com
TAGS:
powder, control

Jones Flagship

PLAYS ROUGH

Jones Flagship
Jones Flagship
$500
The stiffest, most powerful sidecountry-ready board in our test, the Jones is made to devour mixed conditions. Its early-rise tip and tapered tail give it a surfy feel in soft snow, while the wide nose steamrolls through crud with barely any chatter or deflection. The traditional camber between the feet (with multiple contact points along the edges) helps it lock into tight turns on hardpack. But this board is happiest ripping up fresh snow. jonessnowboards.com
TAGS:
big-mountain, powder hog

GNU Billy Goat C2 BTX

FREERIDE TRICKSTER

GNU Billy Goat C2 BTX
GNU Billy Goat C2 BTX
$540
This Goat has a split personality. It's torsionally softer for freestyle hucking, spinning, and slashing, with reverse camber between the feet (like the Rome, below), which lends it a loose and playful feel in soft snow. But it also has a deeper sidecut and more impressive edging power than most rockered boards. Advanced testers said it felt at home on ungroomed steeps and spinning off of natural features. Intermediate testers found the board a little too aggressive and twitchy. gnu.com
TAGS:
rocket fast, aggressive freerider

Rome Agent Rocker

DOES IT ALL

Rome Agent Rocker
Rome Agent Rocker
$500
Whether it was jibbing in the park, slaloming tight trees, or bombing pillow lines, the Rome never felt out of its element. It has enough rocker between the feet to float in pow, while a serrated sidecut and traditional camber in the tip and tail keep it locked on hardpack. It's poppy and easy to swing in the park and, while not quite as burly or impervious to chop as the Jones Flagship (top), still grabbed high marks for stability in the steeps and crud. Long story short: It's the closest thing here to a one-board quiver. romesnowboards.com
TAGS:
all-mountain, hybrid camber

Salomon Grip

PARK RAT

Salomon Grip
Salomon Grip
$450
While Salomon bills this as an all-mountain board, our testers found it most fun in the park. The almost-flat deck kept it steady on hard landings, while the two layers of bamboo sandwiching the wood core accentuated its natural snap, making the Grip ollie higher than most. Outside the park, this true twin floated in powder but couldn't bulldoze crud like the other boards here. Advanced testers wanted more stability while carving, but intermediates found it an easygoing and forgiving all-mountain ride. salomonsnowboard.com
TAGS:
flat camber, true twin

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