“Grip is this skis’ middle name,” Bills said of the Steadfast, a member of Nordica’s All-Mountain Hell & Back collection. At 90 millimeters underfoot and built with slight tip rocker, the Steadfast is wide enough to handle some variable snow, but testers awarded it highest scores for carving and stability. The construction includes Nordica’s Energy Ca I-core, a carbon and composite stringer combo in the wood core that reduces the ski’s weight by 20 percent. Some testers felt the ski was too stiff for bumps and slalom turns, but extremely stable and solid in mid- to large-radius turns. “It feels like a World Cup ski in the packed powder,” Schlopy said. “In other words, it rails. This could be a one-ski quiver for guys who mostly carve up the soft groomers.”