The new Q-98 is one of four skis in Salomon's Quest All-Mountain backside line and is designed for versatility in a variety of snow conditions. Testers scored it highest for flotation. “Performs well when Mother Nature gives you the goods,” Zawacki said. “The soft shovel makes the ski easy when initiating turns in soft snow.” Tech details for the 96 millimeter-waisted ski (in the 172 centimeter length) includes a full wood core, semi-sandwich construction, tip and tail rocker and a honeycomb pattern in the tip for weight reduction, dampening and better flotation. “The ski looses stability at speed on firm snow, but it’s really playful in soft snow. It’s a good choice for a weekend warrior in the West,” Stoeger said.