Fischer says the KOA 88 is best suited for advanced skiers who cruise on and off the groomers. Testers concurred, scoring it high marks for playfulness and versatility. “This ski is easy to handle,” Muecke said. “It has the right touch of liveliness and stability, can charge hard or hit soft bumps and would work for multiple ability levels.” Fischer’s Freeski Rocker includes a crud-busting long rockered tip coupled with a rockered tail. Sandwich sidewall construction, a poplar wood core and a layer of carbon fiber are designed to reduce weight without loosing liveliness. “At top speed, the tip can get squirrelly, but otherwise it’s responsive and fun,” Dumais said.