"Go to the groomed snow with this one" Gaudet said of the Chrome 78. "It's solid, predictable, edges easily and transitions smoothly." Testers recommend the user-friendly Dynastar carver for intermediates and up. "A little easy to overpower, but anybody can make this ski turn," Dittmar said. The Chrome 78's race-inspired construction includes full-length vertical sidewalls and a dual wood core featuring basalt. The relatively smooth-feeling flex comes from staggered lengths of core material as well as a plate that allows the ski to bend around the forebody and tail. Combined with tip rocker, the Chrome 78 moves easily in and out of the turn. "It's a fun ski in the fall line," Bills said. "Grab it if you're looking for a solid performer that likes to carve short turns."