BD calls the 125 millimeter-waisted Megawatt a “powder slayer” and indeed, testers gave it high scores for flotation. They felt, however, that it was a one trick pony. “Great for deep powder but too wide for much else,” said Stoeger. “Unfriendly in tight terrain,” Crawford warned. “Best for a heli trip or a big storm, but not every day.” BD added ABS sidewalls to the Megawatt, along with a stiff rockered tip to go with the semi-rockered tail that was added last year. Construction includes a poplar core, torsion box construction and Formula One Technology, which adds ribs to the top of the ski in strategic areas to retain rigidity while reducing mass. “One thing’s for sure: the ski rises right to the snow’s surface and stays on top,” Witman said.