Candide Thovex had a hand in developing the Candide 4.0 as a backcountry freestyle twin capable of performing in big-mountain conditions. (Other Candide skis include a freeride twin and park and pipe model.) Testers gave the 4.0 high scores for playfulness, followed by powder performance. “This ski is smeary in the trees and open pow fields,” Stoeger said. “It’s light and easy to steer.” Faction rates the flex as a three out of five, thanks to a lightweight core made from strips of balsa wood vertically laminated with flax fibers. It also features generous tip and tail rocker and a 122-millimeter waist. “This is a fun ski that loves to play in the soft stuff,” Kasper said.