Salomon says the Quest 115 has a "directional design," or is designed to move mostly forward down the fall line, or for twin tips, sometimes switch (as opposed to bi-directional powder skis, which are designed to surf, smear or move in more directions than just down the hill). The fact that the Quest 115 scored high marks for stability and float speaks to its combo of hard-charging attributes and lightweight tips. "This ski is strong and stable through variable snow," Crawford said. "The damp and solid feeling underfoot is a different direction for Salomon." The Quest 115’s architecture includes a full wood core, Salomon’s Edgy Monocoque construction, a stiff-rockered tail and a honeycomb pattern in the rockered tip designed for dampening and flotation. "It takes strong legs to bend this semi-stiff ski," Flickinger said. "Because it's a beast, it plowed through anything and never lost an edge on the hardpack."