“Whether three inches or three feet, it feels bottomless with this ski,” Gaudet said of Völkl’s new big mountain ski. Though slightly wider (124 millimeters underfoot), it has a similar full rocker profile and high-end construction to the Shiro, including vertical sidewalls along with a poplar and beech wood core that’s reinforced with lightweight carbon. Völkl says the early taper design allows the ski to smear or float. Testers agreed: “You can pivot around obstacles or throw it sideways in any snow condition,” Crawford noted. “Just don’t ask it to be really quick.”