“Large and in charge,” said Gleich of the Element. “It’s a big ski for deep pow, but still light enough for sidecountry laps.” BD added hard snow-oriented sidewall construction and a stiffer tail to the Element for 2013/2014, but testers gave it low scores for carving, instead awarding it higher scores for powder performance. At 115 millimeters underfoot, the Element has full tip and tail rocker. Similar to the AMPerage but with a softer flex, construction includes a poplar core, torsion box and Formula One Technology, which adds ribs to the top of the ski in strategic areas to retain rigidity while reducing mass. “It skids turns but takes effort to get on edge,” Muecke said. “Best to ski it hard in powder or crud.”