ALUAt 98 mm underfoot, the 999 feels "light and damp," according to Volckhausen. Its ultra thin profile stems from an aluminum and wood construction designed for maneuverability and stability. Developed with the venerable Glen Plake, the 999 ALU has tip rocker for maneuverability, plus two sheets of titanium and a sidewall construction for hard snow performance. "All in all, a friendly ski for the all-mountain skier who doesn't want an overpowering ski," said Mahon.