Last season, Völkl updated the venerable Aura by widening the sidecut to 96 mm and by adding tip rocker to make the big mountain ski easier to handle in a variety of conditions and terrain. This season it returns with new graphics, but maintains the race-ski style construction, which includes two sheets of titanium, vertical sidewalls and an ultra light wood core. “This is a ski to improve your technique on or just step on it and feel the Gs,” said Bremner. “It’s solid, lively and fast,” added Alder.