Goode has been producing carbon ski poles, water skis and snow skis for 20 years, utilizing carbon's high strength-to-weight ration and shock absorbing properties. Mahon called the Beyond "stable and damp," a predictable response due to the torsion box construction built with a combination of carbon, wood and carbon steel. An 82 mm waist and slight rocker help the ski enter the turn easily, but it's the carbon that creates the dominant personality. "Smooth and friendly like a peach and vanilla smoothie," said Ertl. "The lightweight and moderate flex pattern allows it to be nimble and agile."