Goode has been producing carbon ski poles and award-winning water skis for over 20 years. More recently, they've been making snow skis that utilize carbon's high strength-to-weight ration and shock absorbing properties. The 82 mm-waisted Opus has a torsion box construction built with a combination of carbon, wood and carbon steel. Slight tip rocker helps the ski enter the turn, but the carbon creates the dominant personality. "It's really lightweight and easy to maneuver," said Bremner. "It's soft, lively and steady up to moderate speed," added Sutton.