The 2012/2013 season rings in a new focus for Völkl: Make skis more comfortable to ride and easier on your body without sacrificing performance. "I was singing ‘I've got a peaceful, easy feeling' all the way down," said Sutton. The Charisma, at 79 mm underfoot, is designed to suit a variety of skiing abilities and turn shapes. Völkl's Bio-Logic technology reduces leg stress and fatigue through a level stance, progressive sidecut (wide tip and narrow tail) and an ultra light wood core that's stiffer in the front and softer in the tail. By adding tip rocker this season, the new Frontside-oriented Essenza models are even easier to turn. "This ski is light, forgiving and easy throughout turn initiation," said Bremner. "A good one to improve your skills on."