The 98 mm-waisted Affinity scored high marks in the carving category, garnering comments such as Alder's: "Feels like a carving ski more than a powder one." The lightweight Affinity is designed with slight tip rocker, a wood core and Goode's carbon torsion box construction. The end result: a relatively soft longitudinal flex with torsional rigidity thanks to strong, yet lightweight carbon. "This is a good choice for a woman who prefers groomers, but needs a waist width wide enough to handle variable snow," said Sutton.