K2's Luv Machine 74 Ti scored big in the playfulness and maneuverability department, thanks in part to K2’s Channel Light Core, a combination of fir, paulownia and bamboo with grooved “channels” placed down the length of the ski to reduce weight. “It’s softer than other skis in the category but fun because it’s easy to engage or slide in a variety of terrain and conditions,” says Brown.

Check out the FULL REVIEW for more about why testers love this ski.