BEST FOR GROOMED TERRAIN

Using a lightweight poplar core, Rossignol was able to up the HP with two Titanal sheets without tipping the scales. All that extra metal produces an incredibly powerful ride and a ski that clings to corduroy and ice with magnetlike hold. Though too narrow for powder and a bit stiff for bumps, the HP slices through slushy crud easily. [$950 (with ­bindings); rossignol.com]