This ski has remained unchanged for four years, but we'd be remiss not to include it, since it's one of the best backcountry boards around. A hybrid core makes it 20 percent lighter than the competition. But most impressive is its ability to create stable, high-speed turns on any surface without bouncing around. Powder? Crud? Bumps? Hike this ski anywhere and it will perform. [$800; nordica.com]
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