It's thin and made from carbon, so the first thing you notice about the V-Werks Katana is its weight, or lack thereof. Being so light makes this ski ideal for trekking uphill; it also means it turns easily through even tightly spaced trees. Plus, the carbon produces a poppy turn and, with 112mm underfoot, the ski just floats, especially in a foot or more of fresh powder. [$1,275; voelkl.com]
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