Last winter, our crew took to the mountains and tested 97 pairs of the prototype skis, 20 of the latest snowboards, and a handful of accessories in a full range of conditions, including ice, man-made, groomed trails, and powder. We whittled down the entrants to the ski selections you see here (and snowboards here).
BEST FOR POWDER
Typically, a 118mm underfoot ski would feel too heavy to take out of bounds. But by fusing together fir, aspen, and maple, K2 made the SideSeth's core nearly 5 percent lighter than the competition's. It floats in powder and dances through glades, but the best part? The lack of metal doesn't hinder performance: It's still burly enough to bomb large turns in spring crud. [$800; k2skis.com]