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 GROOMED TERRAIN
The MX83 is designed for expert skiers who love ice and groomers. The skis are traditionally shaped, which means there's no rocker in the tip to aid with turn initiation, and they're loaded with two sheets of metal, so they're not only damp but also stiff and unforgiving. If you have the strength and technique to turn it, the MX83 slices the smoothest arc on the mountain. [$1,180; kaestle-ski.com]