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).
Rossignol Pursuit HP Ti
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]