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).
Völkl V-Werks RTM 84
BEST FOR GROOMED TERRAIN
Aggressive skiers may miss the pop that a ski built with camber provides, but most will love the way the fully rockered V-Werks make arcing down corduroy effortless: Just put the skis on edge and they come around. The key is materials: A mix of aramid, carbon fiber, and metal makes the skis light and stiff, and capable of holding turns without rattling. [$1,575 (with bindings); volkl.com]