The Kiku has crushed every one of our tests since its ﬁrst iteration in 2009. It’s not the ﬂoatiest, but it is the most versatile.
(the best skis—even specialists—do it all. And face it: Even on a deep Wasatch day, you still have to get back to the lift.) It has a wood core, vertical sidewall construction, gradual rocker throughout, and carbon-ﬁber layers to give it power without the weight and dampness of metal. It’s stable, quick, and adept at terrain transitions. All that adds up to a light, maneuverable powder ski that rails on groomed like a ski half its size—an ideal one-ski quiver for a Snowbird local. Humes: “Just super solid.”