Two things to know: The AC20 gets one of the highest scores in the category for stability at speed, and one of the lowest (among medal winners) for forgiveness. That makes it a dubious choice for the unskilled, but a great value for accomplished and athletic intermediates who expect to improve. In short, it has the highest high end of any ski in the group. And for security on harder snow, it can’t be beat. “Light, but still solid and precise, and turn-entry is effortless,” said Hochman.