Völkl isn’t known for its bargains—especially in the sexy Freeride category, where most system skis cost about $200 more. Which is what makes the Aurora that much more impressive. It was the cheapest ski in the category—and the highest performing. Ideally suited for East Coasters (or anyone who values edge-grip over forgiveness), the Aurora is a precision tool that bites through ice and rails on steeps. A word of warning, though: Bring your A game. The Aurora tolerates nothing less.