This ski slices like a knife in the hands of a sushi chef. It’s No. 1 in hard-snow performance, railing on steeps. And because it’s as stable at speed as a comet—note to Völkl: a name change may be in order—the Aurora will lead you to the edge of your comfort zone. Völkl’s new flat stance (no raised heel) is designed to prevent knee injury, but has another benefit: A straighter leg means more power transmission. “Get forward, and you’ll make precision turns like never before,” Sheinberg said.