For advanced-to-expert skiers who want easygoing performance. With 70–80 mm waists, these skis are achievers, but without the attitude. They'll let you do the driving. Perfect for mostly soft groomers, but comfortable venturing everywhere.
The Tierra incorporates Völkl’s new knee-safety technology: A flat stance makes for a safer angle, and a narrower tail makes for less tugging at the end of the turn. What our testers noticed, however, was even more damp Völkl power and edge-bite; a straighter leg can really step on the gas. A few griped that the new version wasn’t as comfortable, especially in bumps, but most of our aggressive women agreed with Livran: “Slick, sharp—a wild good time.”
When we test gear, many manufacturers only have one test model, and it can be the wrong size. That was the case with the Drive, which our taller testers felt was too short. Still, the Drive excelled: It dived down the fall line, bit through ice, floated through pow and snapped back with great energy and predictability. Slightly wider than last year’s, the new Drive has a stable feel, and a go-anywhere attitude that encourages off-piste forays. “Delivers polished turns and a confident ride,” said Moscarella.
You may think you have to choose between a ski that does one thing exceptionally well and one that does everything fairly well. Enter the Free Luv, which should have its price marked up for saving you the deliberation. With solid scores across the board, it proves you can have it all. It’s easy, fun, strong, stable, energetic, playful and serious, with an ability to adapt to all input and terrain—except ice, where it washes out. “This ski inspires you to go more places by being so versatile,” said Thys.