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Powder: Wide

These are for experts who want a specialized powder skis, but also value versatility. They're wide but manageable (90–105 mm underfoot), so they surf the deep but bust crud and carve on groomed, too. Best for resort powder days, out of bounds and crud when the hill gets tracked out.

Aura

Volkl

2010

price$825

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.70 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.72 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.92 / 5
Quickness: 
3.92 / 5
Average Score: 
3.76 / 5

YEAR2009/2010

TIP/TAIL/WAIST130/94/113

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS

MSRP: $825.00

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Coral reef. Frozen ocean. Bulletproof. The first day of the powder test was, well, not exactly powdery. Counter-intuitive as it may be, the conditions made testing easy: Powder masks flaws; hardpack accentuates them. And the Völkl Aura soared. A perennial test favorite, it won big again for being the smoothest, most comfortable ride out there. It makes you feel confident the moment you get off the lift; searching for its sweet spot is not required. “Anyone would love this ski,” said Dawson.

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