These skis are for experts who spend most of their time carving at speed. Wasp-waisted (70-80 mm) carving machines make it easy to tip and rip, even on the hardest snow. Most at home on hardpack, soft or frozen cord, Eastern ice and NASTAR courses
Some ski shops are bigger and more professional than others; some are smaller but offer excellent service and key brands. One might be family-oriented in its model selection, another strictly hardcore.