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Speed

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

Fuego

Volkl

2010

price$1125

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.15 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.89 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.60 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.98 / 5
Quickness: 
3.10 / 5
Average Score: 
3.78 / 5

YEAR2009/2010

TIP/TAIL/WAIST124/72/93

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS

MSRP: $1125.00

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Last year’s Fuego was the least forgiving in the category. This year, it’s the most. Thanks to a widened shovel and narrower tail (i.e., greater taper), the new Fuego rolls into turns and releases with ease. Testers loved the new feel: It has Völkl’s classic stability and edge-grip, yet it’s fun (“F-U-N,” wrote Lewis) and easy to ski. Is there really a speed ski that can do it all? The evidence is in the test cards. “Most versatile of the group,” Moscarella said. “Comfortable everywhere.”

Attraxion XII

Rossignol

2010

price$1150

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.21 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.99 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.14 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.83 / 5
Quickness: 
2.80 / 5
Average Score: 
3.31 / 5

YEAR2009/2010

TIP/TAIL/WAIST124/70/112

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS

MSRP: $1150.00

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Rossi has resurrected some retro graphics (see the Classic 80 TI in men’s Speed), but its return to basics is more than topsheet deep. Take the XII, which replaces last year’s Mutix. With no bells, whistles or interchangeable arms, the XII is simply a good, solid ski, with a wood core and carbon layers that make it grip like it’s on rails. Some, however, felt they couldn’t get off the train: The ski  was comfortable only in fast GS turns. “It’s consistent,” said MacConnell, “but not very versatile.”

Victory

Nordica

2010

price$999

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.23 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
4.08 / 5
Crud Performance: 
4.24 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.68 / 5
Quickness: 
3.66 / 5
Average Score: 
3.95 / 5

YEAR2009/2010

TIP/TAIL/WAIST124/78/108

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS

MSRP: $999.00

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Last year, the Victory medaled at the top of the Freeride category. This year, Speed. What does that tell you? That the paradigm is shifting, and this is one well-built ski. Powerful, aggressive, stable as it gets, the Victory is fast but never touchy; grippy but never hooky; solid but never unresponsive. Experts will feel instantly comfortable ripping GS turns on steeps, or jumping into a sun-crusted chute: It stays stuck to the snow no matter what. “Powerful without feeling punishing,” Thys said.

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