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Last year's story went something like this: Famous Austrian ski company gets giant slalom model caught in paper cutter. Resulting ski pleases nearly everybody and wins the Ski of the Year for 1997.
Most skis in the Aspiring Carver category aspire to make the turn easier. The Rossignol Energy 10.1 aspires to make it better.
The Atomic Beta Race 9.28 earned a gold medal in the race category because it handles speed like a 757-do 600 mph, and you could still sip your drink without spilling.
Unchanged from last year's gold medal ski, the Völkl Carver XT is once again the ski for discriminating Aspiring Carvers and lighter intermediates who have designs on becoming experts.
A new graphite base, added to the proven Beta dampening technology in the Beta CarvX 9.18, made for one of the slickest rides in the test. Everyone agreed "ease" is the operative word here.
Next to the phrase, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," you may find a picture of the Völkl Carver Plus.
For strong experts who want a modern shape that can handle speed, the tough, curvaceous Viper X 9.9, with its 99.5-mm tip profile, will let you cut permanent trenches all over the mountain.
The Volant SuperKarve I offers one of the best combinations of shape and high performance we tested. Its steel top smooths the ride, while its 15-mm sidecut lets you pop tight arcs.
Athletic, aggressive skiers who are wary of the big-shape hype should run, not walk, directly to the rack holding the Rossignol Viper X 9.3.
Like flying first class, the Salomon X-Free 09 makes you feel comfortable and confident from the moment you buckle up.
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