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The Specialists

The Specialists

By the SKI Magazine Editors
posted: 08/14/2000


K2 Mod X Pro
Smooths them out like a butter knife over frosting.
Völkl Vertigo G31
Power and precision, without excessive rebound.
Volant T3 Epic
Stiffish tail yields grin-inspiring pop out of each trough.
Völkl P40 Platinum energY
Hugs each mogul in every turn. User-friendly.
K2 Patriot GT6
A high-tech version of the original slalom-ski bump specialist.


K2 Mod X Pro
Fastest smooth-turner in the West, East, North and South.
Atomic Beta Race 9.20 Race Carve VC
Fall-line pro. Rock-solid, carved slalom turns on ultra-hard snow.
Volant T3 Epic
Butter-smooth quickness.
Völkl Vertigo G31
The most nimble of the wide skis in the test.
Völkl P40 Platinum energY
Silky rebound, precise response.


Atomic Beta Race 9.20 Race Carve VC
Like an ice-seeking carve missile: Once locked on, won't let go.
Völkl P40 Platinum energY
So smooth you don't realize you're wearing crampons.
Völkl Vertigo G31
From powder to boilerplate, without flinching.
Dynastar AutoDrive Speed Carve
Smooth as silk on the roughest terrain.
Atomic Beta Ride 10.20 Ti CXC
Another wide ride with a surprisingly tenacious grip.


Völkl Carver V31 energY
A sophisticated AWD sports sedan. Total stability.
Atomic Beta Carve 9.18
Damp, powerful, easy.
Volant SuperKarve
The most confidence-inspiring long-turner available.
K2 Mod X
High tech comes to play. Lots of energy in the finish.
Head Cyber X80 Ti
The most versatile carver in the test.


Salomon Supermountain
Big. Way big. Powerful. Forgiving.
Rossignol Bandit XX
Floats on the backside; lands the biggest air.
Volant T3 Power
Crud, ice, long turns, flotation: Does it all, subtly.
Fischer Alltrax Big Stic
The heavy snow specialist.
K2 Mod 7/8
Split personality: subtle in soft stuff, snappy on groomed.


Volant Epic
Go fast and feel it smooth out the corduroy.
Völkl Carver V11
High-performance for first-time carvers.
Rossignol Rebel
Great at long turns, incredibly forgiving.
Salomon X-Scream 7
A ski that can grow with you for years.
Head Cyber X60
Most versatile ski: Carving and side-slipping are both easy.

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