Let it loose or keep it on a leash—the BackLash can handle all terrain at all speeds. It earned the category’s highest overall score and ranked first in flotation, stability at speed, crud, and versatility. It loves to straightline, bomb steeps, and chomp junky snow. Plus: It satisfied testers of all levels, from intermediate to pro. Minus: Not as twisty and maneuverable in glades as other skis in this category; it prefers going straight.