Black Diamond Ember (2012)
Redesigned for Winter 2011-12, Black Diamond's Power Series is a collection of eight skis designed with the downhill experience--inbounds, slackcountry, heli, or cat--in mind. Power Series skis are built to hang during short skin missions, but the brand's Efficient Series is better for full-day tours and overnights. One of two women's models in the Power Series, the Ember is the frontsider of the two, made for edge grip on firm snow and quick turn transitions. At 95mm in the wait, however, it can still handle crud and shallow powder. Features traditional camber, laminate construction, and vertical sidewalls.