The Opus prefers hard, flat snow, but it should have enough waist to keep it from feeling too edgy or trenching too deeply in fluff seemingly ideal for soft groomers or spring corn. Slight rocker in the tip is designed to improve flotation and make the ski more forgiving. The Opus has the identical sidecut as the men's Beyond, but, at shorter lengths, the turn radius is much smaller (12.5 m). That means it should be an eager carver and especially well-suited for quick, lively turns. Construction: wood core with all-carbon-fiber torsion box. Goode made a radical change in its layups last year, going with wood, instead of foam, for all of its cores.