Nordica Phenom XBI CT (2012)
**Review courtesy of our sister publication SKI Magazine.** Nordica is not known for affordability, so we were thrilled to find a model within our parameters. The Phenom doesn' t chintz on materials, either: It boasts a wood core under its load-bearing capCK, which lends surprising stability for so lightweight a ski. It' s a cambered carver with a large comfort zone when venturing off-piste. "Turned easily; light and nimble," said Forland.