Salomon brings back the successful Czar-a past Gold Medal winner in last year' s test-unchanged for 2012. Even the graphic remains the same, but the price is lower. It' s a capable twin-tipped soft-snow generalist, with enough width and float for deep snow and a quiet confidence in crud. Salomon' s Powder Rocker amounts to substantial slow rise throughout the forebody of the ski, yielding excellent flotation and an exceptionally smooth ride in rough terrain. The Czar is a wood-core, double-monocoque (structural cap) construction, with a two-layer cap spanning edge to edge for enhanced power. Salomon' s All-Terrain Rocker combines zero camber with a rockered tip, so it will be buoyant in soft snow and smooth-riding in rough terrain, yet still relatively responsive (given its width) on the groomed. Extra wide, reinforced edges are built to be extra durable. Pulse Pad technology-a strip of rubber over the edge-quiets vibrations.