The central theme to 2018 is capitalization on The Curv name and the masterful carving capacity for which it stands. The new The Curv GT successfully extends the power and accuracy of The Curv DTX to a Frontside footprint (129/80/112). It instantly earned a spot among the best carvers in a brutally competitive category.

Women get their own Curv, called My Curv (121/68/102). (Fischer applies the “My” prefix to designate any model as made-for-women, as in My Ranger or My MTN.) A pull-no-punches Technical model with an innate ability to slice tiny turns (13m @ 164cm), My Curv’s only adaptations to make it responsive to a lighter skier (smaller sizing aside), are a thinner core profile and free-milled Titanium that’s wafer-thin.

At the opposite end of the waist-width spectrum you’ll find the new Ranger 115 XTi. Even though it’s ludicrously slower edge to edge than The Curv – it can’t help it, it’s 115mm underfoot – it still has the soul of a carving ski inside its milled-out beech and poplar core. Despite being outfitted with every weight-saving technology in Fischer’s arsenal, the Ranger 115 XTi is nonetheless a very large ski with a long turn radius (20m @ 188cm). Of course it can drift, but it would rather by guided by a skilled skier who knows how to translate technical skills to powder skiing.

As noted elsewhere in these narratives, last winter’s weather was murder on test venues, compromising our ability to capture all the data we’d normally receive. Collecting women’s results proved particularly frustrating, as we’d often get just a tantalizing taste of how good a ski could be without sufficient data to support a case for or against Recommendation.

We mention this here because among the models that didn’t get enough exposure are Fischer’s My Ranger 89 and 98. We detect intimations of greatness in the slight feedback we managed to cull from the wreckage of the test season. We hope next year they’ll have the opportunity to shine.