Our on-snow evaluations capture several “soft” behaviors that favor skiers who want to make their lives on snow easier. In the All-Mountain East genre, this means a ski that bows under minimal pressure so lower-energy skiers don’t have to labor to bend it. To achieve this docility at lower speeds, most of the Friendly Fraternity sacrifice a slice of stability at speeds outside the range of recreational skiers. These models are well adapted to skiers who either have been away from the sport a long time or have resisted upgrading for over a decade.