If you don’t like going fast, you’re reading the wrong paragraph, for the essential trait of a Frontside Power ski is stability at speed. Maintaining control at rocket speeds isn’t for the meek, for it involves commitment to each turn by leaning into it with your shins and leading into it with your chin.

We caution less-than-experts not to take the Finesse scores of our Power winners as necessarily applicable to all skiers at all times. When a great skier finds a great ski, everything feels easy as pie. But the same ski on the feet of an average skier will feel as easy as memorizing pi. If you’re not cool as a cucumber going 40mph, you don’t need to get this good (and costly) a ski in the first place.