Ski Tests Twin Tips
- 90mm+ waist

Group Verdict/Twin tips

One ski had the golden glint - the Elan Chainsaw and four took silver - the Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer, K2 Revival, Rossignol S3 and Salomon Twenty Twelve.

Target skier

This skier is probably younger and likes the pipe and the park, but we were also looking for skis that handle well in the powder and some do. With that versatility, these skis have represented some of the best value buying over recent years. The skier may also ski for a living and will more than likely be a traveller looking for some versatility and performance at home in the northern hemisphere powder.

Skier ability:
On the ski school rating scale, these skis will suit classes 3 to 1.


Armada AR7
Armada AR7
Comments: Great slush buster; Macca. A lot of stability, not a noodle at all - flew through the crud; Kent. Verdict: Take her for a test run.

Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer
Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer
Comments: Super stable in crud and slush, you can really push it; Kent. Looks for some muscle and technique, a very solid powder ski; Peter. Verdict: Silver medallist - one of the best in the bunch.

Elan Chainsaw
Elan Chainsaw
Comments: Goes anywhere, does anything - just the right amount of rocker for big mountain skiing; Sam. Great fun, funky ski - confident in all terrain and conditions; Peter. Verdict: Perfect fit in the category and very nice at the price.

Faction Kennedy
Faction Kennedy
Comments: Best in fresh or soft, flaky when it gets harder or steeper; Chris. Holds an edge in a longer turn, binding position too far forward for me; Doug. Verdict: Try before you buy.

Head Rock n Roll 94
Head Rock n Roll 94
Comments: Solid all-rounder, it's great on the piste and off it; Bill. Very stable and they really come to life when the pace is on; Chris. Verdict: Good choice.

K2 Recoil
K2 Recoil
Comments: Jib (tip 'n tail) rocker makes it really easy to initiate, a great Aussie all rounder; Bill. Fits the category well - great fun with a bit of pace, still snappy from edge to edge. Verdict: Top choice.

Liberty Morphic
Liberty Morphic
Comments: Stable at speed and good edge hold, doesn't like slow going; Kent. More demanding ski, suits high-end skiers; Sam. Not that nimble but rides a rail when you get into the turn; Peter. Verdict: Stronger skiers give it a test ride.

Nordica Dead Money
Nordica Dead Money
Comments: All mountain qualities stand out, especially good in longer turns; Kent. Even performance; Sam. Verdict: Shows some value, handy performer.

Rossignol S3
Rossignol S3
Comments: Would suit "first chair" fresh snow runs, but still smashes the slush at midday; Macca. Tried this in spring corn and winter fresh and it was bliss in both; Jim Verdict: Query on the hard packed, a star off it.

Salomon Twenty Twelve
Salomon Twenty Twelve
Comments: Plenty of ski here, strong edge hold builds versatility; Rod. Works in every way for this category; Shane. Verdict: Fresh is best.

Scott Dozer
Scott Dozer
Comments: Good for the park and pipe, better in the fresh than the groomed; Rod. If fresh snow, fall-line skiing is your thing, this will doze the tracks for you all day long; Macca. Verdict: Park and off-piste performer.

Surface Watch Life
Surface Watch Life
Comments: Killer edge hold on the groomed and solid construction - more of a skier's ski as it felt slightly heavy on the turn in the park; Macca. Verdict: Suits the category and target, test drive if you can.

 

jim darby/the snow biz
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arnie wilson/from the alps
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There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.