Every ski company that’s removed mass from the tip of its powder skis has performed better in our testing. Fischer’s “Carbon Nose” is the best example. The traditional front of the ski is gone, replaced by a carbon shovel that both strips swing weight and—because it’s so incredibly svelte—lets the ski tip slice and butter through manky snow. It’s the best use of fully structural carbon fiber we’ve tried to date. That’s largely because if you attempt to build a ski almost entirely out of structural carbon, you end up with a lightweight product that scares the hell out of people on the descent, with all the nervous skittering. The Austrian brand Fischer, though, both manufactures its own carbon structures and knows how to employ them. In this case, the technology came from their industry leading Nordic department. It’s a powder ski that rips corduroy, too.
Swami gripe: It’s on the skinny end of the category, but it still skis powder quite well.
Swami like: “Wow,” said a tester, “it’s lightweight enough to pop out of heavy snow and float off powder pillows, but it’s plenty stiff and rugged underfoot for hardpack.”
Overall: 4.6 Sluffability: 4.6 Hard Snow Pleasure: 4.5 Dimensions: 132/98/122