There is a big range of abilities in this years test, with some of the stronger contenders giving out race like levels of performance, while others reduce the high intensity hit, but make up by being incredibly easy to use. The manufacturers are generally continuing on the march to reduce weight while still retaining high levels of grip and stability, this has come about by the use of new materials and the refinement of binding and plate systems. There are some notable new entries this year that have embraced these new technologies which are starting to give us a view of what the future holds for us with these type of skis.

We're still building the ski test functionality for the new website, so in the meantime below you can check out the write-ups for the award skis in this category.