Volkl Men's Mantra Ski:
Aside from a few cosmetic changes, this season's Mantra is the same breathtaking, expert-oriented powder-performer as last year. If you can't afford a private snow cat or helicopter, then finding your personal powder stashes usually requires a few ski lifts and traverses over crud, groomed and hardpack snow. The Mantra is one of the few wide all-mountain designs that get you there with few compromises. It features a versatile sidecut that's easier to turn on packed snow than those unforgiving, powder-only skis. Last season Volkl refined the waist dimensions for better turning on wind-shaped hardpack without messing up the float potential. If you're skeptical about the results, check out some of the accolades from Mantra owners on various ski forums. Like other wide-waist Volkl skis, the Mantra ski has a tip-to-tail Sensorwood core and wood sidewalls for flex. Volkl balanced this agile core profile with their Power Construction design to keep you completely in control wherever you need to go. Until you buy the personal helicopter for weekend trips, the Mantra will get you to your secret places, even if you have to traverse a few well-traveled ski runs. By the way--this version doesn't include bindings. If you're looking for ideas, Volkl pairs their skis with Marker bindings.