Fine-tuned for pistes, these skis are the ultimate choice for ripping around the groomed runs, laying skis over, feeling the edge grip and chasing clean arcs. They rule on prepared slopes with consistent, smooth snow; perfect corduroy being the holy grail.
While this is fun, firm snow can bring the very best out of the stiffer models; moguls and ice also present challenges to enjoy.
A classic piste ski has a narrow waist for quicker edge changes and fast reactions, typically 77mm or less. The widest parts are towards the furthest points of the tip and tail, creating short noses and tails, maximising the amount of edge for the length of the ski and optimising grip. The radius is often shorter for quicker turns, some models will use a straighter sidecut for stability through longer turns.
You'll find high amounts of camber in the ski ensure good grip and response. If there is any rocker present, it will be minimal and only on the nose to aid turn initiation.
The ideal length for a piste ski is between your chin to nose and results in quick respons and easy handling - go longer for extra stability and wider, bigger turns.